You must have seen this message when you tried to watch restricted YouTube videos on your iPad or laptop, from outside the US.
The reason for that is that the uploader (not YouTube) has restricted your non-US IP address from watching the video, based on the IP address of your country of origin. This has nothing to do with internet censorship, ISP blocks or government-mandated web filters (for those in the UK). It has more to do with simple economics, the Hollywood profit industry, and your own IP address.
Big TV executives, cable network operators and movie production studios -- both in the US and UK -- place what could be called unfair restrictions on who can watch their TV shows and movies online. For the most part, American television shows on certain YouTube channels can be viewed only by US audiences, while others located outside the US are not allowed to play or watch them.
In technical terms, this is called a geo-location block or geographic IP block.
Several well-known US media companies simply block you from accessing their videos if your IP address shows that you're trying to watch their videos from a foreign country (Remember that your IP address is publicly visible to all sites you visit unless your iPad has an anonymous browsing app).
Even if you are an American citizen traveling outside the country, you can still face such annoying blocks if your iPad internet service does not have a US IP address. By the way, this can happen not just with YouTube videos but several other video-on-demand services such as Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer TV, among others.
So if you live outside the US (or UK) and want to watch American YouTube movies, the latest blockbuster, or popular TV show, then an iPad VPN is the best way to "unblock" such websites, bypass firewall rules, and watch your favorite streaming videos without restrictions.
There are three reasons why a Virtual Private Network or VPN is better than an iPad proxy:
- VPN gives you unlimited bandwidth to watch online videos in High Definition
- VPN is far more secure than a proxy because it hides your IP address in real time
- VPN lets you choose your own secure & encrypted IP address in any country
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