Watch Hulu outiside US, BBC One outside UK using Tor and your existing Firefox installation

Hulu and BBC One Iplayer are probably the best online video streaming sites as of today, but sadly they have certain restrictions. You can only Hulu if you are in US or you have a US ip-address . With Iplayer, you require a UK ip.  This post comes after multiple attempts with using free proxy server and free virtual private network providers, but neither live up to the requirements these sites require. Sometimes either flash is blocked or javascript or both.  Also the proxies sometimes stop working midway through the show!  Tor solves most of these issues. So what is Tor? Without getting into much details here, its a free software implementation of second-generation onion routing, a system enabling its users to communicate anonymously on the Internet. Yeah! Thats exactly what we want! So here’s a way you can configure your existing Firefox installation to use Tor and watch Hulu/Iplayer on Linux/Windows:

Step 1 : Download and Install Vidalia :  Installer can be found here .

Step 2: Install Polipo : Instructions for Linux can be found here . Make sure to replace the configuration file with the one provided at the link.

Step 3: Install TorButton addon for Firefox.

If you are using Windows , then all the above three can be installed together using the installer found here.

CHANGE END SERVER for TOR:

You now need to ensure that the last server your request is routed through is a server in the UK/US. Go to https://torstat.xenobite.eu/. Click on the pulldown next to “CC:” and select “GB” and hit “search”. Now click on the “>” under “Exit”. You now have a list of servers in the UK that are allowed to be used as Exit Servers. Take note of all the nicknames of the servers except those marked Unnamed.
Go to Start Menu and open All Programs -> Vidalia Bundle -> Tor -> torcc. This will open the Tor config file. Scroll all the way to the bottom and enter the following lines:
StrictExitNodes 1
exitnodes <list of the names you found in step 2 separated by commas>
An example of the second line above would be:
exitnodes anonion,anotherlink,colinwillsdorkyahoo
Save the file.

ENABLE FLASH : After the TorButton addon installation, go into its preferences>Security Settings and uncheck “Disable plugins during Tor usage”. Restart the browser.

Thats it. You are ready to use Tor.

Firstly Run Vidalia. After a few seconds, it should say “Connected to the Tor Network”. Then Start Polipo. Once this is done, start Firefox with Tor enabled.  Check that you’re exiting through a UK/US server by going to http://torcheck.xenobite.eu/index.php . Finally, go to Hulu/Iplayer and start enjoying the videos!!! 😀 !

Leave comments if you run into problems using this tutorial!

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Posted on January 18, 2011, in entertainment, networks, web. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Anonymous IP addresses….I guess there are not that many positive(harmless) applications of anonymous IP addresses (from harmful I mean hacking or terrorist activities). Or are there?

    P.S. : I dont know much technical Jargon that you guys may use to say this. Please bear with me.

  2. Well, shoot. Followed these excellent guidelines only to find that Hulu has caught on to the scheme. In trying to play a video, I received a message that states “Based on your IP address, we noticed you are trying to access Hulu through an anonymous proxy tool. Hulu is not currently available outside the U.S. If you’re in the U.S., you’ll need to disable your anonymizer to access videos on Hulu.”

    I guess it *has* been 90 days since the original post, here, so…not surprising.

  3. Jennifer McIntosh

    I had the same issue with Hulu. I also can’t access other sites, like ABC that I used to be able to get. I can still see PBS programming though. Any new suggestions?

  4. just use a vpn, what’s a $5 a month for a service that is guaranteed to we work and gives you a variety of connectivity to choose from? try HideMyNet.com and see how it will work for you, plus they have a 30 days money back guarantee. nothing to loose really.

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