Unblocking Blocked Content From Any Country with Hola Browser Extension

Many great websites provide awesome content in multi media format, but can only be accessed in certain countries, due to the copyright agreements the providers have complied with the country. While this is totally understandable, it sucks when you are excitedly jumping on to the site but only found that you are blocked.

Hola, a web service provider whose ultimate goal is to make the internet 10 times faster, provides a free browser extension that enables you to view any content from anywhere. Well, that’s another ultimate goal but for now, only the following sites are free to access virtually from anywhere with this Hola Browser Extension.

  • Hulu
  • Netflix
  • Pandora
  • CBS
  • Fox
  • BBC iPlayer
  • iTV
  • many more to come

Currently, it only supports both Chrome and Firefox. You can download each extension from here and here, respectively. If you want to have both acceleration and unblocker on Windows system, you can download from Hola’s download page.

Once you have the extension installed, you can freely access the sites that are previously blocked due to your location restriction.

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There is also another pretty cool extension, provided by MediaHint, that also does the same thing quite smoothly. Be sure to check it out as well.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 11/12/2014

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Raffi
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Does this channel all traffic through Hola? Or just the sites you want to unblock? I’m mostly concerned about security.

Kent Chen
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It’s more like a VPN proxy service through the Chrome extension. only the traffics from these supported channels go through it.

Raffi
Guest

I see, so going to nextofwindows.com for example won’t go through Hola, only sites like hulu.com will? I can’t find anything on their website or otherwise about this.

Kent Chen
Guest

Good question Yes, it doesn’t state clearly that but here is what I observed. After I have this extension installed, I went to whatismyip.com to confirm what IP address is. If it still points out to my local address it means that the regular traffic will still go through my own router. And the result is what I expected.

Besides, what’s the point for Hola to redirect traffic through their location for nothing?

Raffi
Guest

Thanks for checking that. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it myself. Something about it is still iffy, but it might be a bit better than I initially thought.

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