We all ran into the dreaded “not available in your area” message when trying to watch a YouTube video, Netflix show, or looking for a new track by our favorite artist. That’s geo-blocking in action, and it’s becoming a global issue. It’s the process of limiting access to content for specific users based on their geographic location.
Geo-restrictions are common amongst large content providers like Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Hulu, and any other enterprise following strict copyright regulations. The main goal is to restrict content to a specific market. Some prevent content from spreading because it might harm the brand's reputation.
Licensing is the most common reason companies turn to geo-blocking. A content provider needs licensing rights for every country where their content is present. This often costs a lot of money. In some cases, geo-restrictions are tied to specific legal situations in a country. For example, a public broadcast service is funded by taxpayers, so it wants to ensure only they have access to the content.
Retailers can offer the same products at different prices based on the user's geographical location. Airline tickets are an excellent example of this, but it doesn't stop there. The cost of services, goods, and subscriptions often varies per country. By charging visitors from developed countries more, companies can make extra profit.
From democratic nations to totalitarian regimes, countries around the world also use extensive blocking regulations with different transparency levels. Internet censorship is as old as the internet itself and has been on the rise in recent years. Certain governments block specific news portals, while others prevent access to social media networks.
All geo-blocking relies on the user's IP address. A proxy replaces that IP with another one from anywhere in the world, so it makes a perfect solution to avoiding these restrictions. If you live in Germany and use a US-based proxy, the service you're accessing will see (and treat) you like a person connecting from the US.
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Unlike VPNs which use encryption and slow down your internet, proxies are free from any speed-related compromise. More importantly, we feature 99.9% uptime and high customizability, so we have a perfect solution for all scenarios. Whether it's enjoying the latest episode of your favorite show or gathering business intelligence, IPRoyal has a solution for you.
Whenever you connect to a site or a service, you share your personal information. A proxy service reroutes all your traffic through its servers, keeping your true IP address hidden and protected. As you surf the web, gather data, stream your favorite content, or do anything else you want, the server on the other end only sees the proxy IP address.