My problem is this: I’m in Kuwait now. I wanted to watch videos in YouTube
of Brad Paisley, my favorite country singer, but when I try to view the video, it
says, “Sorry, the uploader has not made this video available in your country.”
If I type in a proxy address, any proxy address for that matter, my ISP blocks
it. I tried using Tor and Hotspot Shield, but it takes a long time to load the
video. Perhaps even hours, so my question is there any way I can type in a
proxy address without my ISP blocking me and is there any way to view these
videos on YouTube? Any help would be appreciated
In this excerpt from
Answercast #18, I look at the problem of getting through various blocks to
watching YouTube videos.
Can I get around the blocks?
The short answer is no. You have basically explored the two common solutions for this problem.
Things like Tor, and other anonymous types of proxies, often get blocked (as you’re experiencing) from the ISP. By their very nature, they add a fairly significant amount of overhead to the process of getting data packets from the source to your computer.
Normally, for something like email, or if you’re willing to do some slow web browsing, it’s not that big of an issue. But for something like video? Video is very bandwidth dependent. It uses a lot of data and it assumes it can get the data to you relatively quickly. As soon as you start going through something like Tor, “relatively quickly” kinda goes out the window.
So, in a case like that, those kinds of anonymization services aren’t really going to help you much. I don’t know of any way to get around your ISP blocking you from connecting to a proxy. If your ISP blocks you, they are blocking you. There’s not much you can do.
I really don’t know of a way to solve your specific problem other than leaving Kuwait.
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