How to Watch Videos Using a Proxy Site

By Adam Parker

Watching streaming video on a computer can be a great replacement for paid television services. Most networks make their programming available either on their own website or via a third party provider, such as Hulu. Unfortunately, for people residing overseas in the military or other professions, most networks block their programming from destinations outside of the United States. The reason behind this is that advertisers want to pay only for domestic markets. Using a U.S.-based proxy server with Internet Explorer, it is possible to stream video content internationally.

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer from the Windows Start menu.

Step 2

Navigate to the Tools menu from the Internet Explorer menu bar. Select "Internet Options" and click the "Connections" tab.

Step 3

Click the "LAN Settings" button near the bottom of the options dialog. A new dialog will appear to configure a proxy server.

Step 4

Check "Use a proxy server" and then enter the proxy server's IP address in the address box. If you do not have a proxy address to use, you can find an open proxy to use from Princeton University's CoDeeN project (see Resources).

Step 5

Click "OK" to exit the LAN settings, then click "OK" again to exit the Internet Options dialog. It will now be possible to stream video over the newly configured proxy server.