Hola Unblocker lets you access Hulu, BBC and more from everywhere - gHacks Tech News

Hola Unblocker lets you access Hulu, BBC and more from everywhere

Free services that unblock country-restricted contents on the Internet such as Hulu, Pandora, the BBC or Netflix usually do not last that long before sites start to take notice and block them from making contents available or they become that popular that they can't keep up with the traffic that is needed to power them.

While I can't say for sure if Hola Unblocker will share the same fate as countless other solutions before it, I can confirm that it is working right now as advertised.

The solution is available for web browsers such as Firefox and Google Chrome, and also for Android, Windows and Apple systems. If you install it in a browser of choice, it does its magic in the background right after installation. You won't really notice that it is there and working, until you visit a site that it can unlock for you.

That's great if you are on holiday in another country for instance but do not want to miss your favorite show, or want to access your Netflix account for some video streaming to wherever you are right now.

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The browser extensions unlock the following sites currently on the Internet:

  • Pandora
  • Hulu
  • Netflix
  • CBS
  • Fox
  • BBC
  • ITV

So how does it work? Hola works like a VPN service but with the difference that it uses p2p technology to distribute contents between members. While you may notice an uptick in upload bandwidth when your computer is idle because it is used to make available contents that you can watch to other users, not all contents need to be streamed so that the overall impact should not be too high after all.

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The Windows client comes with two additional features, including that it should work in every browser that you are using which means that you can make use of it in Internet Explorer or Opera for example as well. It also includes the Hola Web Accelerator which aims to speed up web browsing and a Firewall Unblocker which provides you with the means to escape networks, e.g. at school or work, and also country wide restrictions that prevent access to specific web contents.

Verdict

Holo works really well for now, and I did not notice any issues during that time. Playback was fluent and access was granted immediately on all sites I tested it on. For now at least, it is a great solution if you want to access the sites it supports.

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Comments

  1. Leon R said on March 9, 2013 at 9:56 am
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    Media Hint for Chrome is still alive!

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on March 9, 2013 at 10:18 am
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      Last time I tested this on Hulu it did not work.

      1. city_zen said on March 9, 2013 at 11:24 am
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        Media Hint for Firefox is working for me on Hulu right now.

      2. Martin Brinkmann said on March 9, 2013 at 11:56 am
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        Interesting. It is no longer available in the Chrome web store though, or?

    2. Cristian said on August 10, 2014 at 2:46 am
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      Great advice thank you I can access hulu now. I was using spotflux which seemed to work every so often with hulu but now it looks like they blocked must of their IPs. But with Hola it is working great!!

  2. Brian said on March 9, 2013 at 10:32 am
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    Try this Martin SD is free HD you have to pay for.
    http://www.filmon.com/#BBC-One

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on March 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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      Looks really nice, thanks.

  3. Ian C> said on March 9, 2013 at 10:55 am
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    Cool. No if only there was something stable for devices like the Roku, etc

  4. ilev said on March 9, 2013 at 11:39 am
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    Hola is sharing your PC resources and who knows what else. Wouldn’t touch it.

  5. David said on March 10, 2013 at 6:29 am
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    Do you know any addon like this one which enables iHeart Radio for any other countries than U.S.? When I try to play a station it gives me “The iHeartRadio service is only available in the U.S.”, sadly. Any trick (other than VPN)? Thank you.

  6. rickxs said on March 10, 2013 at 11:17 pm
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    http://www.filmon.com/#BBC-One———-can't view anything from australia signed up etc nothing

  7. Brian said on March 11, 2013 at 7:23 am
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    Hi rickxs,
    Download safeip change your ip to England
    bobs your uncle and you are away http://www.freesafeip.com/
    good luck.

  8. rickxs said on March 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm
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    ah thanks Brian ,I wasn’t aware it was IP dependent they didn’t even put up your not allowed to view being an ex pom[Surrey] living in ‘oz lol

  9. Brian said on March 12, 2013 at 8:26 am
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    Hi rckxs
    if you want sky sports then try these
    http://cricfree.tv/sky-sports-1-live-stream.php
    http://www.stream2watch.me/live-tv/sky-sports-1-live-stream
    the second one takes a bit of learning.
    click on live TV,and book mark the page.
    good luck…..

  10. Elliette said on April 5, 2013 at 2:37 am
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    BBC has pulled the plug……:(

  11. steve said on May 30, 2015 at 7:11 am
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    Hola goes full botnet and turns users connections into TOR-like proxy servers. But TOR does ask for your permission first.

    https://torrentfreak.com/hola-vpn-sells-users-bandwidth-150528/

  12. iris321 said on July 10, 2015 at 12:51 am
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    Hola unblocker works!! I can now watch my korean drama with great quality thanksss ^^^^

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