There's no shortage of information on how to pluck forbidden fruit from the internet apple tree. That's what Google was made for.
Now you don’t see it, now you do. The BBC switches you from kiss-off mode to a welcoming hug, and all you have to do is make a few tweaks to a simple utility program.
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With a basic internet account and a basic internet browser, the basic internet user in Thailand cannot keep up with EastEnders or watch documentaries on the BBC, for example. The Beeb flashes a forbidding sign to those naifs who try: "BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only."
The same is true for lots of content. "Spotify is currently not available in your country," warns the European music service. "The video you have requested is not available for your geographic region," notifies anyone trying to watch the CBS network's Hawaii Five-O. The motherlode TV site Hulu.com says the same thing as the BBC, just more politely, starting with "We're sorry..."
Now, these are basically annoying click-throughs to people who really want to watch or listen to such services.
Work-arounds including websites, proxies and, these days, virtual networks easily cheat the UK, US and other networks. You've read about most of the methods right here.
Tunlr is the newest and truly quite fresh answer to territoriality by big foreign networks. It's not a VPN and it's not a proxy. It's a little bit of both with geeked-up wizardry mixed in.
For you, the person who wants to watch a TV show, Tunlr is your DNS _ your name server. Instead of using the server that your internet provider gave to you, you set up your internet access so that Tunlr is your DNS.
Now, as I wrote last week, setting up a new DNS under Window is tedious. On the other hand, switching back from your new DNS to your original one is exactly as tedious. That's why I use DNS Jumper to select and, when necessary, to change domain name server.
And I want to give huge credit to LifeHacker.com for the idea that follows here _ using DNS Jumper to set up Tunlr to let you use iPlayer, Hulu and the like.
Step one to see iPlayer or any similar site, anywhere, is to browse to Tunlr.net. Click on "Get started" and scroll down to the bottom of the page. There are two IP numbers there, the primary and secondary addresses you need to make this all work.
Keep your browser at the Tunlr numbers. (Some friends suggest you should close your browser when adding a new server. If you do, jot down the Tunlr numbers first.)
Open DNS Jumper and click on the little gear, then click on "Add".
Remove the DNS Server name that is there. Enter the two numbers from the Tunlr page in the two places for "Enter the DNS Address". Click Add again. Go back to the main screen. From now on, when you click Choose a DNS Server, Tunlr should be right there. Click on it. Click Apply DNS. Click Flush DNS. Test the Tunlr by calling a up web page or three you know _ Google.com, say, or BangkokPost.com.
Now just enter the iPlayer or Hulu or similar address just like the time you were rudely shooed away. This time, you should be welcomed with open arms.
A couple of caveats, if I may.
First, Tunlr is free (and so is DNS Jumper). I have always thought that if you take advantage of "free" it creates an obligation, so if you really like this kind of software, a small donation seems indicated.
Second, and even less painful, Tunlr folks specifically ask users not to use the DNS all the time, but only to enjoy its specific benefits like iPlayer and Hulu.
This is "thanks" at its easiest, because this is almost what DNS Jumper seems designed for.
When you're finished doing what you want to do on the Tunlr system, use DNS Jumper to switch back to your own or another domain name server. It's just a couple of clicks.
Third, and this is really important. Tunlr almost never will allow you access to websites forbidden by the Thai firewall. There are other ways to do that. Tunlr is not designed to bypass censorship, only name-server controls.
Again, I outlined the extremely simple DNS Jumper last week. But even if you missed it, it passes the toaster ease-of-use test. Essentially, you put in the bread and press down the only lever you can see. It is far more difficult to make an error than to do it right; the same with DNS Jumper.
DNS Jumper is available at www.sordum.org, while Tunlr is reached through Tunlr.net.