Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Some YouTube Videos May Not Be Available in Your Country

Some YouTube Videos May Not Be Available in Your Country

By Amit Agarwal on youtube

youtube-region-filtering No, this is not about Internet censorship in countries like China or Pakistan where ISPs frequently block access to sites like YouTube following Government orders.

You could be staying in a country like US, UK or India but may not be able to watch every video on YouTube - that’s because the content owners have allowed access to that video only from certain countries or geographic regions.

If your computer’s IP address falls outside that geographic region, YouTube will display an error saying “This video is not available in your country” - this message has nothing to do with censorship, it’s the owner of the video clip who could be limiting access.

YouTube Filters in Action

For instance, this video clip (Armor For Sleep - Hold The Door), uploaded to YouTube by Warner Brothers, is probably not available outside US. Similarly, this BBC clip (Stop Calling it a Honeymoon) on YouTube can only be watched from UK.

BBC has mentioned the reason behind region filtering on their official BBC Channel - “Because of the way that the BBC is funded in the UK through the licence fee, we cannot make videos available outside of the UK”.

How to bypass YouTube Region Filtering ?

Luckily, it is very easy to bypass these country-specific restrictions on YouTube. Type the YouTube video URL inside Google Translate and hit enter (Also see: Google Proxy Server).

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