The Easiest Way to Surf and Watch Hulu, Netflix and Pandora Outside the US

In the past we have seen many ways using which we can bypass the country restrictions imposed by sites like Hulu and Netflix and browse them like a US user to watch videos. The latest service that we saw was Tunlr, using which we could easily change our connection DNS and browse these restricted websites.

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But the major problem with the service was that as the DNS was just meant to watch videos on Hulu and Netflix, it slowed the regular web browsing. Moreover, the service is about to remove Netflix from its list anytime now due to increase in the number of users. Because of these problems it was becoming quite difficult to use Tunlr on a regular basis.

To change that, today I will show you an extremely easy way (probably the easiest way) to watch Hulu, Netflix and listen to Pandora radio from any country. I will not ask you to change your DNS and neither will I ask you to use a VPN service. All I will ask you to do is to install an extension in your browser and nothing else. Tempting, right? Read on.

Media Hint for Chrome and Firefox

Media Hint is an extension for Firefox and Chrome that lets you watch Netflix and Hulu, and listen to Pandora radio outside the US.

Open the Media Hint homepage on your browser (Firefox or Chrome) and click on the button Start Using. Depending upon the browser you are using, you will be redirected to Chrome Web Store or Firefox Add-on Center from where you can install the extension.

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After the extension is installed on your browser, restart it. You will not notice any change in your browser extension area but wait till you open Hulu or Netflix…they will no longer show you country restriction banner! So, as I already mentioned, all you need to do is install the extension.

How Media Hint Works

I was really puzzled to see a simple extension doing the trick which till this day required DNS change, VPN services et al. Hence I decided to investigate how this thing was working. But the developer has not provided any information about the working of the extension on the extension official website. However, according to this thread on Reddit, the extension uses a proxy when Hulu or Netflix is determining your location but when you listen to a song or stream a video, it switches to a direct connection.

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So this means that you will not be compromising in your actual speed while browsing the aforementioned websites.

Conclusion

The extension is free to use and I don’t see many users complaining about experiencing any kind of difficulty. Some reviewers on the Chrome store seem to be calling out on it for asking for permission to access data on all sites. While it certainly sounds alarming, I have found many extensions doing that. There always is a degree of risk associated with exposing your browser to add-ons. The final call is always yours.

I highly doubt if the party will last long enough and it’s a matter of time before Hulu and Netflix engineers come out with a fix, but till then why not make the most of it? Let us know if you tried it, and if it worked out well.

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