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Old 08-31-2015, 08:19 PM   #1
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Background: We fired the cable company. Brighthouse has been canned and we are using broadband to stream to a ROKU2 box instead. Very happy with that. Wife was used to getting Al Jazeera America news channel at home on cable and using the Brighthouse login info to allow her to watch it occasionally at work on the PC at her desk as well.

She goes on the Al Jazeera website and clicks the "watch live" button and is prompted that live service is not available in her area unless she selects a television provider from the dropdown box and enters her account info.
Brighthouse login is dead now because we cancelled service. I guess she needs the website to think she is from an area where live viewing is available. I'm guessing a proxy of some kind but I don't know what to suggest or how to do it. And she's on a work computer, but they let everybody surf where she works.

TL;DR How to fool the website regarding location?
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:35 PM   #2
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there's a million sites like "hidemyass.com" and the like if she wants to try a proxy
google "hide my ip address" or something
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Most of the options for free proxies are not going to let you stream anything over them. Streaming uses waaaay too much bandwidth. You might be able to do this with a decent ($$$) VPN. Though, even if you're in an area where the network is available, I doubt it'll let you just watch it without logging in.
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Following with interest, mostly because this is a fascinating technical challenge. It's not enough to spoof an IP (which is what a VPN would do for you), you need to be able to give it specific login credentials.
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Following with interest, mostly because this is a fascinating technical challenge. It's not enough to spoof an IP (which is what a VPN would do for you), you need to be able to give it specific login credentials.
Or would you? If it thought you were from a country where such service was not required or metered then it should let you watch the live feed, right?
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Or would you? If it thought you were from a country where such service was not required or metered then it should let you watch the live feed, right?
Hmm. Lemme check.

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Nope, no good. I just tried logging in from IPs in Mexico, Germany and Sweeden. Every time, I got the same login screen. Seems that since this is Al Jazeera America, they want to see valid login credentials from an American content-distributor.

I was able to stream content from Al Jazeera Video (the global English-language feed, not available in America) while spoofing myself as being from any European country.

This is the VPN I use: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/ It's not free, but it's exceedingly cheap and very awesome.



Also, props to your wife for choosing Al Jezeera. They get a bad rap for being funded by countries which, as a matter of recent historical precedent, are not closely aligned with American interests. But in terms of their reliability as a broadcast journalistic enterprise, they're in the top 3, alongside NPR and BBC.
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They have pretty good reporting and not the silly non-news fluff of the local news. And good documentaries.
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Any ideas that don't cost $7 a month for a vpn proxy?
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<p>You can modify the TOR config file and essentially manually select one country / A list of countries&nbsp;you want it to proxy through.</p>
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Do what? TOR?
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