If you’ve ever had a need to find an Australian proxy then you’ve probably discovered that it’s not easy. Actually finding a decent free one is pretty much impossible – believe me I’ve tried. The reason I’ve tried is that I have a few friends from Sydney who are working in the UK for a little while and they really miss their TV shows and news from ABC (the Australian one). Now normally I wouldn’t be arsed about this – from what I’ve heard Aussie TV is pretty awful. However this bunch are great and I guess you get homesick so I wanted to try and help them out.
To access the shows and stuff on ABC they have a system a bit like BBC Iplayer but their version is called IView. It only allows you to stream shows not download them and unfortunately like the majority of these sites – most of the content is Geo-Blocked. Basically it means that if you connect from outside Australia then you’ll get blocked from viewing.
Blocked to copyright reasons, digital rights – blah, blah, blah, which is what you’ll get for any non-Australian IP address. So you need to view using an Australian VPN or proxy to watch most of the content on the ABC site. If you want to try and find a free proxy to use then this site is probably the best chance – Proxies filtered by country. I looked for a few days and never found one fast enough to stream video unfortunately but you might be luckier.
The other free option I looked at was to use TOR and Foxy Proxy. Basically this has the same problem with finding an Australian exit node which works well _ I’d give this a miss unless you have about 10 hours a day spare (every day!).
After making some calls I discovered that one of the main reasons that Australian proxies are so hard to find is that bandwidth costs are extremely expensive in Australia and so running an open proxy will get extremely expensive very quickly. These costs unfortunately are reflected in the private companies who offer these services as well – they’re either very expensive or completely overloaded. The vast majority don’t even bother with Australian servers due to the high cost.
So I’ve highlighted two companies which offer the best deals – both offer very reasonable subscriptions and short term/trial options which don’t lock you into automatic subscriptions (which many do!). They both also include Australian servers as well as servers in loads of other countries – e.g US for American sites like Hulu, NBC and Pandora and UK for the BBC Iplayer. Lots of other countries included for free as well.
Here’s one in action from Youtube…..
It’s entitled Using an Australian Proxy if you want to watch it here on YouTube site.
Don’t sign up for a long subscription with anyone initially. There can be routing and speed problems to Australian proxies from some ISPs – you should check with a trial or short account first. Although check out the Aussie sites you need first, ABC for instance seems to change – some of the content is accessible to anyone a lot of the time. Check first that you are actually being blocked – you might save yourself some cash
Aussie Proxy/VPN Recommendations.
Anyway I checked a load of these services and here’s my favorite, better than everything else I looked at.
Identity Cloaker – Have now added some Australian proxies to their subscription, they have more servers but perhaps less countries (focus on UK and USA servers) than the other top services. However personally I prefer fast servers in specific countries rather than servers all over the place.
THe Aussie servers were very quick with the latest version of Identity Cloaker software which uses a compression algorithm to speed it up. Use the 10 Day trial to test, very good support.