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How To Unlock Rai TV Programs And Videos Outside Italy

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2013


Rai TV (rai.tv) is your best destination for Italian entertainment. The online video service provides access to entertainment programs from 14 Rai channels, current news and sporting events as well as a Replay and Video On Demand feature that allows you to catch your favorite Italian shows at any time. Besides computers, the service is also available for iPads, iPhones and Android devices through native apps.

Although Rai TV has revolutionized Italian entertainment, most of its programs are not yet available outside Italy. This is primarily due to copyright issues since Rai TV has signed content sharing agreements with other content providers which prevents it from broadcasting its programs outside the country. As it can be imagined, such measures can prove incredibly frustrating for Italian expats and tourists since they are not able to watch their favorite programs from overseas.

Just like other content providers, Rai TV relies on the IP address of its visitors to determine their location. So if you want to access Rai TV from abroad, you need to change your IP address before visiting Rai TV website. For changing your IP address, you can use IP changing services like proxies and virtual private networks.

While proxies are considered user friendly, they are not ideal for streaming videos on the web. That’s because some proxies leak IP address so the content providers can immediately detect your real IP address even when you are using a proxy. Moreover, proxies are often slow so they are not able to support high streaming and buffering speeds. Most VPNs are backed by a robust infrastructure so they can offer blazing fast speeds and total anonymity which is really essential to unlock location restricted streaming services like Rai TV.

How To Watch Rai TV Programs Outside Italy With A VPN

Step 1: Register with a VPN provider that provides an Italian IP address. For unblocking Rai TV shows, you can select unlimited bandwidth and speed offers from  Express VPNOverplay, HideMyAssStrongVPNPureVPN and IPVanish since these VPN suppliers are famous for their high quality services.

Step 2: Grab the VPN client from the VPN company’s site and install it as per the directions provided or set up the VPN service by editing your network parameters. For mobile devices like Smartphones and tablets, there is usually no software installation needed but you do have to configure the VPN service by changing a couple of network settings.

Step 3:  Apply the changes and restart your personal computer if required. When it comes to tablets and smartphones, you only need to save and apply the changes and restart the corresponding app to make use of the most recent network settings.

Step 4:  Get connected to the newly configured service by pressing the Connect key or the Virtual private network icon. Subject to your ISP speed and location, it may take few minutes for any VPN service to find the default server.

Step 5:  Make sure that you pick an Italian server if the default VPN server is not from Italy. Almost all VPN vendors have servers in several countries which implies that you will have to choose a VPN server from Italy to be able to unblock Rai TV programs.

Step 6:  Visit the Rai TV website again and test whether you are able to watch programs and full episodes. To access programs through tablets and Smartphones, close Rai TV’s native app and restart it to unlock all its features.


July 9, 2013
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