Update 25 Nov 2015 – this loophole that allowed the old method to work has now been closed. So here’s the new method below.
- Create a free TunnelBear account:
- Install the TunnelBear extension for Google Chrome.
- In Chrome, turn on the extension and then visit the video page.
- As soon as the video starts playing, turn off the extension so that you don’t use up your free monthly bandwidth allowance of 500MB.
Old method below for reference only
If you are a fan of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report living in Australia, you can either watch it by subscribing to Foxtel or you can watch the clips online after it has aired on Foxtel. This was a fair situation I thought. But this appears to have changed. Now, you can only catch the shows on Foxtel – the online clips are no longer available to Australian fans and from what I read on the show’s forums, to all fans outside of the United States.
This is not the first time that it has happened either. It does not make sense that they would do this once, reverted back to the status quo and then revoke access again. What has changed? They are not saying. Currently the thread on the forum about this issue runs 15 pages long.
However a fan had posted a good workaround on page 3. And this is it:
- Use Firefox and install an add-on called “Modify Headers“.
- Using the add-on, add a header of “X-Forwarded-For” with a value of “188.8.131.52″ or any IP that you know is an IP address in the US.
Set the add-on to be “Always on” in the Options.
On the Firebox button (big orange one) click on Options – Add-On Bar, then click on the Modify Headers icon in the Add-On Bar (bottom-left corner) and select “Start”. (thanks to helpful comment from Annoyed below)
And say goodbye to this …