There are some people who spend more time on YouTube then on facebook. Some, are really addicted to browsing and watching videos on YouTube and they can spend hours doing this stuff. We can play only selected individual videos or the entire playlist. While browsing videos on YouTube, you may come across some videos which cannot be played and you will get a message like this:
The uploader has not made this video available in your country. Sorry about that.
For users in Germany, they may get this message:
Unfortunately, this video is not available in Germany because it may contain music for which GEMA has not granted the respective music rights
This is really frustrating. The same thing happened to me when I wanted to watch a music video so badly that I have to use a proxy for this purpose. There are three solutions for removing country restrictions on YouTube.
- To use a proxy like hidemyass and open that same YouTube video URL again
- To search for different version of the same song
- To use “ProxTube – Unblock YouTube” firefox entension
In the first method, you can visit any proxy site and then open the YouTube URL using that proxy site. That video will start playing, irrespective of country restrictions. This method needs to followed manually to watch blocked YouTube videos.
ProxTube to Unblock YouTube Videos
As the name suggests, this extension unblocks a blocked video in just a few seconds. When ever you stumble upon a video that is not available in your country, you will see a loading indicator with the message “ProxTube is unblocking this video now”.
Want to learn how this extension does this magic? Well, its simple. The extension uses a proxy server to play the video and as soon as you leave the site, it automatically deactivates the proxy. The functionality is this simple but works great. This extension will add an icon to the toolbar to enable or disable the functionality.
This Firefox add-on plays the video by staying on YouTube, it won’t redirect you to any other third part sites and no annoying popups which can usually be seen on proxy sites. The speed to load/buffer the video is good and there’s no noticeable difference.
Youtubers, try out this extension, unblock YouTube videos and remove country restrictions/limitations.
You can download this Firefox extension from the official resource by clicking here.