Despite all the talk about the internet being an open and free environment where two people from opposite ends of the Earth can both access the same information at the same time, certain websites still haven’t gotten the memo about what “open and free” actually means. Particularly when it comes to online streaming of music, TV shows, and movies; someone from the United States is out-of-luck if they want to watch the new episode of Doctor Who without having to wait for the entire season to arrive on Netflix, and someone else from the UK is equally in trouble if they’re hoping to catch the latest Daily Show on Hulu. Sure, you could just shell out another $60 a month for a cable or satellite subscription, but we both know that’s not gonna happen.

Thankfully, a few nerds have come up with a no-mess way of easily accessing content that would otherwise be blocked in your country or by your ISP with Hola Unblocker. For people looking to expand their media horizons by seeing what other countries have to offer, or people travelling that want to use services like Pandora that are often inaccessible abroad, this is the perfect tool. Plus, if you’re living in a country that restricts internet access to sites like Facebook, Google, and Twitter, Hola Unblocker will finally allow you to view these websites as they were meant to be seen.

It comes on both Firefox and Chrome as an add-on or extension, respectively, or a standalone desktop client for Windows that has a few extra features. After installing it on Chrome, I was able to immediately start watching the latest episode of Top Gear on the BBC iPlayer with zero problems.

Currently, Hola Unblocker will allow you to stream content from the following sites:

  • hulu.com
  • netflix.com
  • pandora.com
  • bbc.co.uk/iplayer
  • cbs.com
  • fox.com
  • itv.com/itvplayer

The list is a little small for now, but the developers promise more sites will be added soon, and are even asking users to vote on which sites should be unblocked next. Not only that, but an Android version of Hola Unblocker is also in the works. So if you’re wanting to to view content from anywhere in the world, just as you should be able to, this is one of the best tools around.