Three Ways to Watch Youku Outside China

There's no doubt about it, Youku is one of the most popular video websites in China. With Youku, Chinese people can watch hundreds of movies and TV shows via their computers, laptops, smart-phones and tablets, all absolutely free.

There is one problem though – you can only access Youku if your ip address (the string of four numbers that identifies your computer) shows that you are in Mainland China. If you attempt to access Youku when outside Mainland China, you will not be able to view any of the movies or TV Shows available via the site. Instead, you will see the following screen:

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Happily, there are ways you can circumvent the geographical restrictions that prevent you from accessing Youku from outside China. This article will look at three ways in which you can enjoy Youku content from anywhere in the world you may happen to be.

Unblock Youku for Chrome/Firefox

If you are not very technically-minded when it comes to computers, then perhaps for you the easiest way to side-step Youku blocks is to use the Unblock Youku extension for Chrome. Chrome is the internet browser created by Google. If you do not have Chrome on your chosen device (and Chrome is available for most platforms) then you can download and install it from here.

Once you have Chrome up and running, the next step is to install the Unblock Youku extension.

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To do so, just visit this link in the Chrome Browser. In the top left hand corner of the screen you will see a button marked “+ FREE” - click on this. A pop-up box will appear asking whether you wish to add Unblock Youku to Chrome. Confirm that you do and the extension will install. Once installation is complete, you will notice a green tick in a red and blue circle in the address bar of Chrome – this means that the extension has installed successfully and is ready to use. If you visit www.youku.com in Chrome with the Unblock Youku extension enabled, you will find that you are no longer blocked from viewing Youku content!

Note that if you prefer Firefox to Chrome, there is an Unblock Youku extension for Firefox as well – just visit this link then follow the on-screen instructions.

Using a Proxy

When you visit a web-site, several pieces of information are sent to that web-site as soon as you enter it. One of the items of information that is sent is your computer's ip address. This is how the Youku site knows if you are trying to access content whilst you are outside of China.

You can bypass this limitation by using a proxy. A proxy is a kind of halfway address between your computer and the Youku site. Imagine if you wanted to correspond with someone, but you didn't want that person to know where you lived. You can send your mail to a intermediary address, who would then send it on to the person with whom you wished to correspond. Any returning correspondence would then be passed back to the intermediary address, who would then pass it back to you. This is, in short, how proxys work.

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The easiest way to use a proxy is by using an online proxy site. There are several hundred proxy sites out there, such as kproxy, Aniscartujo and Free Web Proxy. At each site you will notice there is a text box where you can enter the address of the site you wish to access – in this case www.youku.com. Just enter this address in the box and click on the launch button. Usually, one or two ads may pop up (which is how proxy sites make their money) but you can simply close them. After a few moments Youku should pop up in your browser.

You may have to hunt around for a decent proxy to use for Youku, as some will be better than others, depending upon the number of people using them at the time. You can always find new proxy sites by typing “free online proxy” into a search engine.

Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

If you want to watch Youku a lot, and you are outside China more often than not, then it may be more satisfying for you (not to say reliable) to use a Virtual Private Network, or VPN for short.

A Virtual Private Network is a secured group of computers that you are able to access if you have the correct protocols, which usually means a username and a password. Once you connect to a VPN, you have access to all the sites on the internet that the VPN is securely connected to.

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The beauty of a VPN is that is doesn't matter where in the world you are, the site you are connected to takes the ip address of the VPN as your address, and not that of your own computer. Therefore if you are connected to a VPN that is based in China, then you can access nearly every site that originates in China, including of course Youku.

Some VPNs are not free, but the main benefit of using a VPN is that they are a lot faster and more stable than proxys, meaning you will be able to stream video from Youku almost as fast as you would if you were connected to Youku directly yourself. They are also a lot more secure then proxies, meaning there is little danger of people being able to access your PC without your knowledge, or nasty viruses and trojans appearing on your computer, leaving it open to phishing and other online threats.

Enjoy Youku anywhere!

If you enjoy Youku's range of movies and TV shows, but often find yourself outside of the Chinese Mainland, then you are still able to access www.youku.com when out of the country. If you use any of the three tips given above, then you can still enjoy all the movies and TV shows you want courtesy of Youku, wherever you may be in the world.

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I don't know why but I can watch it without any problems already.
austinmoorebt
Youku is one of top Chinese video streaming website and I am pretty much sure that Youku management will not sale this project, if they know their worth. However due to geo-restrictions you can’t watch videos from youku so chose the best youku vpn with for watching or streaming videos from youku outside china.
stoneyhuff
Previously I could view any video just by clicking on it, no more. The caveat was the 7-minute segments downloads arrived in.
mintedsky
This worked! Awesome, thank you!!!
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