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Veoh is a popular online video streaming service offering both network shows and user-generated content. Veoh, like other streaming services, blocked users from different countries early on. Unblocking access to the service is now simple with a VPN.
What is Veoh
Veoh was founded in 2005 and officially launched in 2007. In 2008, Veoh made its service unavailable to most markets, including South America, Central America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. Many users protested the blocks, but were unable to do anything about it. Veoh has since then had its share of ups and downs, but remains a relatively popular service. Veoh uses peer-to-peer technology for the Veoh Web Player application and Adobe Flash for website video streaming. Veoh defends peer-to-peer technology by explaining that it enables the distribution of longer video files without affecting bandwidth.
Veoh is freeware, but still faces controversy due to its decision to block viewers from many countries. The first mass block in 2008 saw a discontinuation service to prioritize the countries with the most viewers. Users in many other locations were cut off without prior notice, and were not even given the chance to retrieve the content that they has shared. The restriction was later removed from a few places like Puerto Rico and Malaysia, and intermittent access was permitted in places like India and Serbia. The original blocks imposed from 2008 to 2010 have been lifted in some area, but others such as Macao are still not able to access the service.
What Veoh Offers
Veoh broadcasts a lot of user-generated content. The publishing features have made the service desireable to many users. They can upload videos to Veoh through their computers for distribution. The service transcodes the file to make it available on Veoh.com, streamed on the publisher’s own web site, and viewable form in portable devices like iPhones, iPods and PSPs. They can customize the presentation of their content, and even automatically publish the content on RSS feeds. Video programming can additionally be organized into episodic series or complete channels.
Veoh also distributes a lot of content from the big names in media like ASC, Billboard, CBS, ESPN, FEARNet, MTV, TV Guide and Warner Brothers. Veoh also showcases independent creators such as 60 Frames, Can We Do That?, Dave and Tom, Goodnoght Burbank, and NextNewNetworks. The variety of content available from Veoh gives it an advantage over YouTube, though the content sharing features are similar. Through Veoh.com, users can switch from user content to network television for full episodes of TV shows and full-length movies. But because of the restrictions that many users around the word face, this variety of content is not available to them.
Veoh also has a software application called the Veoh Web Player that allows users to play full-length videos. They can watch on Veoh.com if the player is installed on their browsers, or download the videos from Veoh.com and other websites. The Veoh Web player comes with the Veoh Video Compass, an app that pull sup related video searches as users browse other websites.
Access Blocked Sites like Veoh
With a VPN service, the TV shows that are exclusively available in the United States can be viewed from any country. Content from US networks like ABC, CBS and Warner Brothers has been restricted for viewing in the US only. Content from other networks is similarly restricted by the countries where it originates.
A VPN opens full access to the Veoh video library. Users can watch thousands of local shows from Spain, and Japan. They can access all the Channels for animation like Pulp Secret and In a Woman’s World, the comedy shows National Lampoon and Break a Leg, and the Viral talk show. There are channels for News, Entertainment, Sports and Fitness, Education and How-To, Horror, Live Events and Specials, Reality shows, and so much more. Action, Drama and SciFi films, Documentaries, Musical and more are organized into neat categories. There is also a ton of music variety available, including Classical, Jazz, Spiritual, Latin, R&B, and Rock.
A VPN service is generally a safe way to access blocked sites. VPN technology is a method of rerouting traffic to shield the source. It also encrypts data in the process for added security and privacy protection. When you choose a reliable VPN service, you can maintain a high degree of online anonymity for free and safe web browsing. It is important, of course, to be careful when choosing a VPN provider. Some have been known to maintain logs of user activity and to share them with government agencies or sell them to advertising companies. This defeats the purpose of online privacy, so choose a provider that respects your privacy. Naturally these services need to monitor different connections from time to time to maintain high speeds and do other maintenance tasks. These records are not stored over the long term and do not contain user details.