RAI streaming Estero – Italian TV using a VPN from Italy

One of the great things about using a VPN service which supports multiple countries is that you can use it for all sorts of things. For example a week ago I was able to help a colleague from Rome who was working in the UK for a few weeks. His English is reasonable but finds watching TV and films in English quite hard work. Anyway it turned out he had been trying to access this site http://www.raiplay.it/ from his computer but it wouldn’t work.

RAI streaming Estero

It’s sounds crazy but it’s true, Italian TV streaming in fine in Italy but get’s blocked everywhere else and that’s including the EU although there is some legislation which will hopefully change this.

So here it is, our old friend region locking or geo targeting whatever you want to call it.  Although you can watch some of the shows on the Rai Play and it’s sister Rai1 replay, much of it is restricted to Italian based visitors.   Just like every major media site from Hulu to the BBC and all the other UK TV stations, you have to be in a specific country in order to access the whole site.

Of course, usually a VPN based in Italy should be sufficient to access the site so let’s try it out.

A Solution to Rai 1 Streaming Estero (Streaming Raiplay Abroad)

TV Italiana Streaming Estero

As you can see from the demonstration, all it needs is a server based somewhere in Italy – essentially a Raiplay VPN. Fortunately Identity Cloaker and most of the bigger VPN companies have servers across Europe, so an Italian VPN is normally available.   So switching to an Italian IP address allows access to the Rai Player site wherever you happen to be.

It’s a familiar yet slightly depressing story, why so many of these sites can’t ensure their content is available globally.  In fairness from investigation it seems that the Rai play channels estero are slightly better than most, because much of the content is not region locked.  It compares favorably to something like the BBC iPlayer which doesn’t even allow access to things like the BBC News but blocks all access to content throughout the site.

Nevertheless the majority of their content isn’t available, so using the channel for people travelling is something of a chore. Maybe one day, this will all change but until then the problem still remains – Rai Streamin Estero ? Only if you use an Italian based VPN server to hide your true location, and then you can enjoy tv italiana online wherever you are.   However if you do invest in a VPN program then make sure you use it to explore other media sites.  Switching countries can open up hundreds of different forms of entertainment all over the world.  If you enjoy diretta rai sport for example then check out some of the US channels which actually cover many European sporting events, in India there’s a channel which covers the English Premiership channels.  The list is endless and once you’ve learnt to bypass all these blocks you can enjoy different programmes from all over the world.

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