How to Watch Hunan Satellite TV From Outside of China
Home of such popular programs as Where Are We Going, Dad?, I Am a Singer, and 72 Floors of Mystery, Hunan TV has become China’s second-most popular TV channel and occasionally defeats CCTV-1 in the ratings.
Unfortunately, this does not cover all Chinese citizens living outside mainland China, particularly since there are more than 50 million of them at last check. When those citizens wish to view programs on their favorite channel, they are unable to do so online because streaming services are blocked if you aren’t in China or any of the specific international locations previously mentioned.
If you attempt to access HTV’s website from somewhere outside of the specific geo-locked regions where it is broadcast, you will receive an error message on your Internet-capable device.
In fact, the only sure-fire way to avoid being blocked from accessing HTV’s streaming service is to use a virtual private network (VPN). Not only does a VPN allow you to workaround censorship put in place by the network and the country’s it is broadcast in, but it also gives you tons of security and protection from hackers and cybercriminals while you browse the Internet.
What does a VPN do?
VPNs give extra security and privacy while you browse the Internet, and do it in a way that keeps your location a secret. In fact, you can use a VPN to project your Internet connection to a country such as China where Hunan TV is viewable, thus watching your favorite shows in streaming, HD fashion whenever you want.
VPNs connect your computer to a remote server typically located in another country. The two computers are bound by an encrypted tunnel that prevents third parties such as your Internet Service Provider (ISP), hackers, or a government watchdog organization from viewing what you are uploading or downloading to or from the Internet. When you request web pages that are typically blocked in your area, the request is encrypted at your end and decrypted at the location of the remote server.
The remote server then pairs your request with a new IP address and sends it on to the website of your choosing. If that website is HTV, you will be able to start watching streaming content which is first sent to the remote server, encrypted, sent through the private tunnel, and decrypted by the VPN client installed on your computer.
How do I use a VPN to watch Hunan TV?
- Research and select a VPN based on where its servers are located, how fast it can move data packets, its price, and other factors important to you.
- Download and install the VPN client on Internet-capable device.
- Open a new connection and select a server located in China or in another country that you know supports Hunan TV.
- Verify your new IP address online and visit HunanTV.com to ensure that your connection is working correctly.
- Begin using Hunan TV’s streaming services to watch your favorite shows.
What are the Best VPNs for watching Hunan TV?
Because of China’s strict Internet censorship policies, your best bet for successful watching of Hunan TV is to employ a VPN with impressive security and speed.
Founded in 2011 and based in Romania, CyberGhost VPN qualifies on both accounts. It does not keep logs of the sites you visit and has 256-bit encryption, as well as more than 2,300 VPN servers located across 60 countries.
NordVPN is one of the best regarded clients in the industry. Its security features include Double VPN tunneling, IP leak protection, a kill switch and AES 256-bit encryptions. It has great speed and servers numbering more than 4,400 spread across 60 countries.
SaferVPN puts its emphasis on security, and being based in Israel greatly helps that cause. It has a kill switch and can work under any protocol, along with possessing more than 760 servers in more than 35 countries. It does not store logs or IP addresses, which means any attempt to track your movements while using it will prove fruitless.
Its speeds aren’t the greatest in the world, but should be sufficient to stream Hunan TV assuming you don’t have multiple windows open at the same time.