YouTube TV is one of the most popular live TV streaming services available today, with over 80 million users, according to its website. But just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s easy to use.
In order to utilize its services, you’ll need to connect to the internet via a VPN. What is a VPN and why do you need one if you have YouTube TV? Read on and we’ll answer those questions.
What Is A VPN And Why Do You Need One?
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) encrypts and secures your data while on-line so that no one can eavesdrop or interfere with your communications. Without the use of a VPN, all your electronic communication is broadcasted in the clear, something which is obviously not desirable. While we can’t entirely prevent unscrupulous individuals from meddling with our data, we can use technology to make it much more difficult for them to access our personal information. Letting you keep your personal data private while on-line is one of the primary purposes of a VPN.
VPNs are often utilized by people who need to remain anonymous or by organizations and businesses that need to keep their trade secrets secure. You might also use a VPN to access banned content when you’re abroad, or to prevent ads from being served to you while you’re browsing the web.
Why Should You Use A VPN With YouTube TV?
If you’ve ever tried to watch YouTube videos on an airplane or a public place when you don’t have WiFi, you’ll know exactly why you need to use a VPN with YouTube TV. Without the use of a VPN, your attempt to watch a video might end up giving you and your seatmate an audience as you try to figure out how to watch your video without it freezing or buffering. And let’s face facts, even if you do manage to watch the video without issues, you’ve still lost a few hours of your life which you’ll never get back, especially if the person next to you is a chatty person.
The good news is there are many reliable and trustworthy VPNs available, and with the right settings, you can make YouTube TV work exactly the way you want it to work. So let’s get started.
How To Use A VPN With YouTube TV (Setting Up The Stream)
The first step to using a VPN with YouTube TV is to open the app and log in, if you aren’t already. When you connect to the internet via WiFi, the app will automatically connect you to the VPN, and you’ll see a small VPN icon in the upper right corner of the app. Tap this icon to enter the VPN’s settings menu.
You’ll now see a list of available networks. Select the network you want to use, and then click the blue button to the right of it to connect to it. Once you’ve connected to the selected network, you’ll see a prompt to allow or deny VPN connections from your device. Allow access, and you’re ready to start using YouTube TV. You can always go back and change this setting at any time via the app’s settings menu.
How To Use A VPN With YouTube TV (Sign In With Google)
After you’ve set up your VPN connection, you’ll see a prompt to enter your Google login details, so that YouTube TV can verify your identity. This process is called ‘signing in with Google’.
Enter your username and password and then click the blue button to the right of it to authenticate. Just like that, you’re signed in, and you can start using the services offered by YouTube TV, including watching videos and subscribing to channels.
Why Should You Use A VPN When Watching Netflix Movies?
As much as we all love Netflix, and we all love good old-fashioned DVD rentals, they’re not the best options if you want to ensure that your personal data is kept private while on-line. Netflix, like other streaming services, uses your personal data to deliver targeted ads which may be more suited to a commercial setting than a private home. And while we all need to eat, let’s be honest – junk food brands will never be completely excluded from our lives, and the ads they serve up aren’t exactly helping to improve our health either. Even if you aren’t consciously deciding to watch adverts while using Netflix, their automated content recognition technology means that the advertisements will still appear in the exact same place, even if you watch a different show. It’s one thing to show an ad or two when watching a TV show, it’s another thing entirely when you’re constantly bombarded with advertisements, even when you’re trying to watch a movie – you’ll never get that hour of peace you need to restore your mental health.
With a VPN, you have absolute control over what information is shared with what services. You can make Netflix work the way you want it to by specifying which apps can access your data when you use them, and you can block all apps from accessing your data when you’re not using them. Not sure whether or not VPNs work with Netflix? It’s actually pretty simple to find out, all you have to do is ask. You can use the online help section of the Netflix app to find out whether or not your VPN will allow you to use the services, or if you’ll have to choose between subscribing to Netflix or using the VPN.
What Is A VPN And Why Should You Blocked YouTube TV In Your Browser?
You might be familiar with the Netflix ‘blocker’ add-on for your web browser, designed to keep Netflix content private and away from prying eyes. While many people still use traditional methods of keeping their personal data private, such as keeping their WiFi network hidden and using private proxies to access the internet, VPNs provide a quick and easy way to accomplish the same thing.
The easiest way to block YouTube TV in your browser is to open your Google Chrome browser and click on the menu button (shown in red in the image below). From there, you can choose to “New Tab”, and then search for and install the “NoScript” extension. After the extension is installed, you’ll need to visit the “NoScript” settings page to get started blocking different types of content on different websites, something which the extension’s developers call “content filtering”.
You’ll then need to select “YouTube TV” from a dropdown list and click the “X” button to the right of it to install the extension.
The next step is to visit the “YouTube TV” settings page and toggle the option to “On” to start using the service. You’ll then need to return to the NoScript settings page and remove the extension to stop filtering content from websites which you’ve chosen to allow.
If you’d rather use an alternative browser, such as Firefox or Safari, the instructions are slightly different. For Firefox, visit the extension’s website and download the “NoSniffer” plugin. After installing the plugin, you can similarly access the NoScript settings page and remove the YouTube TV extension as described above.
How To Use A VPN With Hulu Plus?
Hulu Plus is one of the most popular streaming services today, and one of the most reliable, but just like with YouTube TV, you’ll need to use a VPN to take advantage of it fully. The same login process as described above for YouTube TV applies – you’ll need to connect to the internet via a VPN, sign in, and then select the network you want to use before starting the app.
However, unlike with the other services discussed thus far, Hulu Plus’ settings menu doesn’t give you the option to allow or deny VPN connections – it only has one setting, with no prompts to enter any credentials.
This is something you might see from an unreliable VPN which might be patched up with some insecure settings – if you’re not sure how to set up a VPN on your device or if you don’t trust the service, this is a good indication that it’s not a reliable option, at least not yet. If you’re fortunate enough to have a VPN which is both reliable and has good support, you should be able to trust the service, and feel confident that your personal data will remain private while on-line.
With your chosen network selected, you’re free to navigate the Hulu Plus app’s menus and start watching content, just like before you connected to the VPN. Once you’re signed in, you can also go back and change your VPN’s settings if you’d like, or uninstall it if you no longer need it. Just keep in mind that if you do decide to uninstall it, you’ll have to restart your device before you can use the service once more.