How to: Watch TV Shows Like Top Gear on BBC from the US

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I’m a huge fan of Top Gear. Not the lame, knock off version put on here in the U.S., but the version that airs on BBC 2 in the UK. The version with Jeremy, Richard, James, and the Stig. Basically, the only version that matters. If, like me, you want to watch Top Gear live and not wait a year (or more) for it to appear on Netflix, I’ve got a trick that will help you do just that.

If you’ve ever configured your computer to use a proxy server, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing here. If you already know how, head on over to hidemyass.com/proxy-list and get a UK IP address.

If you’ve never configured your computer to use a proxy server, read on. I’ll only have screenshots for Mac users, but the PC instructions are below as well.

How to Get an IP Address From Another Country

First, navigate over to www.hidemyass.com/proxy-list. Select ‘United Kingdom’ from the drop down menu on the left, and then click ‘Update Results.’ The resulting list will give you all current available proxy servers in the UK.

Next, out of the results, look for the one with the best Speed and Connection Time. It should appear at the top of the list. Copy the IP address, as you’ll need to paste it in another step. It’d also be good to make note of the Port number, if it’s different than 8080.

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How to Configure a Proxy Server on a Mac

Step 1: Go to System Preferences > Network and click ‘Advanced.’

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Step 2: Click on the ‘Proxies’ tab, and then enable the checkbox for ‘Web Proxy (HTTP)’.

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Step 3: In the ‘Web Proxy Server’ address field, paste the IP address you got from the website above. The default number is usually 8080, but may vary, so enter it as well. Then click ‘Ok’ and ‘Apply.’ That’s it, now all of your Internet traffic will route through the proxy server.

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How to Configure a Proxy Server on Windows 7

This site has the best how-to guide for configuring a proxy server if you’re using Windows 7:

http://answers.oreilly.com/topic/675-how-to-configure-proxy-settings-in-windows-7/

How to Configure a Proxy Server on Windows 8 / 8.1

Use this site if you need to configure the proxy server on Windows 8 / 8.1:

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to-configure-proxy-server-settings-in-windows-8-1

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