How to Unblock Movie4K
UPDATED: May 1, 2017
- Begin by getting a VPN account setup.
- Next, install the VPN software onto the device you want to unblock Movie4K on.
- Open the VPN software and connect to a server location wherein Movie4K is not blocked then connect.
- Once connected, you will have successfully unblocked Movie4K. Enjoy!
How to Unblock Movie4K
In more detail
Movie4K is one of those controversial online media sites that users adore and authorities hate. As a user, I can vouch for the fact that it is a great site.
Much like Putlocker, and various other sites, Movie 4K works like a media aggregator. It identifies media files across the web which contains TV shows and movies and provides a search engine to allow users to find the location of these files and enjoy their content.
A little bit like Wikipedia, it operates a system of registered and approved editors, who can submit and edit links. It server the English, German, and Russian speaking markets, but to be honest I can only personally comment on the English pages, which are amazing.
Movie4K does not host any content itself, but it does link to all the very best TVs and films. Whether you are into Hollywood blockbusters, art house movies, or even family favourites, Movie4K has something for you. But alas, it has also come to the attention of the copyright lawyers who have been trying to get it shut down for years.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) were successful with its first incarnation and in May 2013, Movie2K was no more. But it quickly returned as Movie4K and that site is still going great guns today.
But that does depend on where in the world you are, because in some countries copyright bodies have managed to get the site blocked. In the UK, Denmark, and for some users in Austria, Movie4K is now officially blocked by your ISPs.
So, how can you possible watch it? Well, actually the answer is pretty simple. Use a VPN.
Why is Movie4K Blocked?
Movie4K is blocked in those countries because one or more organization representing copyright holders has taken steps to try and stop people being able to access their content for free. They make money through selling the rights to watch their content and anyone who shows their content without paying them is technically breaking their copyright on this content.
They will have either used national copyright law to secure a court order which requires ISPs to block access to the site, or they will simply have liaised with the ISP directly and persuaded them to block the site without a court order.
Either way, Movie4K can suddenly become unavailable, which is a real pain to users.
How is Movie4K Being Blocked?
ISPs or internet Service Providers are the companies which provide online access to the majority of internet users. They are therefore the gateway to the internet for most people and this means they are able to block access to sites as they please.
Most ISPs in the western world will only block access to content which would be illegal in their country. This will often mean things like sites selling drugs, promoting terrorism, or containing child pornography.
But they can also be required to block other sites as well, if a court order is issued stating that they should. Most ISPs will not argue if a court order is presented to them requiring them to block a site. It is not worth the effort for them. In this way, many sites, including Movie4K have become unavaialbe to users. But with a VPN, it doesn’t have to be this way.
How to Use a VPN to Unblock Movie4K
Step 1: Sign up for a VPN
A VPN work be redirecting all of your online traffic down a secure tunnel to an external server. This external server can be located anywhere in the world. This is crucial because if it is located in a country where Movie4K isn’t blocked, the site will then be available on your device.
This is because the tunnel connecting your device to the server is encrypting all of your data and therefore protecting it from prying eyes of everyone, including your ISP. As a result, they are unable to apply their block to your data and all such sites can be viewed as normal.
I will illustrate how you can access Movie4K using a VPN. For this example, I have used ExpressVPN, which for me is the standout VPN for streaming online content. But there are plenty of other VPNs on the market too.
So, firstly, you will need to visit the ExpressVPN website using the link below. Once there, you can choose the subscription package which best suits your needs. Select that and you will be directed through a simple payments process.
VPNs only cost a few dollars a month and offer great value for the service they offer. ExpressVPN also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, which means that you can try them out and get every penny back if you are not totally satisfied.
You can see some screenshots of the process below.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN
Once the payment process is complete you can then download the ExpressVPN software. You can do this by selecting the appropriate operating system from the list below and then following the simple onscreen instructions. The software will pretty much download and install automatically, with just a few clicks needed from you.
Step 3: Connect to US-based Server on VPN
Once you have installed the software you can open it up. The landing page will be inviting you to connect to one of the ExpressVPN servers. You can choose a server located in any country where Movie4K is not blocked. It is usually suggested to choose the closest location to your actual locations to secure optimal speeds.
Here's a glimpse of how ExpressVPN connects on my Android smartphone device:
Step 4: Use Movie4K
Connecting to the server should only take a few seconds and with that you can try and visit the Movie4K website. You should find you now have full access to the page and are able to stream whichever TV show or film you like.
ExpressVPN has been great for me here in the UK. I can now enjoy Movie4K just as I did before. But whilst ExpressVPN are my pick, you might prefer to go with another VPN provider.
If so, you can see links to my top 5 VPNs for unblocking Movie4K below. They are all great providers and should all do a good job too.