How to Unblock Putlocker in UK and Bypass Virgin Media

Putlocker Blocked Virgin Media (Solution)

Updated: December 16, 2016


1. Step 1 is to get a VPN account.
2. The install the VPN onto the laptop, smartphone or other device you want to watch Putlocker unblocked on.
3. Then open the VPN and connect to a server location that Putlocker is not blocked within (for example, a US-based server location)
4. As soon as you are connected to the VPN, you'll have full access to Putlocker in the UK


How to Unblock Putlocker in UK and Bypass Virgin Media in more detail:

Note: This quick guide on how to unblock Putlocker and bypass Virgin Media in the UK involves using a VPN. There are literally hundreds of VPN services to choose from these days, so I personally reviewed the best ones around and chose ExpressVPN as the best one for unblocking Putlocker in the UK. Check it out in more detail:

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Being based overseas, I stream a lot of video’s and other content online. It’s is the easiest way for me to keep up with the latest movie releases as well as access some of my old favourites as I live in a non-English speaking country where there is either no demand for the movies I like, or they are dubbed (usually very badly).

My streaming site of choice has for a longtime been Putlocker. If you haven’t heard of Putlocker before, you have missed out. It is essential a site which allows you stream movies for free… there is nothing more to it than that.

A few weeks ago, I was back in the UK visiting family and sat down with my parents to watch a movie. We had been talking about it for ages on Skype and looking forward to watching it together online. I went to log into Putlocker, only to find that I was unable to access the site.

It turns out that Virgin Media has blocked Putlocker for all of its customers in the UK. It was a real pain and for a while we were all disappointe and wishing that the high street still had a DVD rental shop.

Fortunately, I worked out pretty quickly that to get to see everything I wanted, all I needed was a VPN.


Why is Putlocker not Available on Virgin Media in the UK?

Virgin Media has blocked Putlocker as a result of a legal dispute which apparently stems from the Motion Picture Association of America. They are a lobbying group which protect the copyright of Hollywood studios and try to ensure that only official streaming services are able to stream content online.

Of course, Putlocker doesn’t actually stream the content itself, so isn’t technically in breach of copyright, but that hasn’t stopped Virgin Media jumping off the deep end and deciding to block all access to the site.

Their decision means that any Virgin Media customer who tries to access the Putlocker site gets an error message which tells them that this site is now unavailable.


How is Virgin Media Blocking Access to Putlocker in the UK?

As an ISP, Virgin Media have the technical power to stop their servers connecting to any sites they choose Most ISPs use this power to block little more than illegal sites, such as those peddling child pornography or drugs.

Others get a little bit more gung-ho (or paranoid depending on your perspective) and are quick to block any site where there is even the slightest hint that something might be even slightly illegal.

Sadly Virgin Media fall into the later camp, and this means that customers who enjoyed Putlocker before are now unable to access it.

Or so Virgin Media would like you to believe. Because actually, if you are a VPN user, which fortunately I am, connecting to your VPN allows you to circumvent their block and access Putlocker as usual. Here’s how it works with the best VPN on the market right now; ExpressVPN.


How to Use a VPN to Watch Putlocker on Virgin Media in UK

Step 1: Sign up for VPN

So, the first thing you need to do is sign up to ExpressVPN. You can do this by visiting their website by clicking on one of the links on this page.

Once there you will have the choice of a number of different packages depending on the length of time you want to sign up for and your budget. Make your choice of the best package for you and you will then be diverted to their payments page where you can follow their simple instructions to make your payment using credit card, debit card, PayPal, or Bitcoin.

If you are still a bit unsure about signing up, don’t worry, ExpressVPN offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.

Once you have paid, you will then have to click the link in an email in order to enable your account.

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Step 2: Download & Install VPN

The next thing you have to do is to download and install the ExpressVPN software. This is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is choose the right operating system for your device from the menu you can see below. Then you just follow the simple onscreen instructions to download and install the software onto your device.

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The software should then open automatically. If for any reason it doesn’t, open it manually once the installation has completed and follow the simple instructions.

Step 3: Connect to non-UK-based Server on VPN

Once the software is installed, the last thing you need to do is choose which of the ExpressVPN servers you would like to connect to. As long as you pick one outside the UK, it doesn’t much matter which one you go for.

Just click on your chosen server and then wait a few moments for the connection to be established.

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Conclusion

It took me a few minutes to realise this simple process would bypass the Virgin Media blocking of Putlocker and I enjoyed a lovely movie night with my family as a result.

Do let me know if you have any comments on this guide, or any questions about how the process works.

And if you are not convinced ExpressVPN is the right VPN for you, there are plenty of others on the market too. Below you will see my recommendations for the Top 5 VPNs to watch blocked GEMA videos on YouTube. Enjoy!

David Spencer
 

Freelance Writer working on tech, ICT, finance, politics, and sports articles for sites in the US, Europe, and Asia.

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