Do you know you can watch free Sohu TV streaming videos outside Mainland China without a VPN?
Yes, I have been watching free movies and TV series from this Chinese streaming site.
The best part is:
I have never subscribed to any VPN (virtual private network) to enjoy all the freely available content.
Yes, I am talking about Sohu TV (搜狐视频).
As I have mentioned above, I have been watching its free shows outside the Mainland China.
Without any free or paid VPN service at all.
There are two ways to unblock or access movies or TV shows streaming from China-based websites.
They are: VPN and proxy server.
Before I share with you how to watch its free movies or TV series, let me clarify:
You CAN access or open Sohu TV homepage via Firefox, outside the Mainland China.
One more thing:
You can even watch many of its trailers too.
But not all of them.
Watch Sohu TV Trailers Via Firefox
You can watch trailers from movies under these two categories:
“Free For Members”
But from my personal experience, I found that NOT ALL trailers can be played without a VPN or a proxy server.
When you click on the movie to watch the trailer, it opens a blank black screen right away.
Then a spinning red and black circle icon appears.
Then you will see Sohu TV logo:
Another spinning red and black circle with the downloading percentage in the middle.
Then the trailer appears.
If it is not working, first you will see this notification:
Then I assumed it cannot be played.
Common Connectivity Problems Using Proxy Server
When you try to watch a trailer or a movie, you may encounter these errors:
“Secure Connection Failed”
“The connection was reset”
“The proxy server is refusing connections”
Then you need to click on the blue color “Try Again” button.
Probably you have to click it a couple of times to get it working.
These are some trailers which I have watched via Firefox without any problem.
Here is a scene of Anthony Perkin captured from my computer screen.
The second one which I tested it out is the 1998 “The Mask of Zorro“.
It stars Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Stuart Wilson.
This is a scene of Antonio Banderas dressed up as the fictional masked folk hero Zorro captured from my PC.
Then I tried to watch the trailer of the 2005 film adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel “Sin City“.
It stars Jessica Alba, Benicio del Toro, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood and many others.
I even managed to watch the short 2002 erotic thriller “Unfaithful” directed by Adrian Lyne.
It stars Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Chad Lowe, Dominic Chianese, and Olivier Martinez.
Below is the windy day scene where Diane Lane with a grazed knees, before she is coaxes by Olivier Martinez to his SoHo apartment.
Watch Sohu TV Free Movies With Firefox
Here is a big surprise:
As you know Chinese streaming video sites are geo-restricted outside China.
It means those living outside the Mainland China cannot access to their content.
But surprise, surprise:
I even managed to watch a couple of full movies via Firefox.
Yes, without a VPN or a proxy server outside China.
Here are some of them: “The Hunger Games“, “Deadfall“, “Night of the Running Man“, “The First 9 1/2 Weeks“, “May“, “Hotel Rwanda“, “La reine soleil” (Princess Of The Sun) and “The Blue Bird” which stars the late child star Shirley Temple.
Watch Free Sohu TV Streaming Videos Outside Mainland China Without VPN
First you need to install FoxyProxy Add-on to your FireFox.
Here is a tutorial on how to install and use FoxyProxy.
You want to watch streaming movies from China-based websites.
That means you have to setup a China IP address on your FoxyProxy.
You can get a whole list of China IP addresses from the internet.
Please that note:
Not all the China IP addresses will work perfectly.
You have to try them out on your FoxyProxy.
Before you set your FoxyProxy using China IP address, you open Sohu TV homepageon your Firefox.
Next you set your FoxyProxy with the China IP address.
Then you reload Sohu TV homepage again, by clicking on the “Reload current page” icon (curved arrow) on the address bar.
If you have problem accessing Sohu TV, then probably you need to change to another China IP address.
If it is working, then you can start watching the free movies right away.
You will encounter those common connectivity problems as I have mentioned above when watching trailers.
After you have clicked on the free full-length feature movie or TV series, you will see the same opening sequence just when you watch trailers, as explained above.
A red and black spinning circle, image appears, blank screen, followed by Sohu TV logo and then another spinning circle with the number of downloading percentage in the middle.
Then the movie begins.
If nothing happens and you don’t see any data transferring or connection at the task bar (bottom of the screen), then need to reload.
Normally you CANNOT watch the free full movies, TV series and all the other shows from all Chinese streaming sites.
Without a VPN or a proxy server.
If you are from outside China, and you try to view Sohu TV movie without a VPN or a proxy server, you will see the two notifications, as highlighted above.
You can only watch those limited free full movies.
But not from those movies for members-only.
Free movies are the one where there is no any indication on the top right hand corner of the movie posters.
When you watch the free movie, it will open another page with the details of that particular movie.
From there you click on the red color button or on the Sohu TV play icon as shown below:
I watched the 1988 French thriller titled “Preuve d’amour“.
It stars Gérard Darmon, Anaïs Jeanneret and Philippe Combenègre.
The movie is dubbed in Mandarin and even comes with Mandarin subtitles.
After that I watched the 2004 controversial award-winning “Shanghai Story” ( 美丽上海).
It is a family drama which won the best picture over the popular Zhang Yimou’s “House of Flying Daggers” at the 19th Golden Rooster Awards in China.
Two hours later I watched the 2013 “Dallas Buyers Club“.
This Oscar-winning American biographical drama film sets in the mid 80s, when when HIV/AIDS treatments were under-researched.
And the deadly disease was not understood and highly stigmatized then.
It stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Denis O’Hare, Steve Zahn and Dallas Roberts.
I even tried watching the second season of “American Crime“.
The above is a scene captured from the TV show from my computer screen.
Fortunately enough, I did not have any major technical problem.
For those who still haven’t access this video streaming site from China, check it out now.