I've started watching more shows online these days rather than sitting in front of the TV and flipping through the channels. I began with BBC iPlayer watching Spooks, Paradox, Merlin and a few others. I then started watching some shows over at 4oD last night. I quickly became annoyed at the amount of adverts! I remember back when 4oD used to be a program on your PC and you could download the show and watch them advert free. These days have changed I've soon found out.
Because I connect to the internet on my laptop by tethering my G1 phone to it, my internet sometimes gets lost and I have to reconnect. If this happens when I'm watching 4oD, the show will have to be restarted and I'll have to go through the 3 adverts at the start of the show. If I was far enough along, the 2nd set of 3 adverts would then also have to reload.
Being that this happened a few times I needed to find a fix to this problem. And I have...
The FAQ page on the 4oD site gives some advise to those people using Ad-blocking software and a way to check to see if they're having problems with it. What this also does, is provide some vital information that we need to easily block the ads from showing on the shows.
Some of you may be familiar with what a HOSTS file is. For those of you that aren't, it's your computers first point of call before it travels out to the internet to a DNS server to translate the URL you type into a set of numbers computers can communicate with. Think of it as a complex form of turning a phone number like 1-800-COLLECT into 1
Essentially, what this would allow you to do is to tell your computer that when you type www.google.com for it to go to www.bing.com instead all the time. In this case however, we want to tell our computer to look at our own computer for the answer, yielding no result at all.
****UPDATED JUNE 2011****
Thanks to an anonymous poster recently I've updated the following steps to the following
- Watch the first set adverts from the show of your choice
- Pause show
- Locate your hosts file (you will need to have administrator rights and change it from read-only)
- Windows - C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\
- Mac - /private/etc/hosts
- 127.0.0.1 s0.2mdn.net
- 127.0.0.1 realmedia.channel4.com
- Link to Chrome options where "Clear Cookies and other site data" should not be ticked - chrome://settings/content
- Firefox - Options -> Privacy -> History -> Firefox will Remember History
I've just finished watching all 6 episodes of The IT Crowd flawlessly with absolutely no adverts on it at all.