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Netflix & BBC I Player in Europe

We have fitted an iBoost Omni-Directional Wi-Fi router to ourmotorhome and it works fine allowing us to use to connect our phones, I Padsand Apple TV to a single connection.

To date we have only used it in the UK with Apple TV mainly to getNetflix & BBC I Player. My query is picking up Netflix & I Player onour extended trips to France, Spain & Portugal is it possible I understandnot?

I have read about setting up a UK VPN which gets around the regionproblem but have no experience of this so any help would be greatly appreciated

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I am almost certain that the Iplayer system can (and does!) recognise that you are not in the UK so will refuse to work. (There were a few "work arounds" but I think they have been identified and stopped now)

Not sure about Netflix etc BUT accessing it other than with your home wifi is going to use up any mobile data allowance you have VERY quickly indeed.

I have a second Humax Fresat box so record all sorts of stuff onto that (in SD not HD to conserve disk space) and then take it away with us so we have a selection of telebox stuff if we want it. The added advantage being there is no satellite signal to seek out and no data charges to pay.

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I am almost certain that the Iplayer system can (and does!) recognise that you are not in the UK so will refuse to work. (There were a few "work arounds" but I think they have been identified and stopped now)

Not sure about Netflix etc BUT accessing it other than with your home wifi is going to use up any mobile data allowance you have VERY quickly indeed.

I have a second Humax Fresat box so record all sorts of stuff onto that (in SD not HD to conserve disk space) and then take it away with us so we have a selection of telebox stuff if we want it. The added advantage being there is no satellite signal to seek out and no data charges to pay.

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Thanks never considered recording onto a free sat box first, although it would need to be small as I have restricted space
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Not sure about Netflix but I can confirm that BBC iPlayer and ITV Player both do still work whilst using a VPN. I am currently sitting watching BBC iPlayer here in Dubai and it is working perfectly.
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Not sure about Netflix but I can confirm that BBC iPlayer and ITV Player both do still work whilst using a VPN. I am currently sitting watching BBC iPlayer here in Dubai and it is working perfectly.


Thanks can you suggest a VPN?
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Thanks never considered recording onto a free sat box first, although it would need to be small as I have restricted space
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In actual fact, the best way to take recorded material with you is to use a YouView box. I've got a BT (Humax) example which has a 2.5" 500gb drive, is small and light and even runs off 12v. There is also a similar TalkTalk (Huawei) branded example but the drive is smaller (320gb I think). Lots of them around for cheap money, example here:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TALK-TALK-...QAAOSwPpFXMLHG

As for streaming, not really a practical option unless you're using all singing/dancing sites with a strong/fast WiFi signal. Some swear by it, much too hit & miss for me to bother

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Thanks can you suggest a VPN?
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I use IP Vanish which works very well on my iPad. However, it is not cheap at $69 a year. It auto renewed yesterday that's why I know the price.


Some guys use VPN Master and find it really good and it's free. I was going to change to that and give it a go before I realised I was set up to auto renew.
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Its very hit and miss getting good enough wifi to watch stuff abroad. I tend to just download heaps of stuff onto the laptop before we go now and just watch it on that. I do use Zenmate free VPN for streaming sites but you have to pay for the UK server based version. If I get somewhere where there is a really fast connection Ill just top up my downloads folder with whatever and move on. You can also use www.filmon.com for watching live TV abroad without a VPN but not catch up.


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I use purevpn to access iplayer etc when in Europe, around $50 for 2 years.

Using filmon it is possible to register, which is free, and save 1 hour of programmes on their server and download to your device as an mp4 and watch whenever you like. For 5 euros a month it is possible to extend the recording time to 4 hours, which renews once downloaded, this means that good bandwidth is not necessary as you are not streaming. Downloads can take some time but this can be done at times when the bandwidth is better especially important on site wifi connections.

I have found that it has been next to impossible to download any media files using the 3 feel at home service in France and Spain even though the speed for other things is quite good.
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There is a battle currently going on between Netflix and the VPN providers as Netflix is continually attempting to block them. Therefore one that may work today may not work tomorrow. There is a lot on google about this but what seems to be the case is that if you have a "personal" VPN it is unlikely you will be blocked. I have a VPN on my Synology Diskstation that only I use so I think it unlikely that it will get blocked but I could be wrong!

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