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post #1 of 68 (permalink) Old 20-10-2015, 14:11 Thread Starter
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BBC Blocking VPN Access to iPlayer

I guess this is likely to annoy a few people on here who have been using free/paid-for VPN services in order to be able to access the BBC iPlayer whilst not in the UK:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10...pn_to_iplayer/

Looks like the Beeb is simply blocking acces via the UK IP Addresses for a list of known VPN service providers.

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I have a Syno!ogy Diskstation at home which includes a VPN . For the reason mentioned in the article it would seem that I'm unaffected since I am running the VPN on a private server. I certainly had no trouble watching iPlayer last night from Madeira.
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That will be a real pain as it was great to download some catch up overnight whenever we had free wi fi.

I do agree that users should be paying the license fee but if their technology is so precise then I should be able to somehow quote my license number and get access.

Any workarounds or maybe VPN that use revolving IP addresses would be really useful.

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If you have a UK address with an Internet connection, then @peribro's approach, or using a router that supports VPNs (Asus do one, or anything that runs DD-WRT) is probably the way to go, as traffic to the BBC will just appear to come from your normal home IP address.

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Streamvia VPN and Smartstream service still works ok with Iplayer inside and outside UK
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If there is such a demand why on earth don't the BBC get on with providing a pay service for all current programmes outside of the UK?


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VPN working fine here.
And we would voluntarily pay the license fee ...but there is no mechanism to do that.
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If there is such a demand why on earth don't the BBC get on with providing a pay service for all current programmes outside of the UK?


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Well the do offer BBC Worldwide, a pay tv service designed for expats.
And several countries have their own BBC service - BBC America for instance....
And the did offer a "global" bbc Iplayer service, but that was closed earlier this year - maybe due to lack of take up...?
But due to broadcast rights they may not be able to offer ALL programmes to all markets, as other broadcasters in those countries may have those rights
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I had trouble getting the BBC Iplayer through my VPN here in the UK until I contacted their helpdesk, they sent me some manual settings to apply until they sort out their software. As I said its fine here in the UK at the moment but the real test will be when we are in Spain in December.

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I doubt this will stop anyone with a bit of savvy IT knowledge but to be honest I dont bother with iplayer or even more so ITV player which is dreadful and full of adverts. Virtually all the stuff I would want to watch is available on various streaming sites such as watchseries etc. http://thewatchseries.to/

A lot of these have been blocked by ISP's in the UK but you just use a free VPN like Zenmate to actually pretend your NOT in the UK or of course they all work with ISP's in France and Spain anyway. Currently.

God knows who uploads all this stuff but I am glad they do. I Dont feel like I am doing anything wrong by watching them. I pay a license fee so stuff em.
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