- VPN not working on iPlayer….
Same for me (on unlocater) but I rarely watch anything on the BBC now anyway, so I am not motivated to hunt around for alternatives. I will give them a chance to fix it, but it has been coming on and off for a couple of weeks, looks like the BBC might be playing whack a mole with vpn providers like netflix did 6 months or so ago. IF the BBC are motivated to then they will win the game.
Be weary of “FREE” vpn’s they are businesses and have to monetize you somehow, often by selling you as a vpn endpoint for someone else. I wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole.Posted 7 months agonicko74Member
BBC have been clamping down on IPs that they know come from VPNs/ smart DNSs, I believe. Various services have been having problems, it seems.
Of course, for something like unlocator, it doesn’t help that when they get it back up they announce it on Twitter – presumably BBC tech folks then know to go and find the new exit IP…Posted 7 months agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
Not used iplayer for ages, but I was using it thru a VPS in a London data centre. Just do an ssh tunnel either via linux command line or run putty on windows.
OK it costs $10/month but that’s cheaper than a UK licence that us German residents can’t have, I think?
The last time I used that was when it simply asked yes/no if you have a UK TV licence. How does it work now that you are supposed to register an account?
Only German TV I watch is F1 on RTL. The rest, as you say, is pants.
Still have my 80cm satellite dish pointed toward the “wrong” satellite. Not my problem if BBC irradiate my dish with their overspill signal 😉Posted 7 months agomikewsmithSubscriber
Yep never will, they can handle sports (plenty just don’t broadcast stuff like that online) the money they get (got) from things like top gear and Dr Who make international license fee’s seem tiny. Netflix etc are picking a lot up along with the other free to airs in places like Oz
Problem with advertised VPN’s for stuff like this is it’s easy for the BBC to track and block. I tried for amazon prime before it came here and it lasted a few days max.Posted 7 months agobatfinkMember
I’ve been using unotelly for the last 5 years here in oz without any sort of issue – but it seems like they’ve gone under 🙁
Now using unblock-Us….. it works, but seeing a lot more buffering.
As an aside – is the new iPlayer app (samsung smart TV) as buggy as sh*t for everyone? have switched to using my apple TV as the app on the smart TV is almost unusable since being updated.Posted 7 months agofootflapsSubscriber
I was thinking about setting up a vpn endpoint on a raspberry pi and leaving it at my parents house next time I am in the UK.
Only problem is that your downlink would be their uplink, which is normally only a few Mb/s on DSL/Cable even if they have 50 Mb/s downlink.Posted 7 months agomakecoldplayhistoryMember
Not a VPN but as an expat solution to watching TV, I can recommend TVMucho. There’s a free hour a day but for 7 Euros a month, you have unlimited TV. Android app or browser.
I must have recommended it to 20+ people here in Thailand in the last couple of weeks and all are delighted.Posted 7 months agofootflapsSubscriber
That’s not a major problem, unless iPlayer etc. have drastically changed the way things work?
The html stuff for the webpage gets routed thru the VPN (or in my case VPS/SSH tunnel), but the actual video content is peer to peer between the CDN and you.
All depends on where they filter IP addresses, if the CDN bit checks for a non-UK IP, it won’t work…Posted 7 months agoMr WoppitMember
Here’s a compromise for UK TV programmes abroad, but you’ll have to put up with old-fashioned “appointment-to-view” broadcasts.
Also the picture quality is not top notch if you cast to the telly, especially the Brit channels. And of course Europe clocks are an hour ahead of UK clocks.
On the upside, you can access Al-Jazeera and France24 if you want actual news rather than the parochial slush and drivel churned out by the BBC.Posted 7 months ago
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