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edwardoxford Jan 16th 2021 10:56 pm

Using VPN to watch British TV
 
Anyone successfully using a VPN service? I could use some advice.

Glasgow Girl Jan 17th 2021 12:09 am

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 
I used a VPN the other way around to watch US TV from Europe. I think I used Express VPN, it was free for 30 days, and was fairly straightforward. It is the first link below. Some channels still managed to block me though and put up a screen that said they would not provide content through a VPN. There are other ways beyond VPN ,Roku is one. I do not remember the others or use them but hopefully others will chime in.

Anyway, this might help:

https://privacyspark.com/vpn/streaming/uk-tv/
https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/watch...ance-anywhere/

Mercury39 Jan 17th 2021 12:26 am

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There are multiple threads on this topic already that you can find easily. Depending on what services you plan to access to watch Uk tv, you could be violating the terms of service of the service, for example iplayer terms specifically prohibit accessing via a VPN service. Britbox is one alternative that provides access to UK TV.

kimilseung Jan 17th 2021 1:34 am

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 

There are multiple threads on this topic already that you can find easily.
VPN's come and go, work and then fail. I suggest sticking it out to see what people on here are saying currently works. Although it depends on what you want to use it for.

I recently dumped Smart DNS, as it stopped me accessing the BBC. I am currently using the built in VPN that comes with Norton. I am open to seeing which DNS's are currently working.

edwardoxford Jan 17th 2021 4:06 pm

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 
Specifically need help or advice with anyone using AT&T and a Nord VPN.

edwardoxford Jan 17th 2021 4:55 pm

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 

Originally Posted by kimilseung (Post 12959982)
VPN's come and go, work and then fail. I suggest sticking it out to see what people on here are saying currently works. Although it depends on what you want to use it for.

I recently dumped Smart DNS, as it stopped me accessing the BBC. I am currently using the built in VPN that comes with Norton. I am open to seeing which DNS's are currently working.

I have subscribed to Nord to watch U.K. streaming, which works on all devices, but not the TV. As screen mirroring doesn’t seem to work (developer blocked?) to watch content from the U.K. on the TV I am having to buy a second router as our AT&T one doesn’t support VPN.

kimilseung Jan 17th 2021 5:04 pm

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 

Originally Posted by edwardoxford (Post 12960183)
I have subscribed to Nord to watch U.K. streaming, which works on all devices, but not the TV. As screen mirroring doesn’t seem to work (developer blocked?) to watch content from the U.K. on the TV I am having to buy a second router as our AT&T one doesn’t support VPN.

​​​​​​For my setup, using chromecast, the casting issue is because the process tells the TV ( the cast receiver for me) what address to go fetch rather than directly relaying the image from the source.
A Work around, while you wait for the more robust option of a router level solution, could be to cast the screen rather than the tab, this will send the image, rather than the address to fetch. Probably need wired rather than wireless, devices for this to work reliably.

I think it is Siouxsie, who is good and knowledgeable on these issue, with a bit of luck she will be along soon.

penguinsix Jan 17th 2021 8:09 pm

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After years with overplay I switched to Nord. VPN works with BBC but not SmartDNS.

postbox134 Jan 17th 2021 9:16 pm

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For the more techical minded, I use NordVPN + get_iplayer which downloads the programme to a file. Then I can cast it to my TV whenever I want to (does use a lot of disk space).

michaelinfinisol Jan 22nd 2021 6:57 pm

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 

Originally Posted by edwardoxford (Post 12960161)
Specifically need help or advice with anyone using AT&T and a Nord VPN.

happily watching iPlayer in the US using NORDvpn

kateinbrooklyn Jan 23rd 2021 11:20 pm

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I'm having luck using Express VPN to watch the BBC.

sid nv Jan 24th 2021 4:59 am

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 
I have no idea what VPN is, but here if you want to watch BBC there is a free-to-air channel called BBC America. This channel broadcasts tons of stuff such as 'Keeping up appearances', 'As time goes by by', etc. I am sure there is lots more content, but I have usually dozed off by then.


LAbrit Jan 27th 2021 7:27 pm

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Im finding NordVPN to be the most reliable and consistent. it allows multiple device connections and seems good with iplayers /bbc /c4 / itv etc.
I also installed on a UK firestick with most platforms and works great.

jammiie Jan 29th 2021 4:24 pm

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 
I use SurfShark and have never had any problems.

capin Jan 29th 2021 5:35 pm

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 
I setup my own OpenVPN server in an AWS datacenter in London. Costs me about ten pounds a month but is bulletproof.

excpomea Feb 2nd 2021 9:41 pm

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 

Originally Posted by sid nv (Post 12963623)
I have no idea what VPN is, but here if you want to watch BBC there is a free-to-air channel called BBC America. This channel broadcasts tons of stuff such as 'Keeping up appearances', 'As time goes by by', etc. I am sure there is lots more content, but I have usually dozed off by then.

Not what people are looking for.
They want to watch current UK shows, not some reruns from the 70's -80's BBC America has its uses. But it's severely limited.

I have previously used a router set up as a separate network within my home. with it's own UK IP address. Worked well for the typical UK TV but we were always playing catch up as they (UK) would block the various IP addresses.

We gave up. It was too much bother and difficult to set up.

sid nv Feb 3rd 2021 4:55 am

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 

Originally Posted by excpomea (Post 12967418)
Not what people are looking for.
They want to watch current UK shows, not some reruns from the 70's -80's BBC America has its uses. But it's severely limited.

I have previously used a router set up as a separate network within my home. with it's own UK IP address. Worked well for the typical UK TV but we were always playing catch up as they (UK) would block the various IP addresses.

We gave up. It was too much bother and difficult to set up.

If you watch the VPN channel, don't you have to have a TV licence? Personally I would worry too much about a Post Office detector van turning up in the street.
I will just carry on following Hyacinth Bucket. I can't imagine current UK shows can better this classic material.



kimilseung Feb 3rd 2021 3:05 pm

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 

Originally Posted by sid nv (Post 12967506)
If you watch the VPN channel, don't you have to have a TV licence? Personally I would worry too much about a Post Office detector van turning up in the street.
I will just carry on following Hyacinth Bucket. I can't imagine current UK shows can better this classic material.

I am not aware of BBC America being free to air, if you want to pay for America side UK TV, Britbox and even Acorn are better options than BBC America.

sid nv Feb 4th 2021 5:02 am

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 

Originally Posted by kimilseung (Post 12967640)
I am not aware of BBC America being free to air, if you want to pay for America side UK TV, Britbox and even Acorn are better options than BBC America.

If you tune in to channel 5 after 60 Minutes is finished, BBC America comes on. It might need a bit of fiddling with the aerial to point it at the PBS transmitter. I find that extending the rabbit ears doesn't make any difference.

corneydavid Feb 8th 2021 2:20 am

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Originally Posted by capin (Post 12965681)
I setup my own OpenVPN server in an AWS datacenter in London. Costs me about ten pounds a month but is bulletproof.

I like this solution. Do you leave the virtual machine running 24/7, or run it as needed?

markonline1 Feb 8th 2021 2:38 am

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I subscribe to ExpatPrime tv. The app is available on Amazon fire sticks so I can watch on the tv. Also they have a smartphone app and you can watch via a browser. 7 days of catch up and DVR and on demand included. I’ve been using it over a year now, by far the most reliable service I’ve used. Never really had much luck using a VPN to watch stuff from home.

Jaag Feb 8th 2021 6:14 pm

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NordVPN (and maybe others) has an app in the Amazon store, I could recommend having a separate device like an Amazon Fire HD ~($40) setup with UK applications, and permanently connected via VPN. Expect it occasionally to fail, but overall very reliable.
I would happily pay for Channel 4, UKTV, BBC if I could, it's genuinely helpful for my mental health to access it when I feel homesick.

I pay for Britbox (which is owned by BBC/ITV) which has some good, mostly older content, plus I pay for Hulu in USA which has quite a lot of British content.

dave2702 Feb 9th 2021 9:29 pm

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 
I tend to use NordVPN or ExpressVPN on the Firestick.

Both work well with Channel 4 and ITV (even UKTV and Channel 5) but Iplayer is such a pain that I've largely given up on it

Jaag Feb 10th 2021 1:22 am

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 

Originally Posted by dave2702 (Post 12969964)
Iplayer is such a pain that I've largely given up on it

it used to be for me too, and I started to resort to using the browser which was a pain, but in the last 6-12 months it’s been working fine for me, good luck.

Alan17 Feb 14th 2021 3:26 pm

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 
Recently signed up for Nord VPN and running it primarily on a Fire stick. Working fine.

dave2702 Feb 15th 2021 2:44 pm

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 

Originally Posted by Jaag (Post 12970014)
it used to be for me too, and I started to resort to using the browser which was a pain, but in the last 6-12 months it’s been working fine for me, good luck.

Thanks, as I said I'd given up on it, saw your post and gave it another try and it seems to be working again :)

kimilseung Mar 13th 2021 10:16 pm

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 
https://blog.malwarebytes.com/cyberc...s-data-exposed

" 21 million free VPN users’ data exposed"
Though i dont think anyone recommends them on here. (SuperVPN, GeckoVPN, and ChatVPN)


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