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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

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 

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

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 
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

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV
 
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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