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    BBC iPlayer TV Service Blocks UK VPN Services

    This is a discussion on BBC iPlayer TV Service Blocks UK VPN Services within the Entertainment forums, part of the Community channel category; BBC iPlayer TV Service Blocks UK VPN Services - ISPreview UK In an effort to clampdown on Internet piracy the ...

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      BBC iPlayer TV Service Blocks UK VPN Services

      BBC iPlayer TV Service Blocks UK VPN Services - ISPreview UK
      In an effort to clampdown on Internet piracy the BBC has decided to block users of UK Virtual Private Networks (VPN) from being able to view their online iPlayer video streaming content, which has also restricted access for many legitimate users.

      The iPlayer service is typically meant for TV viewers in the United Kingdom only and is funded by the licence fee. An international access service did use to exist for iPlayer, which required subscribers to pay a small fee, but that was closed down. In any case the BBC states that the vast majority of BBC iPlayer usage is in the UK.

      However imposing a ‘dumb block’ against VPN services doesn’t just prevent foreigners from accessing iPlayer, it can also stop British expats and license fee paying UK citizens who may also be using such a service. Some Satellite using UK users may also suffer.

      Many UK Internet users also adopt VPN’s to help keep their connections secure, such as when online at a public WiFi hotspot. A lot of businesses also run corporate VPN networks to help keep their workers connected when away from the office.

      A BBC Spokesperson said (TorrentFreak):

      We regularly make updates to our technology to help prevent access to BBC iPlayer from outside the UK which breaks our terms of use. BBC iPlayer is freely available to users across the UK without a VPN, and we also seek to ensure users of private VPNs such as those used by schools and companies in the UK have access.”
      Naturally the BBC are keen to retain the value of their international content licensing deals, but such changes may also encourage users to hunt around for less legitimate sources and those can then become very attractive due to the wider choice of content. Most VPN’s can probably get around such restrictions simply by cycling to a different pool of UK IP addresses and so very quickly we return to the familiar game of whack-a-mole.


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      Re: BBC iPlayer TV Service Blocks UK VPN Services

      I cannot see how they can stop it from working if you use your home router as the VPN gateway. As far as the BBC can tell, it's just a request from a UK IP address.

      For instance, say I'm in the USA, I connect to my home VPN get an IP on that range and launch iPlayer, where will the BBC see the request coming from.... my home address..
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      Re: BBC iPlayer TV Service Blocks UK VPN Services

      Presumably they mean that they want to block traffic from UK based VPNs to which people based overseas can subscribe in order to access BBC iPlayer?

      A bit like the way that UK based people can subscribe to a US based VPN to access the Netflix US service?

      So presumably a UK based person accessing BBC iPlayer from abroad via their home based VPN is doing so legally and wouldn't be blocked?
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      Re: BBC iPlayer TV Service Blocks UK VPN Services

      I think that may be open to debate mi'lord...

      If I am overseas can I be watching the BBC legally?
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      Re: BBC iPlayer TV Service Blocks UK VPN Services

      Perhaps "is doing so legally" was a bad choice of words on my part there!

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      is doing so with entitlement assuming they have paid a licence fee to watch the live streaming".

      But your point about legality is taken.
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      Re: BBC iPlayer TV Service Blocks UK VPN Services

      It's the same as Sky... the fact that I am a subscriber in the U.K. does not, in Skys' view give me the right to watch it when I am overseas, or so I understand; whether or not I use a public or private VPN.

      However, trying to stop someone who is using a private VPN is, I would have thought, an impossible task.
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      Re: BBC iPlayer TV Service Blocks UK VPN Services

      Quote Originally Posted by marjohn56 View Post
      It's the same as Sky... the fact that I am a subscriber in the U.K. does not, in Skys' view give me the right to watch it when I am overseas...
      Slingbox ?

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      Re: BBC iPlayer TV Service Blocks UK VPN Services

      That would work too..
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      Re: BBC iPlayer TV Service Blocks UK VPN Services

      Pointless as all the programs are available on Kodi/torrents etc anway (and i just checked my Canadian storage which just vpn straight in no problem). BBC should be spending their money on making new stuff instead of 8 year old homes under the hammer repeats and news reporters that can't report a fact without added bias or comment. Seriously when Al Jazeera is a better news service it's time to go home.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer TV Service Blocks UK VPN Services

      I can understand why they've done this.

      Currently they have a subscription service for anyone outside the UK who wishes to what the content on the BBC iPlayer. Circumventing this by using a UK VPN service will be losing them a lot of money that the UK residents have to subsidise in the {current} form of the TV License.

      If the BBC were to say that everyone in the UK has to pay an increase of Ł10 a year in order to pay the extra costs involved in supporting the BBC iPlayer when a lot of the traffic is from outside the UK, how many people would be complaining then?

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