• BBC cracking down on people using VPNs to view iPlayer content
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[url]https://torrentfreak.com/bbc-iplayer-blocks-uk-vpn-servers-over-piracy-concerns-151016/[/url] [quote=TorrentFreak]The BBC is taking measures against the unauthorized use of its iPlayer service by actively blocking UK VPN services. The measures aim to prevent foreigners from accessing iPlayer without permission, but they're also blocking many legitimate UK citizens from surfing the Internet securely. The BBC’s online catchup service iPlayer has been a great success, both in the UK and abroad. While the service is intended for UK viewers, who have to pay a mandatory TV license, it’s also commonly used overseas. Recent research suggests that 60 million people outside the UK access iPlayer through VPNs and other circumvention tools. However, over the past several days TF has received several reports from VPN users who can no longer access iPlayer from UK-based VPN servers. ... The BBC informs TF that the VPN ban was implemented to keep iPlayer ‘pirates’ at bay. The company is doing its best to keep company and school VPNs open but advises regular users to connect their VPN service in advance if they want to access iPlayer.[/quote]
The government help funds BBC right? Why can't they set up some service for foreigners to pay and stream content? Is it because they're still trying to sell overpriced BBC dvds over here or something? Is it our cable companies? Would all of the legal challenges really be more costly than 60 million additional customers (they pay for VPN so they may have a high conversion for the service right)? What is worse is some British citizens can't even access something they should have legitimate access to. What gives?
I don't use the iPlayer at all, but I've been told by plenty of people so far that it doesn't require a TV license to use. This is fishy.
[QUOTE=Funcoot;48919439]The government help funds BBC right? Why can't they set up some service for foreigners to pay and stream content? Is it because they're still trying to sell overpriced BBC dvds over here or something? Is it our cable companies? Would all of the legal challenges really be more costly than 60 million additional customers (they pay for VPN so they may have a high conversion for the service right)? What is worse is some British citizens can't even access something they should have legitimate access to. What gives?[/QUOTE] It comes down to the limitations the BBC's broadcast rights are under. For example, the BBC has a blanket agreement with the major music labels to pay them a flat fee to play basically unlimited amounts of music from the labels' catalogues on BBC TV programming. Within the UK. The labels license US broadcasting rights to entirely different entities, and not the BBC, and so when Americans watch a BBC show that plays copyrighted music, in the technical legal eight-people-in-your-living-room-is-an-unauthorized-concert sense the labels' rights are being stepped on. Realistically speaking nobody except the labels gives a shit, but the BBC has to play by the rules. That's why they can't just say "if you want to use a VPN, fuck it, go ahead". International licensing is hell.
I hope Netflix never does this.
[QUOTE=vercas;48919530]I don't use the iPlayer at all, but I've been told by plenty of people so far that it doesn't require a TV license to use. This is fishy.[/QUOTE] You need one if you watch TV Live on it.
Just rent a VPS in the UK and set up your own VPN.
[QUOTE=DrDevil;48919976]Just rent a VPS in the UK and set up your own VPN.[/QUOTE] I used to have a VPS based in the UK. The entire IP range was blacklisted from the service.
connect via ipv6, change your rdns or ask to be placed on a new ip block
Well, now I got to figure other ways to watch that stuff
[QUOTE=Uberpro;48919903]I hope Netflix never does this.[/QUOTE] I remember hearing they do, they don't want to but the companies that liscence their shows and movies to them push them into it.
[QUOTE=vercas;48919530]I don't use the iPlayer at all, but I've been told by plenty of people so far that it doesn't require a TV license to use. This is fishy.[/QUOTE] Watching live TV on iPlayer requires a TV license. If you are not watching live TV and are watching it a little bit later, you are fine.
[QUOTE=Funcoot;48919439]The government help funds BBC right? Why can't they set up some service for foreigners to pay and stream content? Is it because they're still trying to sell overpriced BBC dvds over here or something? Is it our cable companies? Would all of the legal challenges really be more costly than 60 million additional customers (they pay for VPN so they may have a high conversion for the service right)? What is worse is some British citizens can't even access something they should have legitimate access to. What gives?[/QUOTE] The BBC did have a 'global' version of iPlayer with a subscription fee from 2011-15, but it never launched in the US because the cable companies threatened to drop BBC America from their services if it launched. [url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32718259]The project was thus judged a failure and shut down earlier this year[/url]. [QUOTE=vercas;48919530]I don't use the iPlayer at all, but I've been told by plenty of people so far that it doesn't require a TV license to use. This is fishy.[/QUOTE] You don't currently need a TV licence to watch catch-up, but they will almost certainly close this loophole in the next charter renewal in 2017.
[QUOTE=smurfy;48929600]The BBC did have a 'global' version of iPlayer with a subscription fee from 2011-15, but it never launched in the US because the cable companies threatened to drop BBC America from their services if it launched. [url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32718259]The project was thus judged a failure and shut down earlier this year[/url].[/QUOTE] Wow fuck American capitalism.
[QUOTE=Terminutter;48929349]Watching live TV on iPlayer requires a TV license.[/QUOTE] Not like they can really do anything about it.
The government help funds BBC right? Why can't they set up some service for foreigners to pay and stream content? Is it because they're still trying to sell overpriced BBC dvds over here or something? Is it our cable companies? Would all of the legal challenges really be more costly than 60 million additional customers (they pay for VPN so they may have a high conversion for the service right)? What is worse is some British citizens can't even access something they should have legitimate access to access BBC iPlayer abroad. What gives? Sorry for bringing up an old topic. Anyone use smart dns for BBC iPlayer on smart TV? I want to stream it to my TV without VPN
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