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Postby JR8 » Wed, 15 Dec 2010 9:23 pm

Ohhhhh, maybe that is what my 'mr. gadget' neighbour has plugged into his TV? I might have to get the missus to look into that :)

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Re: Watching the BBC iPlayer (a good and free VPN!)

Postby Barnsley » Fri, 17 Dec 2010 9:48 am

JR8 wrote:For any Brits abroad, this feels like a pretty big step forward in staying in touch with the UK media. Previously I have used a paid for VPN*, but here is a new and quality product, and it is free. It is easy to use too, you don't even need usernames/passwords to switch location, you just click the desktop button and in you go...

To test it last night I watched the most recent episode of Antiques Roadshow (on replay, from a day or two back). Then watched some of the Graham Norton show live...! Two thumbs up from me!

* in simple terms, it makes your PC appear to be in the UK, so the iPlayer and such services do not refuse you access from abroad.

p.s. There is a reference to accessing a US VPN as well, but as a non-techie it not too clear to me what they are describing.

It is called Expat Shield. You can read about it here, and download it via the embedded link in the article...
http://eu.techcrunch.com/2010/10/26/anc ... ts-abroad/

For anyone else who does download it, and is techie, I'd be very interested in hearing your views...


This is spot on thanks.....

Had a quick try last night and it works great. :)
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Postby kwassieannie » Fri, 17 Dec 2010 5:36 pm

:D Thanks for posting link. Am not a Brit but miss watching some of the shows.....Just finished an episode of Eastenders......Awesome

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Postby durain » Fri, 17 Dec 2010 7:09 pm

kwassieannie wrote::D Thanks for posting link. Am not a Brit but miss watching some of the shows.....Just finished an episode of Eastenders......Awesome


LOL! pat butcher still got those big ear rings!

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Postby lou36e » Sat, 18 Dec 2010 10:31 am

First thing Make sure you have Firefox. using firefox go to the foxy proxy website and download foxyproxy.

install foxy proxy
restart firefox
in firefox go to tools/foxyproxy/more/options
Foxy proxy options opens
make sure the Mode drop down options says... use proxies based on their pre-defined patterns and priorities
click add new proxy button on the right
a new box opens
at the top click the proxy details tab
click the option manual proxy configuration button
now in the Host or IP address type: 92.52.125.20 port 80. (Remember if a proxy stops working you will need to replace it) (try http://www.freeproxylists.com/uk.html )
at the top click URL patterns
click the add new pattern button
in the Pattern name option. type: BBC iPlayer episode
in the URL pattern option. type: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/*
Click ok
click the add new pattern button again
in the Pattern name option type: BBC iPlayer Stream
in the URL pattern option type: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/4/mtis/stream*
Click ok
If you want to download, instead of just streaming there is one more pattern,
click the add new pattern button again
in the Pattern name option type: BBC iPlayer Download
in the URL pattern option type: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/4/js/download/*
Click ok
Click ok again
Click close
now try it. it should work , if it doesn't tell me and i'll check i've done everything correctly
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Postby JR8 » Sat, 18 Dec 2010 5:23 pm

That sounds very complicated compared to the route I originally suggested. Are there any relative advantages?

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Postby Brah » Sat, 18 Dec 2010 11:42 pm

SE - what are you watching now that you've got the VPN working?

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Postby Strong Eagle » Sun, 19 Dec 2010 7:51 am

Brah wrote:SE - what are you watching now that you've got the VPN working?


My wife really likes Glee... I don't mind the eye candy, either. Shows were recently canceled here, now available on Hulu by proxy.

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Postby lou36e » Sun, 19 Dec 2010 11:21 am

Hi JR8, Ive been using foxy proxy for a few years now and just change the IP address every week or so, it works well for me. True, it looks complicated but once set up, is really easy. People can use it to watch tv from any country :)

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 19 Dec 2010 5:54 pm

lou36e wrote:Hi JR8, Ive been using foxy proxy for a few years now and just change the IP address every week or so, it works well for me. True, it looks complicated but once set up, is really easy. People can use it to watch tv from any country :)


Hmmm, ok I'll note that down for future reference 8-)

Where do you go to get your 'fresh' ip's?

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 07 Feb 2011 10:47 pm

ExpatShield seems to have gone bonkers as of the middle of last week. All it gives me now is random US ip addresses, hence I don't get to watch UK TV. Plus there is no apparent way to configure it.

So I'm now going to go and get another VPN with a UK ip.

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Postby syamsulstar » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 2:05 pm

I use vyprvpn that comes with my giganews subscription. speed is satisfactory. They dont have UK IP address though...only US, HK, and maybe Amsterdam I think.

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Postby snowqueen » Wed, 09 Feb 2011 1:02 pm

We now subscribe to Lamnia and although we started using a WD drive to download programs and watch them later, we now find it easier to just plug the laptop into the TV using a thingy to connect it to the HDMI lead.

Been great so far, watched all the latest episodes of Top Gear and also My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding that all my friends have been talking about back home.

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Postby ScoobyDoes » Fri, 11 Feb 2011 5:31 pm

JR8 wrote:ExpatShield seems to have gone bonkers as of the middle of last week. All it gives me now is random US ip addresses, hence I don't get to watch UK TV. Plus there is no apparent way to configure it.

So I'm now going to go and get another VPN with a UK ip.



I just downloaded the ExpatShield and installed it, counter to everybody saying it doesn't work, just to basically have a look at and see what it was about.

I tried the BBC iPlayer and it works fine.
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