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  • Another Way to Watch UK-TV (BBC, ITV, etc) outside UK

    Hi everybody,

    Recently, I found another way to watch UK-TV outside the UK, and it even supports livestreaming of Channel 4 and Five (however, only the livestreams, no on-demand like IPlayer, 4oD or ITVPlayer are supported). This time, there is no need for a UK-Proxy or a VPN. Just go to www.filmon.com and you have a quite wide variety of UK-Channels available. Since it seems that they already had some legal fights with the broadcasting stations, I am rather positive that this will be an option that is available for a longer time.

    If you want an easier way to watch, try to set up XBMC. Then follow the instruction of the XBMCHub-Community (http://www.xbmchub.com/blog/2013/05/26/how-to-instantly-configure-xbmc-with-the-xbmc-hub-wizard-beta-addon/) and voíla, the ‘notfilmon’-addon enables you to watch live UK-TV.

    Unfortunately, XBMC does not yet support DLNA-streaming of the plugins, however that might change as it seems that this is already in development. (Well, yes, before you ask, I tried the Universial Media Server with the jumpy-plugin, but my Bravia CX-TV, 2011-model does not like it – it always gives an error message about not being able to read the list index, but it works with an Android device).

  • Ever wondered what happened to Lorraine Crosby?

    Hi everybody,

    You may ask now: Lorraine who? I don’t know her anyway…. Well, that’s not completely true, there’s a quite big chance you already might have heard of her: She’s the female voice in Meatloaf’s millionseller ‘I’d do anything for love’. This year, she auditioned for ‘The Voice UK’ – unfortunately, she did not make it through, although her performance of Midnight Train To Georgia was quite good – you can review it on Youtube.

  • UK television outside uk – other options

    Hi again,

    Reading through my last post again, I noticed that I forgot to mention 2 more possibilites:

    4. Satellite Dish
    Of course that would be the most easy solution, however, since most British programmes are broadcasted using Astra 2D, which is only covering the British Isles, one would need a quite big dish (2 – 3 meters) in the east of Austria.

    5. TOR Network
    In short: Please don’t use this option, that’s not what the TOR network is about. Media data like television streaming needs a lot of bandwidth, and besides this option being rather slow (it used to work when you only needed a one-time-connection with a UK IP-address and then a direct connection between streaming server and receiving device was established), you also keep people who really need this network (because of censorship in their countries) from using the network in a decent speed.

  • How to watch UK tv outside the UK

    Hi everybody,

    Nice to see you found my blog – I am new to this and just arrived from the “analogue” world. I want to begin this blog with a question that has appeared about thousands of times already on the Internet, however there are few “good” solutions: How can I watch television from the United Kingdom when I don’t have a UK-IP-address?

    Actually, as I said, there are a few good solutions out there, but let’s start with what does not work (in my experience, at least):

    1. A UK proxy:

    This won’t work – most proxies are on black list of all major television studios in the UK. Furthermore – at least free proxies – are slow and you have to change several times in only a few hours, because these proxies are available only for a short time.

    Anyway, now 2 or 3 solutions, that do work and are either free or at least not too expensive:

    2. Virtual Private Network (VPN):

    I found this the best solution to watch UK television over the internet, as they are compatible to most platforms and when you set up a proxy, you can even connect your TV or game console to the UK tv stations. A free provider I found and that works quite well is http://www.ukipvpn.com/, but I also used http://www.focusvpn.com/ (GBP 4,99/month – a 2 MB Shared IP is enough, at least for non-HD-TV).

    3. Other Solutions:

    For some time I used http://www.easy-hide-ip.com/. It’s a good solution for USD 29,95/year, but only for MS Windows, but has the advantage of providing other IPs as well (US, Canada,…). However, it installs a Windows service, I am not sure what it does (it is active, even if you are not starting the tool), that’s why I try not to use it any more.

    So, that’s my solutions – but do not forget: To legally watch UK television like BBC or ITV you must have a valid UK TV-license (I know, you cannot purchase one if you do not have a UK mailing address :-(). Nevertheless, If you have one, enjoy these solutions (warning: they may still be illegal, even if you are within the EU and think that due to Information Freedom you are allowed to do it – it has not yet been completely clear!). Another warning: these tipps do not work with tv-catchup.