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HowsTheSerenity Mon 08-Nov-10 20:04:51

I am moving back to Australia soon and am in despair over missing UK tv. I have looked online and seen various things (such as tv proxy etc) that will let me watch iplayer, 4od etc from overseas. Now I know nothing about any of this kind of thing. So, does it work and is it worth it.

I cannot cope without QI and Mock the Week!!

SavoyCabbage Sat 12-Oct-13 13:17:29

This thread is so old! I've got the lot now! Iplayer 4od Hulu US Netflix.

I think there is an international iplayer now that you pay for. It was in the paper for being cheaper than the licence fee.

I'm watching the Bake off and coronation st on YouTube.

We use Witopia to access BBC iPlayer from Australia. It does eat up the broadband though-combined with a Minecraft playing Skype talking You tube watching DS we usually use up 150gb a month, which is about $70 with Internode. ABC show quite a bit of UK tv, pretty soon after broadcast, like Doctor Who and Top Gear but that's changing next year I think as those sort of programmes are going to the dreaded Foxtel...

CheeseAndFriedMushrooms Sat 14-Sep-13 23:33:33

Any updates on these suggestions? Or are they still active?

strandedatseasonsgreetings Thu 18-Nov-10 01:46:34

Sorry coming to this late. We use a service called Lamnia which gives us a UK Ip address (or US or possibly Canadian, you can chose). Our broadband is not good enough to watch live streaming so we download stuff - specifcially EastEnders, the Apprentice and Cbeebies.

I don't know the cost but it isn't much and if we ever have a problem we email them and get an answer usually straight away even in the middle of their night.

UKNova is oversubscribed, won't let me join sad

HowsTheSerenity Fri 12-Nov-10 12:50:17

I like this tvproxy thing. Not technical as anything involving cables gives me nightmares.

BigBadMummy Fri 12-Nov-10 09:44:41

networkguy no, you cannot download and watch later on the Slingbox. Well certainly not on the couple that I have used / seen.


NetworkGuy Thu 11-Nov-10 18:00:23

BBM - I suppose it depends on whether there's a spare aerial point that could be used.

A Freeview box is under 20 quid these days, and I suppose setting up a Slingbox and Freeview box may be awkward unless someone has rooms to spare and can happily leave them alone to just transport the TV sigs to wherever.

However, one question is whether you can download from the Slingbox rather than 'stream' (watch) the video... If downloading is possible than it allows for watching when the show isn't live... (or have problems with speed of getting the data from the other end)...

If drownloads can just run along for however long it takes then it may well work fine for TMandM and HTS (as long as data allowance isn't a problem).

BigBadMummy Thu 11-Nov-10 14:30:37

Network Guy SLingbox is fabulous (my parents use if for their place overseas) but it does mean that you are limited to watching what is being output on the TV that is broadcasting.

So if the inlaws etc are not watching QI but Antique Roadshow, you are buggered.

It does have a remote control device so you can change channels but if it gets knocked, again you are in trouble.

BigBadMummy Thu 11-Nov-10 14:28:01

I have used It is about £8 a month and you do not need to sign up for a long time. YOu can do it month by month using Paypal.

So simple to use that even I could sort it out. THey emailed simple instructions on how to change the settings on my laptop and I did it in minutes.

I only used it for a month and have signed up again this month for a friend who is on holiday in the US and desperate to watch the Grand Prix.

Well worth the £8 if you ask me.

Wow JMS that sounds like it could work. Mr techy guy, I use a dongle and pay a monthly fee for a package, 1 GB at highest speed then once I have used up that I have no restrictions but have a slower speed for the rest of the month.

I'm going to investigate further tonight when the dc are in bed. smile

NetworkGuy Wed 10-Nov-10 21:46:35

Thanks JMS - didn't know they were file transfers rather than streaming - that should help (YouTube tries to stream and most of these services offering clips block downloading).

NetworkGuy Wed 10-Nov-10 21:44:16

If you are getting problems with YouTube then imagine something 60 to 120 times the size to be downloaded and the problems might be significantly worse.

Have you ever used 'peer to peer' ? Just that even if it took some time, you may be able to get data that way (however all these methods maty be ruled out if you have high cost associated with large amounts of data).

In Europe, one service charges approx 32 pounds for under 3 GB of data each month. I get data at a fraction of that cost and even then need to be careful about when and what I download.

So the big question is what do you want to d/l and what restrictions/ charges does your internet service put on using the satellite ?

JeMeSouviens Wed 10-Nov-10 21:37:18

UKNova works where ever you are. The shows are loaded to the site and you download them to your laptop, using Vuze to convert the file. (Vuze is also free).

We then plug the laptop into the TV and watch it that way.

This is a revelation to me, does this mean I can break out of 20 year old repeats of Mr Bean and Top Gear on BBC Prime?

Will the uknova website work if I am in Africa? We are still not fully on broadband, if I understand correctly we use a satellite based system so streaming for example on youtube rarely runs smoothly.

NetworkGuy Wed 10-Nov-10 13:49:06

Thanks for the feedback - useful to know just what sort of content îs^available.

Over here, some ITV channel (ITV3 ?) is showing "On the Buses" which I think may be older the G+M ! shock

thumbwitch Wed 10-Nov-10 12:25:21

interesting! I am too tight laid back to pay for any of these things but have found that QI, for example, is available on standard AUssie tv anyway. Haven't seen Mock the Week sadly, and the Aussie "equivalent" isn't really as good.
It might rock up on Foxtel (we haven't got that either shock) - a lot of UK tv does! But we get a fair amount of UK tv anyway, on SBS, 7Two, ABC mostly. 7Two are currently showing things like George & Mildred, for heavens' sake!! But also Vicar of Dibley and other stuff.

I agree with NG though - sticksville is not going to help you with slow broadband speeds - although the monthly download allowance with some packages has improved markedly recently.

NetworkGuy Wed 10-Nov-10 11:46:15

Perhaps worth seeing if any UK ex-pats in Oz already get those shows you are after - and if so then you have a potential source, if any has a DVD burner on their PC...

HowsTheSerenity Wed 10-Nov-10 10:36:04

Thanks for the advice. I wont be in the boonies for long and when I move to civilisation I may look into all the above. DVDs and hopefully youtube it is.

NetworkGuy Wed 10-Nov-10 10:08:35

Ahhhh... you'll be "in the sticks" - with rotten speeds you will not be able to stream video easily, and I suspect if you download several GB of data a month you will be paying through the nose (based on another poster wanting her husband to pay for a higher broadband data allowance - but I cannot recall the costs, sorry).

Snail Mail and a friend with a pile of DVDs and a recorder that can be programmed to copy certain shows to DVD may be an option even if it does mean you get them a couple of weeks later.

Might be worth asking in one of the MN sections about 'moving to Oz'(where some British ex-pats give hints and tips to those thinking of it ... you are clearly not in the same position regarding local government etc but they may have some ideas and may rarely visit the geeky section).

HowsTheSerenity Wed 10-Nov-10 09:52:24

Network (and everyone else). What would you do. I am moving to the boonies. Internet is crap where I am going. I do not mind paying a small amount. I will be back in Oz permanantly (unless I miss London too much and move back).

NetworkGuy Tue 09-Nov-10 12:30:23

Sorry for the overload.

These VPN services have a UK IP address and allow the remote user (such as these nice MN users) to connect to it and then 'onward connect' to some UK website, which 'sees' the UK IP address, and accepts the request.

I have looked at this to be able to use some US web sites which check for a USA IP address, but these types of service are the sort you might see in NCIS or CSI or 'spy' shows where someone is trying to disguise their IP by going via other countries, to make it hard to track them.

The two VPN services mentioned above seem reasonably priced, though some are lower, perhaps only with a long contract.

(Thanks MrsMills, Bucharest, useful info.)

HowsTheSerenity Tue 09-Nov-10 08:57:00

Info overload!
I like the idea of the UK IP address.
I really have no idea of anything. I am technologically stunted I think.
Will reasrch what you have all said. Thanks heaps!!

Bucharest Tue 09-Nov-10 06:59:43

I use vpnuk, which costs about £6 a month. It's never failed me.

Keep meaning to check slingbox prices, I looked into them a couple of years ago, but they were still a tad pricey and IIRC you are connected to someone's telly, so obliged to watch what they are watching.

MrsMills Tue 09-Nov-10 06:51:21

We use

For £5 a month we have a UK IP address which we log onto to enable us to watch Iplayer, ITV Player, 4OD and some live streaming too. We've used it for about 2 years with not a single problem.

If the IP addresses were to be blocked, you can stop the agreement straight away, so you're not locked in to a long contract with them.

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