How to access BBC iPlayer from Germany

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We have been grinding our teeth about this a while too.  I have tried three different VPNs that worked for a short moment but then all failed ultimately - yep, them BBC admins are getting smart. Due to my being on the very fringe for ASTRA-sats for a 80cm dish, I haven't been able to get a reliable signal.  I am considering getting a larger dish, but loath the cost for something that only has a limited chance of working. We were planning a trip to relatives in the UK sometime soon (COVID-19 allowing) and I was going to setup a router/VPN-Server somewhere up there (g-ma has internet, but only for her own telephone) for us to then access from DE.  That seems to me to be the most reliable and cheapest possibility (router cost less than €50, 100cm SAT in excess of €200).  I am fairly certain it would 'work', but whether the bandwidth will be enough for practical use is questionable. 

What would really be cool, would be if some enterprising person in the north of Europe somewhere (where the ASTRA sats can be seen) were to provide clandestine streaming services ...  I'd be willing to pay a similar price as the VPN offerings. (hint? hint? hint?)

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Getflix has been working for us for a long time, over 2 years. It works for iPlayer, Netflix etc on Samsung smart TVs and Android boxes used to run Kodi.

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8 minutes ago, LostInEurope01 said:

 

What would really be cool, would be if some enterprising person in the north of Europe somewhere (where the ASTRA sats can be seen) were to provide clandestine streaming services ...  I'd be willing to pay a similar price as the VPN offerings. (hint? hint? hint?)

You might want to take a look at this:-

https://www.transponder.tv/

 

I gave their free trial a go some while back and it worked well but since I need the vpn for other reasons the additional cost was rather high so did not take it up.

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1 hour ago, keith2011 said:

You might want to take a look at this:-

https://www.transponder.tv/

 

I gave their free trial a go some while back and it worked well but since I need the vpn for other reasons the additional cost was rather high so did not take it up.

I'm at work so I can't try it, but the little that I can discern from the web site implies that this is a web solution (needs a browser).  Am I reading that right?

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Express have been pretty good... BUT sometimes they change Server address so you need to re-programme router of whatever device you use..

 

BavSat also have a provider based in the UK , its not cheap but it works..

 

As for Satellite?   Heilbronn shouldnt be an issue for BBC and all the freesat...  Again, Bavsat will service the area, but it travel costs will not be cheap as its a man and van driving for more than half a working day!

 

The Owner is a cool dude though!    :o

 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, SpiderPig said:

Express have been pretty good... BUT sometimes they change Server address so you need to re-programme router of whatever device you use..

 

BavSat also have a provider based in the UK , its not cheap but it works..

 

As for Satellite?   Heilbronn shouldnt be an issue for BBC and all the freesat...  Again, Bavsat will service the area, but it travel costs will not be cheap as its a man and van driving for more than half a working day!

 

The Owner is a cool dude though!    :o

 

 

 

 

Would Bavsat be a company offering expertise in this area? :-)

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That website looks like it supplies you all those channels, but its just VPN service.. you need a netflix acc or sky go acc etc etc.. 

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10 minutes ago, The_Smoking_Dog said:

 

Would Bavsat be a company offering expertise in this area? :-)

 

BavSat specialise in Satellite services from the UK and more and come's highly recommended for those that want more than the main UK terrestrial channels.

 

Edit: Using any VPN from an Anti Virus company like McAfee or Bitdefender will not give you access to the BBC.

 

A VPN is not the best option either to receive the Beeb on a regular basis but a SmartDNS provider like Getflix should solve the problem especially when paired with the Amazon Firestick.

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1 hour ago, LostInEurope01 said:

I'm at work so I can't try it, but the little that I can discern from the web site implies that this is a web solution (needs a browser).  Am I reading that right?

Yes, is that not what you were looking for?

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46 minutes ago, Sir Percy B said:

A VPN is not the best option either to receive the Beeb on a regular basis but a SmartDNS provider like Getflix should solve the problem especially when paired with the Amazon Firestick.

I had understood that the BBC was, among other things, watching the incoming IP addresses and blocking those not from inside of the UK.  As such a VPN service, with servers inside the UK should be ideal.  However, the BBC is supposedly also monitoring the number of connections from particular IPs and when that number is above a certain threshold it too gets blocked.  A DNS-Proxy can and will do no more than a VPN can in this case, ergo I don't understand your statement.

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1 minute ago, keith2011 said:

Yes, is that not what you were looking for?

Thanks for the clarification.  I was hoping to be able to use the iPlayer natively.  The extra step of using a browser on a Sony-TV, or even a FireStick is a bit tedious.

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4 minutes ago, LostInEurope01 said:

I had understood that the BBC was, among other things, watching the incoming IP addresses and blocking those not from inside of the UK.  As such a VPN service, with servers inside the UK should be ideal.  However, the BBC is supposedly also monitoring the number of connections from particular IPs and when that number is above a certain threshold it too gets blocked.  A DNS-Proxy can and will do no more than a VPN can in this case, ergo I don't understand your statement.

I formally subscribed to s DNS service (UNODNS), it was fine until a couple of years ago then no BBC and they never fixed it or were not able to in the remaining 5 months of my subscription.:angry:

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2 minutes ago, keith2011 said:

I formally subscribed to s DNS service (UNODNS), it was fine until a couple of years ago then no BBC and they never fixed it or were not able to in the remaining 5 months of my subscription.:angry:

Yeah, I hear you.  Like I stated before I've been thru 3 VPNs and also tried a DNS-Proxy.  They all worked initially, but almost immediately stopped working.  They sometimes will work for a short while, to only fail with the next off/on cycle.  I then did some in depth googling and found some claims that the BBC Sys-/NetworkAdmins were getting creative in their Access-Filters.  Creative admins are a force to be reckoned with (I am one).

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There are many ways the BBC or entertainment providers can find your VPN company, one as had been said here is monitor how many devices are using one IP address and block those, they can also (BBC) just but a VPN subscription to several VPN providers, get the list of VPN;s and block them, then complain their subscription does not work anymore, when the VPN company buys some new addresses - it happens again.

 

There are ways to make sure your VPN will work, they could include

 

- get a VPN company to supply you with a dedicated UK IP address, which will cost more, but is bullet proof.- 

- Get Spider Pig or others to setup a sat dish for you, if you do not what to do it yourself.

 - if you have  a house in the UK or a friend, setup a VPN in that location, cheap, and route it to where you live. It requires knowledge to do thou.

- get   a paid MAG254 box in, eg  https://www.satandpcguy.com/tag/mag-254/  (but many other places do it ) 300  euro a year, easy to use full selection of channels

- get a KODI box in, pick up IP TV by yourself, cheaper, but you have to know something about what your doing.

- Try getting a sand box, again you have to know what you are doing, but cheaper.

+plus other ways I have never heard of

 

good luck in finding a solution that works for you. Most of the problem is understand, the pros and cons of each solution and just getting on with it 

 

 

 

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I usually fully agree with what you say...

 

But most of that post is utter shite!  sorry, but its true...    

 

I still respect your willingness to assist... but seroiusly.... Mag 254?   :P

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I know 3 peope with um, they are very happy :)

Its not for me, but I do not know the OP, maybe he wants this type of system.

 

The MAG254 is  just a pay system, and get all channels you could possible want system, certainly more than Satelite, up almost of the time -- > and easy to use - far more ex[ensive than a VPN - but we all know the problems with  VPN

 

I guess its passed beer oclock time for you. go to bed more early

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16 hours ago, LostInEurope01 said:

A DNS-Proxy can and will do no more than a VPN can in this case, ergo I don't understand your statement.

 

This thread is about how to access the iPlayer and I  wanted to point out that using a SmartDNS, from my own experience has been the best and by far the cheapest solution. 

 

It's pointless trying to get technical or even have a discussion until you've tried a 14 day free trial with Getflix, then comeback and tell us whether it works or not. If it doesn't work then there's most probably a problem with your setup.

 

Just bear in mind if you have a Samsung TV older than 3 years, you may need to check model numbers on the internet, the BBC iPlayer no longer gets updated and will not work. 

 

As mentioned I use the Amazon firestick for getting the UK channels which is far easier to couch surf than using a Kodi or Xbox One for example, but each to their own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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