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How Can You Watch the BBC Abroad

The BBC’s website is one of the most popular destinations on the entire web.  It’s not really surprising as the BBC is renowned for producing world class television programmes and you can watch all of it online.  Most programmes are streamed live and also stored on the huge BBC iPlayer archive, most of it for about 30 days but often a little longer.

IN fact for many people the BBC is all they need for their television, as there’s so much to choose from.  There are about 12 channels online covering everything from current affairs, drama to comedy and even kids programmes.  All of this is broadcast without any advertising breaks whatsoever although you will see some trailers for other BBC programmes before each one starts.

Millions of course watch the BBC both on their TV sets and online in the UK, but it’s when you try and watch from somewhere else that the disappointment begins.  Due to a variety of reasons, the BBC doesn’t allow you to watch any of their programmes from outside the UK.  It sounds stupid, after all the internet wasn’t supposed to have an geographical boundaries but it’s true.

As soon as you visit the BBC website, your IP address is checked. This is the unique internet number which is assigned to you when you connect to the web.  If it’s registered in any other country than the UK then you’ll get redirected to the ‘International’ version of the UK web site.  This is pretty good, but it has none of the TV and radio streaming at all.  If you do bulldoze your way directly to the BBC iPlayer site, then you’ll just get blocked every time you try and stream a programme.

However the simple fact is that millions of people do get access to the BBC from all over the world and they have been doing so for years.   It just takes a little tweak to hide your real location, covered in the following section.

Bypassing the BBC UK IP Restrictions

So what’s the secret? How do you watch the BBC abroad, well it’s actually quite easy and can be done by virtually anyone. Probably the easiest way to explain it is by watching this video.

It’s basically a technical version of hide and seek, all you have to do is hide your real location and pretend that you’re in the United Kingdom. It’s possible by two main methods currently, firstly by connecting via a VPN server based in the UK. This means that the BBC never sees your real address only the IP address of the UK server.

The other method is to use something called Smart DNS which is demonstrated in the video. It works in a similar way but instead of routing your entire internet connection through the VPN server, only a small proportion of your traffic is changed. This has the huge advantage of hiding your real location but then streaming the video directly to your client. Not only is this much cheaper for the provider as the bandwidth used is much less. It’s also much quicker as there’s no extra step your traffic has to take, the impact a VPN can have on your internet speed can be significant.

Well there it is, that’s all you need to do. It does cost money, which many online seem horrified by the concept of. However if you think that someone needs to pay for, support and maintain the servers involved. Plus they need to finance the bandwidth used and keep the servers running properly doesn’t seem unreasonable. After all wouldn’t it seem a little strange for someone to spend all that money and effort to provide it all for free. Why should anyone go to all that trouble for complete strangers to download stuff for free.

Most of the Smart DNS services are pretty cheap anyway, mainly because of the points mentioned above. However you will pay slightly more for a VPN simply because of the bandwidth that it uses, which obviously has a cost assigned to it.

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Irish IP Address for RTE and TV3

The internet has enabled lots of people who are far from home to keep in touch with their local news, events and culture. If you’re thousands of miles from home and in a country where you can’t speak the language that link can help a lot if you’re missing home.

Irish IP address

Of course, you can access local newspapers and websites but there’s no substitute for watching the local news, sport and gossip on the TV. Nowadays most of the media and TV sites are available online, many of them even broadcast live on the internet as well as on terrestrial TV. However there is a problem that many ExPats face when trying to watch their home TV stations online from abroad – most are simply inaccessible.

Switch to an Irish IP Address

Take for example the two main Irish TV stations – TV3 and RTE. Both have extensive web sites and broadcast many of their shows both live and ‘on demand’, you can effectively turn your browser into a TV set and watch from anywhere you like. Except there is a problem, as both RTE and TV3 operate the same restrictions as many of the media giants – you can watch only in the country of broadcast, you can’t even watch RTE player in UK a mile across the water.  In fact you’ll even need proxy server Northern Ireland because it will also be restricted from accessing programs in the Republic.

Although you can access the web sites of TV3 and RTE when you try and watch any of the shows you are redirected to the ‘international versions’ of their web sites – these normally offer a few clips of their main content but little else. If you try and access the Irish version of the media player pages from outside Ireland you’ll simply get blocked or redirected back.

How Can I Watch Irish TV in UK or Anywhere

Fortunately there is a solution for all those people who want to watch RTE and TV3 from outside the Republic Of Ireland – you just hide your real location online using an Ireland web proxy. The simple fact is that all these websites do to determine whether you can access is to check the origin of your IP address. If you have and Irish address then you can watch TV3 Online everything on the site without restriction.

This is how you can use an irish proxy to watch any of the Irish TV channels online.

It’s very easy to use, in the example above you just use the software to relay your connection through a server based in Ireland. Then when you visit say the RTE web site it will see an Irish IP address (from the proxy server) and not your real one – the end result is that you’ll have full access to the site.  So yes, you’ll be able to watch RTE in UK and what’s more you can watch Irish TV anywhere too!  It even works the opposite way so BBC Ireland is possible too from outside the UK.

Not surprisingly these services have become incredibly popular over the last few years and many consider them an essential purchase. Most of the popular services like Identity Cloaker and IP Vanish have servers in many different countries including an Irish ip address list meaning you can use them to unlock content all over the world.

There are some points to remember though if you’re looking to purchase one of these services – remember most of the media sites actively try and block these working. Mostly Irish proxy servers won’t work any more, they are simple to detect and are usually blocked – you’ll need a RTE player VPN or SSH tunnel like the ones on this site.  It’s also worth mentioning that unfortunately you won’t find a free Irish VPN simply because they are expensive to run,  you can find an Ireland proxy online for no charge but they don’t work on most media sites anymore.  There’s no problem using it on different devices either, as long as the service allows it like Identity Cloaker you can use an Irish VPN for iPad access too.

If you are particularly interested in a certain channel try and access through a trial account first, some media channels have been adding other restrictions other than requiring an Irish IP address and you’re best to test first.   At the time of writing an Ireland IP address will get access to all Irish TV channels though quite a few US and Canadian web sites now also require your Cable ID in addition to verifying your location.

You can get access here –
IDC IRELAND for just a few Euros.

 

 

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