I guess I am the same as most British expats in that I do get frustated with the local tv stations. Personally I dont watch that much tv but I miss Match of the Day, the news, the Sunday political programmes, Question Times, Little Britain etc etc
A lot of TV stations now offer their content and output online.
The BBC launched the BBC Iplayer which means you can download and watch any BBC programme from the last seven days.
I tried to use this but as I am based abroad it wont let me. I understand why. I am not paying BBC licence fee so shouldnt be able to access it. However I would happily pay the fee to get access to some of their output.
Mark Base of Helsingborg recommends the VPNUK solution, he says its Mac friendly and very easy to use. He even rigs it up to his main tv, hmm now this is getting interesting. I am not that knowledgable on audio/visual stuff but this really is screaming out to be tried. There is a cost, around 150 SEK a month, but I would consider it worth paying if I could watch Match of the Day and Question Time. Incidentally the 150 SEK would actually cover the BBC licence fee which I would prefer to pay but…
The VPN UK solution basically routes you through a UK server so the BBC Iplayer thinks you are based in the UK. As far as I can see there is nothing illegal in this but please point it out if it is.
Other than the BBC iplayer there is also HULU which gives access to US programming, that will be nice, I can get to watch FOX News then instead of the awful CNN.
I will let you know how I get on. If you have any experience with any services like this please let us know in the comments section.
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