Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    2
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Setting up a Virtual Private Network

    I want to set up a VPN to access BBC iPlayer from the US. I'm a bit of a neophyte so it needs to be simple. Also I'm using a laptop with 4MB RAM so it can't be a resource hog. I don't mind paying $5-10 / mo. Any ideas?

    Thanks, Chris

  2. #2
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    4,745
    Thanks
    171
    Thanked 648 Times in 571 Posts
    Try Expat Shield from AnchorFree. It's free, with an occasional ad, and works well for BBC iPlayer. I've been using it for about 18 months with no real problems (from US to UK).

    Bruce
    Last edited by BruceR; 2012-05-22 at 14:28.

  3. #3
    Super Moderator BATcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    A cultural area in SW England
    Posts
    3,413
    Thanks
    33
    Thanked 195 Times in 175 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by chrisr View Post
    I want to set up a VPN to access BBC iPlayer from the US. [...] I don't mind paying $5-10 / mo. Any ideas?
    I hope I'm not being cynical when I say that you ought to be paying the money to the BBC (or the British taxpayer), who fund the programmes which you are attempting to obtain free...
    BATcher

    Time prevents everything happening all at once...

  4. #4
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    2
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Thanks BruceR, I'll take a look. Hi BATcher, I checked Ustream but let me know if there's another URL somewhere. I don't mind paying $5-10 / mo.

  5. #5
    Super Moderator BATcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    A cultural area in SW England
    Posts
    3,413
    Thanks
    33
    Thanked 195 Times in 175 Posts
    Until recently, the BBC didn't allow many of their programmes to be viewed from outside the UK, presumably because of broadcast rights, and the like. But that appears to be changing, almost as I type! See this FAQ.

    Each UK household with a TV has to pay the equivalent of about $230 a year for a "colour TV licence", which funds several advertisement-free national BBC TV and radio channels, many local radio stations, and the like.
    BATcher

    Time prevents everything happening all at once...

  6. #6
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    London, UK
    Posts
    9
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Jack Schofield recently covered VPNs in The Guardian. Some of the advice might apply in the USA.

    See here.

    Roger

  7. #7
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    Try Expat Shield from AnchorFree. It's free, with an occasional ad, and works well for BBC iPlayer. I've been using it for about 18 months with no real problems (from US to UK).

    Bruce
    I've been living in Ecuador, and tried to get US programming with Expat Shield. I mean no disrespect Bruce, but I found much more than an occasional ad...there were more ads than rice in China. I settled on using Witopia VPN, and have been extremely satisfied. The customer service is outstanding, and the product is great. Just my 2 cents worth.

    Joseph40

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •