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  #1505864 4-Mar-2016 10:29
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gustov:

 

I would like to stream BBC via its iPlayer but my LG smart TV has WebOS and is locked to the APAC region of countries and can not be switched to the UK to download iPlayer. This issue is confirmed by the FAQ on UnoTelly. No problem with Australian channels as it falls within the APAC region.

 

My question is: what third party devices are NZ readers successfully using to download and install iPlayer and then stream BBC to their TV's (using their preferred DNS service)?

 

It has been suggested to me that a cheap Samsung Blu Ray player is an easy option as you get the Samsung Smarthub which can be set to other regions. 

 

Are there other options - Roku? Apple TV?

 

Please share your experience of a real-life working solution to help me make the right choice about what I need to purchase to stream BBC to my TV. Please include your device name and model number so I get the right device!

 

Any and all advice gratefully received.

 

 

It works for me with unblock-us. I have a second router that is configured for the unblock-us DNS addresses for AU/NZ (Just for convenience). I connect my PC to that second router via WiFi when needed. 

 

On the unblock-us web site, I login and I set my region to "UK". 

 

I set the time zone on my PC to GMT.

 

I use a Chromecast 2.0 ($69? - plugged into USB slot on the TV) to cast the show to the TV, but the Chromecast also needs to be on GMT or BBC won't let it receive the cast. You need the Chromecast extension installed in the Chrome browser on the PC to cast the BBC iPlayer tab in Chrome to the Chromecast. The Chromecast takes over the BBC iPlayer stream - it isn't going via the PC. Maxmise the player on the PC (if needed) and the show plays full screen and with sound on the TV. 

 

This works for me. Been watching "Trapped". 

 

 





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  #1510168 9-Mar-2016 21:35
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A new Apple TV and unblock-us. You need a UK iTunes account and you can download the iPlayer app for the Apple TV. Easy as.

 
 
 
 


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  #1510171 9-Mar-2016 21:39
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blakamin:

 

Quick question for the plex gurus in here... I've installed the channel on my plex server, how do I watch it on the plex client on my TV?

 

 

 

 

Make sure it's running on the server - you might need to do a little fiddling with file names and such where your media is stored. I found mine didn't pick up everything and sort it correctly at first so I had to rename some of my files in a format it could understand. Then go fire up the Plex client app on your TV. It should automatically detect the server.

 

 

From my experience, the client and server both need to act like they're in the UK by DNS/VPN.  If you're on the same network, then if the router's doing it then all good.

 

Launch plex on your TV, then go to channels and it'll be there.. I've done BBC channel on PLEX via Android, chromecast to my TV!

 

 

 

 

Got it sorted... Bought a new Sony Android TV and the plex app is waaay better than the LG we had.  (sorry for the thread hijack OP)


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Also noted a story last week in the Guardian saying the UK government plans to pass a law soon requiring anyone connecting to BBC iPlayer to have a current TV license. The story said they hoped to have it in place by June, but this wasn't certain due to other legislative priorities. 

 

That will scupper most of us unless we can find someone who will get a license on our behalf. 

 

 





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  #1510191 9-Mar-2016 22:13
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Also noted a story last week in the Guardian saying the UK government plans to pass a law soon requiring anyone connecting to BBC iPlayer to have a current TV license. The story said they hoped to have it in place by June, but this wasn't certain due to other legislative priorities. 

 

That will scupper most of us unless we can find someone who will get a license on our behalf. 

 

 

 

 

I wonder how much a licence is? I asked the in-laws the other day, but they've been here since the 80's and can't remember.

 

 

 

Why don't they just go to a subscriber model for other countries? They'd make a fortune.

 

 


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  #1510211 9-Mar-2016 22:51
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Kodi on RaspBerry Pi2 with iPlayer WWW plug-in :)





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  #1510253 10-Mar-2016 07:28
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I wonder how much a licence is? I asked the in-laws the other day, but they've been here since the 80's and can't remember.

 

 

I just read somewhere that it is £ 12 a month.

 

 





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  #1510261 10-Mar-2016 07:42
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Not many people seem to use my solution, but I have found it works best for my set-up. I don't have any need for a local network so I just have my computers connected directly to the router via LAN or wi-fi. I have my DNS proxies set up individually on the computers (not the router) and I use a proxy switcher so I don't have to mess with the settings. I use my smart TV as a dumb monitor and have it connected to my streaming computer via HDMI. I like this because I tend to stream from many different sites and the computer gives me flexibility that apps don't. I have found that Media centre software doesn't add anything to this arrangement so I use keyboard and url shortcuts, together with an IR remote programmed into my Harmony One and AnyHotKey to make browser navigation easy. When I want to stream iplayer I just go to the site. I do not use their app. I works well and I can record anything I want to.

 

 

 

 





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  #1510273 10-Mar-2016 08:16
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blakamin:

 

 

 

 

 

Why don't they just go to a subscriber model for other countries? They'd make a fortune.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They did but withdrew it.  I read that it was because of pressure from content providers.  Presumably the same content providers who are leaning on Netflix.  

 

 

 

I'd pay.


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  #1511278 11-Mar-2016 12:54
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Wade:

 

I'm using it via Android app & chromecast with a little help from unotelly

 

I did have to sideload app to phone

 

 

 

 

As above but I have also run it from my PC via Chrome and chomecast (just no remote)


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