nigelj: Okay here is the difference:
USA:freitasm:PaulBrislen: Having said that, that's a T&C not a law so it's a civil issue not a criminal one, unless our Copyright Act has something in it about circumventing DRM solutions and that's worded broadly enough to capture secure VPN tunneling to another country.
This is all... The content is being paid for, it's not being redistributed and only watched in one location (even if not the originally one intended for).
This is my understanding to, you are just breaking your side of the contract you signed with Netflix which makes it civil.
Where as for UK:jbard: I use a VPN to watch iplayer and it is a fantastic service in the uk.
BBC's UK iPlayer is funded from the TV Licensing Fees (my understanding from many conversations w/ British friends etc). Licensing Fees are collected under UK law, failure to pay the correct fee can result in a fine (and if I remember correctly, criminal prosecution). Now from what I've read, this only applies to Live broadcasts, but it's a tangled web when you consider you could actually 'accidentally' break UK law, without realising it.
I think you are wrong here.
If you read the iplayer T & C you will notice it says a TV License is not required to use the service.
It is required to view the live shows though.
Not sure if the ad's fund it or other means but it is not funded by the TV license.