Michael Brown March 1 2013 03:32:57 AMFor the various people that have asked me in the last few months, this is how to get U.S. and U.K. streaming video content if you happen to live outside of those areas...like me!
Although the article is really about how to get U.S. Netflix content on your Australian iPad, you can also use the Unblock Us service to access the BBC iPlayer and the ITV Player from outside the UK. I've used the latter to watch Downton Abbey through a PC web browser, for example. If you're an Android/Linux user then there's no reason that this shouldn't work for your devices either, although I've not tested that.
Legality thereof? Well, you're paying Netflix in the U.S. to watch their content, so I don't see how anybody can paint you as a pirate. The local rights holders won't be happy of course, but well.. screw 'em, I say. They buy up these foreign TV shows and then sit on them for months, sometimes even years. Sorry, but the world's not like that any more.
There are signs that things are changing though; FX, who are the Australian rights holders for the Walking Dead, now boasts that they show episodes within days of their U.S broadcast. But until more Australian channels get the idea...
Major downer: Unblock Us doesn't work over mobile phone networks. You have to be on a WiFi or wired network connection.
If you have a jail-broken iOS device, then check out GuizmoDNS, available on Cydia. It lets you easily toggle your DNS setting between U.S and local modes. Because remember, if you've switched your DNS settings to the Unblock US servers, as per the APC's article, then any Australian streaming services, like the ABC and Channel 9, are going to see you as "foreign" and will likely block you because of it!
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