This all got me thinking, because on a recent trip abroad I noticed that a lot of bars and restaurants no longer had Sky Sports available. Gone were the “Liverpool vs Manchester Utd” matches or the all-important episodes of Eastenders that brought punters in, and instead bars were relying on foreign TV feeds instead. This, it turns out, is due to the operators of the Sky satellites (Astra) repositioning the “beam” or “footprint” so that it no longer covers southern Europe.
How to – Get your favourite TV from home when you’re abroad
It’s a basic sufficient principle and one which has actually been working well for a variety of years. You being in your beautiful house in Cyprus, spend for a VPN to be setup, then link to your house WiFi and open BBC iPlayer. The BBC believes you’re in fact originating from an IP in Manchester (or whereever the VPN endpoint is) and instantly enables you in as a “UK audience”. Problem is, you’re not, and it appears like the BBC are now obstructing IP varies owned by the huge VPN companies. How effective and dangerous this action will be stays to be seen, since the BBC might inadvertently obstruct completely genuine UK VPN users, however it appears they’re targeting the popular VPN companies who in fact promote themselves as a method to obtain around the geo-IP-blocking that the BBC and other streaming companies use.