Tor is an anonymising network which allows people living in restrictive regimes to access the internet with relative impunity. If you know what you are doing you can use it to give yourself a UK IP address and watch BBC telly via IPlayer. This article tells you how to achieve same.
Why use Tor over other solutions? – Because it’s free, and because it won’t contain ads or malware, being an Open Source program.
What does this do? – It uses Tor’s Browser Bundle to connect the included web browser through UK only Tor exit nodes, which fools BBC IPlayer into thinking you are in the UK. The actual streaming still goes direct to your real IP address through Flash Player, so don’t use this if you want to remain hidden/anonymous, as it will definitely give you away!
My particular circumstances are that I am an English expat living in Ireland, but even though I can watch BBC channels through Sky or Freesat, the BBC block Irish IP addresses from IPlayer.
The steps are:-
- Download and extract Tor’s browser bundle.
- Manually copy the flash plugin into the Tor browser plugin directory.
- Enable plugins in Vidalia.
- Edit Tor’s config to only include UK exit nodes (preferably those with good bandwidth)