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Old 30-07-2020, 04:50   #1
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Channel 4 Player online - Is it possible to watch this thing with a VPN active?

As title really, I'm based in the UK and the VPN server I connect to is a UK one, so my VPN ip is UK... and yet Channel 4 player keeps telling me the service is only available to "people in the UK"

Has anyone ever figured out a way to get this god damned thing to work? Lots of talk online by americans and whatnot who acces the player using their VPNs, but someone like myself who is actually based in the UK can't log on!
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Old 30-07-2020, 09:37   #2
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It depends upon the VPN you are using. C4 like BBC, ITV even Netflix have very strong controls to block VPNs mainly to stop foreigners resident outside the UK using them.

What I have found is that different VPNs work better than others at avoiding this detection and effectiveness varies by the TV platform. So one that works for BBC may not work with Sky.

Sadly both Apple and Google have in last few years restricted what the VPN apps can do which in my experience made them easier to detect by the TV providers and block when on mobiles. Most effective was one on the router.

If you are on a secured home network in the UK you don’t really need one anyway.

I wanted to catch up with home TV when living overseas.

Being home now don’t really bother.
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Do you have a choice of servers for the UK? Maybe try them all and see if any of them work.
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Old 30-07-2020, 18:39   #4
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Yeah i use Private Internet Access, which is usually one of the VPNs recommended by articles to use with channel 4, go figure. You have the choice of three UK servers, none work.

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Old 30-07-2020, 21:43   #5
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I'm with Mullvad. Just tried All4 online and it works fine.

I recommend that VPN by the way. Truly anonymous registration, really quick speeds via WireGuard, and nice basic interface. It has at least 15 different UK servers. Getting around geoblocking works fine for me too (Netflix in different countries).

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Old 31-07-2020, 03:51   #6
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I've got an annual subscription to PIA, so that's my VPN for a good few months ye!
EDIT: Just checked the price of Mullvad, yowza, it better be good at 5euro a month!

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£4.50 a month isn't expensive.

Other VPNs only get cheaper when they make you sign up for year(s) at a time. Which is great until you run into problems or want to switch. NordVPN is £9.20 per month and PIA who you are with is £8.09!!
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There's often good discounts on VPN services during Black Friday, and similar.

I signed up for Nord in 2018 for $99 for 3 years, which after quidco cashback = £43 = £1.20/month.

But why bother watching a UK streaming service via a UK-based VPN? Is it that you're *always* connected via VPN for privacy/downloading ?
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I don't see any issue in turning it off temporarily just for watching UK based stuff.
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Nah I'm not connected/downloading all the time, but I do download the odd TV show here and there, usually stuff I can't easily get here in the UK (stuff like Mr Mercedes back before Amazon picked it up, god that was only available in ****** quality back then! ). It's more just an inconvenience that I can't really make sense of because all signs online seem to indicate that PIA should work.

I pay $29 a year for PIA, gotta love those annual subs! Shame Mull doesn't have that!
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