Your browser (Internet Explorer 6) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how to update your browser.
X

Posts tagged ‘BBC Iplayer on IPad’

Post

How to Watch BBC Iplayer in the US on a Wii

There’s lots of little fancy media streaming devices out now, but for many people looking for something quick and simple to watch online stations like the BBC Iplayer on their TV screen – then a good option is the Nintendo Wii.  Many people already have these and they stream media as well as most commercial devices.

Watch BBC Iplayer
But of course just like your computer most of these online channels are restricted to the country they are broadcast from – so you need to be in the USA for Hulu, the United Kingdom for BBC Iplayer and so on.

It’s of course easy to bypass these blocks using a security program like Identity Cloaker on a PC, you just click on the country you want to be in, but can you use the same functionality on other devices such as the Nintendo Wii?

Well the simple answer is yes ! In fact you can switch the location of your Wii to any country where they have a server based – e.g. France, United Kingdom, USA, Canada or Australia for example – so use a US proxy site or a UK one depending on your needs.  This also works for some of the other commercial VPN/proxy services,  just ask their support desks for help.

So here’s how it works for watching BBC Iplayer on a Nintendo Wii in the USA by using Identity Cloaker.

Obviously you’ll need to connect your Wii to the internet first, which is fairly straight forward. If you’re actually in the UK then all you need to do is go to the shopping channel from the main screen and download the BBC Iplayer channel and that’s it.

For Anyone Outside the United Kingdom – it’s slightly more complicated as you won’t be able to see that channel available.   First of all change your country settings –

Wii Options> Wii Settings> Country> Change to UK

This  is what controls what’s in the shopping channel – when set to the UK you’ll be able to download BBC Iplayer, you can change it back after if needed.

However this won’t fool the BBC Iplayer website if you’re not in the UK, because it will check your IP address when you try and watch anything.  To do this you have to hide your real address and connect using a server based in the United Kingdom.

wii-connection-setup

I will do this using my Identity Cloaker account as follows –

  • Go to the Wii System Settings Page and select the Internet connection tab.
  • Select  the connection you are using and scroll down to proxy server settings.
  • Enable the Proxy Server and select advanced settings
  • Pick one of the IP address of an Identity Cloaker UK server and use Port 4040
  • Input Your Identity Cloaker –  Username and Password
  • Save Settings and then Watch the BBC

You can get the IP address and your username/password from the Identity Cloaker support team or it’s listed in the members area.  If you’re using a different service just contact their support for the same information – as long as they accept authentication in this manner then they all should work.

 

Post

Watching BBC Iplayer on an iPad in the US – Setting Up an iPad VPN

I’ve started to leave my laptop at home nowadays in preference to the wonderful iPad I bought last year.   After I got used to the fear of dropping it, it’s become an essential companion – much easier to carry than a laptop, starts up immediately and is basically just a joy for a traveler.

Of course there are limitations, including the well documented Flash problem. However one of my main issues was the fact when I travelled to the USA, lots of my UK sites like BBC Iplayer and ITV just wouldn’t work.   Now this isn’t a problem with the iPad specifically but it’s due to the fact that most of the UK media sites block access to anyone outside Great Britain.    So I had to figure out how to change my IP address to a UK one by using proxies or VPNs to bypass these blocks.

Watching Iplayer using an IPad VPN

Now I work in IT Security and one of my favorite tools is Identity Cloaker which I also use to bypass all these location blocks.  It works great on my laptop and PC but the software wasn’t currently available for the Mac OS or iPpad. However fortunately all of their servers including the US ones are VPN enabled – so all I needed to do was connect to one of those.

Anyway here’s the steps I followed to watch BBC Iplayer from the US

  1. Select Settings
  2. Select General
  3. Select Networks
  4. Select VPN

All being well – you’ll be at this screen

So in this screen you can already see one VPN already set up – this one is for the US.  But I need to add a UK one so –

Click  – Add VPN Configuration

You should then find yourself in this screen –

Looks a little confusing but it’s not actually that difficult.   Now two pieces of information are not published by Identity Cloaker for security reasons – but these are in the members area when you log in or email and ask for help if needed.

Here’s how you fill the fields in –

  1. Description – Give it a descriptive name – usually country name is best.
  2. Server – This is in the member area for Identity Cloaker users- UK VPN server names
  3. Account Name – Your Identity Cloaker Username
  4. RSA SecurID – Ignore this
  5. Password – Your IDC password.
  6. Secret – This is in members area for Identity Cloaker users under – VPN Secret Name

That’s all there is to it – just remember to Save the VPN configuration before you exit.   It is there ready for you to use, whenever you need a UK address then you just enable the VPN as follows.

So to enable the VPN just turn it on from this screen, switch the slider to on.  In this situation we would turn the British one on so we can watch BBC Iplayer outside the UK.   Remember when you enable the VPN all data is routed through  that server down an encrypted tunnel.   You may want to disconnect to do your normal browsing after – although you should use it for secure browsing – online banking etc.  It’s great for switching between versions of Netflix to personally I always change to the US version of Netflix.

When the VPN is enabled properly then you should see this in the top left corner of your Ipad.

 

This method will probably work with other proxy/VPN subscription services as long as their servers are set up for VPN access – just ask them for the information you need.  To get access on a laptop or PC then check out this other post  – BBC Iplayer outside UK.

Or there’s a good video on Youtube –

It’s called – VPN on an iPad.

If you haven’t got an Identity Cloaker subscription – it’s best to try this  cheap ten day trial first to make sure you can get it working.

Updated – included extra information on VPN