Software cheat lets people watch BBC iPlayer abroad: An update
On Tuesday, I reported, in i, that British expats can now access the BBC’s iPlayer using a newly-released computer program called Expat Shield, which assigns a UK IP address to connections made abroad, tricking the system into believing they are domestic.
Neither the BBC nor the program’s developer AnchorFree were available for comment at the time but the latter has since got in touch to answer questions on the potential breach of clause 3.2.1 of the terms and conditions attached to the Coroporation’s iPlayer by users logging on from outside of the UK.
The company said the launch of the product was in line with its policy of promoting “freedom of speech and access to the content and information” users want.
AnchorFree CEO David Gorodyansky added: “Imagine if you are a businessperson traveling abroad, or a student spending a semester in a foreign country. For many people it’s important to have a tie back to home, and we are creating a way to do so. We are not aiming to do anything malicious or dangerous, but rather are creating a way for a British citizen to have an uninterrupted online experience no matter where they are in the world.”
“There are 6 million UK expats around the world. We think that this will have broad appeal for any UK expats wherever they might be in the world, and therefore see if being highly useful.”
The BBC refused to comment.
The original story is below…
British expats can now watch BBC TV abroad for free, via the Corporation’s online iPlayer, after the release of a computer program which tricks the system into thinking it is in Britain.
The iPlayer’s catch-up service is only available in the UK, a common source of annoyance for British expats. But Expat Shield – designed by software company AnchorFree – assigns a UK IP address to connections made abroad, making it appear domestic.
It has been technically possible for people outside the UK to access the iPlayer for some time via Virtual Private Networks – similar to those used by companies to provide staff with remote access to their work IT facilities – but, as technology blog The Next Web reports, the VPNs required to secure it are complicated and usually cost money to set up. Expat Shield, however, is free to download. Both companies were unavailable to comment.
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