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Old March 17th, 2013, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have 2 problems trying to view BBC TV from Portugal. Firstly, BBC iPlayer opens up in Firefox and allows me to select a catchup programme but only plays the sound. Where is the video?

Secondly, when I go to live TV and select a channel, I am directed to the Google Play Store to download the BBC Media Player app. However, this will not download because "it is not available in my country". So Play Store is detecting that I am in Portugal. How can I get BBC Media Player?

I am frustrated but I am sensing that I am quite close to my aim which is to get live and catchup TV from the BBC on my Android Smart TV box in Portugal. Can anyone help me through this next hurdle?

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I’m getting closer. Having set the header in Firefox to 212.58.241.131 as recommended, I get the following results:
1. In Firefox, BBC iPlayer gives me sound but no video and the screen cannot be expanded to full size.
2. In Google Chrome, I get the message that I need to download BBC Media Player app from the Google Play Store but the latter detects that I am not in the UK and therefore cannot download the app.
3. In Android Browser, BBC iPlayer plays video and sound but the screen cannot be expanded to full size.
Conclusions:
1. The recommended IP address of 212.58.241.131 is fooling BBC iPlayer that I am in the UK and once set in Firefox, applies to Chrome and Browser.
2. BBC Media Player app is needed but I have to be in the UK to download it.
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When I go back to the UK at the end of the week, I will take my Smart TV box and leads and download the app. I will let you know the results.
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You may use proxy plugin for FF and set your IP for the UK from the Portugal. Thus you will be able to download the app.
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I'm in the UK now and have successfully downloaded the BBC Media Player app from Google Play Store.
1. In Firefox, BBC iPlayer gives me sound only. Where is the video?
2. In Chrome, BBC iPlayer insists that I install BBC Media Player even though it is already installed? It will not progress any further. I suspect that the BBC has a problem with Google Chrome.
3. In Android Browser, BBC iPlayer works perfectly for catchup and live TV. I hope it works when I get back to Portugal at the weekend.
Does anyone else have similar problems in Android?
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Im back in Portugal and my problems continue. BBC iPlayer now detects that I am out of the UK whether I use Firefox, Chrome or the Android Browser. The recommended IP address 212.58.241.131 that I put in Modify Header in Firefox no longer fools the BBC.

What can I try next?
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Thanks Lafette. I will probably subscribe to a VPN service eventually but I currently use the free service offered by tunlr.net. It works well in Windows 7 and I can get live TV as well as catchup TV. Android is different though and I suspect the BBC is blocking Android users from outside the UK very effectively. The tunlr support service has yet to crack the problem which is why I am asking for help elsewhere.

Is anybody else working on this problem?
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I look forward to your findings mikedt. I've come up with a brick wall now and will gladly share my findings. Cheers, Bill.
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I tried it with Linux Mint on my laptop following their instructions. I don't use Windows. The BBC website and iPlayer seems to believe I'm in the UK, it no longer gives the UK only messages. However when it tries to play a TV programme, nothing happens. Also tried Hulu, which is US, it seems to believe I'm in the States, but like BBC iPlayer nothing seems to be streaming. However I tried Pandora, which is a US only music service, that works OK.

Not tried it with an Android device yet, might do so in the next few days.
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Hi mikedt. Have you tried Firefox and the modified header mentioned in a previous post for streaming live BBC programmes? It works on my Windows 7 PC but not on my Android Smart TV box. Bill.
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BBC Media Player for Android suddenly works for me from outside the UK. Eureka!

I entered the tunlr.net recommended DNS 1 & 2 again today and this time I was able to save the settings and modify the WiFi connection to Static IP. Following a reboot of my Android Smart TV box, BBC Media Player played catch-up TV programmes in the Android Browser but not in Google or Firefox. Live TV does not work with Android devices outside the UK, not yet anyway.
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It worked for a while for me last night, I was able to watch Newsnight. But all of this morning iPlayer is just giving "This content doesn't seem to be working." messages. Not sure if that's a problem with the iPlayer itself or it's the proxy service doing that.

Thing is this is a free service, and maybe the servers are just getting overloaded, which can often happen with free proxy and VPN services. I've found paid subscription services tend to be much better in this respect.

Bill I did try the modified header with Firefox, using Linux, but that didn't seem to make any difference.
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BBC iPlayer is still working for me on my Android Smart TV box using the Android Browser and tunlr.net settings.

My next problem is getting my netbook running Windows 7 to play live TV on the BBC site. I get the message "This content does not seem to be working". Catch-up TV works well in Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer 10 using the tunlr.net settings. My desktop PC gets live TV to play so what's the difference?
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