Mar 132017

BBC on-demand service launches in Malaysia

The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Wordwide, is set to launch a version of BBC Player in Malaysia, exclusively to subscribers of Telekom Malaysia Berhad’s (TM) IPTV service, HyppTV.

This follows the launch of the BBC iPLayer service in Singapore last year.

Hypp TV viewers will be able to watch the very best of BBC content anytime anywhere, via an app on their smartphones and tablets. Content will be available from BBC Worldwide’s global brands, BBC First, BBC Brit, BBC Earth, BBC Lifestyle, CBeebies, and BBC World News. Continue reading »

Jan 132017

69.3 million requests to watch iPlayer programmes were made during the week commencing 26th December 2016, more than any other week in BBC iPlayer’s history. December was also BBC iPlayer’s best month ever, seeing 281 million requests across the month.

EastEnders, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Outnumbered and Sherlock were the most popular shows on BBC iPlayer during its biggest ever festive season.

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Dec 162016

Planet Earth II tops BBC iPlayer list

Planet Earth II has been named the most requested show on the BBC iPlayer, according to new data showing what users have been requesting during the past year.

The first episode of Planet Earth II was requested more than 3.8 million times, helping 2016 to become the biggest year ever for the on-demand service. October and November saw the highest average number of daily requests that the iPlayer has ever seen, with 11.7 million requests per month, with the Great British Bake Off and The Apprentice also helping increase requests.
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Jul 172016

New UK TV licencing laws will come into effect on the 1st September 2016, closing the so called “BBC iPlayer loophole”.

Current UK TV licencing laws require you to have a UK TV Licence to watch any live TV channels on any device within the UK.

But these law did not apply to catch up Tv services such as BBC iPlayer.

So people could not pay a UK TV Licence but still watch UK TV via iPlayer on catch up perfectly legally, and for free.

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Jul 092016

International rollout of BBC iPlayer Radio app

The BBC has launched an international BBC iPlayer Radio app in the Republic of Ireland, the first stage of its global roll-out.
Available in the UK since 2012, the free BBC iPlayer Radio app will transform access to BBC Radio programmes internationally, making it easier for audiences around the world to listen to a variety of BBC radio stations, including BBC World Service English, on their devices wherever they are.

BBC World Service in English, which has a global audience of 66m, will automatically display on a touchscreen dial when users outside the UK open the app for the first time. Users can simply spin the dial to access more BBC Radio stations and discover more world-class content which includes news, music, drama, comedy.

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Mar 142016

The BBC will be stopping support, and therefore stopping an early version of the BBC iPlayer app on quite a lot of Freesat set top boxes.

This will happen in September 2016.

The Freesat models affected are those that are without the Freetime label.

If your version of iPlayer looks like this then you’re going to be affected:

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Mar 022016

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale confirmed today that the loophole that allows people to watch BBC iPlayer without a TV licence will be closed within months.

Currently BBC iPlayer is freely available in the UK to anyone who visits the BBC iPlayer website and no log in details are required to access the BBC iPlayer via the website. One idea would be for users to log into the website with their TV lisence details.

It is thought that this is mainly aimed at people using mobile devices to acces iPlayer, and should not affect users access BBC iPlayer via Freesat set top boxes, or Sky digiboxes.

Mr Whittingdale said today he would press ahead with changes to the law to close the loophole, which is thought to cost the BBC around £150 million a year.

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UK TV Routers and VPNs and UK TV Routers For UK TV Catch Up and On Demand TV


UK TV Routers and VPNs and UK TV Routers For UK TV Catch Up and On Demand TV

Why do I need a VPN in Spain for UK TV?

If you try to use the UK TV iPlayer Catch-up TV services on a Freesat set top box or a Sky+HD digibox in Spain from a country other than the UK and ROI, you will be blocked from viewing content.

This is because the UK TV iPlayer Catch-up TV content will only be made available to users connecting to the internet using a UK server. This is controlled by checking the IP address for your internet connection.

Your Spanish IP address will be blocked, so UK TV iPlayer Catch-up TV content will NOT be available to you on your Freesat set top box or a Sky+HD digibox in Spain.

This is because the UK TV iPlayer Catch-up TV content will only be made available to users connecting to the internet using a UK server.

Using a VPN UK server, and a UK IP address, this “tricks” the UK TV iPlayer Catch-up TV services into thinking you are connecting from the UK, and not connecting from Spain.


UK TV Routers for UK IP Addresses and UK iPlayer and Catch Up Services

We can provide UK TV Routers, that connects to your existing ADSL Broadband Internet modem, and set up a VPN service for you that will enable you to connect your Sky+HD or Freesat+HD satellite receiver to the internet to be able to receive and download programmes from the UK TV Catch-up services like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 and 5 On Demand, Sky On Demand and Sky Go.

The router comes pre-programmed and “ready to go” and you can be watching On Demand UK TV content within minutes.

If you want our UK TV Router to allow you to use the UK TV Catch-up services, please contact us first.


Our Recommended VPN for UK TV in Spain

UK TV Routers VPN Spain



The UK TV Broadcasters are always searching for users accessing their services from abroad using VPN services. They then blacklist those server and access to the UK TV Catch Up and On Demand services will be prevented.

In some cases it is possible to change to another server from the VPN provider – for example like this.

In some cases you may have to change VPN providers altogether.


Unfortunately there is not a lot that can be done to stop this from happening, as essentially the UK TV Catch Up and On Demand services are for UK use only. As such, The Sat and PC Guy cannot be held responsible or liable should your VPN service cease working with the UK TV Catch Up and On Demand services, or be held for any refund on services or equipment purchased.



Sometimes the IP Addresses used by HMA are closed by HMA, or even blocked by the UK TV broadcasters. This can result in the On Demand services like BBC iPlayer, ITVHubb, All4 , My5 and Sky On Demand not functioning.

If this is the case it is necessary to change the HMA IP Server address.

This can be done by following the instructions below.


OVP 728X90 (set 4)

Oct 172015

BBC IPlayer starts to block VPN servers concerning piracy worries

The BBC is taking measures against the unauthorized use of its iPlayer service by actively blocking UK VPN services. The measures aim to prevent foreigners from accessing iPlayer without permission, but they’re also blocking many legitimate UK citizens from surfing the Internet securely.

The BBC’s online catchup service iPlayer has been a great success, both in the UK and abroad.

While the service is intended for UK viewers, who have to pay a mandatory TV license, it’s also commonly used overseas. Recent research suggests that 60 million people outside the UK access iPlayer through VPNs and other circumvention tools.

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