TRAVELLERS, holidaymakers and expats watching the BBC’s licence-fee funded iPlayer service using virtual private networks, which are able to mask the location of the user, are being blocked according to reports.
According to the Famagusta Gazette, system called “IPVanish” makes the BBC iplayer believe users are located in the United Kingdom, giving them access to programmes including Eastender, Dr Who and a variety of films, comedies and other shows.
However, connection problems started on Tuesday, with the IPVanish user forums filling up with concerned subscribers demanding a solution be found.
The service is popular with expats in Cyprus, Spain and the United States that like to receive British television.
One customer wrote: “It seems the BBC are now blocking IP addresses used by IPVanish. I can access ITV player OK but when I try to access any BBC content (live or catch-up) the BBC iPlayer web page states: BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only. Find out why. If you are in the UK and see this message please read this advice.”
Another user wrote: “I too can report that accessing BBC IPlayer is now impossible. Things have been getting steadily worse in the last couple of weeks. I have tried all suggested remedies and used bot IE and Chrome.”
In July it was revealed that more than 60 million people around the world are bypassing internet restrictions to watch the BBC’s shows online.
IPVanish say they are looking into the problem.