tsddave wrote:Seems like this thread went abit silly, maybe I can get it back on track.
BBC iplayer is a Roku channel store supplied channel on a UK Roku box but this version is blocked to the US region box.
BBC iplayer can also be used from PLEX which is not region specific in terms of having the actual channel.
PLEX can be got from the channel store and used on US Roku boxes and I suspect also UK boxes also.
PLEX offers a huge amount of channels aside from BBC iplayer and is totally free!
Whichever box or channel version a user uses they will need to use a vpn or dns service to view the BBC iplayer content from outside of the UK.
This is not illegal in the country outside of the UK that the user lives in. The companies supplying these services are not breaking the law either. There is no international law regarding this.It is illegal in England to broadcast British channels so they can be watched outside of the UK though.
This is why services like Filmon on broadcast British channels from the USA! It is also why Catch UP TV UK does everything it can to block those outside the UK viewing the content they host.
I hope this helps anyone who wishes to know about this.
As an ending note I think people should keep in mind that this is a forum that should be kept friendly and helpful.
Guys and gals, regarding the VPN issue, I will say this until I get an official word: "Using a VPN to circumvent established copyright laws, as well as broadcast laws, is illegal
and against the ToS of many of the broadcasters. Broadcasters have the right to establish where and how their media will be played. Discussion of VPN topics to circumvent this is verboten on the Roku forums, and will get a thread locked in a heartbeat.
I'm following this thread closely, and will do what I have to do to deal with it. I'm content to let it stand now, but be aware that VPN's are quasi-legal territory for streaming media at best
IE, don't discuss it here. Take it to PM's or emails.
The only warning for this thread.
C. Shawn Smith