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Programing from the United Kingdom

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by bafuerst, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Peter305

    Peter305 Hall Of Fame

    May 24, 2006
    It is available on Verizon Fios and some cable systems.
  2. Peter305

    Peter305 Hall Of Fame

    May 24, 2006
    Al Gore actually bought Newsworld International. The change to Current was a joke and access to International news in the States has been the poorer.
  3. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    I fully agree with you. Current is just another YouTube.
  4. SVTarHeel

    SVTarHeel Mentor

    Oct 20, 2010
    I had my D* installed this past week and decided to search and see if there were any options regarding UK TV access via satellite. After reading the disappointing info in this thread, I searched a bit online and ran across several potential options. I wondered of any of the folks here had tried any of them with any success.

    In a quick search, the ones I thought looked promising are:


    Then, using one of the above, the following looked interesting:

    Thanks for any feedback on these options.
  5. bww

    bww Legend

    Feb 15, 2006
    tvcatchup is blocking just about every vpn operating unless it is registered with tvcatchup. Also it is my understanding that you need a uk tv license to legally watch LIVE tv from the uk. Of course any non live is okay.
  6. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    Sign me up! I might even agree to go as high as $20 a month!
  7. BrucePadgett

    BrucePadgett AllStar

    Nov 14, 2007
    This year the BBC will offer it's I-player for internet viewing in the USA. Yes, that's BBC, not BBC America. The catch is, it will initially be marketed only to Ipad users.
  8. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    NBC bought TRIO and turned it into BRAVO. The bottom line is our government doesn't want us to know what's going on.
  9. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    It was not turned into BRAVO. :nono: BRAVO and Trio were both on at the same time. BRAVO has been around since the 90s.
  10. je4755

    je4755 Godfather

    Dec 11, 2006
    Another potential “catch:” the BBC may fail to make available many, if not all, programs sold to US networks for our variant of the “global iPlayer.”
  11. DaveC27

    DaveC27 Godfather

    Apr 14, 2010
    That wouldn't bother me too much, the programmes I torrent are shows like "Mock the Week", HIGNFY & QI which don't get shown over here.

    The issue I worry about is cost, I've heard BBCA execs saying that they could charge $10 for "Top Gear" and show I dread to think how much they think they can charge for IPlayer, but a $10 a month subscription would be a must
  12. je4755

    je4755 Godfather

    Dec 11, 2006
    QI is available on You Tube, typically in 15-minute segments, as well.

    I also recall references to high rates for viewing individual shows -- instanced by Dr. Who –- shortly after the global iPlayer was announced. I wish the BBC simply would levy a monthly charge, even if substantial, and permit overseas audiences to access the domestic iPlayer. However, rights issues (I’m unsure whether US networks purchasing BBC programming typically demand exclusivity) and an articulated need to regionalize the global iPlayer render this option unlikely.
  13. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    The reason that it is unlikely to happen has mostly to do with broadcast rights and syndication. It's the same reason that you can't get an "American package" containing NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and a few others in a European country: Production companies make a LOAD of money reselling programs into syndication.

    Take Top Gear, the Tudors, Doctor Who, and other popular shows that have already ended such as Robin Hood. The producers of these shows SELL them to BBC America. Other British shows are sold to PBS, (e.g. Masterpiece Theater, which has been showing a few excellent British costume drama's) and even to DirecTV's own channel 101.

    If those shows were to be made available in a "UK package" channels like BBC America can pretty much pack up shop, and the production companies would not want that. They would raise their prices, because now instead of selling to a station available to say 60 million Britons, they now sell to an audience that could be as high as 200 million if other cable, iptv, and satellite companies make similar deals and create a UK package.

    It works the other way too.... a series like "Friends" is being sold to 50+ countries, (including pretty much all countries in Europe), and they make more money in syndication to all of these countries then they ever made when it aired on NBC. NBC would not WANT to be in a package oversees, because they would lose out on an ENORMOUS amount of revenue from sold series that they produced. And although the British TV market is not as big as the U.S., the same problem applies here. They can sell their television programs to American based channels for a lot more profit then allowing themselves to be placed in a "UK package".

    Being born and raised in Europe, having lived there for the first 28 years of my life, I would ABSOLUTELY welcome any British TV, and BBC America HD is really the ONLY station that sits on my HD wishlist..... But I also know it is just never going to happen.

    Our best bet, is indeed the international iPlayer.... and watch it on the computer (or possibly a DLNA based device), as others have stated. But chances are that it will be too expensive, and offer too little.... for the same reasons as mentioned above.
  14. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    At least there are uknova.com and thebox.bz to feed the appetite for UK shows (plus theempire.bz for Australia, New Zealand, Canada, etc. programming).
  15. SVTarHeel

    SVTarHeel Mentor

    Oct 20, 2010
    I wasn't able to find out much about thebox.bz without signing up, but I looked through the list of disallowed series on uknova and, of the 30 or 40 I thought to check, I found all but one or two are unavailable. I'm far from being an expert on UK programs, but I am way above average for an American, so I'm guessing that I don't know about a ton of shows that *are* available (or expats are so starved for stuff, they're watching what few are online).

    That's why I wondered if a UK VPN solution would work. With people here mentioning how much they'd pay D* for a UK package, I hoped that someone would have tried watching UK-based online options via a UK-based IP address and could give us the benefit of their experience.

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