VPN + Samsung internet@TV = BBC iPlayer abroad...

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by budster23, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2011
    Samsung 6000 series LCD with internet@TV (I live outside the UK)

    Now the theory goes that I should be able to use a VPN to connect my Samsung TV (as I do for my Mac where I can watch BBC iPlayer etc in Holland) to a VPN (via the router specifying the TV's IP address) and then I should be able to get BBC iPLayer and other UK widgets for Samsung internet@TV.

    Has anyone tried this method? I would love to know if it works - as I have no idea how to set up the VPN router side (I normally just connect through my Mac).

    Advice would be appreciated. Cheers.
  2. macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2007
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2011
    Thanks for the reply. I will PM you once I get 5 posts. (the minimum posts before you can pm a member).
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2011
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2011
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2004
    I thought there were reports that the BBC was going to introduce a paid-for iPlayer service for people abroad. That might help.

    Also, just wondering if you pay a UK TV licence fee? If so, and you have a home in the UK, you could set up a Slingbox for access abroad, although obviously that wouldn't enable your Samsung TV to access iPlayer on its own.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2011
    Yes, I currently have full access to iPlayer through my Mac with a VPN. Unfortunately I don't have a home in the UK so slingbox wouldn't really work. I'd welcome the paid for service as it would probably be cheaper than paying for the VPN - and probably more reliable too.
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2011
    I tried PM'ing you but it doesn't want to work.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2011
    Looking for the same solution...

    Hi, budster23. I've got a Samsung telly too and have been trying to find the same solution you're seeking here. Have you had any luck? I'm in Ireland and would like to use the BBC iPlayer and LOVEFiLM through Internet@TV.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2011
    Samsung Inernet@TV iPlayer not found

    Hi guys,
    I live in UK and got Samsung TV with Internet@TV, I can find Lovefilm.com and other new Apps but I'm not getting BBC iPlayer.
    Can anyone tell me why and how can I find it.

    I searched Samsung Apps page and there are many Apps but not iPlayer
  11. macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2010

    Budster - I'm in same boat in Portugal and have iplayer via VPN but the VPN only hides your address in Safari or a browser, not in mail programs or anything else. I too would like to hide my whole identity so I can use iplayer on my samsung. Pls let me know if you get a fix. ps I use Netshade at 21€ a year to hide my mac
  12. macrumors regular

    May 1, 2010
    I would start by looking into a router that may support making the vpn connection and allowing it to be shared over the router. Perhaps a router with DD-WRT, or tomato or one of the other custom firmwares can do this...

    That way the router makes the vpn connection and passes the data from the connected device to the vpn...

    Just a thought.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2011
    I am thinking that this is probably the only way as well. I live in the US and pay a UK License fee.

    Now how can we have the router automatically create and keep this connection.... Setting up openVPN is not a problem.

    Thoughts anyone ?
  14. macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Depends on the routers firmware of course, so you'll have to be more specific.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    You could create an AdHoc network between your PC and TV, then set up Internet sharing with a proxy (I don't know if Windows can do this, but OSX can)
  16. macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2005
    I tired something like this; had my iMac going through a VPN/Proxy service but couldnt get my Roku or PS3 to connect to my iMac and use its internet shared access, wired or wirelessly.
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    Last edited: Oct 18, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2011
    Samsung internet@tv / BBC iPlayer outside UK

  18. macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2013
    Is great to finally see Television sets that are actually intelligent enough to carry VPN connections, finally sticks it to the cable companies having the monopoly on things. Ive been using http://www.changeipvpn.com for BBC iPlayer & HULU in the Carribean, works fine on my iPad, would love to know how to set it up on this TV though and where I can buy in in Bahamas.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2013
    You really do have to scout around on the search engines to find coupons for VPN's. so many of them now and the prices seem to go up and down all of the time. This was the best I found for BBC iPlayer €2.99 Month.


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