I have been looking for a solution as to how to watch UK TV online for quite a while now as this is the only way for me to get it and now I would like to share my results with you as some forums have helped me to finally succeed.
There are many ways of watching UK TV online, and here some ways I have found and my recommendation.
I have tried the service of http://www.ukproxyserver.co.uk as they offer a free 48 hour trial. There are two different ways of connecting to the service, you can either use a Proxy server or a VPN connection. After searching a bit on Google, I found that some people have warned about Proxy servers as all of your traffic will be routed through a server controlled by the owner of it – in this case UK Proxy Server – and of course they can see, copy, manipulate, basically do whatever they want to do. I am not saying that UK Proxy Server are doing any of that, but I would not rely on that. The other option they have is a VPN connection to their servers over there, compared to the Proxy Server, if I am right, it does not redirect all your traffic over this connection and you have more options to watch television as you can use more free tools (e.g. Zattoo). The VPN connection did work but, I could not find any UK channels, so I am not sure what I might have done wrong. It also needs a high broadband speed in order to work properly at peak viewing times. I did not check it much further as I found another solution in a forum around the same time which suited me much better and unlike UK Proxy Server, it is completely free.
Option 2: (Best solution I have found until now):
It is a very smart way of watching UK television as it is just using the VLC player (a popular player to watch videos or listen to music) and then importing a playlist with UK TV channels.
How does it work?
1. Go to the VLC website, download and install the player.
2. Download the zip file attached to this post (UKTV2.zip)
3. Unpack the downloaded file on to your desktop, it contains only one file which is the playlist with all available channels
4. Start the VLC player
5. Drag & Drop the file into the VLC player
6. The player starts streaming the Channel BBC1
7. To change the channel click on View—> Playlist and double click on the desired channel
That should be it and UK TV online should be now available on your PC. As I am the lucky owner of a television which has a connection for my PC, so I can even watch it on the big screen now, just like I would do in the UK. You can also choose either high or low speed depending on your connection – it does affect the quality of the picture so you would only be able to watch on a regular sized computer screen, but if you have a slow internet connection, choosing the low speed will eliminate problems with the picture breaking up.
There is more information about this on different blogs, here is a link to another thread if you are interested in more detailed information:
Filmon.com – This is a service a friend of mine was using for the last couple of months. In general it was not a bad service, but compared to the VLC it has two significant disadvantages: 1. It is not a free service 2. It breaks up quite frequently if your connection is not super fast! There are different subscriptions available on their website.
ADSL provider, I have found an ADSL provider offering free UK television with their ADSL connection. I was reading their website to find out how this is possible as all other services – except for the VLC player – is not free of charge and even more important are the legal issues in that case. I do not want to migrate my ADSL connection to another provider just because of UK television which might stop working in a couple of weeks. I have contacted them and asked if they could guarantee that the service will be available in the future too, but unfortunately in the reply I was only asked for my phone number so they can check if I can use the service. As my questions have not been answered I have sent them another email, but I am still waiting for the reply, as soon as I have received it I will give you an update.
Option 2 is definitely the best solution I have found and I hope it will continue to work for sometime. I hope this article does help some of you and I would appreciate if you could let me know your experiences and solutions on how to watch UK TV online.