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BBC Cut Off Aussies Using VPN To Access Unauthorised Content

BBC Cut Off Aussies Using VPN To Access Unauthorised Content

The BBC is clamping down on tens of thousands of Australians who access unauthorised BBC content via a VPN.

Over 200,000 Australians are believed to be gaining unauthorised use of the BBC iPlayer platform via VPN, following research claiming up to 65 million people are accessing the service from outside the UK.

The Beeb has confirmed it is taking measures to prevent access which contravenes its terms of service.

In a statement released at the weekend the BBC suggested it had been battling illegal access for quite some time.

It wrote: “We regularly make updates to our technology to help prevent access to BBC iPlayer from outside the UK which breaks our terms of use.

“BBC iPlayer is freely available to users across the UK without a VPN, and we also seek to ensure users of private VPNs such as those used by schools and companies in the UK have access.”

The news comes after a week in which overseas users began reporting their traditional means of circumnavigating the location blockers were no longer working.

A TorrentFreak report initially contained a statement from the BBC saying the restrictions are geared towards halting privacy.

The news will come as a blow to ex-parts, who may still be paying a license fee back in the UK, who’ve used crafty tools to catch up on their favourite shows.

However, the providers of VPN services are already finding workarounds for the blocks, which will likely see new UK-based IP addresses continually established in order to stay ahead of the Beeb’s blockers.
Since the folding of the ‘Global iPlayer’ service, non-UK users have struggled to find a legal means to catch up on their favourite shows.