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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what it says, and well"

    June 18, 2012  |   By 0blom0v


    -Allows streaming of BBC Iplayer (and live TV), as well as 4OD and other UK broadcasters.
    -Simple setup
    -With my cable internet, streams well enough for SDTV
    -Image quality as good or better than regular TV
    -Overall bandwidth nearly unaffected.


    -Inserts ads at top of browser (fine, since it's free)
    - Some issues with bandwidth on HD streams. Still tweaking so I'm not sure if it's permanently an issue.
    -Slightly dubious feeling on my part (probably unwarranted) for installing VPN from a third party.


    Tried some free VPN solutions but was a massive headache, so I installed ExpatShield. Small download, easy intall, small memory footprint. Allows me to watch all UK broadcasters I tried, including BBC, BBC Iplayer, and 4OD.

    Inserts ads at the top of browser, but I watch full-screen the ads disappear and are no problem. Don't begrudge them ads since it's a free service.

    Nifty solution, so far (after 4 days usage). Thanks, Expatshield!

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