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Watching UK TV on your PS3 from outside the UK

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments



After living outside the UK for a while now, I have come to appreciate that UK TV is actually quite good and I miss it.

While some UK TV channels are available over the internet, if you are outside the UK, access to the sites is blocked.

This tutorial shows how to gain access to the UK TV sites from outside the UK using a PC/Mac. It also shows how to get the UK TV sites to work on a PS3.

Tutorial Steps
  1. Configuring the network
  2. Setting up a UK VPN
  3. Setting up the proxy server
  4. Configuring the PS3
Required
  • A PS3 (UK Version with the iPlayer, 4OD and ITV Player icons installed)
  • A PC/Mac
  • An Internet Connection
  • Some basic networking and PC/Mac skills

 

1. Configuring the Network

A static LAN IP Address is required on the PC/Mac, because if a DHCP server ever assigns a different IP Address to the PC/Mac you would need to change the PS3 configuration.
If you are certain the PC/Mac has a static IP Address already, get the IP Address and Subnet Mast and move onto the next section, if not complete the steps below.

  1. Configure a static LAN IP Address on your PC/Mac
  2. Ensure the Address you assign is excluded from the range of IP Addresses used by your DHCP server (Normally running on your router/modem
  3. Make a note of your IP Address and Subnet Mask

 

2. Setting up a UK VPN

First a quick lesson on how networks and more specifically the internet works.

Everything (Computer, Webserver, Games Console, Internet Enabled Toaster etc) has a unique IP Address on the internet just like your home network.

A central authority allocates all IP Addresses and registers the location of the IP Addresses as they are allocated.

UK TV websites determine your location by looking at your IP Address when connecting to it, if the IP Address connecting to the TV website is not registered in the UK, access is blocked.

A UK VPN service tricks the UK TV website into thinking you are in the UK by making the connection to the UK TV website on your behalf, then sending the TV channel stream back to your PC/Mac.

Implementation
  1. Subscribe to a UK VPN service. This will cost a small amount each month however it is 100% worth paying for as the free ones can be very unreliable. A great VPN service is http://www.Overplay.net however you can compare a number of UK VPN services using a site like http://www.vpnreviews.com
  2. Configure the VPN. Each VPN service supplies its own configuration, so simply follow the instructions provided by the website. This tutorial assumes overplay.net was chosen and the Overplay VPN client was installed, however if you use another provider simply follow any VPN configuration steps provided by VPN service
  3. Open the Overplay VPN client (Shown Below), Select one of the UK sites from the drop down list and click “Connect”, entering the correct username and password when prompted
  4. OK so step 1 is complete. You now have access to UK TV websites on your PC/Mac. To test simply open your web browser and browse to the site of your choice E.G BBC iPlayer/ITV Player

 

3. Setting up the Proxy Server

A VPN cannot be configured on a PS3, so instead we need to connect to the internet via the PC/Mac with the UK VPN connection.

This is done by installing proxy server software on your PC/Mac, the proxy software simply connects to internet services on your behalf and sends you back all data it receives.

You will need to determine the network address from the IP Address from the previous step. Assuming your subnet mask is 255.255.255.0 (/24) if your IP A

ddress is 192.168.0.x, your network address is 192.168.0.0/24. If you IP Address is 192.168.1.x, your network address is 192.168.1.0/24.

Implementation
  1. Download and install proxy server software onto your PC/Mac. The best one available for a Mac is “Squidman” (http://web.me.com/adg/squidman/index.html) which is simply a management utility for the great open source proxy “squid”. A good one for a PC is “ccproxy” (http://www.youngzsoft.net/ccproxy)
  2. Configure the Proxy.This tutorial will assume the use of Squidman on a Mac, however the configuration for ccproxy is almost the same. There are two configurations required, clients and port, leave everything else unless you really know what you are doing.
  3. Clients: (Shown Below) Open Squidman, install squid when prompted then open preferences. Click Clients, then enter the network address E.G. 192.168.0.0/24
  4. Ports: (Shown Below) In the Squidman preferences panel click general and make a note of the port number. The default is 3128
  5. Start Squid. To allow the proxy to start receiving connections from devices on your network, click “Start Squid”
  6. Ok so step 2 is complete. You can now configure your PS3 to connect to the internet via your PC/Mac

4.  Configuring the PS3

The PS3 now needs to be told to connect to the internet via the PC/Mac with the VPN connection and proxy software. This will trick the Uk TV sites into thinking the PS3 is connecting from the UK.

Implementation
If you are not familiar with the PS3 configuration, check out the manual first here: http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/settings/connectadvance.html
  1. Open Settings->Network Settings ->Internet Connection Settings
  2. Click Yes when promoted to disconnect from the internet temporarily, then simply browse to the Proxy Server screen (Shown Below), click “Use” then enter the IP Address and port of your PC/Mac E.G:
    • Proxy Server: 192.168.1.2
    • Port 3128
  3. Save all configuration and exit the Settings menu system
  4. So now the PS3 should be able to stream from the UK TV sites. To test simply go to the iPlayer icon at the home screen and try stream your favourite TV show!

Important Notes
  • If the VPN is disconnected for whatever reason the proxy must be stopped, then restarted after the VPN connection is re-established.
  • You are required to purchase a UK TV license if you watch UK BBC channels
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  1. Philius Fogg
    May 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Hi, Thanks for a decent, concise and very helpful guide!

  2. Tanja
    August 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Great guide, worked perfectly at first try! Thanks!!

  3. harris
    September 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    can this be done through a wireless connection from my PS3 to my destop, or does it have to be wired?

    • September 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      Hi thanks for your comment.

      Yes a wireless network should work well, as long as you have a reasonably strong wireless signal at the devices using the wireless network.

      If you have a very weak wireless signal you may experience network drop outs.

  4. James
    September 2, 2011 at 6:35 am

    This worked great much appreciated! The only problem is that I can’t watch live tv as most channels need flash. Any ideas for that? I need to watch the rugby from next friday!!!

    Cheers

    • September 4, 2011 at 9:49 am

      Hi James,

      Thanks for the comments, it’s good to know the tutorial is useful.
      I’m afraid I don’t know of any sites offering rugby streaming without flash.
      You could consider connecting a PC to your TV as a temporary measure until we see England take home the world cup victory 🙂

      Regards,
      Nik

  5. September 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Hello. Thanks so much for this. I have a couple questions. Also, mine isn’t a UK PS 3. It’s U.S. and I’m using a different VPN service to connect to a U.S. host while I’m in South Korea. The VPN works well, just haven’t been able to get the PS 3 connected through it yet.

    1. I had first hard wired the PS 3 to the router (Apple Airport Extreme) and had no problems connecting to the internet. So, question 1, was this the right way to connect the PS 3 to internet? I thought maybe that was wrong & tried connecting the ethernet to my laptop, since the VPN is on there, but no connection at all.

    2. I have downloaded SquidMan, set it up exactly as you said. My IP range is slightly different than yours. But got the info from my router’s utility to be sure. Port 8080 is the default given both by my utility and SquidMan. So I’ve left it at that. But the internet is not able to connect with this proxy at all. Any suggestions?

    • September 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      Hi the_bks,

      Thanks for your comment.

      It’s hard to say what your problem might be given the limited info you have provided, it shouldn’t matter how you connect your PS3 or laptop running the proxy software to your router as long as your IP addresses are configured correctly.

      I will assume for now that this is an IP configuration error unti you tell me any different.

      You need to make sure you manually configure an IP address on the laptop running the proxy, so it has the same IP address all the time. If you do not manually configure the IP, the router may assign a different IP address than the one you have configured in your PS3 proxy settings.

      To check if this scenario has occurred, check the IP on your laptop against the IP you have configured as the proxy server on your and make sure they are the same. If they are different, manually assign a different IP on the laptop and reconfigure the PS3 to use that IP address.

      Kind Regards,
      Nik

  6. camilo
    September 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Hi, thanks for the tutorial.
    Although I haven’t be able to get it right.
    I manage to set the static IP, i get the laptop connection wireless and through a ethernet cable i send it to the ps3.
    Done all the steps, but the ps3 isn’t able to obtain a ip address… when i try to set it manual, it wont pass the internet connection test…
    Any ideas?
    Many thanks

    • September 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      Hi Camilo,

      I would do the following in order:
      – The PS3 is connected to the router and not directly to the PC/Mac va the ethernet cable
      – Remove the proxy setting from the PS3
      – Can the PS3 connect to the internet when set to automatic and the PC/Mac is off? If so the static IP address you assigned the PC/Mac may be assigned to the PS3 via DHCP (If so make sure you re-configure the DHCP range on the router to not include the static IP. For example configure the dhcp range to start at 192.168.1.10 and assign 192.168.1.2 to your PC/Mac)
      – The router is assigning IP info correctly using DHCP, sometimes the router may need a reboot to get the DHCP server running after a hang
      – As long as you can confirm the PS3 can connect to the internet without the proxy, you can focus your troubleshooting on the proxy configuration. The most common problem would be that the IP/network address is configured incorrectly on the proxy software or that the TCP port has not been configured correctly on the PS3, so after checking the proxy software is configured correctly, carefully add the proxy info back into the PS3 and test

      Good luck!
      When you figure out what the problem was, feel free to comment back and share your fix so others can benefit 🙂

      Kind Regards,
      Nik

  7. Jorge Gil cavazos
    December 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    hello, i’ve been trying to do this for a long time and i follow the tutorial step by step but i can’t make it work, I’m actually doing it to access US netflix from my ps3 (I’m from mexico).
    i completed step 1 and step 2 but instead y used a different vpn service that works fine on my iMac (i can access US netflix, pandora and other websites that aren`t allowed in mexico)
    when i get to step 3 its a little bit different because the http port is 8080 but i works fine.
    i think the problem is in step 4: i go to ps3 internet connect settings i choose custom- wired connection-ip automatic-do not set dhcp- automatic DNS- automatic mtu – and in proxy server i enter my mac address (192.168.1.2) and the port 8080, i`ve also tried changing the port to 3128 on both the ps3 and Squidman but it doesn’t work either, when i test the connection i succeed on obtaining the ip adreees but the internet connection test fails.

    i suspect the problem is in the proxy server or did something wrong with the ip settings of step 1.
    i also saw a comment about changing the dhcp range but i don’t know how to do that.
    when i choose do not use the proxy server in the ps3 settings it works fine so its not a ps3 or internet problem

    i believe my problem is similar to the one from “the_bks”, any suggestions or solutions?

    • January 2, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Hi Jorge,

      Thanks for your comment.
      I suggest you run through the following in order, let me know how you get on.

      – If you have another PC, configure that to use the proxy server in the web browser settings. This will help you figure out if the proxy is working and can be connected to OK
      – If you don’t have another PC, your IP may have changed. Get the IP of your mac and make sure this is identical to the IP you are entering as a proxy server on your PS3
      – Double check your squidman port config. Is the port and IP subnet configured correctly? E.G. is port 8080 used on both the PS3?
      – Check your subnet config in squidman (Found in Preferences->Clients->Provide Proxy Services For). Compare the configured network IP and subnet with the actual network IP and subnet mask provided by your DHCP server. E.G. Check the subnet mask provided by DHCP on your mac and this is 255.255.255.0 then you should set it as /24 (EG 192.168.1.0 /24) Check the IP on your mac, if the IP is 192.168.0.23 and your subnet mask is 255.255.255.0 then enter 192.168.0.0 /24 in squidman. If it is anything else, feel free to post your IP and subnet mask and I will calculate the correct setting for you
      – Are you running any firewall software on your MAC that may be blocking the incoming proxy requests to squidman?

      Kind Regards,
      Nik

  8. john
    February 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I had the same issues trying to set this up today. No internet connection on ps3, so i changed the http port on proxy serverto 3128 instead of default 8080, and same on ps3 and it now works.

  9. Andrew
    April 1, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Hey, thank for this. Just to be sure, the VPN I am running gives me a Client IP and a Server. I also have a different IP address of the wii-fi connection on my Mac. Which of these should I be providing proxy services for (i.e. entering into Squidman and on my PS3)?

    • April 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for the comment.
      It’s easy to get confused when there are multiple networks…

      However for squid and your PS3, you just need to be concerned with the network that links these two together.
      In your case this is most likely going to be the Wifi connection on your Mac.

      Let me know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Nik

  10. Gabriel del Salto
    October 22, 2012 at 12:07 am

    hi i cant figure out what my network address should be.. my IP address is 10.0.2.84 , subnet mask is 255.255.255.0 and router address is 10.0.2.1.
    thank you for your help

    • October 22, 2012 at 2:50 am

      Hi Gabriel,

      Your network address is 10.0.2.0 and you should enter 10.0.2.0/24 into squidman or alternative proxy software.

      Kind Regards,
      Nik

  11. Cocksy
    June 2, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Hi Nik,

    I;, having real trouble trying to set up the current version of CC Proxy on my Win 8 PC – any chance you can give a step-by-step for setting it up to do this?! Many thanks!

  12. josh
    July 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Hi there, thanks for your guide. While the proxy works perfectly, I cannot connect to Netflix or Amazon Instant on the PS3. I checked the IP using the ps3 browser and it is indeed a US IP (the vpn works). Any idea what’s wrong?

    • July 21, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Hi Josh,

      I am afraid I had the same problem with Netflix….. After running wireshark and a number of other network capture tools (Including the extensive logging available in squid) I was not able to discover the problem. I suspect the services that do not work have some code which more accurately check the geo-location of users, effectively working around the fact you are using a VPN.

      Good luck finding a fix, if you have nay joy, please do let us know!

      Kind Regards,
      Nik

  13. Steve
    August 7, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Hi, I’m in Australia & have a PS3 hard wired to my router. I recently installed into the router a dns. I changed my address in the PS3 to one in the UK & now I have the icons for 4OD, BBCiPlayer, Netflix & several others. All these work fine when I select them through the PS3.by clicking the icons The only irritation is the ITV icon isn’t there & the only way to get ITV is to go to the PS3 browser and use it like a PC, get ITV up on the internet from the PS and click it on that way, I do this & it plays fine. Any ideas how I can get the icon same as all the others?i,
    Regards
    Steve

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