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Watching UK TV on your PS3 from outside the UK

January 25, 2011 21 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