Best VPN for BBC Sounds downloads & iPlayer

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Re: Best VPN for BBC Sounds downloads & iPlayer

Postby markwilding » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:01 pm

I think there might be a general problem with SmartyDNS's VPN. It's not working on the Firestick either, I have changed it to DNS and it is working fine now.
I changed the settings on the VPN app on my phone as per fyfin's instructions and It worked and started downloading programmes again. Try playing the program you want to download first then download as I'm getting more success doing that.

Downloading something first to a PC is not so easy with a Iphone, especially as I prefer not to install iTunes.

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Re: Best VPN for BBC Sounds downloads & iPlayer

Postby Enrique » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:04 am

Hi,
Some light reading regarding BBC iPlayer and VPN's.................general info on why some work and others not.

https://www.reviewsfire.com/vpn/bbc-ipl ... rking-vpn/
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Re: Best VPN for BBC Sounds downloads & iPlayer

Postby satandpcguy » Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:39 pm

Why use a VPN , as you can use the "get iplayer" programme for the PC and download radio and tv direct from iplayer...as get iplayer also gets around geoblocking...well at least it does for radio, have not tried it for ages for TV....
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Re: Best VPN for BBC Sounds downloads & iPlayer

Postby sampedrena » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:08 pm

Thanks SatandPCGuy - I've never hear of this programme. I'll have a look and see if I can find it on Google Play so that I can give it a try.
I'll also try again with Smarty as they tell me today that they have made some improvements!
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Re: Best VPN for BBC Sounds downloads & iPlayer

Postby Beachcomber » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:27 pm

I think Get iPlayer is only available for computers so you still have to go through the download and transfer process. I did try it once but found it a bit cumbersome but it is free whereas the program I use has to be purchased to be of any real use?

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Re: Best VPN for BBC Sounds downloads & iPlayer

Postby Enrique » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:39 pm

Hi,
I've tried get-iplayer on a Linux system in the past but it didn't jump out as a recommend to "TV Members" on The Forum, as most would prefer a click and go type program/app........ :)
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Re: Best VPN for BBC Sounds downloads & iPlayer

Postby sampedrena » Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:02 pm

Thanks - I certainly prefer an easy solution, preferably using an App on my Tablet. Until last week Smarty was doing a good job - I could download from Sounds and also get all the TV Apps - to stream or download where applicable. This has now changed and it's not working well for me - so that's why I'm looking for other suggestions. I think I may give Express a try and see what happens.
Thank you all so much for the suggestions and help.
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Re: Best VPN for BBC Sounds downloads & iPlayer

Postby markwilding » Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:37 pm

I used to use Get_ Iplayer for radio stuff before it was possible to download directly to the phone. I seem to remember that for TV it was Geo blocked
I am able to download successfully with an odd combination of factors
If I use my router without a DNS set up, on its own or with the SmartyDNS app set to UK and Europe it doesn't work
If I use my other router with SmartDns settings without the app connected it doesn't work
However, If I have the Smarty app on my phone connected to the UK and Europe and use the router with the SmartDNS settings, it works every time.
No mater what I tried, I couldn't get any TV program to download onto my phone

But I can download tv programmes to my rather old Ipad which is handy because that's the one I occasionally download content onto when I fly somewhere.

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Re: Best VPN for BBC Sounds downloads & iPlayer

Postby satandpcguy » Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:05 pm

fyfin wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:58 am
I will raise a ticket with Smarty and see what they have to say. Unfortunately I persuaded my friend who is not tech minded that Smarty was one of the better ones and reasonably priced. Incidentally, they had a problem recently and sent out bills from 2014 to people who had taken out a trial, apologies followed but makes me wonder if they have a problem.
I'll see what they say.
Did you get any response from smartydns about the problem.
Asking as have found that using DNS iPlayer (and other uk tv apps) on Humax Freesat boxes are no longer working, although access to the same apps using the same router via phone and pc is fine. And using smartdnsproxy, it works fine.

I have raise a support ticket, but just wondering what they said in response to your ticket
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Re: Best VPN for BBC Sounds downloads & iPlayer

Postby sampedrena » Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:42 pm

Hi Satandpcguy - Over the last week I've had various communications from Smarty. Asking me to delete cookies, re-start, etc. Eventually they suggested I should delete the BBC Apps and re-download. I said I would not do this until I had watched everything that I had already downloaded. They then passed my ticket on to the "Techies" and they told me to try DNS again - as they had made improvements. It is now slightly better on Sounds downloads (which I use most) but I would still say it's hit and miss. When I queried why VPN had stopped working they told me that the BBC must have "made some changes" - but, as I said to them, it really seems too much of a coincidence that itv, Ch4 and Ch5 have all made this change on exactly the same day. My feeling is that they do not wish customers to use the VPN for streaming or downloading and I think it is Smarty that have made some change. They say this is not the case and that DNS will be better - However, I don't find that to be the case. I'm still not happy with the service provided now. (I use Smarty and not Smart)
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Re: Best VPN for BBC Sounds downloads & iPlayer

Postby fyfin » Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:12 pm

Satandpcguy, I never raised it as I tried it whilst I was about to and it worked. To be honest, it's been working ever since using dns. I haven't tried the vpn as it doesn't matter so long as one of them works.
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Re: Best VPN for BBC Sounds downloads & iPlayer

Postby fyfin » Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:09 pm

Smarty has started playing up again. I just tried SuperVPN the free version and it worked right off. So, for how long??
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