A proxy or a VPN, which one ?
You may have heard the word Proxy or VPN (Virtual Private Network) used interchangeably. The main difference between a proxy and a VPN is that a proxy only works on a internet browser level, where as a VPN directs all internet traffic from all applications via this extra server. Note : RTE's player & Channel 4OD require VPNs. We have compared 4 VPN services side by side for your convenience.
Steps To Using a Proxy
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The first step in watching UK or Irish TV online is to order a proxy. There are some free services out there, but we've found them to be very unstable or slow or both. For the price of less than two pints in Dublin you can be watching RTÉ & BBC online from the comfort of your own home, anywhere in the world.
Setup your PC/Mac or iPad
All the proxy services listed above can be configured with any device. Each vendor has in-depth information on how you can do this. You set your network settings to go via this proxy. You can configure your iPad or iPod to show video via the BBC iPlayer & Channel 4OD viewer, as well as setting up your PC or Mac. The RTE player for example works on Android devices natively but for iPad/iPhones you will need to download their RTE Player.
Send your internet traffic via Ireland
Now you have your device setup to route your traffic via Ireland (or the UK), now all you need to do sit back and enjoy the show ! Of course proxies or VPNs can be used for ensuring increased security on your network, not just for watching TV while away from home.
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