TV on the computer

For the last three or four years we have had no TV.
By that I mean that we have had a TV, but we haven’t had any signal coming in to it, choosing only to watch series and DVD’s. This saves you from wallowing in crap teevee and just flicking through channels. However since having a baby, my brain requires switching off completely, and I’ve been wanting to increase my TV consumption.

We have a Mac Mini attached to our TV, so we can use the net, but the options aren’t great. We have used surfthechannel quite a bit, but you tend to get very grainy copies, buffering issues and Chinese subtitles (so all-in-all not a great experience).

Unfortunately being out of the US or UK there is no access to hulu or the iPlayer, which both have a wealth of good content in good quality (and no ads with the BBC).I saw a documentary that I wanted to watch on Rough Trade Records, so I thought I should try get access to BBC iPlayer. I’m not advocating piracy, however in the interests of investigation I thought I would give it a try.

Its pretty straightforward, install FoxyProxy as a Firefox addon (apparently FireFox is the best browser for this), follow the instructions and you’re up and running. You will need to refresh your proxy each time you watch (I believe), but there is a constantly updated list here. You need to add a UK proxy in one of the steps in the process (that’s well described in the how to on FoxyProxy). A quick tip for the technically inhibited (like me), the port is the numbers on the far right hand side after the last dot.

The next step to TV Valhalla is apparently boxee, a friend is using it and apparently its lifechanging. When we progress I’ll keep you updated.

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