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ISPs can be odd at times

ISPs (internet service providers) are sometimes completely odd.

  • Some Canadian (in my experience motorsport sponsors) will not let you log in from outside Canada.
  • The only lets you view when you're in the UK. Despite the fact that I pay a BBC licence fee to access such BBC TV shows as I choose to watch (and therefore also the website) as soon as I set foot outside the UK, I am served the version. I could be in northern Europe or North America, it doesn't matter. My phone app still stays on though. I can't log in to comment on BBC articles through the .com site either.
  • My main site kicks me out when I'm travelling, because my does not match the address location they have on file for me.
  • The same complaint applies to old-style videos and current region-specific DVDs.

Mr Chazer, being a cynical soul like me, thinks it is down to companies' greed for money. Because of differences in plugs and voltages, if you move to any other continent you have either to buy all your physical electrical items again (kettle, laptop etc) or use a converter until the items you brought out with you expire, before replacing with a suitable local model. Same with DVDs once your UK-specific player parts company with you.

That should not affect the . Although I can understand the BBC's viewpoint, in that UK residents have to pay to access their TV service legally, and that, in the BBC's eyes, also includes their . But I AM a UK resident, and it's only when I travel that Aunty Beeb, in her dotage, decides that I am not a UK resident.

Yes, I know there are such things as VPNs. I also know that Google detects which time zone I'm in automatically. So despite the fact my laptop clock when I'm abroad stays firmly on GMT or BST, because my ISP knows I'm not actually in the UK, I see different websites. And local ads, which is fun. I had an experience in Belgium last year where I saw an advert that was familiar to me in English appear in French down the side of the page and Flemish across the top. It's a good thing I can roll with things like that.

But then, sometimes I want to post as if I'm on one of the US timezones, so that my auto tweets - for instance - target a particular audience. So it might be noon GMT, but I can make my tweet appear as if it was 7am EST easily enough, just by changing the timezone on my computer, logging out and logging in again.

Riddle me that one, Batman.

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melody23 wrote on January 18, 2015, 9:11 AM

Geoblocking is a pain in the rear, some youtube videos are not available in certain countries either which really irritates me because they still show in search results. if its not available in my country why return that search result in the first place?! I admit to getting around geoblocking from time to time to watch Netflix or wwe network, its remarkably easy to do.

melon1234 wrote on January 19, 2015, 2:31 PM

The BBC one annoys me too actually it always has! I think it is purely for money because there isn't really any other reason for it I don't think

WordChazer wrote on January 19, 2015, 8:15 PM

I wouldn't object to paying my licence fee if the Beeb actually made decent programmes any more. Stuff like Strictly and other vote'em off shows really doesn't count as decent programming. I'll admit to watching a lot of the Olympics and the Remembrance Day commemorations but I honestly think that might have been the last time our TV was used as a TV and not as a device to stream live feed from a coding party somewhere in Europe.

melon1234 wrote on January 19, 2015, 8:24 PM

I liked BBC3 and that was the only channel of theirs I ever watched but I heard they're scraping that now and making it online only

WordChazer wrote on January 19, 2015, 8:38 PM

Yet we don't get a reduction in our licence fee for the loss of a channel...grrr, makes me sick. Taking my hard earned money, and for what exactly?

BodieMor wrote on January 22, 2015, 6:39 PM

I'm thinking Mr. Chazer is correct in terms of companies' greed for money...

WordChazer wrote on January 23, 2015, 6:06 AM

I KNOW Mr Chazer is correct in that assumption. In this country if it doesn't turn a profit it's not done. End of.