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Hi,
Does anyone know if, (and how to watch BBC channels (other than world service) etc online, legally in India?
I the UK the government collects a TV licence fee to access most of these channels.
Grateful for any guidance on this.
 

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Legally, probably not. You do have " Service providers" like Channel Hopper, who provide this service for UK expats all over the world.They sell you hardware similar to a Fire Stick/ modem etc and pay a monthly subscription, much like Tata Sky etc they sell you " Bouquets" of Channels. Many BBC channels are free, but you will need to subscribe to the other channels. Costs can range from UK L10 to L40 for the Live Sports channels.
 

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Where there is a 'VPN' there is a way. The only thing it asks is if you have a TV license? I watched the first episode of a serial called 'Vigil' to check.
 

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Thanks.
On a slightly tangential note: wasn’t there a proposal by our elected leaders on banning VPNs?
 

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Thanks.
On a slightly tangential note: wasn’t there a proposal by our elected leaders on banning VPNs?
Pipe dream! Most organizations use VPN to connect to their customers, and internal networks. China could not "ban" VPN, how would India ever do it? If they ever pass a bill, It'll jut be like enforcing lane driving in India - its the law, but not really enforceable.
 

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Pipe dream! Most organizations use VPN to connect to their customers, and internal networks. China could not "ban" VPN, how would India ever do it? If they ever pass a bill, It'll jut be like enforcing lane driving in India - its the law, but not really enforceable.
When did that ever stop a motivated group in power?
With national security and patriotism as excuses any thing is possible.
It would be another unenforceable law that criminalises a section of the population and opens new avenues for harassment and corruption.
 

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China could not "ban" VPN, how would India ever do it?
Public VPN is blocked in China; they usually track the IP trying to download/connect to Public VPN and take action on those users. For private VPN (used by Entreprises), you need a license from the Govt.
 

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When did that ever stop a motivated group in power?
With national security and patriotism as excuses any thing is possible.
It would be another unenforceable law that criminalises a section of the population and opens new avenues for harassment and corruption.
Here the problem is with the enforcement, unlike developed nations. In the US, the law and enforcement agencies will go to any extent to crack down on anyone abusing the system. It reminds me of the case where the FBI hired hackers to crack Apple encryption for one of the iPhones; they ceased from a Terrorist when Apple denied cooperating. No one cried about privacy/phone hacking; the FBI just did it. But here, if the Law and Enforcement try to be strict, a section of the people will start accusing the Govt. of destroying the Democratic Fabric of the country. Nonetheless, the country's electorate is super intelligent; they know who to vote and kick out.
 

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Public VPN is blocked in China; they usually track the IP trying to download/connect to Public VPN and take action on those users. For private VPN (used by Entreprises), you need a license from the Govt.
Its banned but is used by almost everyone who wants to watch youtube be it China or UAE. Crackdown is only when you criticize the government, and that too when they can track and trace. There are ever evolving ways to access content. Censorship and bans don't work in reality.
 
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When did that ever stop a motivated group in power?
With national security and patriotism as excuses any thing is possible.
It would be another unenforceable law that criminalises a section of the population and opens new avenues for harassment and corruption.
We are on the same page saying the same thing here. It'll be a non enforceable law.
 

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Yes. But sadly the work around forces users to do something which is illegal or not explicitly stated as legal.
Agreed, but another questions that arises is what is the government trying to achieve by blocking VPN? IT surely cant be to stop people from watching BBC. This intrusion into people's right to privacy is not a sign of secure and democratic governments.
 
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