Region-blocked content is annoying -- and avoidable. Whether you want to view non-Australian versions of Netflix, instant access to the BBC iPlayer or a dose of iView when you're working overseas, here are the best (and easiest) ways to get that content.
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The BBC's iPlayer iOS app is a nifty (and legal) way for people outside the UK to access and download popular BBC content. However, it looks like plans for that service to expand to Android and potentially offer live content have been put to one side, with the BBC now planning to focus on a series of premium pay TV channels and streaming subscription content through its BBC.com portal. For Aussie viewers, that means your main legal option is likely to be (gulp) a Foxtel subscription.
We liked the BBC's iPlayer app when it rolled out in January, but it was only an option for iPad. From December 8, iPhone and iPod touch owners will also be able to install the app and access the service.
Having launched in Europe in late July, Australia has today become the second region in the world to get access to the official BBC iPlayer iPad app. The app itself is free, and includes access to ten hours or so of sample content: for ongoing access to the full range of iPlayer content, you need to pay either $9.49 a month or $89.99 a year.
The BBC has been promising an international, paid-for version of its iPlayer TV catchup service for some time now. It has taken the first steps in that direction with an iPad app, but right now it's still a Europe-only proposition.