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Smallest UK VPS for using BBC iPlayer?

Smallest UK VPS for using BBC iPlayer?

chrispchrisp Member
edited October 2012 in General

Hi everyone,

looking for a cheap uk vps just for watching some BBC shows (SSH remote forwarding proxy, VPN not needed). I just tune in once a week or so, it's more about having the possibility to watch it. Sometimes I'd like to download some programme with get-iplayer so at least a small amout of harddrive is needed.

So specs would be:

  • 64MB Ram
  • 4 GB HDD
  • 50GB bandwidth / month

I don't need this vps for anything else. Also, just using it as a proxy would not generate any load at all so I don't care about performance.

Is anyone here able to provide one of those for a really low price? Unfortunately I missed the edis.at offer on LEB, but the price they had would be what I think of. So in numbers I would pay 15€/y (VAT incl.) for that.

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  • wow thanks, that's awesome!

  • @chrisp said: wow thanks, that's awesome!

    Not a problem, happy to help :)

    I use http://tuxlite.com to configure all my VPSes and I love it!

  • @chrisp seems like stormvz can fit your needs also, their 64mb is usd 12 per year. https://stormvz.net/cart.php?gid=7

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  • I have a server with http zoom, runs pretty good.

    @johannes That's located in Dallas, TX. Chrisp wants something located in the UK.

  • PatrickPatrick Member
    edited October 2012

    @chrisp http://stormvz.com/yearly/ (£7.50/year)

    :)

    @AsadHaider We have UK SAS & NJ SSD in yearly plans to

  • JackJack Member
    edited October 2012

    My NL VPS's have UK IPs that work with iplayer :)

    256 MB RAM No Burst 15 GB Diskspace 250GB Bandwidth SolusVM/OpenVZ 1x IPv4 - Test IP 128.204.202.94 5x IPv6 in Netherlands $8.97/Quarterly , I can offer $2.99/mo if you want :)

    Edit: StormVZ is cheaper so I guess you'll probably go with them :)!

    Good Luck with who ever you go with.

  • I know this is slightly OT but since I am trying to use BBC iplayer with a vpn on a vps I thought I'd ask! I'm currently using an edis.at vps based in UK with pptpd. No problems using the vpn or proxy when accessing iplayer through a pc but with an ipad/apple TV2 I get an error: 'not enough bandwidth to play this file...' - well, there clearly is enough so I'm confused. Has anyone else come across this problem? I just wonder whether the problem lies with edis.at's Austrian roots: certain sites think I'm in Austria & present me with German ads. It would be helpful if someone could try using a 'genuine' UK IP address with their IPAD and given me some feedback :)

  • Have no experience with both, but Httpzoom has 500gb bandwidth while StormVZ has 250gb.

    I use http://tuxlite.com to configure all my VPSes and I love it!

  • NekkiNekki Moderator

    +1 for httpzoom's £7.50 a year plan, I used it for exactly the same purpose, running TinyProxy for a friend in Australia for a while.

    I've also had a StormVZ plan for a month, support has been great and the service and speed excellent so far.

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  • I hope you all have an valid TV license for this.

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  • Thanks for the big up guys!

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  • @httpzoom, I've just signed up for the same purpose. Is there any way to make PPTP or OpenVPN possible? I mean enabling TUN/TAP and PPP?

    I tried both Polipo, Tinyproxy and Squid but I couldn't see anything else just Google. Any idea why did it happen? The Squid default config should just work (I mean it's open and stupid but it works, isn't it?) For video streaming what is generally recommended, VPN or HTTP Proxy?

  • zserozsero Member
    edited October 2012

    @djvdorp they both have the exact same bandwith

    @StormVZ: do you have TUN/TAP option in the control center?

  • NekkiNekki Moderator
    edited October 2012

    @zsero said: For video streaming what is generally recommended, VPN or HTTP Proxy?

    It might be anecdotal, and I've never done anything in the way of proper testing, but VPN has always seemed a lot quicker to me in general.

    @gazidoc said: It would be helpful if someone could try using a 'genuine' UK IP address with their IPAD and given me some feedback :)

    I've never had any problems using iPlayer on the iPad through any of my UK-based VPN's.

  • @zsero said: @djvdorp they both have the exact same bandwith

    New Jersey (USA) SSD & Hampshire (UK) 15k SAS

    Yearly Plans: VPS 64 1 CPU Cores 5GB SSD/SAS Disk Space 250GB Bandwidth 64MB Guaranteed RAM 128MB Burstable RAM £7.50/year - Order Now (GBP) $12/year - Order Now (USD) You can select NJ, SSD or Hampshire, SAS on order form

    I use http://tuxlite.com to configure all my VPSes and I love it!

  • @LV_Matt said: I hope you all have an valid TV license for this.

    I second this. I don't pay mine for others to get it free :P

  • NekkiNekki Moderator

    I'm a license payer, and my friend in Australia also is. Happy?

  • @Nekki said: I'm a license payer, and my friend in Australia also is. Happy?

    Huh, you can pay for a UK TV License in another country?

  • NekkiNekki Moderator

    @GetKVM_Ash said: Huh, you can pay for a UK TV License in another country?

    The TV license is paid for in advance, and she never stopped paying it anyway on account on knowing she was coming back to the UK.

  • @Nekki said: The TV license is paid for in advance, and she never stopped paying it anyway on account on knowing she was coming back to the UK.

    Understood, i wasn't targeting you personally either-way :)

  • You Brits and your TV licenses.

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  • NekkiNekki Moderator

    @GetKVM_Ash said: Understood, i wasn't targeting you personally either-way :)

    I know, just didn't want anyone to think I'm a tea-leaf or promote license dodging.

    @Kairus said: You Brits and your TV licenses.

    I know, I appreciate the work the BBC does, but I almost exclusively watch US TV these days, very little I enjoy on UK TV (although I do much prefer our comedies).

  • gazidocgazidoc Member
    edited October 2012

    @Nekki. Thanks for the feedback. Are any of the services you have used mentioned in this thread... and if so, which ones?

    @Kairus. I find the service that the BBC provides is second to none & I openly admit that I'm happy to pay the paltry £130 a year for it - granted, it is more a tax rather than a subscription. I think that's cheap for what we Brits get. I do a fair amount of travelling to various countries and nothing beats it.

  • @zsero drop us a support ticket and we will get tun/tap enabled.

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  • NekkiNekki Moderator

    @gazidoc said: Thanks for the feedback. Are any of the services you have used mentioned in this thread... and if so, which ones?

    I haven't used any of the providers in this thread specifically for the purpose of VPN on an tablet or phone, but I've been using a StormVZ plan for OpenVPN for a little under a month and I've always had good speeds and no downtime that I've noticed.

    I briefly ran OpenVPN on httpZoom's 64mb plan, it ran perfectly well but I was about 32mb into the burst the entire time, so I stopped it before I upset anyone. I used the same VPS with TinyProxy as mentioned above, and speeds were always good, it was used exclusively for streaming video and radio.

  • @djvdorp said: New Jersey (USA) SSD & Hampshire (UK) 15k SAS

    No problem with that, but httpzoom has 250 gig too! You might have looked at the 12 pounds package, that's the one with 500.

    About TV License: http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/help/playing_tv_progs/tvlicence

    You do not need a television licence to catch-up on television programmes in BBC iPlayer And of course, the whole point of iPlayer is that you are watching catch-up, not live!

  • I use evorack for this, 2.99 a month, bullet proof.

  • @zsero thanks my fault i think :(

    I use http://tuxlite.com to configure all my VPSes and I love it!

  • httpzoomhttpzoom Member
    edited October 2012

    @djvdorp @zsero, I think the main difference between ourselves and StormVz is they are located in Redstation ( http://www.redstation.com/ ) and we are in Rapidswitch ( http://www.rapidswitch.com/ ).

    They do have faster drives than we do on our OpenVZ node however.

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  • Corrected :)

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  • I personally use a RamHost.us VM for BBC content, the speed is actually pretty good.

  • Connected to this topic, does anyone know / can explain how does the commercial DNS hosts make it possible to listen to iPlayer and Netflix, just by a simple DNS setting? I really don't understand it! Can you hide your GeoIP just by using some special tweaked DNS server? And if yes, does anyone have any guide on how to make such a DNS server yourself?

  • @zsero said: Connected to this topic, does anyone know / can explain how does the commercial DNS hosts make it possible to listen to iPlayer and Netflix, just by a simple DNS setting? I really don't understand it! Can you hide your GeoIP just by using some special tweaked DNS server? And if yes, does anyone have any guide on how to make such a DNS server yourself?

    These services use IP Geolocation, not DMS Geolocation. Spoofing your IP to a UK IP is the only way to accomplish this (either Proxy or VPN)

  • VPN and Proxy I understand. What I don't understand is that how does these "smart" DNS services work, what does it simly by a DNS setting change: http://www.unotelly.com/unodns/ https://www.overplay.net/

    And of course, is it possible to make one ourselves?

  • @zsero said: VPN and Proxy I understand. What I don't understand is that how does these "smart" DNS services work, what does it simly by a DNS setting change: http://www.unotelly.com/unodns/ https://www.overplay.net/

    And of course, is it possible to make one ourselves?

    They probably just return DNS records for the affected sites that point to their servers (which then proxy the content) instead of the real servers.

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  • ZenZen Member

    @joepie91 said: They probably just return DNS records for the affected sites that point to their servers (which then proxy the content) instead of the real servers.

    That'd work, I think.

  • chrispchrisp Member
    edited October 2012

    By the way..I decided to take one from httpzoom, but I got just 200GB of bandwidth with the link from the offer thread with 250GB so if you're after the 50GB you should take StormVZ ;)

    Proof: http://i.imgur.com/cyAHw.png

  • OK, but then we can just do it with hosts, don't we?

  • @chrisp said: By the way..I decided to take one from httpzoom, but I got just 200GB of bandwidth with the link from the offer thread with 250GB so if you're after the 50GB you should take StormVZ ;)

    @chrisp I'm sure that's just an human error by @httpzoom, they'll probably add the 50GB up if you PM / open ticket up :)

  • Its possibly someone editing the product for a new product/offer.

    Please open a ticket and we'll get that corrected.

    HTTP Zoom - httpzoom.com
  • chrispchrisp Member
    edited October 2012

    @httpzoom said: Please open a ticket and we'll get that corrected.

    Wow thats a quick reaction! Thank you so much. So now httpzoom and StormVZ are even if you just need them for proxying purposes ;)

    The vps runs smoothly, if anyone needs anything tested you could ask me.

  • But wasn't the 200 GB because of Quaterly Payments?

    @httpzoom said: Guys, Only difference is QTR payments will get 200gb bandwidth.

  • @zsero said: But wasn't the 200 GB because of Quaterly Payments?

    Maybe, but I paid yearly. Some human error as StormVZ supposed, thats ok now.

  • httpzoomhttpzoom Member
    edited October 2012

    Zsero,

    That may well have been the case. We've not had to advertise the OpenVZ offers for a long time now and therefore the offers on these are quite old.

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  • zserozsero Member
    edited October 2012

    I've just checked, I have 200 GB too. But at this stage it's really not what matters, I'm having such a hard time configuring squid.

  • Zsero,

    A really good guide can be found here: http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/howto-rhel-centos-fedora-squid-installation-configuration.html

    I'd suggest before you try this you completely wipe your VPS and reinstall the OS.

    Unfortunately we cannot help with any script installs on the VPS as they are completely unmanaged.

    HTTP Zoom - httpzoom.com
  • @zsero ask tiq on #frantech IRC, he is good with Squid IIRC

    I use http://tuxlite.com to configure all my VPSes and I love it!

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