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Monday, February 23, 2009

The BBC Blanks Out

A few days ago, Blighty's Blog reported on a new service through which you could receive BBC1 and BBC2 television from the UK - live. If you missed the post, here is a link to it:


In the post I noted that I couldn't see how the service could possibly be legal and that you should enjoy it while it lasts. Well, it didn't last very long at all. Late last week I clicked on the link and received an error message that said something to the effect of: "connection refused, go away, you don't belong here". I brought up the website again the next day and the links for the BBC had been removed.

Blighty's Blog is read in a surpringly large number of countries around the world. Among the countries from which we frequently get readers is ... the United Queendom - home of "the Beeb". Is it possible that somebody in "Bertie's British Cupboard" (that's a joke, read the story about the two BBCs here) read Blighty's Blog and pulled the switch?

Well, I am not going to risk that happening again. I routinely watch live UK Premiership soccer games on the Setanta sports channel. But I do it for free through the Internet. If you would like to know how you will have to ask (send a comment using the link below and I will email you privately). If you are British and your name is Bertie and you live in a Cupboard, I am sorry but I am not going to divulge my secret to you. Whoops, sorry, it is so difficult to tell the difference between a giant broadcasting corporation called BBC and a small British imports store in Canada called BBC (are you still reading Blighty's Blog, Auntie Beeb?)

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