RUN-DOWN ON THE IP-ADDRESS* CHANGING/MASKING SITUATION:
TunnelBear has a media limit (if you download it for free), which makes it a bit iffy to use for Sherlock, although you can gain 1GB of extra data if you tweet about it. link!
Expat Shield does the same thing that TunnelBear does, except is totally free and has no media limit. There have been few complaints about this one so far; definitely recommended. link!
Stealthy is an add-on for Firefox which I am using right now to watch an episode of Top Gear, so if you’re more comfortable with a Firefox whatsit then I recommend this one. link!
*An IP address is the little code that tells any website that asks for it where your computer is accessing the Internet from. Ergo, if you’re an American trying to access BBC iPlayer in order to watch your favourite British programmes from the comfort of your beautiful country, the BBC uses your IP address to know to tell you to fuck off and shoots some guns or eat some grits. The software programmes detailed above either change your IP address to that of Great Britain or mask your IP address so that they have no idea what you’re up to, but assume that you’re a friendly enough fellow.
Anonymous asked: I use Stealthy and it works brilliantly!
Nice! I’m going to look into this one…
Anonymous asked: do you know if the firefox add-on Stealthy will work when trying to watch sherlock live? i'd really rather watch it as it happens instead of waiting hours and being behind, and i think Stealthy might work. (if you've already answered this, please ignore, sorry!)
I’ve never used Stealthy, and so I wouldn’t know its limitations. Does it change your IP address? You may want to try experimenting on the iPlayer website (www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/tv/) with other programmes and see how they work. Good luck!
citrineviolin asked: So I just downloaded tunnelbear (great idea by the way) and I had a few questions. One, I live in the US, so should I have the dial for it on UK or US? And two, how exactly does it work once that's begun? I just want to know all this now so I'm not freaking out the night of the premiere.
The dial should be set to UK, as it represents the IP address that you’ll be giving to whatever website asks for it. As for how it works, I don’t know exactly what you’re asking for, but TunnelBear changes your IP address which is the code that tells the Internet where your computer is being used.
We’ve recently realized that, with only 500MB of data available for free, TunnelBear may not be the best option for the Sherlock premiere; instead, check out Expat Shield. It does the exact same thing that TunnelBear does, except that it’s entirely free and has no data limits (also, it’s run by another company).
So. If you find a way to work with the data limit of TunnelBear, then great! But otherwise, go ahead and try Expat Shield instead.
Anonymous asked: You should also be able to go the possibly-less-legal route and use something like Expat Shield, which will allow you to watch it right on the iPlayer as if you were in the UK. Also, if you tweet Tunnel Bear, you can get an extra GB each month, I believe.
Ah, yes, illicit Anon. Off the record, I like your thinking. Expat Shield would probably be a good investment. I will investigate further.
skysky92 asked: Ignore my last question because I'm dumb and don't know how to read. Do we need to keep TunnelBear on as we watch the Iplayer? I ask because it looks like there's a limit on the amount of time we can use TunnelBear per month, and I'm hoping it we'll be able to watch the whole 90 minutes.
That’s a good question. I think that TunnelBear measures media usage as opposed to actual time length, BUT I still don’t know what that means with regard to a 90-minute programme.
The BBC iPlayer gives you the option of downloading their player whatsit, which you then download shows to from the iPlayer website (almost like an iTunes kind of set-up, minus the buying shit). I think that this might give you a good chance of being able to use TunnelBear while it downloads, but turn it off once the show’s on the downloaded player whatsit (as opposed to keeping it on throughout the show).
ALSO, it may just be a case of letting the video buffer entirely before turning TunnelBear off.
I recommend that you experiment on the iPlayer website until you’ve figured out something that you can rely on. The limit resets every month, so if you do all of your experimenting in December then it shouldn’t affect your “TunnelBear fuel” for the Sherlock premiere.
Thanks for raising this concern! I otherwise might have been left in a tight spot, not to mention the other followers I gave [apparently mildly shitty] advice to.
Anonymous asked: Would you recommend watching Sherlock even if I haven't read any Sherlock Holmes books?
I think the show’s fantastic by its own merit. So, yes, I recommend you watch it. But reading the books and knowing the canon before watching Sherlock adds a LOT to it. There are uncountable references to the original stories which make watching the modern adaptation that more exciting. One of my favourite parts about Sherlock are the ways that they adapt things that are so inarguably Holmesian into a modern context without sacrificing the accuracy; in fact, Gatiss and Moffat did a better job at maintaining accuracy than did most Victorian Era television adaptations which don’t have the challenge of bringing these elements to the 21st century. That definitely says something about their commitment to the original text.
And yet, the show’s utterly unique. I think you’ll definitely enjoy it without having read any of Holmes’s stories, but you just won’t be enjoying it the same way that classic SH fans are.
Anonymous asked: I live in Sweden, and TunnelBear apparently works for me even! I don't know if this is unusual but yeah.
Excellent! In this case, I recommend that others try TunnelBear as well. The software may have changed since I downloaded it, allowing more regions acces to the convenient bad-assery. More edits to be made to the post…
mathematicalmycroft asked: If you can spread this to your followers: It's possible to watch it live streaming in HD from the BBC. On the iPlayer page, there is a stream of BBC One which you can tap into, the only problem is if your connection to the proxy is slow, it will lag.
Thank you for this! I’ve updated the original post, but followers reading this who reblogged the post without the edits should update theirs to match.
In response to allisonamazing's cry for help.
My sister and I are going to use this device here to get ourselves into the BBC iPlayer. BBC iPlayer is a feature offered to citizens of the UK which allows you to watch any BBC programme in lovely reliable high quality after it has been uploaded to the BBC iPlayer website (about 10-15 minutes after the episode airs). EDIT: the iPlayer website also allows you to stream BBC One; but beware that if your proxy server is slow, the video may lag, stressing-out your Sherlock-viewing experience.
Note: although the TV feature of BBC iPlayer isn’t offered to the US, the Radio feature is. Mentioned just in case you’re interested in the BBC’s radio programmes.
TunnelBear (the aforementioned “device”) is a simple, trusted-by-Neil-Gaiman-myself-and-many-others, safe, and free bit of software that tricks the Internet into believing you’re either in the US or the UK, according to how you set the switch. Apparently, TunnelBear has also been known to work for other regions, so if you’re outside of the US/UK then give it a shot and see how it goes.
The above is how I will be watching it and how I recommend that other US residents do as well.
If you want to watch the show live as it airs in the UK, you can probably find a live streaming site of BBC One the night (or afternoon in this case; 5 hour time difference) that it airs in the UK by Googling around. The reason that I don’t recommend this is because most streaming sites are buggy, unreliable, and very, very low quality. A bit disappointing for a show as visually stunning as Sherlock.
Therefore, I recommend that you wait the extra hour and 45ish minutes (off of Tumblr; spoilers will be flying) to watch it on the BBC iPlayer.
^EDIT! (from above) The iPlayer website also allows you to stream BBC One; but beware that if your proxy server is slow, the video may lag, stressing-out your Sherlock-viewing experience.
As for viewers outside of the US or UK, I suggest that you first try out TunnelBear to see if it works for your region. If it doesn’t, search online for a device similar to TunnelBear OR find a livestream of BBC One friendly to your country.
Good luck! Happy freaking out!
P.S. If you know someone who needs to know how to watch Sherlock from the US but has TumblrSaviored everything Sherlock-related to avoid spoilers, please pass this post on to them via their submission or ask box. Otherwise, this post, which is full to the brim with Sherlock tags, will almost certainly not appear on their dash. Thank you!