I love gardening. I love to be inspired by gardening shows. And some of the ones I want to see and watch are on the BBC channel and online. Except there’s one catch. I don’t live in the UK. And therein lies the problem. I can watch BBC America for my TopGear fix, but I can’t watch Gardeners’ World, Beechgrove Garden or any other BBC based TV show online. I wouldn’t even mind it if I watched the commercials, but because of UK rights I’m blocked.
I had to admit this but I’ve found a slighly …well… not exactly feeling right …way to get around this. By using a proxy service that tricks the BBC site into thinking I’m from the UK. Inside of Firefox I put in the proxy settings of the UK proxy site, put in my authentication (it’s a paid proxy not a free one) and I then trick the UK web site into thinking I’m coming in from the UK. I can’t download to a media device for later viewing as I can’t control the computer’s IP address, but at least for streaming of the show, I can get my British gardening fix here on a computer in California.
I can listen to BBC gardening podcasts all I want, but video, however, I have to lie.
And this is where the reality of the Internet – that we can be anywhere – meets the reality of the digital rights of the era that haven’t caught up to reality. And quite honestly I think the legal and digital rights of content needs to catch up with how people are watching and using content. And we’re a huge, huge way away from getting all of these digital rights issues ironed out.
So I’m watching Monty Don…and feeling a little bad about lying about it and hope that someday, I don’t have to lie about this to get my gardening fix.