A proxy is a server which people use as an intermediary server, so that they can access sites that would otherwise block them on the basis of their geographic location, amongst other things.
In most instances, the use of a proxy sets out to anonymise the user, by masking or cloaking their real IP address. Users of TVC should be aware that any anonymity provided only relates to the referral (HTTP) address, not to the destination (RTMP) address of streamed or other downstream content, and offers little more than a flimsy illusion of privacy. We are able to tell with absolute accuracy whether or not you are watching video from the UK or overseas and what your real IP address is.
If you are unsure whether you are using a proxy service, look at the link you type into your browser to get to this site. If it is anything other than www.tvcatchup.com, then you are using a proxy or a redirect. Try coming directly to the site instead.
If you cannot get a stream or receive a message telling you so, then you are either using a proxy service from overseas or an untrusted service, such as the manydodgy VPNs that are springing up to take advantage of illegal viewing.
Our site terms and conditions expressly forbid access to this site from outside of the country in which the broadcast was originally intended, in other words, the UK or, when lawful, anywhere in Europe. This is not a matter of our own choosing, the site operates under very strict legislation and it is unreasonable to expect us to jeopardise the site for everyone for the benefit of a handful of people who contribute nothing to either the site or broadcasters in this country.
We recognise that users may have perfectly legitimate reasons to use a proxy (or VPN): They may be situated in schools, colleges, universities, hotels, or places of work where a non-geographically distinct IP address is provided and would otherwise be blocked. They may be using one of the ISPs who do not provide geographically accurate IP addresses, such as AOL, Tiscali, Orange or Sprint, or their employer may be doing so. Or the website may be blocked from direct access by their educational establishments, place or work or wherever, or routed through a content filtering proxy. In such circumstances we accept that users have no option other than to use a proxy service, and we have absolutely no problem with that.
Whereas VPNs are more secure from a user point of view, they are still visible to our security system. Many companies or institutions use VPNs for perfectly lawful reasons, and therefore their use will be deemed legitimate unless otherwise apparent.
We are required to make enquiries of anyone whose use of a proxy or VPN (to view streams, not participate in the forum) comes to our attention, please be aware of this and understand that we may have to block such users if the use to which they put our services gives us cause for concern. Please also bear in mind that many services offering unauthorised access to this site from overseas are likely to be blocked in the foreseeable future.
Thank you for taking the trouble of reading this, the chances are that it doesn't effect you. Our wish is simply for us all to have an easy life and to protect the interests of the majority of users by complying with the law.