With reception of the main UK TV channels changing for some areas of Europe, due to the new Astra 2E and 2F satellites, many expats have been turning to the internet as an alternative for their UK TV.
One such service is Filmon, which streams TV channels, usually without geoblocking / country restrictions.
Now whether this is legal or not is open to debate. The UK Broadcasters would say no, as Filmon are redistributing content without permission. Filmon would say that under the laws where they are based, this is legal. Only the courts will sort this one out.

However, a strange turn of events has occurred during the World Cup matches.

When trying to watch a World Cup match on BBC or ITV via filmon, many expats have been presented with a banner informing them that “Due to restrictions imposed by FIFA, this content is not available in your location”.

Filmon say “Due to restrictions imposed by Fifa today, only people with a UK IP will be able to watch the World Cup. It was out of our control.” and “Due to restrictions imposed by Fifa today, only people with a UK IP will be able to watch the World Cup. It was out of our control.”

Many expats who have relied on Filmon for their UK TV viewing have been disappointed and have had to look for alternate ways to watch World Cup matches.

However, it does beg the question.

If FIFA can get their content restricted on the Filmon platform, why can the actual broadcasters not get their content restricted?
Surely the same rules that FIFA have imposed onto Filmon can be applied by the broadcasters?
And if FIFA have managed to get content blocked, will the broadcasters follow suit?

Of course there are still ways to watch world cup.
If you have a large enough satellite dish you can watch the World Cup in HD and subscription free from the BBC and ITV.
If you can receive the signals, you can watch the World Cup in HD with a BeIN Sport subscription.
And also note that many TV channels in Europe carry coverage. Telecinco and Cuarto in Spain, TF1 in France, ZDF in Germany all cover the World Cup. OK so you may lose the English commentary, but you also lose Adrian Chiles! So it cannot be that bad after all!


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