Geo blocking and Australian streamers
January 4, 2018 5:35 PM - Subscribe

Australia has two excellent free on-demand streaming services via the two government supported broadcasters, the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). The ABC streaming service,, is advertising-free and requires no login. The SBS service, SBS On Demand, contains ads and requires a login. Both of these services stream a lot of excellent domestic and international productions which I would like to bring to Fanfare attention, but I don't know if they are geoblocked to regular viewers outside of Australia. Are they?
posted by Thella (1 comment total)
SBS's Terms & Conditions have this:

You may view Material through SBS On Demand in Australia only. SBS uses geoblocking technology to prevent access to such Material outside Australia. You may only view Material in geographic locations where we offer SBS On Demand service and have licensed such Material.

I haven't taken a look at the ABC terms but the link you provided says this:
ABC iview is the free internet TV service of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, available within Australia.

I sympathize, because there is heaps of great local content here in New Zealand too. I've taken to linking to YouTube uploads; they're legally dubious and often incomplete, but they're the best we've got most of the time.
posted by Start with Dessert at 12:49 AM on January 6 [1 favorite]

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