using services that offer the tv channels is illegal which they do so quite allot, ie sky tv Netflix etc. While VPN’s are not in them selves illegal many companies offering third party access through it is.
Just accessing say uk normal TV for the BBC ect and you have your own TV licence then no that is legal.
If you download a programme on BBC iPlayer before you leave the UK you can watch it anywhere in the world…but due to rights agreements, you need to be in the UK to download and stream programmes or watch BBC TV channels.’
There is hope that this might change in the future though, as the corporation adds the following;
‘While we are interested in being able to allow UK licence fee payers to access BBC iPlayer when they are abroad, there are complex technical issues to resolve which we are investigating as well as legal issues outside of the EU.’
So yes if you do stream UK TV without a licence you are essentially committing an offence.
VPNs bring an additional layer of privacy to users’ online activities by masking their location.
This functionality can also be used to circumvent regional exclusives on video on-demand services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer and Hulu.
Content on these services varies between countries based on the distribution deals with the film studios and TV networks.
Netflix subscribers in the UK currently have access to a catalogue of some 2,875 films and TV series across all genres.
For comparison, those who reside in the United States have access to a catalogue of some 5,750 films and TV shows.