I’m sorry about your woes with PIA. I promise that when I posted on LIC on 21/8, I had just checked PIA’s London and Southampton servers with BBC and C4 and all was working fine. Unbelievably (timing wise), the BBC seems to have zapped it the very next day after my test. See this thread
from the PIA user forum. Poster no. 1 reports shutdown by the BBC on 22/8 after 2 years prior trouble free use. This mirrors my own experience.
Your post suggests that you have been in touch with PIA regarding C4. I’m interested to know if this is because you tried PIA and found C4 blocked as well? It’s still fine for me with C4. About 10 minutes ago, I went to All 4, connected via PIA (both London and Southampton servers) and successfully watched an episode of “The State”. (Belt and braces, I also connected via PIA New York and couldn’t watch anything). There is probably a range of IP addresses within each PIA server, and the ones that worked for me were 126.96.36.199 (London) and 188.8.131.52 (Southampton). (You will only be able to cycle IP addresses by disconnecting/reconnecting, and there is no guarantee that this will give you a fresh IP address at any particular time).
I agree with Warwick that for a PC based connection, the provider can only identify/ban you based on IP address. The BBC in particular is being much more aggressive at identifying and banning VPN connections, probably by monitoring how many simultaneous connections are coming from one IP address. All providers (PIA, ExpatTelly, HotSpotShield, CyberGhost, Hoxx et al) are likely to be barred at some point or another, and the only path to resurrection will be a range of new, clean IP addresses. From the user forum, above, PIA seem to be positioning publicly that they won’t reconfigure their UK servers to give fresh IP addresses. I think that they will change their minds quite quickly in the face of lost subscriptions.
Given my track record following last week’s suggestion, I’m hesitant to try again, but here goes. Have you considered torrent downloads for your TV fix? When we were in Crete, we only had Arabsat (never a Sky subscription), and we got almost all of our TV from torrents. While torrent site numbers are dwindling, there are still several out there and a huge proportion of total UK TV output (both quality and dross) can be found. When I discovered yesterday that PIA had been clobbered by the BBC, I was trying to get an episode of “Normal for Norfolk” using get_iplayer. When I couldn’t, I went to a torrent site and 30 minutes later had the missing episode on a USB stick to plug in to the telly and watch later at leisure. I can’t believe that “Normal for Norfolk” is mainstream TV, but there were 2 separate versions (from 2 different uploaders) available. Some ISPs can be awkward about torrent downloads (either because of copyright concerns or bandwidth usage) and torrent traffic is easily identified by them, even behind a VPN, but from 10 years experience in Crete, OTE couldn’t care less. You can always try it out with no new costs and see if it works for you.
Again, I’m sorry about the timing of Auntie Beeb and the PIA VPN.