You can certainly get all UK TV on your PC over here for a fairly modest cost, without a Slingbox, providing that you have a reasonable ADSL connection. Yes, you need a UK IP address for all of them – BBC iPlayer, C4 on demand and ITV catch up, but I think most people go down the proxy route and fail. We did exactly that. We have since subscribed to a VPN service which gives us a UK IP address and it has been faultless for 4 months. During the 4 months, we have quite happily watched as much of the on demand stuff as we liked. We use a very old Toshiba laptop (with a little extra memory) plugged into the RGB feed of a cheapo Alex Pak LCD TV and it all works fine. (The TV is optional, but it feels more like watching TV than peering at a laptop screen). The connection stats are as follows: we have a standard OTE 2Mbps ADSL line. Using Speedtest, this achieves regular download speeds of c. 1.7 Mbps when not pushed through the VPN. Connecting via the VPN squeezes this a bit, but testing it just before posting this, a 1.72 Mbps (no VPN) connection dropped to 1.22 Mbps when connected through the VPN. This is more than adequate for on demand TV (iPlayer’s standard requirement is 512 Kbps) and picture quality, whilst not HD, is fine, even at full screen resolution. We most notice it when faced with a large patch of one colour (green field, blue sky etc) when the bulk colour goes a little patchy. On my calculations, at 512 Kbps, you will “consume” about 230 MB of bandwdth per hour of telly watching. One word of warning – do not use the download service which (certainly for BBC and I think for C4) uses the Kontiki P2P software. You have absolutely no control over bandwidth usage, and it is very greedy in seeding programmes outwards. We tried it, but very quickly abandoned it after looking at the bandwidth stats. The VPN we are with costs USD10 per month (discounted rate for a 6 month subscription). There are several VPN providers – just Google search. I guess the greatest danger is that the TV providers monitor IP ranges, home in on the VPN providers and ultimately block them. For the moment, though, I’m grateful to be watching current UK programming as an alternative to Arabsat.