I have finally managed to get internet telly from back home for free. I understood the principles and what would be required from the start, that is some sort of maintainable connection between myself and a PC back home which could pass on my requests to the services I wanted.
For the techies out there I wanted to set up a virtual private network and use an http proxy on the other end. I have friends back home on cable connections and I am on OTE ADSL. So both IP address are dynamic and liable to change at a moments notice. All machines are behind different tastes of firewalls, NAT devices and routers. I managed to get someone at the other end willing to share some bandwidth with but not tech savvy at all which introduced another 'slight' configuration problem.
Anyway after trying several other options the one we finally settled for was using Logmein Hamachi at both ends to establish the VPN. This of course if free software. It works, it's secure and is very very easy to set up. Having got that sorted we opted for Freeproxy (Open Source and Free) since this can bind itself to the Hamachi connection meaning nobody else can use the proxy other than those on your VPN. Again minimal configuration. Firewall needed configuring to allow the proxy and browsers needed to be set up to use the proxy.
I have a video of it working http://davenirene.blogspot.com
, and have put a full illustrated setup method http://users.otenet.gr/~mari95/index.html
for those interested in trying it themselves. Hope you find this useful.