How To Bypass The UK Blocking Of EZTV

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Earlier this week, the UK high court granted a request by the MPA (Motion Picture Association) and FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) to force the UK’s leading ISP’s to start blocking the highly popular TV indexing site EZTV as well as YIFY-Torrents. The leading UK ISP’s are:

  • BT – Confirmed as blocking EZTV (thanks to Anon in the comments for the info)
  • Virgin Media - Confirmed as blocking EZTV (thanks to Icarus in the comments for the info)
  • TalkTalk - Confirmed as blocking EZTV (thanks to cabre_poul in the comments for the info)
  • O2 (now part of SKY broadband)
  • EE - Confirmed as blocking EZTV (thanks to timmy in the comments for the info)
  • Sky - Confirmed as blocking EZTV
  • Plus Net - Confirmed as blocking EZTV (thanks to BJ in the comments for the info)

The following UK mobile networks have also blocked EZTV:

  • Vodafone - Confirmed as blocking EZTV (thanks to Andrew Smith-Beaman in the comments for the info)
  • Three – confirmed by myself

As of today, that blocking order has started to come into effect with EZTV currently being blocked by SKY (my ISP) and Virgin Media. One can only assume that the remaining ISP’s in the UK will be following suit very shortly. The scary part about this blocking is the fact that the entertainment industry are able to make demands on the UK courts and then be able to have their requests passed into law, which effectively means that the entertainment corporations are now able to create laws to suit their needs which is very wrong and sets a dark tone for the future of the internet in the UK which is fast becoming one of the worlds leading online police states. When these site blocking requests were first made on the ISP’s, they actually put up a bit of a fight, (albeit not that much) but it is becoming increasingly apparent that this is no longer the case and they will simply agree to any site blocking requests that the MPA/FACT/BPI make. In June 2012 the UK High Court ordered the leading UK ISP’s to start blocking access to The Pirate Bay, although simple workarounds were made available to access The Pirate Bay almost instantly, with many already in place.  In February 2013 another order, originally petitioned by 10 leading record labels, was made to UK ISP’s by the High Court, to start blocking Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy. In May 2013 yet another order was made by the UK High Courts to start blocking Movie2K and Download4All.

The MPAA and FACT wrote to EZTV in June of this year requesting the sites owner to cease operating or face legal proceedings, stating that, “This site provides access to copyrighted material on a large-scale with no permission from the copyright owners”. By that logic, Google should also be blocked and any device capable of receiving or sending packets of data should also be made illegal as those could also be used to provide access to copyrighted material. When they (MPA and FACT) received no reply from EZTV, the groups decided to take further action resulting in the blocks that are now being enforced. We all know just how effective these blocks are, as you could probably find a workaround for EZTV or The Pirate Bay quicker that you could tie up your shoe laces. YIFY-Torrents, at the time of writing, is currently not being blocked as yet by SKY, although I do not know if this is the case for the other ISP’s.

How to easily bypass the blocking of EZTV

Each time the UK High Court sends out one of these rulings on behalf of the entertainment corporations a workaround is made available either instantly in the form of a proxy, or a user simply opens up his or her VPN which will then easily bypass the enforced restrictions. For example, users wishing to find a workaround for the UK blocking of EZTV can simply use the eztv.it.nyud.net proxy (now blocked by BT, thanks to Pugwash for the info). However, the best method would be to use a VPN service that allows P2P traffic and doesn’t record logs, as this will also provide you with far more privacy from your ISP. For example, if you are looking for a decent VPN that is also dead easy to use and easy on the pocket, I would definitely go with CactusVPN or Private Internet Access. If you are interested in checking out CactusVPN, then I have written a review on it which also include some speed tests on their servers. My review for Private Internet Access can be read here. Both these VPN’s support P2P when connected to their Netherlands servers

The other benefit of have a decent VPN like CactusVPN is that they have servers in the US, UK and Netherlands, meaning that you will also be able to access Hulu and other US only sites from outside the US and also be able to access sites like the BBC’s iPlayer from outside the UK.

If you are with any of the ISP’s mentioned, please let me know if you are currently being blocked so that I can update this article which may help other readers. If you are with an ISP that isn’t listed above but are being blocked to these site, then please also make a comment below.

 

[Update] The Unblock Eztv proxy has now increased its capacity so should also be working. Thanks to their admin for updating me via comments.

If you find that any of the proxies start to be blocked, let me know and I will update.

Best bet is still to use a VPN (CactusVPN is great) as it puts an end to this type of site blocking nonsense, as well as the ridiculous porn block that to be implemented in the UK by all ISP’s as standard. It will start in late 2013-2014.

[Update 2] From October 30th 2013, another 21 sites have now been added to the UK ISP block list. for the full list see here.

  • Hiro Masamune

    just type in google, eztv proxy, first link in results bypasses the dumb block.

  • Icarus

    Virgin blocking it already

  • Anon

    BT blocking it :(

  • SenseOffender

    They usually post links on their twitter page, to torrents, or you can use othe sites which have their torrents listed.

    • http://techfleece.com/ Richard Gailey

      @SenseOffender:disqus The links that they post on Twitter also seem to be blocked in the UK. My guess is that they are linking to the torrent on EZTV.

      • SenseOffender

        I managed to use it last night, via virgin media, someone posted a workaround on google plus that worked.

        If you have access to G+ just search eztv and you will find it, no need to install anything, just an alternative link.

  • Jonny Mallon

    Virgin Media blocked it

    • ci

      not for me strangely but all porn seems to be blocked

      • http://techfleece.com/ Richard Gailey

        Probably a parental control that is set by default. Use a VPN to get around this.

  • timmy

    EE Have blocked also

  • cabre_poul

    talk talk have blocked eztv. Noticed this on 29th july.

  • LaGuru

    as with all blocks … add .nyud.net to the end and they will work…

    e.g.

    http://eztv.it.nyud.net

    or

    http://thepiratebay.sx.nyud.net/

    • Bigga

      Worked. Thanks

  • Goozzie

    Bt Have also blocked it

  • Bargainhunters Northernireland

    try this will unblock all sites eg eztv & piratebay

    http://www.immunicity.org/getstarted#c2

  • Jorik

    Hi, unblocksit.es admin here – we were overloaded indeed. Just increased the capacity so you guys are welcome to use our proxy again! Will make sure to keep up with the demand now.

    • Pugwash

      BT internet now blocking eztv.it.nyud.net

      • http://techfleece.com/ Richard Gailey

        Thank you for the update. Have added that to the article

  • BJ

    Plus Net blocking but getting through with EZTV proxy at the moment.

  • me

    come.in

    • http://techfleece.com/ Richard Gailey

      Yep, come.in is another great place that will allow access to TPB KAT and EZTV amongst others.

  • jim

    eztvproxy is blocked

    • http://techfleece.com/ Richard Gailey

      Working in the UK with SKY ISP. (at the time of writing that is)
      What ISP are you with?

      http://eztvproxy.net/

  • Andrew Smith-Beaman

    Vodafone have blocked too

  • EZTV

    You can download direct at http://www.eztv.ws

  • shinytel

    My I.S.P is “Clear Picture” via satellite dish on my tower block. I use Opera browser on turbo mode and have no problem with pirate bay or eztv. I download from both with no hiccups.

  • gav

    Virgin Media have blocked every single one including torrents.eu search engine!

  • Power to the people

    Virgin media have blocked YIFY-torrents.

  • bob

    Thanks a lot for your help. We will not let these giant money grabbing companies win.

  • DopAdministrador

    how rubbish is that,

    well, still existsthe alternative of the other YIFY: Yify.tv so i can watch movies in HD for now

  • Bananaman

    Just seen this discussion which I read with interest. I’ve downloaded Pirate Browser which links into the tor network that gets around almost all the blocks (I’m with Virgin Media). Only one that I can’t seem to get around is yi-fy torrents. However, using my mobile as a hotspot (on EE 4G) gets around this. So, all someone has to do is hotspot to the site, add anything they want to the download queue and switch back to their ISP connection.

  • dragoondf

    It amazes me that they block sites and torrents because it infringes on copyright. We pay for the service by sky .. BT.. BBC and other networks so the actors have already been paid. Because the programs have been viewed in the public domain surely the copyright is void as we the customer have already paid for our tv license or tv package which incorporates many of these programs.
    i would happily pay say £10 per month to download tv programs because I cna’t tripple record on sky or BT or Virgin… come on we are paying for a service we cank get so it’s all paid for.

  • dragoondf

    Sorry.. fat fingers

  • Michaelinlondon1234

    The real question is can anyone access the master tables that hold the Black lists and start adding Mpa sites to the list.

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