Blocking BBC Iplayer On Zyxel USG 60

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JCE
JCE Posts: 16
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Hi,

We have a USG60

We are trying to stop our UK based staff watching BBC Iplayer (As this requires the company to have a TV licence)

Obviously we cant block the site bbc.co.uk/iplayer as you cant block a sub section of a domain and we don't want to block the whole of the bbc.co.uk as its used for news and finance etc

Also we dont want to block the Streaming category as staff use youtube for research

Any ideas ?

Many thanks

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  • smb_corp_user
    smb_corp_user Posts: 161  Master Member
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    edited February 2023
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    The challenge of blocking a streaming service without blocking the whole domain, is that you may need to block services, manually, every service port address used by the stream. You could use a more complete solution like pfSense, but then you may run into the issue of blocking FaceTime calls. A tricky and complex issue, sure, but you might find something useful in a search like
     https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+block+iplayer+traffic+in+the+firewall

    One of those forums looks like some useful info might be found in their thread:
    https://www.tvlicenceresistance.info/forum/index.php?topic=13366.0 
    (How to block iPlayer on your Router)

    Have not found anything useful so far, still browsing.
  • PeterUK
    PeterUK Posts: 2,865  Guru Member
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    Make a address FQDN with *bidi.net.uk and drop it for destination from LAN1 to WAN 
  • Zyxel_Emily
    Zyxel_Emily Posts: 1,315  Zyxel Employee
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    Hi @JCE,
    Try to use App Patrol to block BBC iplayer. Create an application object containing these two applications. Then go to App Patrol, create a new profile with this application object and action "drop/reject", and apply this profile to security policy rule. 

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