We use strong VPN, which seems to work well enough. Had 6+ months on Linux / XBMC / Android & Raspberry Pi's for experimentation.
For those that live in an area which can get the new satellites 2F / 2E - would stick with that as it's free, best quality & by far the easiest to use.
For people without the option, space or location for a dish there are two main other options:
1. Subscription based boxes & services - most of these boxes offer a simpler interface, do what they 'say on the tin' - but you pay €15 - €25 per month depending on provider. We have tested a few of these boxes and without frills - as long as you have a reasonable & stable internet speed they work. Or do as long as you pay the monthly subscriptions. Generally they are the easier to use of the types of this equipment. We have a model in stock which offers all the FTA channels & a few bonus ones the service provider has put on, hardware with 12 months subscription €280 (home delivery & set up free if local) - you will need an internet connection near your TV, otherwise additional cabling or hardware (such as home network plugs) may be required.
2. Pi / Android / XBMC - We have discounted the Raspberry Pi (also known locally as the Airbox) as whilst it works, it is really quite laggy in performance (slow processor) and is a little limited (for the average user). Android boxes if set up well offer more flexibility and performance - but choice of equipment & setup is important. We found that the wifi only units did not perform well & a box with cat 5 hardwire option is preferable - you can lose up to 50% of your internet speed through wifi. We also found the wifi sticks to be unreliable, seems that some have a habit of over heating. With the modified android boxes you also have access to many of google plays applications, games, emails, etc - which is something the Pi does not offer.
These type of 'free IPTV' boxes are a little trickier to use & most people will need a little adjustment (and patience) with these. However you can get all the TV for free, with movies, series & some sports too, but you will need to learn how to use. Additionally we found problems with remote controls as these boxes usually come with a basic remote, but actually need a mouse as well or a dual remote which offers both options & we have also found this can cause another issue or two as some are overly complicated. We currently have 5 boxes on test and reaching the point of combining what we believe is the best elements of the systems, with our modified menu / software etc on top. However this may not suit everyone & for those wanting the simplest solution, the subscription box may prove the easier if more basic solution - if person is prepared to pay a monthly fee.
Unfortunately there is no 'one box fits all' type solution with this - very much depends on clients needs, technical ability & internet speed etc.
Edited by graham1, 09 September 2013 - 10:23 AM.