How to Watch BBC iPlayer Outside the UK

BBC iPlayer is a very popular streaming platform in the United Kingdom with programs about lifestyle, sport, music. The service enables you to watch good TV-shows, documentaries, cartoons, comedies. But there are restrictions on watching. In this article you will learn who can get access to iPlayer and how to avoid caps. We have a lot of knowledge in this area, so you can rely on us.

Can You Watch BBC iPlayer abroad?

No, you can’t.

It is written in official BBC site. Unfortunately, if you don’t live in United Kingdom, you can’t watch BBC iPlayer. This is so because you have to have the UK TV licence what can have only UK residents.

But you may watch something else. This services you can use living outside the United Kingdom:

  • BBC Sounds;
  • BBC Podcasts;
  • BBC News;
  • BBC Sport;
  • BBC Three YouTube Channel.

So you still want to use iPlayer and you are upset? Take it easy! We know how to deal with this problem.

How Do I Get BCC iPlayer Abroad?

To watch shows on BBC, you should use a VPN — Virtual Private Network. It will hide your real IP-address and replace it with the IP of another country that you chose. So the BBC service doesn’t understand that you don’t live in the United Kingdom.

But here’s the thing. If you utilize a poor-quality VPN, the service will immediately detect your real IP-address. Free VPNs are mostly low-quality. They don’t encrypt your data, but use them and spend your money when you are sitting via mobile Internet. In addition, some apps may even take your data and sell it in IP-stores. The worst part is that such VPNs tell about it in FAQ, thereby if you have not read the rules, you can’t complain about it.

Also you should know that not all VPNs work with iPlayer.

But we have tried a lot of services, so we can say the NordVPN is the best app we have used. It has 55 000 servers in 60 countries. Also it has a 30-day guarantee, so you don’t risk buying the app. Support is all time online, so you can ask them a question if you have troubles with configuring a VPN.

With the NordVPN you can watch movies in HD. Also you can connect your 6 devices to the app at the same time. So this VPN may use you and your relatives and friends. Its app is easy-to-use.

You may also like this: How to Set Up a VPN on Windows 8 and 8.1

So if you choose a quality service, you will not be detected by BBC iPlayer.

How to get access to BBC iPlayer with VPN?

To enjoy movies on the streaming platform, do the next steps:

  1. Download and sign up in service. We recommend you NordVPN.
  2. Choose the proper server — UK location.
  3. Check your IP-address here.
  4. Clear your cookies and your browser cache. These data can store your previous IP. If this is so, VPN will not help you. The system of iPlayer will detect your previous IP and cap its service to you.
  5. Open BBC iPlayer and start enjoying it!

If you have a problem, write to support.

I Have Not The UK TV Licence. What Should I Do?

If you don’t live in the United Kingdom, you do not have this licence. But you are lucky because BBC iPlayer’s system is based on the honor of their users. So if you sign up for this service you should just click “I have a TV license”. You have not to verify your account because you have the UK IP-address.


So we have shown you how to avoid caps and watching BBC iPlayer with VPN. We recommend you to use the NordVPN because it works with iPlayer, is easy-to-use and has high speed. This service is pretty quality, therefore you can be sure that your data will not be detected by the system of the streaming platform. But if you run into trouble, write to support. It helps you to deal with problems. Also you should clear your cookies and your browser cache to be undetected.


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