BBC iPlayer only works in the UK – how to get rid of this BBC error message?

Are you trying to watch a video or a live stream on BBC online, but get an error message saying: BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. What can you do about it?

As you try to watch BBC iPlayer from outside the UK you might get the error message saying “This content doesn’t seem to be working. Please try again later.” or you might get the error message saying “BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues. In the UK? Here’s some advice.

There are of course ways to get rid of these error messages, but first let us tell you why you get these error messages:

BBC error messages

This content doesn’t seem to be working. Please try again later.

This content doesn't seem to be working.
This content doesn’t seem to be working.

If you get this message there might be several reasons for it. But, if you are located outside England then the reason is that the broadcast is only available to people in the United Kingdom, and thus you will need to get an English IP address for this to work. But, keep on reading, because an English IP address might not be enough.

BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues. In the UK? Here’s some advice.

bbc iplayer only works in the uk
BBC iPlayer only works in the uk

This is an error message that has started coming lately. This is coming often for people actually using VPN services to get a UK IP address, but still they get this message. How come? Well, BBC is blocking the IP addresses used by several VPN providers, and if you try to visit BBC.com and watch BBC content with one of these IP addresses you will get this error message.

BBC started blocking IP addressees in the end of 2015/start of 2016 and with the Summer Olympics approaching they have intensified this even more. But, there are ways to get around this, so read on!

How to get rid of the BBC error messages and watch BBC from abroad?

To get rid of these error messages so that you can start watching BBC from abroad you will still need to use a VPN provider. But you can not just use any VPN provider, as most VPN providers are blocked by BBC. For that reason we recommend that you read our dedicated article which will tell you at all times which VPN provider to use in order to access BBC iPlayer from abroad.

Click the link to find all the information you need on the subject.

Please try to yourself and write a comment to let us know what you think!

 

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3 thoughts on “BBC iPlayer only works in the UK – how to get rid of this BBC error message?

    • Just updated the article now with information about a VPN provider that i just tested that work with BBC in the UK. They have a total free trial, so no risk or payment involved as you try it at all!

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