How to watch BBC from abroad? (updated October 2018)

Want to watch BBC from abroad? How to avoid the error message telling that BBC is only to people in the UK and watch BBC live streams and programs for free online

BBC is one of the leading TV channels in the world, and they have a whole lot of great programs available to viewers online. We have been using it for a while now, and it works great! And, let us just say it at once, we are watching BBC from abroad, from outside the UK!

When you try to watch BBC from outside the UK you get an error message that looks something like this:

BBC iPlayer only works in the UK
BBC iPlayer only works in the UK
Error message as you try to stream BBC abroad as of February 2018
Error message as you try to stream BBC abroad as of February 2018

To get rid of such error messages, you better make the BBC homepage believe that you reside in the United Kingdom. But, that is not enough, because since August 2016 BBC is blocking lots of VPN and SmartDNS providers changing your virtual location to the UK. Luckily there are ways to bypass such IP blocks still, and that is why we do our uttermost to keep this article up to date. As a result, you as our reader should be able to find out how to access BBC from abroad easily even after BBC blocking so many services.

Watch BBC using a VPN

We have been writing this article from central Europe and to get a UK IP address we have used the VPN services of ExpressVPN (read the review here). They have tons of servers in the UK making it easy to get a UK IP address with great speeds, so just go ahead and try it for yourself. Visit their website, make a subscription, download the client and connect to one of the many servers. Once connected just restart your browser and visit the BBC IPlayer website.

ExpressVPN
September 2018 update
There are lots of VPN providers that are blocked from BBC, meaning that you will get error messages as you try to watch BBC from abroad using those services. An example of such a VPN provider is HideMyAss and also IPVanish. That is why we rather recommend ExpressVPN which is working 100 times better.

When you try to watch BBC online, you will first need to register a BBC account.  It is essential that you register this account with a UK ZIP code because that is necessary for you to be able to stream BBC online outside the UK. Once you have this account registered, use ExpressVPN to get a UK IP address. Following this, visit the BBC website, and stream BBC online without any error message.

BBC - Manchester United playing
Watching Premier League summary show on BBC online from abroad
Versailles on BBC
Watching Versailles on BBC
BBC - Songs of Praise
Beautiful music at Songs of Praise on BBC IPlayer
Doctor Who on BBC
Here we are watching Doctor Who on BBC

Do not forget that with this solution you can watch programs available not only from the main BBC channel but also programs available on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC, CBeebies and quite some other channels also available from within the BBC IPlayer.

BBC - Bob The Builder
Watching Bob The Builder on BBC Children’s channel

Would you like to see in detail how this works? Would you like to see it explained how you can use ExpressVPN to stream BBC from abroad? Take a look at the video beneath and follow the steps on your own computer.

Video explainer: Watch BBC from abroad with ExpressVPN

 

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6 thoughts on “How to watch BBC from abroad? (updated October 2018)

  1. Arthur says:

    I would like to watch BBC on my Android device. Is there a way in which I can do that abroad? How can I find the BBC application in the Google Play Store, and can I use ExpressVPN on my mobile device as well?

    • Just gave this a try, and it is absolutely possible to watch BBC on your Android device, abroad as well. If you have a UK Google account, then head to the Google PLay Store and download the BBC Iplayer and the BBC Media Player. If you do not have a UK Google account, search for the BBC Media Player in your actual store. You should be able to download that. The BBC iPlayer is however harder, and you need to manually download it to your device. You can download the BBC iPlayer APK file from here: https://apkpure.com/bbc-iplayer/bbc.iplayer.android

      Once it is downloaded you need to install it. You might be warned against installing programs from unknown sources, but just go ahead and install. Once this is done, connect to a UK server with ExpressVPN, and you can stream all content on the BBC iPlayer on your Android device, no matter where you might be in the world.

  2. Joseph says:

    What’s up Thomas? Is it possible to watch the WInter Olympics from Pyeongchang on BBC? I haven’t seen it on the BBC schedule…

    • Everything’s great! BBC will not air all the events, but you can stream all content at their website. So, visit the BBC Olympics website and stream the entire Winter Olympics 2018 there.

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