Want to watch the BBC iPlayer 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 the 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:
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.
May 2020 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.
Watch BBC on Android devices abroad
You can follow the same instructions to watch BBC iPlayer on your Android device. But, you will also need to download the BBC iPlayer and the BBC Media Player to your device to get it to work. You will most likely find the BBC Media Player application in Google Play Store, but you will not find the BBC iPlayer. If that is so, download the BBC iPlayer application manually from here and install it. You will then be ready to stream BBC abroad on your Android device.
Watch the BBC online on your iOS device abroad
If you own an iPad or an iPhone and want to stream BBC abroad, it might be a bit harder, but still not very hard. Download the ExpressVPN application after you have signed up. Connect to a server in the UK, and 30% of the job is done.
Now you need to create a brand new Apple ID registered in the UK. Use any random address in the UK during the process, and once your brand new ID in the UK has been made, use this ID as you visit the Apple Store. You will then find all the apps available to people in the UK, and you can download the BBC iPlayer application. When you have downloaded the needed applications, feel free to change your Apple Store ID back to your original Apple user again.
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.
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
Do you get the BBC error message, even when using a VPN?
It seems as if the BBC is trying really hard to block VPN providers, and it might be that you get the geographical error message as you try to stream BBC, even when using ExpressVPN. If that is so, you need to open a new tab in your web browser, and use the Incognito mode or the Privacy mode. If you watch the video above around the second minute you will see exactly how it is done, and it will fix your problem right away!
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