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 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.
October 2019 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.
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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