Written by: Elizabeth March
Due to licensing restrictions, BBC iPlayer is only available from within the UK. While there are plenty of other content services you can use overseas, for many there is nothing quite the same as watching UK TV shows from the BBC on iPlayer.
Let’s jump straight in.
Follow this link to NordVPN and click “Grab the deal”
Choose the plan you want. If you’re living abroad and will want to use iPlayer and other services regularly, then you can save a lot of money by signing up for longer.
Enter your email address and payment info and click “Continue”.
Once your payment has gone through, you’ll get a confirmation link and will be able to log in to the website to download the VPN software.
Click the downloads tab on the page and the website will identify your device type and recommend the correct software. Click Download.
When the download is complete, open it and agree to the terms of service.
Load up the VPN software (Search for NordVPN in Windows search if you don’t see it) and enter your email address and the password you chose when you signed up.
The great thing about NordVPN is that they have loads of set up options to keep nerds entertained, but the software comes preconfigured so you don’t actually have to change anything the first time you use it.
Simply find the UK on the map, click the arrow and NordVPN will connect.
If you want to know more about the advanced features, check our full NordVPN review here.
Now follow this link to iPlayer and choose the programme you want to watch.
You’ll need to sign in, or register if you haven’t used iPlayer before. If you’ve recently moved away from the UK just use your old postcode.
And that’s it. You can now watch BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world without restrictions.
BBC iPlayer uses geo-blocking to prevent users located outside the UK accessing the service. This is done by reading the public IP address used by the person trying to connect, and checking its geographical location.
If you are trying to access BBC iPlayer from outside the UK you will get a message that access to the site has been blocked.
So in order to access BBC iPlayer from anywhere, you need to use a service that will provide you with an IP address within the UK to cloak your true location. Using this method you can also watch ITV from the USA or anywhere else in the world.
Whilst it may sound daunting, it’s actually very simple to set up and use.
Access to BBC iPlayer is made easy with a VPN, regardless of where you are located and what device you are using.
Watching BBC iPlayer when abroad is easy with a VPN. The best VPNs start from as little as $3 per month and require no technical expertise to set-up and start using.
Once you choose the right VPN for you, simply sign up for a subscription and download their software. This takes a matter of minutes and is a very straightforward process.
Once you have the VPN in place, you simply open the it and choose the country you wish to connect from (which in this case would be the UK).
Now you have full access to content from the UK as if you were actually there.
That’s it. It really is this easy to use a VPN to watch BBC iPlayer.