How to watch BBC iPlayer TV shows from abroad?

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 The BBC iPlayer is one of the best streaming services today. With thousands of binge-worthy series, movies, and TV guides, the streaming service has so much entertaining content that you simply can’t get enough of it. 

Yet, how can you watch BBC iPlayer when you live abroad, outside of the UK? Well, don’t worry, you can watch it abroad. However, it is a little bit more complicated process. But, you’ve come to the right place as we are going to take you through the details and your options for doing it. You’ll be able to stream anything from Doctor Who to His Dark Materials and Line of Duty. How? By using a VPN!

BBC iPlayer abroad 

The broadcaster is pretty specific about who can watch its TV programs. The streaming service is free, as long as you have a UK TV license, which makes it unable for people who live outside of the UK. 

The service’s only downside is that it provides no overseas access. Simply put, you won’t be catching up with your favorite TV series on BBC iPlayer unless you are in the UK. 

According to the recent EU portability streaming law, other streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, or Now TV are available anywhere in Europe as long as you use your login details. So, even when traveling across the EU, you can still catch up with your favorite TV series. 

Yet, when it comes to BBC iPlayer, this won’t work. Or at least, not officially. Since where there is a will, there is also a way, and we will help you understand how you can use a VPN to watch your favorite shows and movies on BBC iPlayer from abroad. 

What is a VPN and how can it help? 

A VPN is a Virtual Private Network that helps you watch BBC iPlayer from abroad by rerouting your device’s IP address to make it appear to be in the country of your choice, the UK, in this case. In other words, a VPN helps you conceal your real location from a website and makes it appear like you are somewhere else than you are in reality. So, no matter where you are in the world, a VPN will fool iPlayer into thinking that you are in the UK. 

However, you must keep in mind that using a VPN to watch iPlayer violates the streaming service’s terms and conditions. Yet, don’t worry, you won’t be sent to prison if caught. Your account, however, might be suspended. 

Using a VPN to watch BBC iPlayer 

When you are abroad, the only way you can gain access to the TV shows available on BBC iPlayer is by using a VPN. Now, we highly suggest you choosing a VPN provider that offers ease-of-use, top-notch security, and excellent value for money. 

Once you sign up to your VPN, download it and install it on the device you are going to use to watch iPlayer. Most VPNs work on most platforms. Yet, it is best to double-check if it will work on yours too before purchasing it. 

Next, log into your VPN and choose a server based in the UK so that you can get access to BBC iPlayer. And, the last step is to head to the iPlayer website and enjoy binge-watching your favorite TV shows there.  

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