Watching BBC iPlayer Abroad, British TV Anywhere

Yes, it is possible to  watch BBC iPlayer abroad….

All the major UK TV stations broadcast online,  BBC, ITV, Sky and Channels 4 and 5.  Unfortunately although you can watch all of these from the UK, they are normally inaccessible outside Britain.

iPlayer abroad

The reason you can’t watch the BBC Iplayer and all the other channels abroad is due to your IP address. It’s something most of us find out fairly quickly when we move or travel abroad.

What basically happens is that when you visit a website, it will look up your address and check which country you are in.  For British TV stations anything outside the United Kingdom and you’ll get a polite message informing you it’s not accessible.

So Can I Watch the BBC Outside the United Kingdom?

Yes fortunately you can and it’s relatively straight forward, this video explains how.

Just to summarize you’re simply hiding your real address when connecting to BBC iPlayer.   The same method works with Sky, ITV, Channel 4 and 5 etc – it’s quick and easy to do.  Unfortunately there is no practical free method to doing this, all the free services are very slow and also full of pop-ups and adverts that fill your computer up.

There are lots of services available for hiding your real address and watch British TV – but after trying many of these, my favorite specifically for the BBC is

Identity Cloaker – This is the program used in the above video.  It’s a  security program that has been around many years and has a large selection of servers in most European countries, plus USA, Canada, Australia and a few others.  These are useful if you want to watch channels from other countries, or access different version of media sites like Netflix (the US one is much better than the UK one for example).

The technology is much more sophisticated than other sites which are mainly just basic proxy servers.  This has software which allows you to encrypt, switch countries and even speeds up your connection in many cases.   The network of servers are fast, support is responsive and all subscriptions are non-recurring.

An important point is that the ability to watch TV stations is not advertised on the site anywhere.  Although disconcerting for people wanting to use this , it is crucial, as the sites that advertise openly about accessing BBC Iplayer for instance frequently get closed down or their servers blocked – taking your subscription with them.

The software sits in your task bar and you just click to change your location, you can also use your account on other devices like iPads, phones and tablets, just look for the guides in the members area.  There are also versions which work with Android and Mac OS X, all included in the subscription – use one or all of them on all your devices.

As always – try the short trial first to see if it works for you – . .

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