How to Listen to BBC TMS (Test Match Special) Abroad

Most of the BBC’s radio channels and programmes are accessible from anywhere in the world online, however there are a few notable exceptions.  Almost all sports shows which feature live action cannot be accessed via the BBC’s website when you’re based outside the country, including TMS.


All looks well until you try and and access any of the live streams from the links, then you’ll receive a simple message stating that the programme is not available in your current location.  What happens is just like the BBC iPlayer site, the web site checks your location and if your address is outside the UK you’ll not be allowed to listen.

Fortunately there is a fix which will allow you to stream Test Match Special and all sports broadcasts without problem.  The solution is the same for accessing iPlayer abroad and requires you to change your IP address to a UK based one before you connect.  It should be noted that although a simple proxy server will work for most iPlayer programmes, they won’t work for the Live streaming content, where you’ll need an advanced VPN service like . .

Here’s how it works (although the title says USA it works in any country).

When the VPN is enabled your current location and IP address is switched to a UK based one meaning that you’ll receive the UK version of the BBC website and where all the links will work without problem.  Interestingly this also allows access to all the hundreds of local radio broadcasts which is useful if you like to listen to football commentaries from the lower leagues.   If you leave the server connected to a UK one you can in fact use any of the UK TV sites plus watch all the BBC live too.


This is simple to use if you use a computer or laptop to listen to BBC radio but what about other devices like tablets?  Can you use these to listen to TMS abroad?

Here’s a video post demonstrating how to enable your VPN on a tablet – How to Set a VPN on an iPad, the process is virtually identical for an iphone or any android device.  It normally works much better to set up the VPN directly yourself rather than install specific software.  After enabling the VPN then you can go to the BBC website or run the BBC application and stream directly to your device without problems.

If you use Identity Cloaker, then you can use a single account on all your devices, in fact you can also set up the connection directly on your router which means it effects all devices on your network automatically.  Remember though a VPN will switch all your browsing to UK based, so all your search results will be switched to British ones too.

It’s quick and simple to use and there are no automatic renewals or hidden charges, plus there are servers in many different countries included so you can even watch sports shows from places like the USA and Ireland too.

  Try the short trial for a few Euros first to see if it works for you – . .

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  1. Zora the Greek
    Posted May 6, 2016 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi thanks for this, so I just start Identity Cloaker and then I’ll be able to listen to TMS on my computer from Greece?

    • welshexpat
      Posted May 19, 2016 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      Yes that’s right, just select a UK server then go to the BBC website – you can either listen live or using iPlayer whichever you prefer. You can also watch it on Sky (but you need a subscription) or watch the highlights on Channel 5 each evening. Simply disconnect the connection after you’ve finished.

  2. Eli
    Posted May 27, 2016 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Hello everyone, is it easy to find the link for TMS on the web site – I couldn’t find it before?

    • welshexpat
      Posted May 27, 2016 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

      Yep it’s easy to find. Just close your browser then start Identity Cloaker and choose a UK server. Then go back to the BBC page – it will look different as you get the UK version and not the international one without all the programmes. For Test Match Special you can select radio then choose BBC 5 Extra for the TMS link – Hope that helps.

  3. welshexpat
    Posted May 29, 2016 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    The BBC have set up some sort of live streaming of TMS on Youtube. Not looked at it yet, but might be worth checking out especially as it’s free !!!

  4. Rocky
    Posted July 15, 2016 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Hi I just want this for the Test match – I’ll be back home in a few days – is there a short version? Don’t want to get locked into any subscription or anything.

    • welshexpat
      Posted July 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      Yes just get the trial it only lasts for 10 days – none of the subscriptions automatically renew.

  5. Salva
    Posted July 15, 2016 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this, I’m missing the cricket whilst on holiday. SO I just start this program and then go to the BBC web site to listen to TMS? Will it work on my tablet or phone too?

    • welshexpat
      Posted July 15, 2016 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

      Yes that’s all there is to it – make sure you select a UK server then go to the BBC site. You’ll see the UK version instead of the international one and just follow the TMS link or select the radio channel (BBC 5 Sports Extra). It does work on your phone or tablet – there are guides in the member area when you subscribe it’s very easy – also link above at the end of the post for the iPad.

  6. adriene
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 2:07 am | Permalink


    If I get the trial account does it mean that I can watch the BBC channels online as well as listen to TMS? Does it work with just iPlayer and the live streaming?

    • welshexpat
      Posted July 24, 2016 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      hi yes, both work just connect to UK server before you go to the BBC site and you’ll get the links to iPlayer and the ‘TV’ tab which has all the live channels.

  7. Durley
    Posted November 2, 2016 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Nice post. So I can listen to TMS on my computer from Spain is that right? Don’t suppose I can watch the cricket too someway?

    • welshexpat
      Posted November 9, 2016 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Yes that’s right just make sure you select a UK server before you connect. You can use this to watch on SKy but you’ll need a subscription. Also there are pretty decent highlights every evening on Channel 5 –
      again make sure you connect to a UK server before you visit any of these.

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