It seems crazy, that a few miles over from the British mainland you can’t access watch the BBC online or indeed anywhere outside the UK. That’s right, despite being linked in so many ways, try to watch BBC Iplayer in Ireland and you’ll get a little message like this one.
What happens is that when you connect, the BBC web site looks up the IP address that you are connecting with. So in this case I happen to be in Dublin so the IP address assigned to me is registered in Ireland. Using that information means that the BBC will not display any of the content on iPlayer and also blocks the live BBC stream as well. In fact the only part of the site you can see is the Radio section which is nearly all accessible, apart from the local radio stations for some reason.
It doesn’t matter who you are or even if you have a UK TV license at home in your house, the decision is based purely on your location.
So is there any option?
What can you do to access BBC iPlayer from outside the UK mainland? Fortunately there are options for anyone outside the UK and here’s one –
How to Watch BBC iPlayer in Ireland
This video demonstrates accessing the BBC from Ireland, the process is exactly the same for any other channel in the UK too such as ITV, Channel 4 and 5 for example. You are simply using a proxy server to hide your real IP address and supply the one required – i.e. a British address.
It works seamlessly and after the initial check you can even disconnect the proxy server if you require, although if you want to watch another show then you’ll need to reconnect the proxy again. The program I use is called Identity Cloaker and you can grab the trial here for a few Euros and try it out now.
There are also quite a few other services available, but so many of them are slow, unreliable and expensive. The Identity Cloaker guys have been round for many years and their software is used by many thousands across the world. It has a neat little front end, is easy to install and also gives you access to a whole host of other servers in different countries too. It also can be used on iPads, tablets, Smart Phones and lots of other devices, just check with their support.
You can use it simply as a security product to encrypt your connection wherever you are, or unlock every major media site on the internet by switching your location at will.
Try it, you won’t be disappointed.by