You probably know that you can’t watch BBC Iplayer in Spain. The reason is that whenever you access any major website like the BBC it checks on your location by looking up the location of your IP address. The BBC only allow access to people in the United Kingdom to use BBC iPlayer without restrictions.
So in order to watch the BBC over the internet anywhere outside the UK you need to change your IP address. Unfortunately this isn’t possible whilst remaining connected to the internet. So you have to hide your real address and supply one based in the United Kingdom.
It sounds complicated but it really isn’t – here’s a video showing the process…
So with a UK IP address then you can watch any UK only websites including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and 5 etc. If you have a Sky account you can use it to watch the Sky Player application online too.
It’s simple to use, extremely discrete (your connection is completely anonymised) and the primary use of this program is to encrypt your connection to keep it safe from hackers and Identity thieves (oh and the NSA and MI5 snoopers!).
There are options to do this for free if you feel inclined, you just need to search for a UK proxy server and then input the details into your browser – here’s where you set them in Internet Explorer.
Just complete the Proxy server settings box with the address and port number (usually 80 or 8080) of a UK based proxy server. Then restart your browser and go to the BBC iPlayer site and providing the proxy works ok and is based in Britain it should work.
Unfortunately I can’t recommend any free proxies because they change literally by the hour as they get overloaded quickly. Be very careful to uncheck the proxy server box after you’ve finished though as many are used to steal account names and passwords.
Not something I’d recommend doing but for a one off it’s certainly an option and of course it’s free.
For anyone else – try the short trial of Identity Cloaker first to see how well it works for you – 10 day trial Identity Cloaker.
Update: Identity Cloaker have updated their US and UK servers to cope with the new Netflix VPN block. Simply connect to a USA server before starting Netflix and you’ll get the US version which is fantastic,by