Watch BBC from abroad

BBC needs no further introduction. It is one of the leading TV networks in the world producing some of the best programs with splendid British quality. This is how you can watch BBC from abroad.

There is  no wonder why people love the BBC programs and shows so much. BBC  is an amazing channel giving you the chance to watch a whole selection of programs and TV channels online, but I guess you know that. After all you are here  to find out how to watch BBC from abroad.

This article is updated regularly, meaning that it should be up to date on methods working for the purpose of accessing BBC iPlayer from abroad. BBC is blocking lots of VPN services and providers since August 2016, but the methods mentioned here should still be working.

When you try to watch BBC from abroad

Whenever you are located outside of the United Kingdom and try to watch BBC  live or some program on demand you will see an error message quite similar to the following screenshot.

BBC iPlayer unavailable from abroad

Error message as you try to watch BBC from abroad: This content doesn't seem to be working.

Error message as you try to watch BBC from abroad: This content doesn’t seem to be working.

The error message tells us that BBC  TV programs are available only for people in the UK. Hence they advice you to go listen to BBC radio instead as the video streams are unavailable. That can be cool, but if you want to watch Luther, maybe a sports event or maybe Sherlock then the radio advice will not bring much happiness to you. What can you do to bypass this screen and start watching instead?

Watch BBC from outside the UK

To watch BBC  you need to make the Internet believe that you are located in the UK. The way of making that impression is by getting a local UK IP address. Once you have such an “address” the Internet and all websites will believe that you are located in the UK, hence all regulations telling you that this is only available to people in the UK will disappear and you will be free to watch BBC and other similar TV channels online within seconds.

It might sound technical, but acquiring an IP address in England is really simple. All you need to do is to sign up for a cheap subscription to a so called VPN provider with servers in the UK. My personal favorites for this purpose are  PureVPN and ExpressVPN. Both VPN providers have great prices and great speeds on their British servers.

After signing up to their services you can download their VPN client. With this you can connect to one of their servers in the UK which will give you a UK IP address. Once connected all geographical blocks will dissolve and you can freely enjoy all UK content online from wherever you are in the world.

Watch BBC from abroad in 4 steps

Ready to start? Follow these four steps and you can watch BBC online in a few minutes.

  1. Visit the website of either ExpressVPN or PureVPN and make a subscription.
    (PureVPN has a seven day full refund policy, while VyprVPN is free to try for 3 days)
  2. Make a subscription for either 1 month, 6 months or 12 months.
  3. Download the free VPN client and connect to a server in the UK.
  4. Restart your browser and visit the BBC website.

Ready to watch BBC from abroad? Go ahead and watch as you follow the above instructions.

Sherlock on BBC iPlayer

You can watch BBC online on the BBC website or using the BBC iPlayer. The method described here will work for both options, so go ahead and follow the instructions if you want to watch BBC online from outside the UK.

This method is also ideal if you want to watch big sports events online broadcasted by BBC (and ITV). Examples of such sports events are European Championships and World Cups in football, Summer Olympics, Winter Olympics and much more.