BBC iPlayer - How to Watch BBC iPlayer From Anywhere in the World

Content Verification Date: March 21, 2024

The Quick Guide to Unblock BBC iPlayer

  1. Create an Unlocator account
  2. Configure your device to use Unlocator Smart DNS or VPN
  3. Go to the website of BBC iPlayer or use their app if supported.
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Unblock BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer is a free streaming service that offers live and catch up TV from all of BBC’s channels. This includes BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, cBBC, BBC News, and Radio 1. BBC iPlayer is exclusively available to UK residents. British expats living in US, Australia, Canada, Germany, UAE, or Spain cannot watch any content on BBC.

Simply configure your devices to use Unlocator Smart DNS. Once done, you will be able to watch BBC iPlayer outside UK regardless of where you currently reside.

Avoid geo blocks from BBC iPlayer by using Unlocator Smart DNS or VPN

Avoid geo blocks from BBC iPlayer by using Unlocator Smart DNS or VPN

How To Watch BBC iPlayer Outside UK Using Unlocator Smart DNS

If you try to access BBC iPlayer outside the UK, you will see this message “BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only.” That is because the popular UK streaming channel is geoblocked overseas. However, it’s straight forward getting around this issue by using Unlocator Smart DNS.

First you need to sign up for Unlocator (covered by our 30 day money-back guarantee), then follow the setup guides here. Smart DNS is supported in a long range of devices including Apple TV, Smart TVs, Phones, Computer, Gaming Consoles. Don’t forget to restart your device once you have configured it.

That is really all there is to it. Now you can stream BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world. This method is particular helpful if you are one of the many UK expats in Spain, Portugal, UAE and so on. It really is a live safer if you want to stay in touch with current events from back home. But in fact BBC iPlayer is just a great streaming service with fantastic content no matter where in the world you are located.

What is particular great about using Unlocator Smart DNS to unblock BBC iPlayer is that fact that your regular streaming services will continue to work. We unblock streaming services on a case by case basis. This means that you can appear in multiple locations around the world at the same time. It really is a transparent and painless approach.

Using VPN to Unblock BBC iPlayer

If you prefer you can also use one of our VPN apps for Android, iOS, Mac or Windows to unblock BBC iPlayer. When you connect to a VPN server of your choice then all your data traffic becomes encrypted and it will leave trough the selected server. In the case of BBC iPlayer you should choose a UK server, which will make you appear to be located in the UK. This will give you access to BBC iPlayer and any other UK streaming service or website that has geo restrictions.

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Unblock BBC iplayer on IOS with Unlocator VPN. Same principle applies for Android, Windows and OS X.

One added benefit to using VPN to unblock BBC iPlayer is the fact that your data becomes encrypted. See if you are connected to public WiFi at a hotel, conference center, airport, hostel or anything of that nature then you are putting your data at risk. These types or networks are prone to attacks by identity theft so using VPN to encrypt your data is vital.

Whichever method you choose to use is up to you. Both Smart DNS and VPN will give you guaranteed access to BBC iPlayer from anywhere.

The Following List of Devices Work With Unlocator Smart DNS and BBC iPlayer

For a full list of compatibility between Unlocator Smart DNS, channels and devices please see our Channels & Devices Page