VPN for BBC iPlayer Guide

Watch iPlayer when you’re outside the UK It used to be relatively easy for British expats and holidaymakers to stream iPlayer programmes abroad by using a VPN, but the Beeb now blocks many tools with the message:

BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only”.

This is partly to stop non-licence-fee payers enjoying BBC content for free and partly because the BBC co-owns the paid-for streaming
service Britbox (www.britbox.com), which entertains our American and Canadian cousins with EastEnders, Holby City and the like.

However, there are still a few VPNs that allow you to access the iPlayer from outside the UK, with the proviso that you’ll need to pay for a monthly subscription.

Try NordVPN

If you only want to stream for a day or two, consider NordVPN, which offers three-day free trial (free.nordvpn.com), doesn’t require you to enter your card details and is available on Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS.

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nordvpn review
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Try ExpressVPN

Alternatively, there’s ExpressVPN (www.expressvpn.com), which costs from $8.32 (£5.97) per month, but offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, “no questions asked”.

It has 30 servers in the UK, to increase your chances of unlocking iPlayer from overseas, and costs from $3.29 (£2.36) per month once your trial has finished.

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expressvpn vpn review
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Bear in mind that streaming iPlayer in this manner breaches the service’s terms and conditions and could lead to your account being suspended

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