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How to Watch BBC iPlayer Outside the United Kingdom

Posted by BulletVPN on 02 10 2019.

Every country has a TV gem residents rely on for streaming their favorite movies, series, and sports. In the UK, one of the biggest services comes in the form of BBC iPlayer. The channel offers the likes of Luther, Doctor Who, Bodyguard, Wimbledon, Rugby World Cup, and so many more. However, all this content is only available to those residing in the United Kingdom. If you’re abroad, the channel will block your access as soon as you try to view a video, unless you use BulletVPN’s service. Read on and find out how to unblock BBC iPlayer anywhere with BulletVPN.

How to Watch BBC iPlayer Outside the UK

BBC iPlayer – The UK Restricted Service

BBC iPlayer only allows users in the United Kingdom to stream its content. Before you head over to the solution part, you should know what’s causing the problem first. In short, it’s your IP address.

Streaming services all around the world can pinpoint your location by examining your IP address. Once a channel determines that you’re not within its area of coverage, it will apply geo-blocking to terminate your access.

In BBC iPlayer’s case, a UK IP is required. If you’re abroad, that’s precisely what you lack, which brings you straight to this geo-error message:

“BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues.”

Peaky Blinders Error

Nevertheless, you can access BBC iPlayer anywhere in the world with the right tool. How else can you explain the traffic coming from 65 million viewers from all over the world? One of the most effective ways to watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK is BulletVPN. How? Find out below.

BBC iPlayer Abroad – Enter BulletVPN

BulletVPN is a cybersecurity tool that encrypts users’ data and hides their online identity. The provider is new to the scene but has features that rival any VPN service out there. First, it can circumvent Netflix’s and Hulu’s VPN blocking mechanism. Second, when it comes to security, BulletVPN boasts strong AES-256 encryption along with five different VPN protocols, including PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN, IKEv1, and IKEv2.

The word “Bullet” didn’t come out of nowhere; it describes the speed of the service. BulletVPN has blazing fast speeds across 30+ countries, which makes it reliable for unblocking geo-restricted content. If you’re interested in BBC iPlayer and other UK content, you’ll find around 6 BulletVPN servers to choose from. Just connect to a server in the country, and you’ll receive a UK IP address. As a result, BBC iPlayer will think that you’re inside its coverage territory and allow you access to its content no matter where you are.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. First, pick a plan and subscribe to BulletVPN.
  2. Next, download BulletVPN’s application from the official website or your device’s relative App Store.
  3. Launch the app and sign in with your BulletVPN account.
  4. Connect to a server in the United Kingdom (London 2 or 5) and wait for the connection to take place.
    BulletVPN UK Server
  5. Once you see the “Connected” button, launch the BBC iPlayer’s website or its dedicated application.
  6. Stream BBC iPlayer anywhere. Here’s Peaky Blinders live overseas.
    Peaky Blinders Streaming

Try it out, risk-free. BulletVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee in case the service did not meet your expectations.

VPN Alternative – BulletVPN’s Smart DNS Proxy

Although BulletVPN’s speeds are excellent, there’s no doubt that the encryption will tamper with your internet connection speed. BulletVPN’s servers are well-optimized for HD streaming no matter how far the server is from your location. However, there’s always a faster way, Smart DNS Proxy.

The service comes free with your BulletVPN subscription. It lacks some of the VPN’s features, including privacy and security, but tops it up with speed and other territories. Let’s take a look at what BulletVPN’s Smart DNS proxy benefits you with:

  • Smart DNS proxies don’t encrypt your data. Therefore, you’ll be streaming BBC iPlayer’s content wherever you are at full speed.
  • BulletVPN’s app is available on Android, iOS, PC, Mac, and FireStick. However, with Smart DNS, you can expand that compatibility to bypass restrictions using Chromecast, Smart TVs, Android TVs, PlayStation, Xbox, and Apple TV as well.
  • Smart DNS hides your actual location but doesn’t change your IP address. That means you get to access restricted content in the UK, US, Canada, and everywhere else at the same time.

If you don’t know how to set up Smart DNS on your device, you can find anything you need on BulletVPN’s website. Before you proceed, you should know that configuring Smart DNS on your device does not require any additional software. Just follow the setup guides provided on the website, and you’re good to go.

BBC iPlayer Anywhere – Final Words

Setting up BulletVPN’s services is pretty straightforward. Whether you’re using VPN or Smart DNS, you won’t run into any inconvenience. However, if you do, you can always contact BulletVPN’s support team. They’re always ready to answer your questions no matter what they are.

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