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Watch The BBC Abroad On Your Smartphone & Laptop
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Watch The BBC Abroad on Your Smartphone & Laptop

It's possible to watch The BBC Abroad. you just need to get a bit creative. Though the BBC iPlayer currently streams in 11 European countries and Canada through an iPad app, those are some serious limitations! To get access to the BBC everywhere, on the operating system of your choice, you need VPN access.

VPNs

Virtual private networks are not associated with the BBC, nor are they in any way related to iPlayer. So how can they get you access in other countries or in approved iPad app countries but on other devices?

That's because they change your IP address. And that's the key to getting access - the IP of your internet streaming device.

So what that means is that if you're in Canada, a country where you can stream iPlayer from your iPad, but you have an Android phone, you can connect to a VPN on your Android. You sign into a VPN server in the UK, get a UK IP on your Android, and stream with the normal iPlayer app for Android just like people are doing in The UK. You don't have to access the Canadian version!

And the same thing works for The USA, Uganda, China, Russia, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, and any other of the hundreds of countries that aren't able to connect to the BBC abroad. Download the VPN software, connect to a VPN server in The UK, and stream from you device. iPlayer has apps for Mac, iPhone & iPad, Windows, and even Linux. Choose your weapon!

Is this OK?

Though some sites say that this is not approved by the BBC, it's pretty common knowledge that VPNs allow access to the iPlayer from overseas. There is technology to block 'anonymous IP' addresses from VPNs and proxies. I know - I frequently use a VPN to connect to the internet, and am sometimes blocked. The BBC iPlayer has yet to implement such a firewall, so though not officially approved, encouraged, or suggested by them, it certainly is "illegal" or going to get you into any trouble.

You can watch The BBC abroad through BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, and BBC four. There are also a couple of other kids channels and other BBC stuff that's available through the iPlayer.

Your UK IP address

With a UK IP address on your phone or computer you won't be limited to only BBC access. You'll also be able to access other UK TV streaming sites like Channel 4, Sky Go, LoveFilm (movies), and Demand 5. Even some local TV sites post their content online, so you can access those too if they're blocked outside The UK. Other "UK only" restricted sites will also be unblocked, because VPNs get you past most firewalls that block foreign IPs.


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