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Watch Iplayer From Abroad On Android, Ios, Mac, And Windows
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Watch Iplayer From Abroad on Android, Ios, Mac, And Windows

For those that are familiar with the BBC iPlayer and frequently use it, it can be a real pain when you find out that you can't watch iPlayer from abroad. Though the site blocks non-UK IP addresses, there is a way to change your IP address. You can use a VPN to change the IP address of your smartphone and computer. Of course, you'll need to use a device that has an iPlayer app available like Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows operating systems.

What's a VPN

VPNs are used for tons of things online. Sometime businesses use them to communicate securely with servers overseas. Individual travelers use them to protect their private passwords while connected to public wifi. Even the military uses them to send and receive top secret information. There are also plenty of people around the world that use their IP changing features to access restricted streaming TV sites, such as with the BBC iPlayer.

Does it really work, and what about proxies

Proxies are also well known for their IP changing ability. However, they're also more easily detected, and there are many types of proxies out there that although they change your IP, they don't actually hide your real IP. It's complicated, but basically not all proxies work. All VPNs will however. Encryption and privacy is what they do best. By keeping your real IP private, they website you want to stream TV from cannot see where your real location is. They only see the VPN server location.

What about "TV Abroad" Services

There are plenty of services out there that advertise similar services to the VPN. There are some limitations however. For one, you only get access to some TV websites - a list will be provided on the website. Also, if you want to access other UK-Only websites (not just streaming TV and movies), you may not be able to do this. They are also more expensive and may limit your TV watching time by giving you a bandwidth cap. With a VPN service, you pay one monthly price and you can do whatever you like. In fact, most VPN services offer unlimited bandwidth too. You'll also be limited to UK TV stations - with a VPN more often than not you'll be able to hop around the world and watch TV from any country you want.

So how much is this going to cost?

For a VPN service you'll pay somewhere between £3 and £10 for a month of service. This will depend on the brand of VPN service you choose, the length of subscription, and other details of the VPN package you choose.

More

Also, remember to choose a VPN service with servers in The UK. Though most services have US and UK servers as their standard package, this is not the case all the time! One cool thing to look for is free server switching. This means that you can get access to UK IP addresses and watch iPlayer from abroad for one hour, switch to US servers, and then watch Hulu outside the USA. Are you into Mexican soaps or Canadian Hockey? These are also available simply by changing your IP address with a VPN service.


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