Watch BBC iPlayer Using These VPN Services

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 (, 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 promise that you’ll need to pay for a monthly subscription.


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


Alternatively, there’s ExpressVPN (, 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.

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