How do you watch BBC iPlayer/4od abroad?

I'm off to Germany at the end of the month and know I'll want to watch British TV every now and again if (when?) home-sickness strikes! What's the best way to do this? I have been recommended some apps but are there any other suggestions? :)

This question was asked by Rebecca Willey from The University of Warwick , asked on 9th August 2014 and has been read 33390 times.

  • Matt Funge · 8 years ago

    This was an absolute life-saver during my year abroad! They have most major UK channels on a live stream 24/7. Enjoy :)

  • Francesca · 8 years ago

    You can get a browser extension for chrome called 'Hola better internet' and it will give the illusion of being in a country of your choosing - eg UK :) I'm using it on my year abroad to watch ipalyer and 4od at the moment! 

  • Nina · 8 years ago

    If you have google chrome, install and app called "hola". You just use google chrome then to go on bbc iplayer, or whatever website you want, click on the app which will be in your top right-hand corner, tell it which country you want it to be in and voila, it will automatically find you a server that works so those pesky country barriers are a thing of the past. 

  • Jasmine Venton-Nash · 8 years ago

    Google "my expat network" and use their VPN, worked an absolute dream for me for my whole year abroad. 

  • Anonymous Answer · 8 years ago

    Definitely try Hola first but if, like me, you find that it doesn't work, have a look at Tunnel Bear (google it). You have to pay but it's not very much and it was the only thing that worked for me for some reason. I felt it was worth it for the joys of iplayer! 

  • Jennifer Meehan · 8 years ago

    I used Hola unblocker to watch the On Demand websites, it has also come in handy since being home to watch US programs on US sites. If you want to watch Live TV, i.e. as it's being broadcast we used My iPlayer or equally you can use Film On.

    Hope this helped (:

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  • Ethan R Wilkinson · 8 years ago

    You could use a VPN service. It's totally legal and there are many websites offering free VPN connections (they also explain how to setup the ip address and server etc).

    Tunnel Bear is a very good website which offers 1GB free a month - very fast and reliable.

  • Lauren Stevens · 8 years ago

    I used Easy-Hide-IP, which basically hides your current location and enables you to choose another one. You can choose a place in the UK and it lets you watch BBC iPlayer, 4od and many other things (such as Netflix) that you wouldn't otherwise be able to use abroad.

  • Jack Sellen (CIOL) · 8 years ago

    Easy for me to say but...don't bother! I managed without it on my year abroad (it wasn't possible then...) - I didn't miss it

    Find yourself some hobbies locally when not studying/working :-)

  • Natasha Bean · 8 years ago

    I would recommend a service called SmartDNS, provided by a company called OverPlay. I've been using them for several years:

    SmartDNS uses a technique called DNS Tunneling, it's a faster way of accessing tv and video streaming websites that are usually geographically blocked to anyone trying to watch from outside the country of origin. 

    So the advantage is that SmartDNS replicates many of the traditional VPN features, but without any loss of speed.

    The best part is that you don't even need to dial into a VPN connection. The initial setup is super easy, and then you just browse as normal... but without the limits. So it's sort of like a VPN but without the VPN! :) 

    SmartDNS enables virtually every streaming service you can imagine (BBC iPlayer, iTV, 4oD, Hulu, Pandora, Netflix, HBO, Showtime, ABC iView, SBS on Demand, etc!!!), and the servers are as fast as your internet connection. 

    It's $4.95 per month, and you can cancel anytime.

  • Cassandra Lyle · 7 years ago

    I've been tricking the BBC iPlayer for ages, since I travel abroad quite often. However, at the moment it seems as though the BBC is cracking down on DNS tunnelling providers.

    So your best bet is a proper VPN connection. I'm using a VPN provider that prides itself on the fastest streaming speeds. I had tried them out for 7 days first, but was happy with the speeds and the privacy they offer, so didn't ask for a refund.

  • Sally Croft · 7 years ago

    You can get a VPN service, like PureVPN to get access to BBC iPlayer from any location. Here's a complete guide.

  • Anonymous Answer · 7 years ago

    I have been watching BBC iPlayer through ExpressVPN while I was in USA

  • Mic Justin · 7 years ago

    VPN is the best way to watch BBC iPlayer from abroad. I normally use Zenmate but when I travel to abroad I prefer to use paid service because of secure and anonymous connection.

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