How to Watch BBC Abroad Using a Proxy

If you’ve ever tried to access BBC abroad such as from France or indeed anywhere outside the United Kingdom, you’ll have found that you will get blocked. You’ll probably get some sort of message like this –

BBC abroad

The reason, is that whenever you connect to the BBC iPlayer site, it checks your location by using your IP address.  This address will be registered in whatever country you are connecting from.  It doesn’t matter where you are, where you live – just the location you are connecting from which determines whether you are allowed access or not.   If you’re not in the UK, you’ll only be allowed access to the radio programmes (bar some of the local ones).

It’s a very common practice nowadays, in fact virtually every large media site on the internet operates it.  Visit Hulu, ABC, Pandora, NBC or any of the big US media sites from outside the US and you’ll get a the same sort of message.   Try and access the Canadian broadcaster – CTV from anywhere but Canada and it will happens as well.   The same goes for all the UK and European broadcasters, you can access content only when you’re in that specific country.

Of course, the internet was once completely open to everyone, irrespective of your location and fortunately all these blocks can be easily bypassed.  If you’re in France or anywhere outside the UK, and want to watch the BBC – simply watch this video about how to use a BBC abroad for the solution.

It’s that easy. Although it’s impossible to change your real IP address online, you can hide your real location with sophisticated software like . . You can use it to watch the BBC iPlayer from France or any other country. In fact you can use it to watch all the UK TV stations such as ITV, Channels 4 and 5 online on your computer quickly and easily.

With a click of a button you can switch your location to USA, France, Germany, UK or lots of other countries and instantly allow access to sites which are normally restricted. People use it for all sorts of reasons from watching TV anywhere in the world, to accessing blocked YouTube videos or using applications that are normally accessible. Many popular applications like Facebook and Skype are actually blocked in many countries across the world too.

To see what you’re missing, click here and give . a quick test, it’s only a few Euros and doesn’t automatically re-bill or commit you to anything.

You can use it on your smartphone or tablet too – check this video about enabling on an iPad.

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  1. Evie
    Posted December 20, 2014 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Hey there. I’ve been looking at this for a while and have a couple of quick questions. Firstly am I right that this works from any country to access the BBC or UK stations. Next, seems to be a choice to be made between VPN and proxies – are there any advantages to either of these. Thx Evie

    • dotslash
      Posted December 22, 2014 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      Hi Evie,

      Good questions 🙂 First – yes it works from any country, except North Korea ! Yes it’s confusing, basically the VPN is more secure and encrypts your connection but can be slightly slower due to this overhead.

      In practical terms if you wanted to access some media sites, such as Hulu or Sky Go, a simple proxy would be detected but it works fine with BBC iPlayer. Identity Cloaker can operate as either but is probably nearer a VPN with the facility to switch off the encryption when you just want speed.

      Hope that helps.

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