To gain access to BBC iPlayer using your VPN, the first priority is to make sure you are using one based in the United Kingdom. The principal of hiding your location by using a VPN is a tried and tested one, which really works. The website sees the IP address of the VPN server not your real one. Which means that as long as the server is in the correct location it doesn’t matter where you actually are. As long as the VPN is configured correctly, then your true location cannot be detected.
However there can be issues, and a common one especially with popular VPN services, is when too many people connect using the same IP addresses. These can be detected and blocked by BBC iPlayer and suddenly your VPN won’t work at least temporarily. This is part of the game and it’s going to effect any VPN service to some extent whatever they tell you. The important point is how they handle these temporary blocks.
It is the network address (IP address) which is actually being blocked not the specific server. So as long as these are rotated/replaced regularly there’s not going to be any long term issue. However if it takes your VPN service a fortnight to switch out these addresses then it becomes pretty worthless for accessing the BBC abroad. Fortunately NordVPN have one of the largest network infrastructures of any VPN service which means they have plenty of UK IP addresses to use !
Which NordVPN Server for iPlayer?
Not every server is configured specifically for use with BBC iPlayer although most should work fine. However the IT support do optimize servers for accessing the UK’s largest media site simply because it’s so popular.
Don’t use the Auto Connect feature to allocate you a UK based server if you want to watch the BBC instead try one of these servers –
UK: #764, #977, #1025, #1388, #1512, #1515 K #836, #1043, #1057, #1320, #1483, #1513 #1448 #1325 #1347.
To find a specific server, click on the magnifier glass icon and search for server name or number.
Additional Configuration Settings for NordVPN and the BBC
If you are getting blocked by the BBC it might be the specific device that’s giving your true location away. There’s no point enabling a UK VPN if your smartphone is proudly announcing that you’re in Chicago.
- Disable all GPS/location services in the device settings.
- If you have issues clear the cache of your iPlayer app or the browser you are using to stream it. You could also try a different browser.
- If you are using an Androidbox or similar media player, try installing and streaming through a browser instead of the app.
Nord VPN Configuration
For watching the BBC and bypassing any of these Geolocation blocks then it’s best to –
- disable Cybersec in the NordVPN application settings.