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Watch BBC iPlayer with a VPN

  • Avoid BBC iPlayer blocking your VPN
  • Access fast UK servers for buffer free streaming
  • Travel the world and watch your favorite BBC shows

Accessing BBC iPlayer from the UK

  1. First, go to the BBC iPlayer website.
  2. Sign up for their free account. Please note that you need a UK postal code for this!
  3. Log in & watch any content you love across their 11 channels.

Accessing BBC iPlayer outside the UK

  1. Get a Surfshark account. You only need one for an unlimited number of devices!
  2. Connect to any UK server and go to BBC iPlayer website.
  3. Create a free account with a UK postal code & get access immediately. 

What can you watch on BBC iPlayer?


Catch up on BBC News & Eastenders on the original BBC channel. There’s something here for everyone - like the hit show His Dark Materials!


Love documentaries or Top Gear? Looks like BBC Two might be your new favorite channel. Indulge in true crime stories and slightly more serious TV here.

BBC Three

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and Looking For Alaska are just two of fan favorites on this colorful channel. You can also find investigative journalism videos.

BBC Four

Learn about famous artists like Gauguin or Jonathan Miller. Binge-watch true crime shows or series about archaeology. If you want to learn, this is the right place!

BBC Radio 1

With classics like celebrity Innuendo Bingo, there really isn’t a dull moment on this channel. Listen to some awesome live music by your favorites and watch a documentary or two.


Any kids at your house? Children’s BBC is for anyone aged 6 to 12 and it has a ton of fun, age-appropriate content for just about any kid.


If your little one is under six-years-old, they might love CBeebies. It’s got Teletubbies, it’s got educational programming, and everything else small kids love.

BBC Scotland

Documentary, lifestyle, history, drama, and sports are just a few of the genres that this channel covers. Find your next favorite show on BBC Scotland!

BBC News

BBC News is exactly what it says on the tin. Tune in for your latest scoop of news, insightful documentaries, and important modern world issues.

BBC Parliament

On an even more serious note, you can also watch live and recorded sessions of the Parliament. If you’re really into politics, it also features party election broadcasts.

BBC Alba

We hope your Scottish Gaelic isn’t rusty, because you’re going to need it to enjoy what BBC Alba has to offer. Find sports, music, drama, and even Peppa Pig shows!


S4C is a Welsh-language channels, but if you’re not a confident speaker or just really like something on it, you can find English subtitles for most of their shows.

How to get around iPlayer not working

There’s nothing quite like getting in the mood for a night in with some good shows and seeing this message: “BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues.”

You can solve this issue by using Surfshark (and getting a UK postal code off the internet). If you’ve had problems with BBC detecting VPN you use or even blocking VPN that worked for a bit, don’t worry – Surfshark will work just fine!

Questions and answers about watching iPlayer outside the United Kingdom

Can I watch UK TV on my device abroad?

Yes, of course! All you need is a VPN with servers in the UK and a UK postal code.

Sign up for Surfshark and connect to any of the United Kingdom servers. Then, go to the BBC iPlayer website. Create a free account (make sure that you use a UK postal code – you can get one off the internet or use your own if you live in the UK and are simply travelling at the moment). 

That’s it! You can now enjoy all the content that the BBC iPlayer has to offer.

Can you watch BBC iPlayer downloads abroad?

Yes. You will need a VPN for that, though! First, sign up for your Surfshark account and connect to any of the UK servers in your app.

If you already have a BBC iPlayer account, simply log in and watch anything you’ve downloaded. If you don’t have an account yet, create one – it’s free! Make sure you use a UK postal code for it. After you create it, sign in and binge-watch any movies or shows that you want.

Do you need a license to view BBC iPlayer?

You need a license to view and record live television in the United Kingdom. That means you need to have a licence to watch BBC iPlayer too, however, you don’t need to prove that you have one.

When you’re signing up for your BBC iPlayer account, simply use a UK postal code (you can find one online) and you are good to go. Of course, you need to have a VPN on so that the website does not recognize you’re not physically located in the United Kingdom.

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