How can I access BBC iPlayer outside the UK?

Nick March 23, 2010

I was following the debate around accessing Hulu etc. outside the U.S. using Hotspot Shield. Does anyone know if there’s a way of configuring this to work for the BBC iPlayer (outside the UK) or an equivalent service?

  1. alen
    April 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    hthis might help can watch bbc iplayer outside uk

  2. alen
    April 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    these methods do not work very well as this does not provide much security.i recommend you to use VPN to watch bbc iplayer outside UK..i suggest you to have a look at

  3. thomasfals
    April 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I suggest taking a look at this article for the answer:

  4. Rjill7475
    March 28, 2012 at 5:05 am

    hi Pranab,

    Thanks for your valuable suggessions. I tried unotelly and love their services. I am a big fan of hulu but was missing it since I shifted to UK. Now with the help of unotelly dns I can easily watch my fav. shows anytime anywhere.

    Thanks once again.

  5. Alex Todorovic
    March 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    It's easy, forget about Hotspot Shield, because it changes your IP adress to american. What you need to do is to download Expat Shield, THAT changes your IP to british. It works, I've been using it for months, plus, it's free. Works 100%

  6. Markus23
    November 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Awesome - Thanks!  worked great!

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  8. Anonymous
    February 19, 2011 at 3:56 am

    BBC iplayer is an application which allows users to download or stream live TV and radio programmes to their mobile phones. And it is only available in the UK.

  9. Tikoystore
    October 12, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Check people theres a FULLY Working version that come with a UK proxy ip and works in all common browsers

    • Tina
      October 12, 2010 at 4:14 pm

      Unfortunately, it does not work for any of the BBC channels. However, it does work for some of the other channels I tried.

    • Jimeus13
      January 20, 2011 at 3:08 am

      expat exe is your best bet, works a treat & is free. Just remember you will need to be able to use Xvid. If you don't already have Xvid----- don't use the link on BBC iPlayer, get it direct or from your regular safe on-line software source. My problem with expat exe is that it does not work on linux and I have to go back to Windows OS when I use it. jimeus13

  10. ænon1mus
    March 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I would love to see a solution here that actually works. I've been dying to watch BBC online.

  11. Neil
    March 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    As Tina says Hotspot Shield should work ok as long as you choose a UK proxy. Hulu won't work with a proxy but needs a VPN to access.

    There are loads of commercial options that sell subscriptions to UK proxies and VPN connections. I've used plenty of them and they work fine to access BBC Iplayer have been using them for ages.

    I've got a video demonstrating the software (a paid subscription service) I use it when I'm travelling to watch the BBC. You can use free ones but you have to search for a long time everytime you want to watch - gets pretty tedious!

  12. Anonymous
    March 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    the best service you could get is ibVPN. (new, fast and secure service)

  13. Mark O'Neill
    March 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Hotspot Shield or a UK proxy doesn't work. Believe me, I've tried everything. You can't access iPlayer from outside the UK - and I have spent years trying everything.

    • Russellcraven
      January 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Hide my ip works

  14. Tina
    March 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm


    you should be able to use Hotspot Shield. You would need to configure it with a UK proxy server IP address. So the only difference of the setup is the location of the proxy server.

    Here are several useful MakeUseOf resources:
    And two UK proxy sites:

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