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How To: Watching BBC iPlayer outside of the UK

OK, I moved to Ireland (as some may know).  I have a habit of watching BBC iPlayer to catch up on my tele-addiction.

bbc-iplayer-blocked-outside-of-ukTo my shock horror: I was disgusted to find that BBC iPlayer was not working on my PS3, Wii or Laptop.  I am even more disgusted that TV Licensing refuse to refund my six months of “Advanced Payment” on my TV License… So despite paying for the BBC, I’m not “allowed” to watch it???

Well, there is a fix: It involves using a UK Proxy Server (google is your friend).  At the time of writing this article, BBC iPlayer only blocks the connecting IP Address of the remote device if it is not a UK IP Address.  This means a simple usage of the correct proxy server (one based on a UK IP address) would allow you to access the iPlayer service.   Only the website HTML content goes via the proxy server.

Therefore: Use a UK Proxy Server, and you’ll be able to watch BBC iPlayer where ever your device is located.

There are many more advanced methods of doing this, but this is the most simpliest method.  First of all, open up google, and find the IP address and port of a valid UK Proxy Server.

Then open up Internet explorer, and go to Tools / Internet Options (or as im my case, the “Settings Cog” / Internet Options):
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Select the “Connections” tab, and then click on “LAN Settings” (as pictured below):
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Check the “Use a proxy server for your LAN” box (as below), and enter the IP address and port number you found using Google:
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Click OK and OK to save the settings, and then reload the webpage… Your Television episode should then proceed to load:
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You can configure proxy servers on the Wii, PS3 and many other devices… So this should fix the issues on pretty much all devices.

Personally, I do not like using proxy servers, and will disable the proxy server when I do not need to use it.  Think of this: Do you want to send your passwords to facebook ETC to an unknown source found on Google? (Answer: NO!)

I have been given a link to a more advanced method (but the obvious security issues would still possibly be there) See: Ian Scott: How to watch BBC Shows outside of the UK

Gather all of your documents

When you move to a new country, there are a fair few steps that you might need to take.  Something for sure is that you will need to ensure that you have all of the relevant documents to take with you.

Remember to pack the following documents:

  • Passports for everybody (EEA, Spouse, Children)
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Birth Certificates of children
  • Also do not forget to get your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your home Member State before leaving.  In the UK you can do this online on the NHS website: [Apply for UK EHIC]
  • Evidence of you relationship before going to the other EEA member state
  • Evidence of your national insurance contributions in the United Kingdom (This will be useful, as after excersising treaty rights in another EEA state you are classed as a worker, and therefore entitled to public funds as such)