How to watch BBC iPlayer with a VPN
The BBC has a reputation for outstanding news coverage, children’s programming, and drama series across channels like BBC One, BBC Two, CBeebies, and more.
Use ExpressVPN with iPlayer to enjoy BBC content online, privately and securely.
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BBC iPlayer gives you access to online BBC content spread across 11 channels:
BBC Radio 1
FAQ: How to watch BBC with a VPN
Does ExpressVPN work with BBC iPlayer?
Why does BBC iPlayer not work with VPN?
On what devices can I watch BBC iPlayer with ExpressVPN?
ExpressVPN has easy-to-use apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux, so you can watch BBC iPlayer from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Certain smart TVs and other streaming devices like Fire TV Stick and Nvidia Shield can also install the ExpressVPN app.
Other devices, like Apple TV or game consoles, can support BBC iPlayer via our included MediaStreamer service, even if they cannot install ExpressVPN directly. And any device can receive full VPN benefits by connecting to a router running ExpressVPN for routers. So whatever device you want to watch on—from Roku to Chromecast and beyond—we’ve got you covered.
Can I use a free proxy for BBC iPlayer?
Accessing BBC iPlayer with a free proxy service is not recommended. Free proxies are under no obligation to protect your privacy, and some might even sell your online activity to third parties to make money. Many free proxy services are also very slow and don’t function as advertised.
Does ExpressVPN come with a BBC account?
No. ExpressVPN doesn’t come with a BBC account, but you can register for free on the BBC’s website with a UK postcode, even if you’re abroad. ExpressVPN complements your BBC account to help you watch content online with zero ISP throttling.
How do I watch BBC live?
To watch live programming on BBC, log in to your BBC iPlayer account, look at the TV Guide to see what’s playing right now, and select the program you wish to stream live. You can stream live content from BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC, CBeebies, BBC Scotland, BBC News, BBC Parliament, BBC Alba, and S4C.
Can I use BBC iPlayer to watch sports?
Will a VPN slow down my BBC streams?
All VPNs add a layer of encryption, which can potentially slow your connection, but ExpressVPN consistently ranks as one of the fastest VPNs around, so you probably won’t notice a difference. Our network of servers is constantly optimized to give you the best streaming experience.
In fact, if your ISP throttles video-streaming services, then using a VPN to watch BBC iPlayer might actually make your connection faster.
Can I use ExpressVPN to listen to BBC Sounds (aka BBC iPlayer Radio)?
Yes! ExpressVPN is fully compatible with BBC audio programming. Use ExpressVPN with BBC Sounds to listen to Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, plus podcasts, audiobooks, children's programming, documentaries, sports, and more.
What is BritBox?
BritBox is a subscription streaming service for British television, jointly launched by ITV and the BBC. With BritBox, viewers can stream programming from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5. BritBox airs older content from the BBC and ITV to avoid competing with ITV Hub and BBC iPlayer. It is available to viewers in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, who can watch BritBox content on their phones, tablets, computers, Chromecast, Apple TV, or Roku.
What else can I do with ExpressVPN?
ExpressVPN helps you enjoy secure, private, and unrestricted access to services worldwide. You can use it to bypass censorship in some countries that block access to sites like YouTube, Google, and Twitter. You can also use it to stream services securely, like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video.
Why use ExpressVPN?
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