Watch BBC iPlayer abroad with a VPN

Want to avoid restrictions and unblock BBC iPlayer abroad, no matter where in the world you are? Download the best BBC iPlayer VPN and enjoy blazing-fast streams with no buffering.

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Access UK content with a BBC iPlayer VPN

Whether you’re traveling abroad, trying to unblock BBC iPlayer on restricted WiFi networks, or simply looking to watch shows from a different country, a BBC iPlayer VPN will provide the access you need.

How to unblock BBC iPlayer with a VPN

Follow these simple steps to watch BBC iPlayer abroad with a VPN today.

Step 1


Download the Hotspot Shield VPN app on your mobile or desktop device

Step 2


Open up the Hotspot Shield VPN app and click the “Connect” button

Step 3

Select location

Set the VPN server location to the country you want to watch BBC from (“United Kingdom,” for example)

Step 4

You’re all set

Head to BBC iPlayer and enjoy your favourite shows!

Why get Hotspot Shield VPN for BBC iPlayer?

Superfast VPN servers

Stream BBC iPlayer with HD quality resolution. Our 3,200+ VPN servers in 80+ countries are optimized for a seamless streaming experience.

Unlimited streaming data

Watch as much BBC content as you want — anytime, anywhere. With unlimited data, you never have to stop.

Watch BBC iPlayer on any device

Use Hotspot Shield VPN to watch BBC iPlayer on all your favourite devices, including Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android.

BBC streaming, and more

Don’t just stream BBC, stream everything — from sports, live events, to Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and more.

Stream BBC iPlayer anonymously

We do not record your VPN browsing activities in any way that can be associated back to you.

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How to stop your ISP from throttling BBC iPlayer

It’s not uncommon for many Internet Service Providers to throttle traffic to BBC iPlayer. In fact, a few years back, BT admitted as much. As a user who pays money for that internet service, you’d be forgiven for being upset by this. If your ISP slows your connection down, it can make it difficult or even impossible to stream your content.

The solution to throttling is to use a secure VPN. By routing your internet traffic through Hotspot Shield’s VPN servers, your data is encrypted so your ISP can’t see what sites you’re visiting. If it can’t see you’re watching BBC iPlayer, your ISP can’t throttle your traffic. Using Hotspot Shield VPN, your BBC iPlayer content will load faster and you won’t have to worry about buffering.

How to watch BBC iPlayer abroad

There are tons of great BBC shows for those who live in the UK — such as Casualty, EastEnders, Top Gear, and more — but if you travel abroad, you’ll find that BBC iPlayer is restricted and you cannot access your content. Fortunately, with Hotspot Shield VPN, you can easily unblock BBC iPlayer.

All you have to do is connect to Hotspot Shield VPN and select the UK VPN server location. With Hotspot Shield connected, you can access BBC iPlayer abroad as if you were sat in London with a piping-hot cup of PG Tips. Give it a try for yourself and enjoy your favourite British TV shows from abroad.

Why watch BBC iPlayer with Hotspot Shield VPN

Fastest VPN on the market

Hotspot Shield is the fastest VPN service on the market, as verified independently by third-party sources. Unlike other VPN providers, which all use the same basic OpenVPN technology, our patented Hydra protocol delivers unrivaled speed and performance, ensuring seamless streaming with no buffering, even when connected to countries half the world away.

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Hotspot Shield VPN server locations

Hotspot Shield features 3,200+ VPN servers in 80+ countries — including 35+ US and European cities — so you can watch BBC iPlayer abroad, from anywhere. By opening up the Hotspot Shield VPN app, Premium users can select from our comprehensive list of countries, providing an unrivaled streaming experience.

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Frequently asked questions

Does Hotspot Shield work with BBC iPlayer?

Yes, Hotspot Shield works as a BBC iPlayer VPN. Our proprietary Hydra protocol not only provides unrivaled speed and performance, but it also disguises your traffic to look like regular web traffic. Unlike other VPN providers, where the BBC typically blocks access to users connected through their servers, Hotspot Shield works great with BBC iPlayer, enabling unrestricted access to the content you love.

What devices can I use to watch BBC iPlayer with Hotspot Shield VPN?

Our BBC iPlayer VPN works with all popular devices, from Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android. We also offer Hotspot Shield as a Chrome extension. With your Hotspot Shield Premium account, you have unlimited data to stream BBC iPlayer on up to 5 devices.

Will Hotspot Shield VPN slow me down?

While many VPN providers will dramatically slow your connection down, Hotspot Shield VPN has superior technology that is known to increase connection speeds, especially if your ISP throttles traffic to BBC iPlayer. TechRadar rated Hotspot Shield as the best VPN for HD streaming, and calls Hotspot Shield the “world’s fastest VPN.”

Can I stream other content with Hotspot Shield VPN?

Yes, absolutely! BBC iPlayer is just one of the many streaming services you can use with Hotspot Shield VPN. You can watch Netflix, YouTube, stream your favourite videos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Watch sports, get unblocked movies, play games, listen to music, and much more.

How can I watch BBC iPlayer abroad for free?

To watch BBC iPlayer abroad for free, you’ll need to download Hotspot Shield Premium as our free version does not include the “United Kingdom” VPN server location. Premium arrives with a 45-day money-back guarantee. 

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