Watch BBC iPlayer Abroad (Working Guide)

Watch BBC iPlayer Abroad


In this post, we will guide you on how to watch BBC iPlayer from abroad. If you follow the guide carefully, you’ll be able to access the BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world within 10 minutes.

How To Watch BBC iPlayer Outside UK Without VPN?

Usually, to access BBC iPlayer from abroad, you will have to fake your location to the UK by using a VPN service. However, the BBC has been hitting hard on VPN services and blocking them. The good news is, you can access BBC iPlayer using a SmartDNS service. In a nutshell, you will need to;

  1. Register for a Free SmartDNS account.
  2. Activate your IP address with SmartDNS.
  3. Configure your device to use SmartDNS.
  4. Check SmartDNS Configuration Status.
  5. Watch UK BBC iPlayer.

Complicated? Seriously, No! Just follow the guide below.

Register for a Free Smart DNS account

There are many services have been blocked and with our testing, SmartDNS Proxy seems to be working well with the UK BBC iPlayer. First of all, you will need to register for an account with them.

Activate your IP address with Smart DNS

Once you’ve registered, you will need to activate your IP address with the Smart DNS Proxy Website. Once you’ve activated, there will be a green checkmark.

register IP with SmartDNS proxy

Configure your device to use SmartDNS

To set up Smart DNS Proxy on your device(s), go to their setup page, choose your system, and follow the on-screen instructions.

SmartDNS Proxy setup

Check SmartDNS Configuration Status

Once you’ve added the DNS servers into your device, go to your Smart DNS Proxy Configuration Status Page and you will see all checkmarks are now green.

Watch BBC iPlayer Abroad

That’s it! You can now watch BBC iPlayer abroad and stream your favourite programmes.

Below are answer to some frequently asked questions. If you need further help, please get in touch with our support team.

Do I need To Register To Access BBC iPlayer Programmes?

Yes, you need. BBC requires all users to register for a free account before you can watch their programmes. During the registration process, you are free to use any UK based postcode, for example, E17 3AA.

BBC iPlayer Is Asking If I Have a UK TV License?

bbc iplayer tv license

Strictly speaking, under the terms of use for the BBC iPlayer, you must have an active TV License in order to use the service. Unfortunately, there is no way for the BBC to verify whether you have an active license or not, when attempting to watch BBC on iPlayer.

When you try and access iPlayer for the first time, you will be asked if you have an active TV License or not, if you state that you do not have a license, you will not be able to access any media on the iPlayer.

What Other UK TV Channels That I Can Access From Abroad?

I’ve compiled list of popular UK TV channels that you can access over the Internet.

Can I access non-UK TV Channels using Smart DNS Proxy service?

Yes, you can. Have a look at the list of supported channels.


Whilst BBC is being aggressive on VPN service providers, they are still easy on Smart DNS proxy service providers. I am sure if they have been working hard enough like Netflix, they’ll be able to block Smart DNS services too. For now, we can all still enjoy accessing BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world.

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