No matter if you’re a passionate Doctor Who fan or someone wanting to see what’s happening in the British parliament, you have probably come across the problem when trying to live stream the program.
That’s because it’s currently not possible to watch BBC iPlayer from abroad (outside of the UK). The issue is with copyright laws and permissions, but don’t worry- there’s a way to bypass it and watch BBC iPlayer in Australia.
BBC iPlayer Australia
The only way to watch BBC iPlayer is to trick it into thinking you are currently in the UK. Unlocking BBC iPlayer live will let you watch any live broadcast from any UK network.
To do this, you will need to have a UK IP address. Getting one is not complicated, but first, you will need to choose a suitable VPN for you.
A VPN is a virtual private network which hides your physical location and encrypts your data in the process. I recommend it for data protection, and it comes in very handy when you’re traveling or wishing to expand your horizons with some foreign programs.
How to get a VPN?
There is a high number of VPNs widely available for download. They are safe and allow you to access the geo-blocked content from almost anywhere in the world. They differ from one another in the number of servers available for the connection they have.
Once you select a server in a country you want to be shown in, it will alter your IP address to show you in that country.
In this case, watching BBC iPlayer would require you to select a UK server, once you do that the VPN will change your IP address to a UK one and UK programming will be at your fingertips. I recommend reading the privacy agreement with the VPN you choose, as some services store your data.
The best VPN service, in my opinion, is ExpressVPN. It will give you ultimate data protection and has 1,000+ servers in 145 locations and 94 countries, including several in the UK. The interface is very user-friendly, minimalistic and appealing.
The best part is the speed test window, which will help you to choose the best server to connect to. It will take a while to get through the list, but the results will ensure that your internet speed is not too damaged.
Another great feature is the improved Kill Switch; it will not let any app come online if the VPN is not online, but will still allow local network device communication.
You can download ExpressVPN directly from their website while subscribing to one of their three plan options.
A yearly subscription will cost you $8.32 per month. It’s a small price to pay for both the protection and all the new doors opening for you.
Having a VPN will not only help you with watching programs blocked in Australia, but will make sure your data is secure.
One thing is for sure: you should be using a VPN. Watching BBC iPlayer is just another perk of using one.