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BBC iPlayer: No More Geo-Restriction Thanks to VPN Unlimited

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How about unlimited access to BBC iPlayer? Since recently, it’s exactly what VPN Unlimited offers. Make yourself a cup of tea with finger sandwiches, sit back, and get set to read about our latest update.

Nobody likes to be restricted, but BBC has in its corporate policy exactly that. Because BBC can only monetize British subscribers, they apply various geo-restrictions for other countries. This makes sense, cause otherwise they would be losing £150m a year. Luckily, VPN Unlimited users are now able to easily bypass BBC iPlayer geo-blocking. Want to know how? Let’s figure out together.

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Policy and its enforcement

BBC iPlayer is known to be the most convenient streaming service of live and catch up TV among the British ones. Also, it includes such British channels as: BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, cBBC, BBC News, Radio 1, etc. And surely you’ve heard about its’ popular shows like Doctor Who, The Voice UK, MasterChef, Life in Squares, etc. Unfortunately, this service is available in the UK only. And even if you are British, while travelling abroad, you won’t be able to access it and watch your favorite shows without a virtual private network. These kind of apps hide your real IP and make it look like, for instance, that of a British user.

According to BBC News, more than 65 million people access BBC iPlayer using virtual private networks. The research was conducted across 34 countries (including China, the US, France, Germany, Ireland, India, and Brazil). 38,5 million are thought to be from China. The research showed that, despite the fact that iPlayer is geo-restricted and available for British people only, it actually has “a huge global audience”.

Research show that, despite the fact that iPlayer is geo-restricted and available for British people only, it actually has “a huge global audience”. Click To Tweet

As a result, this UK’s national broadcaster continues to increase the rigidity of its terms of use. For instance, since September 1, 2016, in order to watch iPlayer you would have to own British TV licenсe. And since January 1, 2017, to buy a subscription of BBC iPlayer you have to enter a British postcode to a registration form. Moreover, you can’t access it with your everyday proxy-server any more because of BBC’s proxy blockers. Only high-quality virtual private network, like VPN Unlimited, can circumvent BBCs geo-restriction.

Step-by-step guide on how to access BBC iPlayer:

  1. Get VPN Unlimited.
    • If you are a new user, create your KeepSolid ID and try a 7-day FREE trial .
    • If your trial period has expired, take a look at our plans to buy the VPN subscription that is most suitable for you.
  2. Choose UK-South BBC iPlayer server at the Servers tab and turn it on. If you are British and already have a BBC account, skip step 3.
  3. Create BBC account.
    • Choose United Kingdom in the Country section.
    • Enter any random Hampshire postcode in the Postcode section.
    • Click I have a TV license (they won’t actually check it).
  4. Enjoy BBC iPlayer with no geo-restriction!

Get KeepSolid VPN Unlimited today and watch BBC iPlayer in the US and elsewhere

P.S.: Check out our detailed manual with screenshots of each step for your best convenience.


  1. When I select the Streaming BBC iPlayer, Hampshire server, it will only connect me to the Manassas, Virginia, USA server. Why is this?

  2. BBC iPlayer is not working anymore

    • Hi DAP,
      That was a short-time issue which has been already resolved by our technical experts. Try the BBC iPlayer server now, it should work properly. If not, reach out to our customer support at [email protected].

  3. I’ve been happily streaming Match Of The Day for the past month or so, but over the last couple days BBC iPlayer is telling me that the content is not available in my location. Have BBC changed settings on their end to detect the use of VPN Unlimited?

    Anyone seeing this? I’m based in California and having this issue on iPad and laptop.

  4. It was working for months, but this week I get the warning: “BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues.” Did something change?

  5. I’ve only seen this appear whilst in Vietnam. It’s not available in Hong Kong or mainland China 😕

    • Hello Simon,
      This issue is caused by the technical limitations set by the Chinese government. Right now we provide 6 VPN regions for our users in China: CA, US, UK, DE, SG, HK. Our team is currently working on solution that will allow our users from China to access BBC iPlayer. Stay tuned!

  6. Sounds good, but I can’t see those servers listed? Only UK server I see is UK Plus London, I’m running the latest app.

  7. I am excited at the prospect of accessing the BBC iPlayer thanks to my subscription to KeepSolid. But where do I find the location menu to enable me to get started?

  8. Tried the BBC registration and it keeps telling me the post codes is too short!! Tried a number of them

  9. what about itv player

  10. It doesn’t work for me. When I set the post codes, it always says the post code is too short. I don’t know what problem it is.

  11. Is there any way to add the iplayer app to an Apple TV (latest version) in the US?

    • Hello Michael,
      Based on the latest information, BBC iPlayer should be available on Apple TV now. We recommend to establish a VPN connection (UK-South BBC iPlayer server) on your Apple TV (via a router or through a network sharing), then install the BBC iPlayer app and login to your BBC account.
      Instructions on how to create a BBC account are described in the article.
      If you have more questions, reach us out at [email protected].

  12. I have tried each step carefully, but In BBC Registration stops showing that postcode is too short.:: while using ie BH23 ?
    Please advise ,Alexandros

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