BBC iPlayer is a television, streaming and video on demand (catch up) service from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The BBC is a public service broadcaster.

If you have ever been on a BBC news website you may have seen a prominent link to the BBC iPlayer. Most TV shows remain on the iPlayer to watch for 30 days.

From America it is not normally possible to watch BBC iPlayer because anyone trying to use the service from outside the UK is blocked. For example, if you try and watch Killing Eve on iPlayer you will be met with the message

"BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues."

This may be a legitimate reason if you just want to watch the latest BBC dramas but there is plenty of other BBC content that many think they should be able to view.

News programmes - the BBC is world renown for its editorial independence. In the world of 'fake news' people should have access to great TV news content.

Children's programmes - the BBC has some great kids content. This can also be especially useful if you want to improve the children's language skills if English is not their first language or just be happy knowing your children are watching quality TV suitable for their age.

Political discussion - the BBC has a broad range of political content. Whether you are a student, ex-pat or just a politics junkie having access to these types of programmes will broaden your mind and give you a better understanding of the politics behind the news.

There are a few ways to watch BBC iPlayer from America

Some people use a virtual private network (VPN) which masks the user's IP address and makes it seem as though a person is the UK rather than America.

Others use a proxy server much to the same effect - hiding one's IP address to make it look as though a person is located in the UK.

For a decent VPN you will need to download software and pay a monthly fee. Most work reasonably well once installed though it can have the effect of slowing down your overall internet connection speed.

At Beebs we provide a one click proxy server system operated by a simple Google Chrome Extension meaning just the BBC iPlayer site is connected. It is smoother, simpler and faster than a VPN. An ideal solution to being able to watch BBC iPlayer from America.

Follow these simple steps to watch BBC iPlayer from America

    1. Download Chrome Browser, if you're not already using it.

    2. Install Beebs, this nifty tool redirects all your BBC requests.

    3. The BBC iPlayer will reload and begin to work from America.