How to watch BBC iPlayer from France
Make no mistake, France produces some world class TV but there are times whether you live, work or are just visiting that it would be nice to watch the BBC iPlayer in your own language.
Whether that be news programmes, the latest dramas, children's TV (CBeebies or CBBC) having the option to tune into iplayer when the need arises would be awesome.
It is ironic that if the BBC iPlayer was a paid for service, like the ITV Hub+ then under EU law it would have to be available to any British citizen living, working or travelling in France.
However, the BBC iPlayer is free in the UK (putting aside licence arguments) and therefore is unavailable to anyone without a UK IP address.
What are the options to watch the BBC iPlayer from France?
There are probably just three options:
1) VPN (Virtual Private Network)
Easily the most popular way of unblocking the BBC iPlayer. However a little technical knowledge is needed and once you have connected through the software your internet connection will slow down for all websites you visit.
2) Proxy Server
Hogs less resources than a VPN and generally a little bit cheaper. Finding a reliable and stable server to watch the iPlayer from France or other countries is a little tricky - you may be overwhelmed by a web search unless you know exactly what you are looking for.
3) Google Chrome Extension
Chrome extensions are basically little programmes that add new features to your browser. Many people use Adblock and Adblock Plus extensions and hardly notice them working away in the background.
Once installed, you click on the extension icon and are connected to a server located in the UK and are able to easily view iPlayer or other UK geoblocked channels.
Search the Chrome Web Store if you like but we at Beebs think we have the best iPlayer solution right here. Lightweight, fast and reliable. Be on the BBC in a couple of clicks.
Follow these simple steps to watch BBC iPlayer from France
Want to watch British TV from anywhere?
Simply install the Beebs extension