The most popular way of accessing the BBC iPlayer is by using a VPN (or a virtual private network to give it is full title).

A VPN is a piece of paid-for downloadable software which once configured will allow a person to appears as though their computer is located in a country of their choice.

This is important because the BBC iPlayer runs a check when you try to connect to their servers and refuses to allow anyone without a UK ip address to watch the BBC.

You will get this message: “BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues”

A VPN will give you a UK ip address without having to be physically located there.

Before searching for a VPN to download, you should be aware of the following issues;

VPNs take control of your whole internet connection. This means it can slow down your web connection if you have other tabs and pages open.

Connecting to the BBC iPlayer with a VPN is not a simple process. You will need at least some level of technical ability. It is not a one-click solution.

VPNs are heavy on resources and will slow down your computer’s efficiency if using other programmes like Skype or Word.

For anyone looking for a cleaner, simple solution to connect to the BBC without a VPN, we have developed one at Beebs where you just need a Google Chrome Extension.

Sure, it uses VPN technology but you only connect to one webpage at a time, be that if you are connecting to the iplayer, accessing ITV from abroad or Channel 4 from outside the UK.

Follow these simple steps to watch the BBC iPlayer

    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, and you can watch the BBC iPlayer from outside the UK