How to register a BBC iPlayer account when overseas

Luke Riley
How to register a BBC iPlayer account when overseas

Want to watch British TV from anywhere?

Simply install the Beebs extension

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Accessing programming on British streaming services like ITV Hub, All4 and BBC iPlayer is usually a challenge if you're overseas. This is true even for those paying for a highly-rated or expensive VPN.

Unfortunately, British channels have been hitting back and are winning the battle against the VPNs. This is one of the main reasons why we have developed Beebs to combat exactly this. Unlike most VPNs, Beebs has a dedicated team that focuses on the constant and ever-changing battle to access these British video-on-demand services that we love so much.

In this post, we will guide you on how you can watch programming from BBC iPlayer once you have subscribed to Beebs.


Before we start...

If you want to gain access to stream BBC iPlayer, here are the steps you should follow:

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

2. Install the Beebs Chrome Extension and subscribe.

3. Head over to BBC iPlayer and we can get under way with our guide.


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How to register for BBC iPlayer even when overseas  

Since 2017, the BBC has required all users to register for a free account when using the BBC iPlayer service. This is one measure to ensure that those using are from the United Kingdom, while also as a tool for the service to recommend relevant shows and movies to viewers. With that being said, this isn't a difficult roadblock for people outside the UK to get past. All that is required is the correct answers to the requests. Here's a step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Age Requirement

Once you are clicked through to the BBC iPlayer account registration page, be sure to indicate that your are "16 and Over" and submit your DOB (can be real or not). This will ensure that you will have access to all the available programmes.

Step 2: Personal Details  

Next you'll be asked to provide an email address and a password which will be your the login details for future use if you are required to sign in again in the future. Be sure to use a real email address so that you can be directed back to the BBC iPlayer once the registration has finished.

Step 3: Location + Postcode for BBC iPlayer

It sounds obvious, but make sure you indicate that you are located/living within the United Kingdom, otherwise the BBC iPlayer registration process will end. Enter in a vailed postcode from anywhere within the UK (for example L4 0RG).

Step 4: BBC Newsletter

The final pop-up is regarding newsletters that the BBC will send to your email. It's up to you if you wish to say yes or no to this feature.

Once you have fulfilled this last pop-up you are free to watch BBC iPlayer!

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Enjoy Sport on BBC iPlayer

Now that you have free-reign over the BBC iPlayer, it's time to explore what there is to stream. BBC iPlayer has stepped up this year in terms of its sports coverage. Right now you can tune in to watch the Six Nations Rugby Championship. Finding a live stream of the Six Nations Rugby in English was always a pain, but now you know exactly where to find it. More great news has been that the BBC has also gained the rights to stream the FA Cup live.

The FA Cup is unlike any other competition. In our humble opinion, having access to this alone is the worth the price of admission for Beebs. It is hard not to get nostalgic thinking about football when it was possible to attend with thousands of other spectators. We've attached a compilation of a classic dual fought out for years between Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

Want to watch British TV from anywhere?

Simply install the Beebs extension

Get Beebs for Chrome