BBC iPlayer doesn't work outside the UK - more money down the drain

That wonderfully British institution the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) offers a TV catch up service powered by it's own free downloadable media player called iPlayer.

Once you've downloaded and installed it you simply choose the BBC program you want to watch that you missed or maybe want to see again and hey presto. Well that is of course assuming you're based in the UK.

It seems the BBC is still working on some mumbo jumbo to allow this service to be available for use outside the UK. What grates me is that everyone in the UK HAS to pay a license fee of £139.50 to the BBC every year regardless of whether you watch the BBC or not (just because you have a TV that is capable of receiving BBC channels you HAVE to pay - that's one of the barmy laws we unfortunately have to suffer).

Now I missed last Saturday's Dr. Who as I was out of the country. "No problem" I thought "I'll use iPlayer to watch it" which is when I first discovered this issue. Now the fact of the matter is that I have paid for the right to watch BBC programs courtesy of my license fee but what good is this if you can't do this abroad?

Heard of the BBC World Service? Shame it's only limited to radio in this day and age.

Bottom line is this - if you're a fan of any BBC program (Dr. Who, The Apprentice, Eastenders, etc.) and planning a holiday abroad make sure you set the video or PVR to record your shows as iPlayer is as much use as a chocolate teapot abroad.

Maybe I should sue the BBC for the false slogan on the iPlayer website:

"Making the unmissable, unmissable"

of maybe it's time Sir Alan Sugar said to the chairman of the BBC:

"You're fired".

Published Wednesday, May 21, 2008 10:57 AM by chobbs
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# BBC iPlayer doesn't work outside the UK - more money down the drain

That wonderfully British institution the British Broadcasting Corporation ( BBC ) offers a TV catch up

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 7:04 AM by chobbs

# how to watch bbc iplayer outside the uk

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008 10:02 AM by how to watch bbc iplayer outside the uk

# re: BBC iPlayer doesn't work outside the UK - more money down the drain

...Or you can get a UK VPN account and get your traffic tunneled through a UK IP address. This will make you appear as in the UK.

A direct consequence will be that BBC's iplayer will start working.

All good, I'd say, no more lost favorite shows :)

Here's a suggestion, there are others as well:

<a href="http://www.happyvpn.net">Happy VPN</a>.

Monday, November 24, 2008 8:00 PM by kojnp

# re: BBC iPlayer doesn't work outside the UK - more money down the drain

I've researched several ways of doing this. The best is a VPN service that gives you a UK IP address. They are all pretty much the same (PPTP and L2TP/IPSec), but they vary in price and reliability. You can get a free trial to test this solution out at www.UKiVPN.com This is also the cheapest service and is very reliable. Works on my PC and iPhone - but it says it also works with Mac.

Thursday, December 04, 2008 2:37 PM by Cathy