The BBC has an amazing range of fantastic programs available for streaming online if you reside in the UK. Trying to access the programing outside the UK will just give you the message: “Not available in your area” – unless you use the following trick.
See just like any other online service the BBC iPlayer will take a look at your IP-address to determine your location. An IP-address is a unique number that any device connection to the Internet needs in order to communicate. Fear not the solution is very simple.
What we need is to use is a VPN connection. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and when we connect to such a network we will have the server act as a middleman between the BBC iPlayer and us. Since we will be connecting to a server in the United Kingdom the iPlayer will think we are UK residents and let us stream. It is that simple.
First of all it is important to use a VPN service that has a server located in the United Kingdom, and secondly it needs to be able to handle the a large bandwidth. I have tried a couple of different providers and the one that worked the best was by far Hide My Ass.
The connection works on Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone and Android devices, so you can use it any device normally used for the BBC iPlayer. Setting up the connection is super easy and you will get a mail with instructions when you have ordered the connection. It is simply a matter of copy pasting in the server info and username/password from Hide My Ass