How To Get BBC iPlayer Abroad – The Ultimate Guide

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The Guide That Shows You How To Get BBC iPlayer Outside The United KingdomSo you want to get the BBC iPlayer abroad.

No problem, I can help you with the iPlayer but if you miss the tea, crumpets, rain and royal family I can’t do much there… sorry.

But I’m sure that after you read this guide on how to get the BBC iPlayer from outside the UK you will be more than delighted because it’s brilliant.

In today’s day and age with the internet some people are shocked to find that certain sites are blocked because of where you live.   You are not alone in your thinking that it’s called the world wide web (www) and everything should be accessible to everyone.

Since you’re here I’m guessing that you have already seen this when you tried to head over to the BBC’s iPlayer:

They Try To Tell You That You Can't Get The BBC iPlayer Abroad

Helping you get around these geographically blocked sites is the number one reason why I spend an outrageous amount of time researching, testing and writing these guides.

I am here to help you watch the BBC iPlayer from where you live aboard even if you have a bit of a dry sense of humor.

Okay, in all seriousness here are the steps to make this happen.

Step 1: Get Yourself The Amazing HMA

If you don’t already know, HMA has a bit of a naughty name but don’t worry, it’s safe for work and probably is really tame for kids these days.  We just like to keep it family friendly and clean here at so we will always refer to it as HMA.

Now that we have the formal introduction out of the way let me tell you why I refer to HMA as “The Amazing HMA“.  What this lightweight software does is allow you to virtually reside in the United Kingdom which allows you to appear to the BBC that you’re living in the UK.

Since with HMA you can virtually reside in the UK, when you go to access the BBC iPlayer from abroad you will be able to access the entire BBC library as if you were sitting in London, Manchester or Glasgow.

Trust me, HMA is the real deal Holyfield.

Step 2: Make HMA Even More Amazing (A Quick Setup Guide)

There is only one setting that you need to put in place to get HMA optimized to stream the BBC iPlayer from anywhere.   After you have downloaded HMA you will want to navigate to the download page on the top left of your account page.

Watching BBC iPlayer Outside UK Is Possible After You Download HMA

Once HMA is installed on your computer (you can set it up on your iPhone, android, iPad, tablet or other smartphone and even your linux machine) you will see the dashboard where you will change the “quick VPN country change” to “Random Europe – United Kingdom”.  This setting will randomly select one of the 26 server locations in the United Kingdom.

Step 2 To Watch BBC iPlayer Abroad Is A Matter Of Picking Your Location

It’s good to choose this option when you’re trying to watch the BBC from around the world as each time you log into HMA it will connect you to a new server thus “keeping it fresh” with the BBC so they don’t catch onto your sneaky ways.

Every now and then the BBC will give you some sort of message that they detect you’re using a proxy and to log off and try the BBC again.  Simply change your HMA location in the UK and try the BBC again.  With 3,349 unique IP address (and counting) in the United Kingdom at your disposal you won’t have any problems watching the BBC from anywhere.

Step 3: Watch All The Dry Humor You Can on the BBC iPlayer Abroad

Since you’re probably after the dry English humor you miss so much from your days of living, or visiting, England we’re proud and happy to say that by following those two easy steps above you’re are now 100% set up to watch the BBC programming from their iPlayer from anywhere you want in the WWW (whole wide world).

You Can Easily Be Watching The BBC iPlayer Abroad

The B-B-Botton Line When It Comes To The BBC

There is some amazing content that you won’t be able to access unless you have an account with HMA.  We know that you’re probably thinking twice about HMA because it’s $6.55/month.

Trust me, I wish it was free too.  But I also know, from experience, that HMA is worth more than 10 times what they charge.  When you add up all of the content you can access because of the $6.55 you spend on HMA each month you too will realize that HMA should charge way more for what they give you.  But hey, if you don’t tell HMA they should charge more than I won’t either!

Just to let you know, beyond being able to access the BBC iPlayer from where you are in the world you can also access Hulu, Hulu Plus, US Netflix, Spotify, Pandora Radio and so so so much more.  The $6.55 is worth it.

Level Up Your BBC iPlayer Experience

Now, most computer and laptop screens are just as good and some of them just as big as most TVs these days.  That being said, if you want to be able to watch your favorite BBC show on your big screen TV there are a couple of ways you can do this.

The easiest is simply by connecting your computer or your laptop to your HDTV by using an HDMI cable.  Most computers these days have HDMI cable outputs build directly into them which means you just need to unplug your DVD player and plug in your computer.  That way you don’t even have to buy a new HDMI cable!

You can, of course, get a new cable for a few bucks on amazon so you can have a dedicated HDMI cable for your computer so you can enhance your viewing experience.

Pro Tip: HMA has three different price points based on how long you sign up for. If you sign up for a month-to-month plan it will be $11.52 per month. If you sign up for a year HMA offers a massive 43% discount so you are only paying $6.55 per month. Our recommendation to you is take advantage of HMA’s pricing on the year long term since they also offer a money back guarantee. Sign up and lock in the 43% discount and try HMA for the 30-days and see if you love getting access to BBC iPlayer, Hulu, US Netflix, Pandora, Spotify and so much more from anywhere in the world. If you don’t, just ask for a refund.

If you have enjoyed this guide please stop by and let us know on our facebook page which BBC show is your favorite and why you’re so excited to be able to access the BBC iPlayer abroad.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Keif June 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm

This makes living in America just that much better!




Brent December 27, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Glad you’re enjoying it!


Han Leifman December 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I spent about 18 months off and on working in the UK and I grew to love some of their shows over there. I have been having withdrawals from not being able to watch them for too long so I decided to see if “The Google” could help me out and that is how I found your website. I’m not watching the BBC and am a happy camper once again. Thanks!


Brent December 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm

How was your time living in the UK?!? Sounds awesome! I’m glad that my little guide here was able to help you get reconnected to your favorite shows from the UK. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment :).


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