For a weekend trip to Dublin when the FA CUP is on, this is a crucial question – does BBC iPlayer work in Ireland! or outside the UK! Now the corporation may have lost most of the premium football games, but they still have the FA Cup, Match of the Day and regional football broadcasts. So although it’s great to watch some top of the table Premiership clash on Sky, for the average football fan like me who unfortunately supports a team outside the Football league the BBC channels are a lifeline.
How to Get BBC Iplayer in Ireland
My favorite Saturday would be a trip to the wonderful city of Dublin, a few quiet beers and retiring and watching BBC, perhaps Match of the Day followed by the BBC News at my hotel. Which should be easily accomplished using the BBC website, except it doesn’t work in Ireland at all. In this post-Brexit, border building world – for some reason Ireland is considered a foreign country and BBC license payers are blocked from watching British TV from there. If you took a TV and a powerful aerial, perhaps you could watch it on the roof of your hotel and get most of the BBC channels but the convenience of streaming BBC iPlayer Ireland is inaccessible.
It’s something to do with licensing I suppose which you can confirm if you search the BBC site for information, however I think a little slack should have been applied to our closest neighbour. I can’t really see the harm in allowing BBC iplayer Ireland access, although interestingly, you can’t watch RTE’s (Ireland’s national broadcaster) web content from the UK either. Fortunately it’s only blocked by the tediously annoying IP addressing region locking which seems to be used all over the web.
That is if you don’t have a UK IP address then you can’t access BBC iPlayer and the live streams. I should point out that this restriction doesn’t apply to Northern Ireland where you can watch BBC iPlayer without restriction. For everywhere else you just have to pretend you’ve got a UK address and you’ll be fine – here’s how it’s done:
The video will show you how you will be able to access BBC iPlayer in Ireland or any other country outside the UK for that matter. The technique is fairly straight forward, you just relay your internet connection through a UK proxy based server. This fools the BBC site into thinking you’re in the UK and everything works fine. Unfortunately the server needs to be really fast and configured securely so that it can’t be detected but there is a growing industry in VPN service providers who can supply these.
It’s worth getting a VPN service that has servers in other countries too, because you’ll find this irritating behaviour happening all over the place especially in the popular online media sites. It’s certainly not restricted to the British Broadcasting Corporation and you’ll notice that it’s also incredibly common on sites like YouTube aswell where videos can be specified to play only in certain countries. Be aware that many of the iplayer videos that suggest using simple proxies are out of date, they no longer work in 2017.
So that’s it, you can travel and enjoy British TV online just use a VPN connection service to trick them. It’s not illegal, or breaching copyright as European rules state that streaming media is not the same as buying or downloading it. Needless to say the BBC don’t like the idea of a global iplayer much and do block loads of these services regularly but if you choose a decent secure one like IDC then you’ll be fine and it will always be available to watch.