All the UK major TV stations broadcast online, however none of these are accessible when you’re outside the UK. Instead you’ll either get blocked or like the BBC you’ll get redirected to an ‘International’ version which has no video or live streams available.
Here’s the screen of the BBC International version:
You’ll notice several differences from the domestic BBC screen:
- Redirected to BBC.COM
- Different Design
- No TV Link
- No BBC iPlayer Link
It’s designed for a different audience, that is anyone connecting from outside the UK. It’s still a great news site but unfortunately it’s missing the core of the BBC content i.e. all the Live TV, Radio and archived shows. You can’t watch the BBC stations live and also the stuff that has already been broadcast is missing too.
The BBC site determines your location based on a single piece of information – your IP address. Every address is registered to a specific country and effectively determines where you are connecting from. So a UK based IP address would get the full BBC site with access to all the programmes whilst any other address is redirected to the international version.
Fortunately there is a workaround and it involves using a piece of software which can effectively hide your real location from anyone. It’s called a VPN (Virtual Private Network) and it gives you complete control over what you can access online – you can even watch the BBC from Australia without an issue.
This video shows how you can use one of these. Using a simple secure method for hiding your real location and keeping your connection details private. It’s a trick used by millions and you can see the VPN in action here controlling the location each web site sees when connecting. Using the program demonstrated effectively opens up all the UK Television stations online irrespective of your location.
So yes you can stream UK TV stations abroad directly to your computer whilst on holiday, travelling or simply because you prefer British TV stations to the local versions wherever you happen to be.