I’m writing this post as a result of a brief visit to Sweden, I wasn’t there long and visited two places both which I really loved. First I went to a place called Lund a medieval city with a cool cathedral and a great University. After a few meetings there I finished off by travelling to Stockholm a wonderful city to visit.
Sweden is a great place, the people are very friendly – it’s easy to get around as nearly every one speaks English (I know that sounds bad and I’m trying to learn Swedish). It just feels a safe and hospitable place, my only slight reservations that nearly everyone seems better looking and taller than me.
I learnt to love a few things, ice hockey is actually quite exciting and the Swedes make great breakfasts! However as always when travelling I get a little homesick, and this is the subject of this post a solution to this problem – how to watch the BBC in Sweden. It does make a difference, being able to watch the wonderful BBC channels whilst you’re abroad and indeed lots of Swedish people love the BBC too – so here’s the method.
BBC VPN Sverige – Watching BBC iPlayer in Sweden
As soon as you step onto Swedish soil and connect to the internet, you are effectively a Swedish web surfer. There’s nothing particularly surprising about that, you’ll get the Swedish version of Google, Swedish based web results and you’ll be able to access Swedish only media sites without problem. However you’ll also lose access to a host of the best UK only sites including the wonderful BBC iPlayer.
I discovered this when logging into to the BBC website from my Lund hotel room. It was Saturday night and I was looking forward to watching Match of the Day online live on my computer, alas it wasn’t to be.
The BBC and the iPlayer application is limited to the UK only and if you log on to the internet from any other country then you’ll get blocked like this. It’s basically all down to the IP address which is assigned when you connect, to access the BBC you need a UK IP address which you’ll only get if you connect from inside Britain.
Although it’s pretty much impossible to change you IP address directly, there is a workaround of hiding your real address by using something called a Virtual private network (VPN). Here’s how it works –
As you can see, it’s not necessary to change your IP address but merely have the ability to be able to hide your real location. Using a VPN service with a large infrastructure you are able to switch your IP address at will. So for bypassing content blocks you merely select a server in the country you need, so for the BBC pick a UK one, for US Netflix choose a US one and so on. The BBC iPlayer VPN workaround is used by literally millions across the world.
When you don’t need to bypass these blocks either select the same country as you’re actually in so that your internet connection is encrypted or disconnect the connection and revert to your actual IP address.
Over the years all proxies and many VPN services have been blocked by some of the major media sites. Indeed when the BBC iPlayer detecting VPN services in 2017 it caused some worry. However many are still working fine and are not accessible by the BBC,for example Identity Cloaker is still working perfectly with the BBC iPlayer abroad and in fact all the major media sites.