BBC iPlayer is a treasure trove of great British content. The unfortunate thing for those of us outside of the UK, however, is that iPlayer is only offered to persons in the United Kingdom.
The BBC iPlayer is only available to those who have a valid BBC TV License. However, even with a valid license, if you’re a UK resident traveling abroad, you won’t be able to access you content. The BBC enacts geographic content blocking to prevent anyone without a UK IP address from gaining access.
That said, if you have your valid TV License and you’re a UK resident traveling abroad, you can access the BBC iPlayer with a VPN like IPVanish.
Note that although you can use a VPN to access iPlayer content without a TV License, doing so is against the law in the UK. Watching the BBC iPlayer content without a valid TV License is considered a criminal offense.
Kodi v17.3 “Krypton” is the latest stable version of Kodi available for download
Install BBC iPlayer Add-on in Kodi
Before we can unblock the iPlayer add-on, we’ll first need to install it. Select Add-ons under the Videos tab in Kodi.
Next, select Get more, which can be found at the bottom of the Add-ons list.
You will then be able to select iPlayer WWW from the new list of items that appears.
Select Install. After a few moments, you will be able to run iPlayer WWW, which is essentially BBC iPlayer for Kodi.
To run iPlayer WWW go to Videos > Add-ons.
Select it from the list of add-ons.
Use IPVanish To Bypass UK Restriction
If you try to play a show with iPlayer WWW outside of the UK, you will be greeted with an error message warning you BBC iPlayer TV programmes are only available in the UK.
Thankfully, you can use IPVanish to get around this. Aside from being an effective workaround to watch BBC iPlayer, IPVanish works with all Kodi add-ons and will keep your activity encrypted and anonymous from prying eyes.
Select Start Now, which is highlighted in the above image, and complete all of the following steps.
After completing the sign-up process, download the IPVanish client for Windows.
Head here to download the client.
After downloading the software, install it and then launch the IPVanish client.
Login with the user details that you created when you first signed up for IPVanish. The first time you sign in, you will be given a short tutorial. It doesn’t hurt to go through it.
After you have finished going through the tutorial, select United Kingdom from the list of countries as pictured below.
Make sure to have Best City and Best Server selected.
Click connect. You will then be prompted to install an IPVanish TAP device.
Please select Install and follow the prompts until completion. You will be notified when the process has been completed successfully. This is a one-off step.
After the installation, click Connect again. You should then be greeted with a screen that says On in the top right hand corner as seen below.
You are connected to the UK VPN. Now head to iPlayer WWW in Kodi in Videos > Add-ons again and select a show you would like to watch.
Voila! You can now catch up on your favorite episodes of The Graham Norton show!
Although this tutorial singles out Windows 8 and 10, IPVanish can also be used on many other devices in conjunction with Kodi such as those running Mac OSX and Android.
As long as the device can run Kodi and IPVanish, this method will work. You can get an idea of which devices you can download IPVanish on here and you can see which devices you can get Kodi on here. Please note that the setup process for IPVanish may vary across the board.