How to watch BBC iPlayer on Kodi (from any location)

Published by on February 12, 2018 in Kodi


The 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 content. The BBC uses 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. If you forgot your login information, you can also still access the iPlayer as login information is asked for, but not required.

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. The BBC iPlayer addon, iPlayer WWW, is available through the official Kodi addon repository.

To locate it, first select Add-ons and then select the Package Symbol on the top left.

bbc iplayer www

From there, select Install from repository.

Kodi17 Krypton install from repository

Next, locate the Kodi addon repository and select it. Then, select Video add-ons. Scroll down to locate the iPlayer WWW addon. 

From there, click on the Install. Button. You’ll see a successful install message pop up on the top right of your screen.

To find your BBC iPlayer WWW addon, go to Addons > Video Add-ons from your Kodi home screen.

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.

iplayer www error message

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.

ipvanish1

Select Start Now, which is highlighted in the above image, and complete all of the following steps.

ipvanish2

After completing the sign-up process, download the IPVanish client for Windows.

Head here to download the client.

ipvanish_windows

After downloading the software, install it and then launch the IPVanish client.

ipvanishclient_1

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.

ipvanishclient_2

After you have finished going through the tutorial, select United Kingdom from the list of countries as pictured below.

ipvanishclient_3

Make sure to have Best City and Best Server selected.

ipvanishclient_4

Click connect. You will then be prompted to install an IPVanish TAP device.

ipvanish_tap

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.

ipvanishtapsuccess

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.

ipvanish_uk_connection_on

You are connected to the UK VPN. Now head to iPlayer WWW  again and select a show you would like to watch.

bbc iplayer www

Voila! You can now catch up on your favorite episodes of The Graham Norton show!

Final Thoughts

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.

6 thoughts on “How to watch BBC iPlayer on Kodi (from any location)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *