The annual awards show of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will be held on February 18. The biggest stars of British film will be there. Here is a guide to watching this exciting event online, using a web-browser or Kodi.
What is Kodi?
Kodi is media player software that allows users to play movies, TV shows, music, and other media saved on a device or streamed from the Internet. It lets users integrate all of their sources together, instead of having to switch between different browsers and software. It also blocks advertisements from many streaming sites. It can be installed on Amazon Fire Stick, Nvidia Shield, Apple TV, PC, Mac, or Android or iOS smartphone.
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Warning: Kodi should only be used for content to which you have the legal right to access. Neither the Kodi Foundation nor Comparitech advocates the use of Kodi for piracy.
Always use a VPN when streaming video
Whether you use Kodi or a web browser to stream video, you should always pair it with a virtual private network (VPN). VPNs protect you from man-in-the-middle attacks by hackers, speed throttling by ISPs, and geographic content-blocking by streaming services (so you can watch content in any country). They help keep your online activity private and your data secure.
Not all VPNs work well for streaming video though. Some keep logs of users’ streaming habits, creating data that could reveal private information if it got into the wrong hands. Most VPNs don’t have apps for TV streaming devices like the Amazon Fire Stick, making them difficult to use if you are not watching TV on a PC or phone. Most VPNs have only a few servers that are sometimes too congested with traffic to play hi-def video without buffering. Some also don’t have servers in enough countries to consistently get around geoblocks.
Because of these problems, we recommend IPVanish to streaming video users. It has over 1,000 servers, giving you more options to keep your connection speed high and avoid traffic congestion. It has servers in over 60 different countries, making it easy to bypass geoblocks. IPVanish also keeps no logs and has a native app for the Amazon Fire Stick.
BBC iPlayer blocks IPVanish servers. So if you want to use BBC iPlayer to watch the BAFTA awards, we recommend using Express VPN instead (it works fine with Kodi too). However, IPVanish is good for all other options mentioned here.
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How to watch BAFTA film awards online
The BAFTA film awards are being broadcast this year on BBC One, so being able to watch them online comes down to being able to watch BBC One with a web-browser. Here are a few options that will allow you to do this.
The BBC iPlayer gives you access to all of the BBC channels from a PC or mobile device. In order to legally watch BBC iPlayer, you need to reside in the U.K. and have purchased a TV license. If you live in the U.K. but are temporarily traveling outside of the country, BBC iPlayer content will be blocked unless you are using a VPN to hide your location.
Also, note that BBC iPlayer blocks some known VPN servers completely. However, we have found in our own testing that ExpressVPN servers are not blocked by iPlayer. ExpressVPN offers a similar service to IPVanish with a nearly equivalent number of servers, high speeds, is one of the only other VPN services other than IPVanish to include an available app for the Amazon Fire Stick.
The awards show begins at 4:30 p.m. on February 18. When you are ready to watch, navigate to https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer, click the channels drop-down menu, and select One.
Related article: How to watch BBC iPlayer outside of the U.K.
TVPlayer.com is another way to see BBC programming online. Just as with BBC iPlayer, you need to reside in the U.K. and have a TV license to view it legally. TVPlayer blocks anyone without a U.K. IP address. Unlike with BBC iPlayer, TVPlayer.com doesn’t appear to block known VPN servers.
To watch the awards ceremony, navigate to TVPlayer.com. Then click watch now. From the channel menu on the right, click BBC One.
Zattoo is a free over-the-top TV service located in Switzerland. It offers a wide-variety of German and British TV channels to residents of Switzerland. Its free package includes BBC One. To use Zattoo, you will need to sign up with a name and email address. There is no credit card or street address required. Anyone connecting to Zattoo with an IP address from outside of Switzerland will be blocked from accessing it. However, this service does not appear to be blocking VPN servers.
To view the awards ceremony, log into the official Zattoo website. Once the advertisement finishes playing, click the general interest tab and then click the sixth channel from the top, which is BBC One. Another advertisement will play, and then the live broadcast will display.
How to watch BAFTA film awards on Kodi
If you want to watch the awards show on your TV device, using Kodi instead of a browser, here are your options.
iPlayer WWW Kodi addon
The iPlayer Kodi addon will allow you to connect to bbc.co.uk/iplayer and play videos without using a web-browser. It can be found in the official Kodi repository. To install it, click addons from the Kodi main menu. Then click download → video addons → iPlayer WWW → install.
Zattoo Box Kodi addon
The Zattoo Box Kodi addon will allow you to connect to Zattoo without using a web-browser. It can be found in the official Kodi repository. To install it, click addons → download → video addons → Zattoo Box → install.
Once you’ve got Zattoo Box installed, right-click it and select information. From there, click configure and input your username and password in the fields provided. After this step, click OK and then Open. You’ll see options to view “live TV – favorites,” “live TV – all channels,” or “Recordings.” Select live TV – all channels. From the channel menu that appears, select BBC One.
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The 2018 BAFTA awards promises to be an exciting event. Whether you want to watch online with a web-browser or with Kodi, there are several options to choose from, including BBC iPlayer, TVPlayer, and Zattoo.
If you’ve enjoyed this article and want to read more about how to find TV and movies online, check out our other guides. For example, how to watch Brit awards with Kodi or online streaming, how to watch premier league online without cable, or how to watch NBA All-Star online or on Kodi.