His Dark Materials is set to premiere Sunday, November 3 at 8 PM GMT (4 PM EST / 1 PM PST) on BBC One. While you can watch His Dark Materials free on BBC iPlayer, you’ll need a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to watch from abroad as this platform’s content is geo-restricted. If you try to watch from outside the UK you’ll see the following message: “BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues.”
We’re only recommending official sources for watching the new His Dark Materials TV series online. The reason for this is that unauthorized streams are typically low resolution with poor overall performance and usually not legal. You may well find that an unlicensed source is regularly interrupted by buffering and lag. Additionally, unofficial streams run the risk of being taken offline for copyright infringement. Fortunately, you can watch His Dark Materials online for free on BBC iPlayer.
His Dark Materials will only be available on region-locked platforms. As such, you’ll need a VPN in order to watch from outside the UK.
How to watch His Dark Materials online free
The good news is that it’s quick and easy to set up a VPN and unblock BBC iPlayer abroad. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to watch His Dark Materials from wherever you are in the world.
Here’s how to watch His Dark Materials online free from abroad:
- Sign up with a VPN that unblocks BBC iPlayer. We recommend ExpressVPN. However, NordVPN and CyberGhost also work with BBC iPlayer and offer great value for money.
- Download and install a VPN app or browser extension. Make sure it’s the correct version for your device (the device from which you want to watch His Dark Materials).
- Open the VPN app or browser extension and connect to a server in the UK. This will get you the British IP address needed to unblock BBC iPlayer from abroad.
- Go to BBC iPlayer and sign up for a free account, providing an email address and creating a password. You’ll also be asked for the following information: your date of birth, country, and a UK postcode (any UK postal code will do).
- Test your VPN by selecting a live stream of one of the BBC channels (His Dark Materials will be broadcast on BBC One). The content should now be unblocked!
Still having trouble watching BBC iPlayer? Try clearing your browser’s cache and cookies to make sure your previous IP address has been forgotten. It may also be worth connecting to another UK server in case the IP address you’re using has been blacklisted.
How to watch His Dark Materials free on UK TV
You can watch His Dark Materials online free on BBC iPlayer. This requires you to have a BBC iPlayer account but creating one is free and only takes a minute. There’s no need to worry if you miss an episode either, as BBC iPlayer makes it’s content available on-demand for several weeks after airing.
BBC iPlayer is only available in the UK, so if you are traveling abroad you won’t be able to watch it. This means you’ll need a VPN in order to live stream His Dark Materials abroad (outside the UK). By connecting to a server in the UK, you can get a UK IP address to unblock BBC iPlayer from anywhere. ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. This means you can try it out with BBC iPlayer and receive a full refund if it doesn’t meet your expectations.
Where else can I watch His Dark Materials online?
The BBC isn’t the only place where you can watch His Dark Materials. In fact, this is a joint production with HBO. While His Dark Materials will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on November 3, it will come to HBO a day later on November 4. HBO is available in the US and dozens of countries worldwide. This includes Canada, China, and Spain.
While BBC iPlayer is free to watch, HBO is a subscription service. There are a number of ways in which you can watch HBO. You may find that you can add it to your existing TV package (prices vary). This would allow you to watch via the HBO Go app. However, there’s also the option to go cable-free with HBO Now. While subscription prices vary by country, a US HBO subscription costs $14.99 USD per month. This includes a 7-day free trial (the free trial period also varies by country and can be as long as one month).
If you’re outside of the USA you can still access your HBO account and content with a VPN and watch His Dark Materials. ExpressVPN is your best bet (not all VPNs work with HBO).
Lastly, HBO can also be accessed via various streaming services including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Hulu, AT&T TV, PlayStation Vue, and The Roku Channel. Like BBC iPlayer, HBO is geo-blocked. If you’re in a country in which HBO isn’t available or you want to watch another country’s version of HBO, you’ll need a VPN.
Can I use a free VPN to watch His Dark Materials online?
Unfortunately, many free VPNs are unable to unblock BBC iPlayer or HBO. What’s worse, those that can unblock such streaming services tend to be far too slow. Free VPNs are notorious for their slow speeds and performance issues including lag and buffering. Needless to say, this may hinder your enjoyment of His Dark Materials.
Another reason why we advise caution with free VPNs is their lack of security. A quality VPN should encrypt your data and include a no-logs policy to protect your privacy. However, some free VPNs fail to offer such features. In fact, some actually log the browsing data of users and sell it to third parties. For these reasons, we feel that free VPNs just aren’t worth the risk.
What can we expect from His Dark Materials?
His Dark Materials is a British fantasy-adventure series based on the novel series by Philip Pullman. Set in an alternative world in which humans have animal companions known as dæmons, His Dark Material follows Lyra, a young orphan girl living with scholars at Jordan College, Oxford, who discovers a dangerous secret and goes in search of her missing friend.
The first season consists of eight episodes and will follow the events of Northern Lights, the first book in His Dark Materials trilogy. The show has already been renewed for a second season, made up of a further eight episodes to follow the events of sequel The Subtle Knife. It’s therefore likely that there will be a third season based on the final book, The Amber Spyglass.
Who is in the cast of His Dark Materials?
His Dark Materials has attracted an impressive cast. James McAvoy will star as Lord Asriel while Ruth Wilson portrays Mrs. Coulter. Dafne Keen plays the young protagonist, Lyra. Further cast members include The Wire’s Clarke Peters (The Master) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator and star of the musical Hamilton) as Lee Scoresby.