Despite all the political upheavals in the UK, or perhaps because of them, many people are still swapping the cold, grey climate of the UK for the warmer climes of Spain. Makes sense really, especially for people looking for a place to retire who are are financially secure. After all we all feel the cold when we get older and the Mediterranean climate is much easier on aging bones! Yet moving to a different country is difficult at any age but can be especially difficult in later years.
However the internet can be a huge help for those who have moved abroad, for keeping in touch with relatives, following the news, ordering those UK only essentials and keeping up with your local football team. One of the disappointments people encounter though when moving to Spain is that they cannot easily access UK television channels online like the BBC iPlayer, so here’s a solution.
How to Watch UK TV Online in Spain
This example is going to use a PC but you can use the same software to do the same on a Mac, tablet, smartphone or even one of those media streaming devices. The method changes slightly but the principle is exactly the same. The reason you can’t access any of the UK TV online channels in Spain is because they all block access from outside the UK for copyright issues.
Here’s a demonstration:
As you can see, the British TV sites – the BBC in this example but they all essentially do the same thing, block access to all their content by looking up your IP address when you connect. So by default, you won’t be able to access BBC from Spain or indeed any UK TV stations. However if you have a UK address then everything works fine, but if it originates in any other country then you’ll get blocked or redirected. You can use this to watch British TV or even subscription channels, use it to watch Sky Go abroad too.
The way around this is to ‘bounce’ your internet connection through a third party computer called a VPN server. As long as this server is based in the UK and has a UK IP address then everything will work perfectly. Obviously the server must be fast and well configured in order to stream video and bypass any detection but there are lots of options.
The BBC iPlayer site will only detect the IP address of the VPN server and therefore will not enforce any filters. The exact same procedure works with the ITV Hub and all the other UK commercial channels like Channel 4 and 5 for instance. You used to be able to perform this workaround using servers called proxies which were available for free online but all the media companies now block these. The problem is that a proxy server, even a well configured one is relatively easy to detect and they’re now all but useless for bypassing these blocks.
The VPN service illustrated in the video is called Identity Cloaker and is used by thousands of people across the world to bypass these blocks and keep their internet connections secure.