The BBC iPlayer is a video on demand (VOD) service from the British Broadcasting Corporation. Using the BBC iPlayer allows you to watch programs from across the BBC’s various television networks while you are online. The iPlayer streams a total of ten stations, including BBC One through Four, the BBC News Channel and BBC HD.
As of February 2011, the BBC iPlayer has also been linked to programs from other broadcasting networks. These networks include ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, Channel 4, E4, More 4, Film 4, Channel 5, 5*, 5USA, and S4C.
The ability has also been added to the search and channels function that allows a user to click on a program from another broadcaster and be redirected to that broadcaster’s VOD service (the ITV Player, 4OD, or Demand 5).
Unfortunately this service is exclusively available for users in the UK. Licensing rights prohibit Spanish users from accessing the BBC iPlayer or any of its affiliates.
How You Can Unblock the BBC iPlayer from Outside the UK
However it is possible to unblock the BBC iPlayer from outside of Great Britain. This can be accomplished by tricking the iPlayer into believing you are actually in the UK. To do this, you need a UK IP address, which you can get with the right VPN service.
Choosing a VPN service that has servers based in the UK will enable you to connect and appear as if you are in the UK. This will enable you to enjoy all the programming that streams on the BBC iPlayer and its affiliates.
Here are some VPN providers we recommend for watching the BBC online from Spain:
In addition to providing you with access to the BBC iPlayer and other geo-restricted sites, a VPN also provides you with anonymity and privacy while you are online. Thanks to the VPN’s secure data connection; you can enjoy secure surfing without fear of being hacked or having your privacy compromised.