How can I watch BBC iPlayer and ITVX outside the United Kingdom?

People from all around the world are eager to learn more about how they can watch BBC iPlayer and ITVX online. These are the streaming services of the two fantastic TV networks in the United Kingdom, producers of some of the best TV series in the world, and live broadcasters of big events such as the Summer Olympics, Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup, the European Championships in football, Super Bowl, and lots of other events. But, how can you access these streaming services if you are located outside England?

As a London Guide, our main goal is to inspire you to visit and experience the city with your own eyes. And suppose you are located in the United Kingdom. In that case, you will also surf the Internet with an IP address in the United Kingdom, giving you access to all the content on BBC iPlayer and ITVX immediately. Of course, there are some TV series on ITVX that require you to have a subscription, and to watch such content, it isn’t enough to have an IP address in London (or elsewhere in the United Kingdom). But, if you are stuck somewhere and all you can see is a message on the BBC website telling you that “BBC iPlayer only works in the UK“, then these instructions will help you fix that.

BBC only works in the United Kingdom.
BBC only works in the United Kingdom.

If you try to watch content on ITV (ITVX), you will see a message giving you very similar information.

You cannot access ITVX outside the UK.
You cannot access ITVX outside the UK.

If you have seen any of the messages above, you probably understand that you have a problem. But, what is the solution?

Solution 1: Come to London!

Book a flight and come to London. The city has fantastic attractions, great activities, magnificent hotels, and lots of delightful food waiting for you. Does that sound tempting? You can find a lot of information about all the great programs waiting for you in London here in our London Guide. But, if that sounds both complicated and expensive, use solution number two instead.

Solution 2: Use the VPN services of NordVPN.

This is a much easier solution, but unfortunately, it will only take you virtually to the United Kingdom and not in real life like we described in solution number one. What is it all about? A VPN is a tool that encrypts your information online and hides your real location. Instead, you will surf using an IP address at a location provided by the VPN provider. So, as you connect to a NordVPN server in London (or elsewhere in the United Kingdom), you will receive an English IP address, and websites, forums, streaming services, hackers, and everyone online will believe that you are in the United Kingdom. What is the consequence?

As you visit the BBC iPlayer or ITV websites, you will no longer see the error messages above. Instead, you can stream the live streams of the TV channels and watch programs on demand. Sounds cool?

If you use the link above, you will get a nice extra discount at the services of NordVPN.

Now you follow these steps!

The NordVPN website will look something like this with a special discount available if you use the link above,.

uk ip address with nordvpn

You do not need a password manager or cloud storage from VPN to stream BBC iPlayer, ITVX, Channel4 or other streaming services in the UK abroad, but they are very good and useful services if you need a password manager or cloud storage in addition to the VPN.

When your subscription is in order, download NordVPN to your computers, telephones, tablets, or smart TVs. You can also download NordVPN as a browser extension in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox, so it is very easy to use no matter how and where you want to use it.

When the application is installed, log in with your user credentials. Now you can connect to a server in the United Kingdom which will give you an IP address in the UK. If you want to check your IP address after you have connected to a VPN server in the United Kingdom visit

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I can now see that I have an IP address in London, United Kingdom.

Now it is time to visit the website of BBC iPlayer or the ITV website. Both websites require you to register a free user to access the live streams or the programs available at the different streaming services. You must register using a ZIP code in the UK during the process. Suppose you don’t know any ZIP codes in the UK. In that case, you can use the ZIP code of any hotel or bar in London (or elsewhere), for example, HA9 0JT which is the zip code of Boxpark Wembley, a great place in London if you want to see live sports together with hundreds of others while eating and drinking and having a good time!

After you have finished registering your user, confirm your email address, and find the content that you are looking for. You can now watch both ITVX and BBC iPlayer, all across the world!

British copper shows on Netflix

Have you been to London and fallen in love with the city? Or maybe you fell in love with the cute cops and the clothes they are wearing? Would you like to get a taste of London as you go home and watch some great police shows on Netflix taking place in London and in England? Here are two suggestions from the London Guide editors.

Have you ever heard of Jed Mercurio? He is a brilliant director and story-writer, and he is the mastermind behind both the TV shows we are about to recommend. It is important to notice that both the recommend shows are BBC productions, making them even better when it comes to bringing the true atmosphere of England into the shows.

So, which are the shows you should watch it you want to listen to British English, see police-officers in the traditional clothes the coppers were in England, and so much more?


Bodyguard is an amazing BBC series consisting of only six episodes, making it easy to watch and easy to digest. But you should still be careful, it is very addictive, and after a few episodes you will not be able to stop until you are finished with the entire thing.


Richard Madden has received several awards for his amazing role as a copper who turns into a bodyguard of a very debated politician in England. It is a hard job, especially considering the fact that lots of people hate the politician he is to protect.

Throughout the story, we follow the incidents and we also get a very clear insight into the life of the character of Richard Madden. If you want to watch an amazing TV show tonight, go for Bodyguard. It can be seen in almost all Netflix regions, and you can also watch it at the BBC website. If you live outside the UK, find out more about how you can watch the BBC abroad in this YouTube video.

Line of Duty

This is yet another TV series created by Jed Mercurio. But, while Bodyguard is a show only consisting of 1 season (even though there are rumors about a new season coming later), Line of Duty is made up of 5 seasons, and we are promised that a sixth season is in the making as well. The fifth season just premiered on BBC in England, and it is the result of a fantastic response to the show in England. The first three seasons aired on BBC2 in England, but due to its success, they decided to air the fourth season on BBC1, something that made it enjoy twice as many visitors in season 4 compared to the earlier seasons.

Line of Duty
Line of Duty

In Line of Duty, we meet some police officer who try to discover and stop corrupt officers within the police force. That might not be the most convenient job, and if for sure isn’t a way to popularity among fellow police officers, but it is a job that needs to be done.

Line of Duty isn’t as fast paced as Bodyguard, but here the story is built up on solid grounds, and you will quickly be drawn into the story.

You can watch Line of Duty (all seasons) at the BBC website. If you live abroad, you can read more about how you can stream Line of Duty (season 5) online here, or you can watch this YouTube video.

If you have to pick only one…

I would certainly go for Bodyguard, simply because of its higher pacer and more intense action. But, if you are in for the long run, then you will have many more hours in front of the screen with Line of Duty.

But, why pick only one? Go for Bodyguard first, and then you can start with Line of Duty afterward. You will probably start binge-watching that as well after watching a couple of episodes!

Go ahead and enjoy the shows, and make sure to book your plane tickets so that you can return to London within shortly to see more of the city with your own eyes. You can read more about all the important attractions and sights in London here in our London Guide.

Missing England? This is how to stream BBC abroad!

Have you been to London and England and now you miss BBC? Would you like to stream BBC iPlayer in your home country as well? It can be done!

There is little doubt about the fact that BBC is one of the best TV networks in the world. On our list of favorite BBC shows you can find Sherlock, Cuckoo and lots of other programs. But, if you try to stream these shows and lots of other BBC content in the BBC iPlayer when outside England you will simply get an error message. That can be really annoying, but luckily there are ways in which you can still get access to BBC when abroad. The following instructions are based on the guide in the IP Address Guide.

BBC iplayer outside London
Watching the UK General election programs on BBC on June 8th, 2017

How to stream BBC abroad

In order to stream BBC when outside London and England, you will need to make BBC believe that you are in the UK. This can be achieved through using a working VPN provider and connect to one of their VPN servers in the UK. Unfortunately not all VPN services work for this purpose, but at the time writing there is one working. If you read this article in a long time from now, we suggest that you visit the IP Address Guide to read their article, which is updated frequently (something this article most likely will not be). At the moment, this is how it can be done.

If you follow these instructions you should be able to stream BBC iPlayer in a few minutes from now. It is really easy, and you will get access to lots of program from the iPlayer library, and also to live streams of all the BBC channels, including the children’s channels.