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How to listen to BBC Radio abroad (…Due to rights restrictions this part of the program is unavailable)


If you’re on holiday, working abroad, or living as an expat, you needn’t go cold turkey from BBC iPlayer Radio. Here we show you how to listen to BBC Radio abroad.

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Largely, the BBC is pretty good at making its radio available to the world. This dates back to a time when the BBC was committed to using radio as a tool to share British culture, and its views, with the world.

The result of this commitment means UK travellers only need an internet connection and a smartphone/tablet/computer to listen to BBC Radio. Then they just need to download the BBC iPlayer Radio App or login to However, that’s not the whole story.

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BBC iPlayer Radio abroad: This programme is unavailable

Some content is subject to licensing. This means the content is restricted to being broadcast in the UK only. More often than not, this is only the case for live sporting events.

When that’s the case, your options are limited. The best way to bypass these geo-restrictions is to install a VPN and select a server in the UK to spoof BBC iPlayer Radio into thinking you’re accessing its content from a UK IP address.

How to listen to BBC Radio abroad - PureVPN

Until late last year, practically any VPN provider was good enough to bypass the BBC’s low-tech geo-restrictions. However, everything as changed now.

Due to wide-spread abuse of VPNs to access iPlayer, the BBC (and all other major broadcasters) has upped its geo-restriction blocks. The BBC now actively block IP addresses it suspects VPN are using. The way it identifies these VPNs is relatively straightforward. VPN providers share the same few servers with their thousands of customers. This causes a handful of IP address to access and download abnormal levels of data from BBC iPlayer servers. When the BBC detects “abnormal behaviour” from an IP address, it is blacklisted.

The best workaround for this is to buy a dedicated IP address from a good VPN provider. A dedicated IP guarantees that only you will have access to it. Meaning your download behaviour will never be abnormal (as only you are using it). PureVPN is the best provider of this service and it can be as cheap as £3.15/month (with the dedicated IP).

Buy PureVPN with a dedicated IP (£3.15/month).

How to listen to BBC iPlayer Radio abroad

  1. Buy and download PureVPN (with a dedicated IP)
  2. Install PureVPN on the device you want to listen to BBC Radio on
  3. Turn on your dedicated IP
  4. Open and play BBC iPlayer Radio

See also: How to set up PureVPN’s Dedicated IP on Android.

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