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How to listen to TMS abroad: Listen to England Cricket while overseas


If you’re not in the UK but still want to listen to TMS then you’re going to need a VPN. Here we show you how to listen to TMS abroad and how to buy a VPN that works with BBC iPlayer Radio.

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How to listen to TMS abroad

Until late last year. Any VPN that provided access to a UK server was good enough to stream BBC iPlayer content. Sadly, those days are over. Now you need to buy a VPN that stays one step ahead of the BBC (see below for more information.)

  1. Download and install a VPN
  2. Pick a server in Great Britain
  3. Open BBC iPlayer Radio or the BBC Sport app
  4. Steam TMS on BBC 5Live Sports Extra

(See below for recommended VPNs)

The 3 Best VPNs

Here we’ve rounded up three VPNs that use fresh IP addresses which are not blacklisted by the BBC.

  1. PureVPN – £3.15/month*
  2. NordVPN – £4.34/month
  3. ExpressVPN – £3.08/month

*Price including dedicated UK IP.

How to Listen to TMS abroad

PureVPN (with Dedicated IP)

How to Listen to TMS abroad

Setting up PureVPN with a dedicated IP is the best and most reliable way to listen to BBC iPlayer abroad. Buying dedicated IP costs an extra $1.99/month (£1.40), but what it gives you is unshared access to an IP address based in the UK.

What this means, in theory, is that your dedicated IP won’t be blacklisted by the BBC as it won’t be accessing and downloading abnormal volumes of content like a shared VPN IP address would.

(See our Best VPNs of 2017 guide for more info)

BBC iPlayer error: “This content is not currently available”

BBC iPlayer has started blacklisting IP Addresses with irregular activities. This means you may experience difficulties accessing BBC content while using your existing VPN (if it’s not one that’s not featured above).

If you’re already using a VPN and you see the error message “This content is not currently available” then its bad news. It means your VPN provider’s IP address has already been blacklisted. In 2017 broadcasters, including the BBC, BT Sport and Sky, started clamping down on customers using VPNs to access content while abroad (due to licensing reasons).

The way a Broadcasters identify and police VPN’s IP Addresses is actually pretty basic. Broadcasters only need to look for an IP that accesses, and downloads content from, its servers more than any single household or office would do normally.

Luckily, there is are solutions already in place.  The first is to simply by the best VPN, NordVPN plays the game of Cat and Mouse with broadcasters well, creating new IP addresses as soon as older ones become blacklisted. The second method we advice is to buy a dedicated IP address from a VPN. This way, only you will be accessing Foxtel Go content from a single IP address so you won’t download an abnormal amount of data (as a VPN isn’t sharing it with all of its customers). The best VPNs, such as PureVPN offer it for as little as £1.49/month. On top of a regular VPN subscription.

Free vs Paid-for VPNs

If you don’t want to have to worry about data caps, we recommend paying for a VPN. These can cost as little as £5. And that price can half if you sign up to a 12-month contract.

Buying a VPN will also let you watch BBC iPlayer or any other TV streaming service you pay for – Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky Go, BT Sport, ITV Player, Channel 4, 5od – from anywhere in the world. They’re essential for ex-pats or anyone who travels regularly.

Why do I need a VPN to listen to TMS?

The BBC streams all of its radio stations online. This means all you can listen to BBC radio on any computer, tablet or smartphone that has an internet connection. However, this is restricted to UK users only for licensing/legal reasons. This is a good and a bad thing. It means citizens of other countries can’t access BBC content for free. But it also means licence-paying UK citizens are also covered by the same block. The only way around this is by spoofing your IP location by using a VPN

During previous Ashes tours, the TMS team has made its broadcast free-for-all via a dedicated steam on YouTube, so keep an eye out for that too. However, this seems to have been shut down for more recent tours of other nations. The best way to guarantee uninterrupted TMS coverage of the England cricket team is to download a VPN and listen to BBC 5Live Sports Extra through the BBC website of the BBC iPlayer Radio app.

How much data do I need to listen to TMS?

This depends on what quality you’re streaming at. Lower-quality is broadcast at 64kbps, with the best-quality require 320kbps (overkill for talk radio). This puts your best/worst case scenarios at 20MB and 150MB per hour.

Read next: Best Free VPNs.