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How to watch Match of The Day abroad? Watch MOTD in a foreign country


On holiday in a foreign country and want to watch MOTD? Don’t worry, we can help. Here we show you how to watch Match of the Day abroad.

How to watch Match of the Day abroad

  1. Download and install a VPN on your device
  2. Select a server in Great Britain
  3. Open BBC iPlayer
  4. Play Match of the Day

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

Update: January 2018

BBC iPlayer has started blacklisting IP Addresses with irregular activities. This means you may experience difficulties accessing BBC content while using a VPN. 

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 a solution already in place. You need to buy a dedicated IP address from a VPN. This way, only you will be accessing Foxtel Go content from a single IP address, meaning 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.

Best VPNs for watching Match of the Day abroad

There are two types of VPNs. Free and paid-for. Free VPNs come with data caps and/or restrictions on the server locations you use. Paid-for VPNs come with unlimited data and have no restrictions on server locations.

This is important as steaming an hour’s worth BBC iPlayer requires at least 600 MB for a standard definition video. A figure you can double if you want to watch a high-quality stream. To watch Match of the Day on a free VPN, you’re going to need service that has at large data allowance and lets you select a server location of choice.

Another thing to consider is that free VPN will be using overcrowded IP addresses. These IPs will be among the first that get blocked by broadcasters for excessive use.

Here are the best options.

Best VPNs for watch Match of the Day abroad

  1. PureVPN – £3.24/Month*
  2. NordVPN – £4.34/Month
  3. Windscribe – £3.08/Month

*Buy with “Dedicated UK IP” for guaranteed access.

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

Best Free VPNs for watch Match of the Day abroad

  1. WindScribe – 10GB/Month – UK Server
  2. TunnelBear – 500MB/Month – UK Server

Why do I need a VPN to watch Match of the Day?

The BBC reserves iPlayer access for IP addresses located in the UK. This means when you’re abroad and connected to the internet, the BBC will see that you’re connecting from a foreign IP address and restrict access. The only convenient way around this is to use a VPN to spoof your IP location.

The BBC restricts access to its content and prevents people who don’t pay for a British TV Licence from accessing its programs for free. The obvious downside to this blanket ban, which the BBC has failed to address, is that it’s also blocking its own licence payers from accessing its services when they travel abroad.

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