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How to watch BBC iPlayer in NZ

If (like me) you’re an ex-pat living in NZ, you probably miss watching BBC iPlayer. Here we show you how to watch BBC iPlayer in NZ …and how to watch all of the UK’s catch-up TV services at the same time.

The quick answer is to just buy a VPN with a dedicated IP (see below).

See also: How to watch BBC iPlayer abroad.

Why a standard VPN is no longer enough

Until recently, you could buy any old VPN and use it to connect to any server in the UK then start streaming BBC iPlayer immediately.

But since late in 2017, the BBC started to actively blacklist VPNs from using iPlayer. And the reason for this was fair enough. People from any country in the world could pay a VPN provider a couple dollars a month and gain unlimited access to BBC iPlayer. Hardly fair on the licence payers back home.

The BBC continues to blacklist and block VPNs to this day.

When you take a closer look at how the BBC blacklists VPNs you start to understand how you can work around the ban.

How BBC iPlayer blacklists VPNs

The way the Beeb blacklists a VPN is pretty simple. It now actively looks and blocks IP addresses that stream/download abnormal amounts of content from BBC iPlayer.

This is a problem for VPNs as they share a relatively small number of servers (and IP addresses) with thousands of customers.

At present, VPN servers are getting blacklisted (by the BBC) faster than they can create new servers. The end result is users of VPNs being unable to access BBC iPlayer on an increasingly regular basis. Any of you who have been using a VPN to watch BBC iPlayer will have experienced this (since late 2017).

See also: How to listen to TMS abroad.

The workaround

The best way to combat this new strategy from the BBC is to buy a VPN with a dedicated IP. Buying a dedicated IP means that you, and up to five family members, are the only ones who have access to that IP address. This means your iPlayer download levels should never reach levels that the BBC considers abnormal – as you’re not sharing it with thousands of other customers like a regular VPN IP address.

I’ve been using PureVPN for the past couple of months and have enjoyed access to BBC iPlayer, BT Sport, 4oD and ITV Player with no interruptions. You can get PureVPN (with a dedicated IP) for as little as $4.86/month when you sign up for a 12-month contract.

The alternative is to go for a provider that has a large number of servers in the UK. NordVPN is the best for this with over 385 different servers in the UK. NordVPN also frequently changes its UK server’s IP addresses, engaging in a game of Cat and Mouse with the BBC to combat its blacklisting strategy. However, using NordVPN with BBC iPlayer can be frustrating as you waste time connecting to multiple different servers trying to find a connection that’s not blacklisted.

See also: The 6 Best VPNs for New Zealand.

How to watch BBC iPlayer in NZ: Best VPNs

1. PureVPN (with dedicated IP)

Price: $2.87/month

How to watch BBC iPlayer in NZ - PureVPN

  • 256-bit AES encryption
  • Automatic killswitch
  • Connect up to 5 devices simultaneously
  • No logs
  • Dedicated Android; iOS; Windows; and Mac apps
  • 750 Servers in 140+ Countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth

PureVPN tops our list because of its dedicated IP function. This feature costs an extra $1.99/month but buys you sole access to an IP address in the country of your choice. This is important because late last year, online streaming services such as BBC iPlayer started detecting and blacklisting known VPN IP addressed. Buying your own dedicated IP sidesteps this. If you’re not interested in the dedicated IP feature, then PureVPN is still one of the best-priced VPNs on the market, boasting a sever selection in over 140 countries.

Click here to buy PureVPN (with dedicated IP).


2. NordVPN

How to watch BBC iPlayer in NZ - NordVPN

Price: $5.75 per month

  • 256-bit AES encryption
  • Automatic killswitch
  • Connect up to 6 devices simultaneously
  • No logs
  • Dedicated Android; iOS; Windows; and Mac apps
  • 1535 servers in 61 countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth

NordVPN is one an established and respected VPN provider. It’s a service that has performed will in VPN test for several years. Today it’s competitively priced and has all the features you want from a VPN. Android and iOS apps are available directly on the respective app stores and you can run up to six devices simultaneously. There are multiple price options too.

Click here to buy NordVPN.


3. IPVanish

How to watch BBC iPlayer in NZ - IPVanish

Price: $6.49 per month

  • 256-bit AES encryption
  • 5 simultaneous connections on multiple devices
  • No logs
  • Dedicated Android; iOS; Windows; and Mac apps
  • 40,000+ shared IPs, 850+ VPN servers in 60+ countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth

IPVanish is as respected as any VPN. It’s operated as an excellent VPN service for several years and boasts a huge network of fast servers in 60+ countries. The 2017 product has all the features you’d want from a modern VPN and its priced well. You won’t regret using IPVanish as your main VPN.

Click here to buy IPVanish


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