Not in the UK but still want to watch Match of the Day? Don’t worry. This article will tell you all you need to know about how to watch MOTD abroad.
Note (November 2019): BBC iPlayer is currently blocking NordVPN and PureVPN. I recommend using ExpressVPN (£5.13/month) until further notice.
How to stream MOTD Abroad: Quick guide
- Get ExpressVPN (£5.13/month)
- Download and install the app
- Select a server in the UK
- Open BBC iPlayer and watch Match of the Day
How to watch MOTD abroad?
When you’re outside of the UK, watching BBC iPlayer isn’t as straightforward as logging onto BBC iPlayer. This is because the Beeb blocks any internet connection that’s not from the UK (for rights reasons). So you need to spoof your internet location if you want to watch MOTD abroad.
Luckily, that’s not too difficult…
All you need to do is get good VPN. Then you just need to connect to a server in the UK and you can stream BBC iPlayer just as you would in good old Blighty.
VPNs work by encrypting data at the source and relaying it to another server (in a location of your choice). At this server, the data is unencrypted and forwarded to the local internet provider. The downloaded data is then re-encrypted and the process is repeated on its way back to your computer. This simple set-up allows VPN users to spoof their internet location all over the world. It will also let you watch BBC iPlayer and Match of the Day from anywhere on earth with an internet connection!
The BBC, along with Netflix, Amazon Prime, BT Sport, Sky Go (etc) all try to block VPNs.
The way these broadcasters ban VPNs is pretty simple. Each VPN server has a unique series of IP addresses. Just like any house or office internet connection would. And the Beeb will blacklist any IP with abnormal usage. Which means a VPN server’s IP, that supports too many simultaneous connections to iPlayer, will get blacklisted instantly.
This methodology has led to a game of Cat and Mouse between BBC iPlayer and VPNs. When an IP address is blacklisted, a good VPN will react by closing that IP address opening a new one. This game has been going on since mid-2016. The offensive has been pretty effective. With low-end VPNs removing BBC iPlayer support as a feature of its service.
Only the best VPNs work with iPlayer now.
Note for FireStick users: Watching BBC iPlayer with a VPN through the Amazon FireStick is a little different. But not impossible. You need to download the Firefox browser app and watch BBC iPlayer through that. Not the official BBC iPlayer app. Take a look at our How to watch BBC iPlayer with a VPN on a FireStick article for more information.
3 Best VPNs for MOTD
1. ExpressVPN – The BEST overall VPN of 2019!
If you want a reliable connection, then look no further than ExpressVPN (£5.13/month). It’s the best, fastest, and most secure VPNs of 2019. Which is what you’re paying for. You can download the ExpressVPN app on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and the Amazon Fire Stick.
This VPN is a great option if you want to use a VPN primarily for steaming as it employs a full-time technical team to monitor its connections with major streaming services such as BBC iPlayer, US Netflix and Amazon Prime.
There’s also a 24/7 free Live Chat feature if you ever need support.
2. Ivacy – The BEST low-cost VPN of 2019
If you’re looking for an excellent VPN, with an even better price tag, Ivacy (£1.74/month) is a great option.
This VPN has all the features you need to stream BBC iPlayer, in HD, from any country in the world. I’ve been testing the app recently on Mac, PC, Android, iOS and FireStick and the results have been impressive – unlocking BBC iPlayer, US/UK Netflix, 4oD etc with ease.
For an extra $1.99/month (£1.74) you can add-on a dedicated IP. This will buy you sole access to an IP address in a country of your choice, meaning you won’t have to share your IP (and speeds) with any other use.
This is our recommended VPN provider for watch BBC iPlayer. It has a dedicated app that can be downloaded on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and the Amazon FireStick.
It’s only £2.04/month. Has 580+ fast servers in the UK. A full-time technical team to monitor its connections with iPlayer, Netflix, Amazon etc. And a free 24/7 Live Chat support option of its website.
The final VPN we recommend is PureVPN. This well-priced service doesn’t have the same brand-recognition are NordVPN and ExpressVPN but it still offers a great way to watch BBC iPlayer when you’re not in the UK.
You can download the NordVPN app on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android of the FireStick. The app works a little differently to other VPNs. If you want to watch iPlayer you need to connect via the Channels page a select BBC iPlayer. PureVPN will then automatically connect you to the best server. It’s as easy as that.
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