If you’re trying to watch BBC iPlayer on your iPhone or iPad with NordVPN and it’s not working, don’t panic. There’s a number of fixes you can try to resolve this issue.
The reason it’s not working is because BBC iPlayer has managed to identify and block all of the IP addresses NordVPn can provide on those platforms.
Below is a list of fixes. Follow these in order. If one doesn’t work, move onto the next one until you can watch BBC iPlayer on your iPhone or iPad with a VPN again.
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NordVPN not working with BBC iPlayer on iPhone and/or iPad: Fixes
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Some websites ask you to accept Cookies. These are small files designed to streamline your online experience.
They aren’t dangerous files. However, to make your online experience better, Cookies sometimes contain information about your physical location.
Whether you’re using NordVPN or not, the BBC can potentially access this information, and if it finds you’re outside of its broadcast zone, it will block your connection.
Change to a different UK server
NordVPN isn’t working with the BBC iPlayer because the IP address it has given you has been identified and blocked by the streaming service.
The BBC cannot block NordVPn completely but it can block the IP addresses it provides.
Changing to a different UK server will give you a new IP address and if the BBC hasn’t blocked that one, NordVPN will work again.
Upgrade to a VPN that works with BBC iPlayer
If deleting your Cookies and changing to a different UK server doesn’t fix NordVPN not working with BBC iPlayer on iPhone and/or iPad. Then the BBC has managed to block all of Nords IP addresses.
This has happened because NordVPN isn’t staying one step ahead of the BBC’s VPN blocking techniques.
You can wait for Nord to release new IP addresses that haven’t been blocked. However, that could take a long time.
To fix the issue reliably, you need to upgrade to a VPN that’s still compatible with BBC iPlayer. We recommend Ivacy ($1.33/month).
Why has BBC iPlayer blocked NordVPN?
The reason the BBC tries to prevent VPNs from connecting is due to copyright and licensing issues.
The BBC only has the rights to broadcast its content in the UK. It does not have international broadcast rights.
To prevent copyright and licensing issues from arising, the BBC blocks users outside of the UK from accessing its content.
Because NordVPN allows you to watch BBC iPlayer outside its broadcast zone, the BBC blocks NordVPN IP addresses from connecting to its service. These blocks are why NordVPN is no longer working with BBC iPlayer on your iPhone or iPad.
How does the BBC block NordVPN?
The BBC is constantly trying to block VPNs. This isn’t unique to NordVPN it happens to all VPNs.
Although you may have been using NordVPN with BBC iPlayer on your iPhone or iPad reliably for a while, VPNs constantly have to stay one step ahead of the BBC’s VPN blocking techniques. And in this case, NordVPN has fallen behind.
The BBC blocks NordVPN, using three main techniques:
- The most common technique is all to do with the IP addresses ExpressVPN can provide. ExpressVPN has more customers than IP addresses, and this results in customers having to share IPs. The BBC monitors for an abnormal amount (more than a standard household) of connections coming from the same IP address. When it sees hundreds or thousands of connections coming from the same IP, it knows that this is an ExpressVPN IP address, and it blocks it.
- The BBC monitors for IP, DNS and WebRTC leaks that can tip the service off you are using a VPN.
- The BBC teams up with GeoIP databases like Maxmind to identify IP addresses. If the IP address your VPN provides is on one of these databases, the BBC will be able to find out where in the world you are connecting to the internet from, and it will block you.
Does BBC iPlayer still work with VPNs?
Yes, BBC iPlayer still works with VPNs. However, you need a VPN that is still compatible with BBC iPlayer. We recommend Ivacy ($1.33/month).
Ivacy has plenty of UK IP addresses, it has fast UK servers, and most importantly, it’s very good at getting around the BBC’s VPN blocks.
When the BBC blocks an IP address provided by Ivacy ($1.33/month), the VPN will close that IP address and open a new one. This simple process will allow you to watch BBC iPlayer on your iPhone or iPad reliably anywhere in the world. And it will prevent you from running into the same issues you have with NordVPN.