How to watch BBC iPlayer in Ireland



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BBC iPlayer is without question one of the best streaming websites in the world. However, accessing it in Ireland is anything but “best”.

Unfortunately even though BBC iPlayer is just from the neighbouring UK it’s blocked in Ireland. Even with recent EU laws meaning citizens can access streaming services anywhere in the EU, BBC iPlayer falls outside this regulation.

Even if it was currently accessible, it would likely become inaccessible again once the UK leaves the EU.

So if you want to watch BBC iPlayer in Ireland, what can you do?

Well the good news is there is an app called a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that will allow you to change your location to make it appear as if you’re in the UK. The result is you can watch BBC iPlayer in Ireland. So what are you waiting for? Let’s find out how.

Watch BBC iPlayer in Ireland

When you visit the BBC iPlayer website in Ireland you’re blocked from watching. Instead of being able to stream content you’re hit with an annoy block message that looks something a little like this:

BBC iPlayer blocked 2017

To avoid this block you’ll need to get yourself an app called a VPN.

VPN apps are available for all types of devices from regular computers running Windows or Mac OS all the way through to phones and tablet such as Android and Apple. It’s even possible to watch on a Smart TV and you can read further down in this guide for details on how to do that.

A VPN is going to set you back a couple of Euro per month and nearly every VPN service charges in US Dollars.

However, if you’re a little sceptical you can just sign up for 1-month to try and most services offer a money back guarantee if you can’t get it working.

How to watch BBC iPlayer in Ireland Step-by-Step

Just follow the 4 steps below and you can be watching BBC iPlayer in Ireland in just a few minutes.

  1. Visit our recommended VPN provider NordVPN by clicking here and sign up for their service. They offer a 30-day money back guarantee if you’re not happy or you can’t get it working.
  2. Go to the VPN Apps area of the website and download and install the correct app for your device. You can also install the mobile or tablet apps by searching your usual app store for ‘NordVPN’.
  3. Open the app and on the map locate and select the United Kingdom. You can also click ‘Countries’ and then find the United Kingdom in the list.
  4. Click the connect button if it doesn’t automatically connect.

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It will take less than 30 seconds for the NordVPN app to make connection to the United Kingdom. Once you’re connected all that’s left to do is visit the BBC iPlayer website on your computer or open the app on your mobile device.

If you want to check out a few other VPN providers that are suitable for watching BBC iPlayer in Ireland then also take a look at ExpressVPN and StrongVPN.

What if I don’t have the app installed?

You don’t need any additional apps to watch on a computer or laptop but if you want to watch on a tablet or phone you’ll need the BBC iPlayer app.

You may be blocked from installing from the app store because you’re not in the UK. If this is the case then for Android you can download the app directly here.

For an Apple device, you’ll need to read a guide on how to install apps outside their intended country such as this one.

How to watch iPlayer on a Smart TV in Ireland

If you’ve got a Smart TV and you want to watch BBC iPlayer on it then there are a few requirements. To do this you’ll need:

  • A Smart TV with the BBC iPlayer app already installed on it.
  • The ability to change your ‘DNS Settings’.

To check if you can change the ‘DNS Settings’ on your TV you should search Google for the make and model of your TV plus the word ‘DNS Settings’ to see if you can find instructions on how to change them. Usually these settings are under the Network Settings of your TV.

Most TVs such as Sony Smart TVs, Panasonic TVs and Samsung TVs allow you to change the DNS Settings.

Once you’ve confirmed you can change the DNS Settings on your TV just follow the steps below.

  1. Visit the website of StrongVPN by clicking here and sign up for their service.
  2. Once you’ve signed up use your account details to sign into the StrongDNS Members Area.
  3. From the list of regions you should select the one nearest to you and press Save. The nearest should be United Kingdom.
  4. Next to Primary DNS and Secondary DNS write down the two sets of numbers.
  5. On your Smart TV go to edit the DNS Settings and change the current settings to the numbers you wrote down and save them. You may want to copy down the current numbers already entered on your Smart TV in case you want to revert back to the originals.
  6. If required, restart your TV.

You will now be able to open the BBC iPlayer app on your Smart TV and watch any show you want.

Recap How to watch BBC iPlayer in Ireland

It’s really easy to watch BBC iPlayer in Ireland, all you’ll need is an app called a VPN and a few minutes of your time. You can get our recommended VPN by pressing the orange button below.

If you’ve got a Smart TV and want to watch BBC iPlayer on that in Ireland then just read the steps in the section above in this guide.

So now that you can watch BBC iPlayer in Ireland until your heart is content, what will you be watching first and what will you be watching most? We would love to hear in the comments section below.

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