How to Watch BBC iPlayer in Netherlands and Enjoy British Shows

Can’t enjoy BBC iPlayer? That’s because the streaming service doesn’t work outside the United Kingdom. But at PureVPN, we’ve got your back. Here’s a summary on how to watch BBC iPlayer shows in the Netherlands:

  1. Subscribe to PureVPN only for $0.99.
  2. Connect to the UK server
  3. Log in to your BBC account and enjoy British content.

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Step-by-Step Guide: The Easiest Way to Watch BBC iPlayer in the Netherlands

BBC iPlayer is a streaming service that is region-locked. Only United Kingdom citizens can access iPlayer from their region. That means as soon as you step out of the country, the service won’t play any shows even if you have a BBC account. This is where a VPN can come in handy.

A VPN can virtually transport your device to the United Kingdom and help you access all iPlayer shows. In simpler words, you can easily watch BBC iPlayer shows with a VPN no matter where you are living in the world, be it Netherlands or Germany.

  1. Sign up and download PureVPN on your device.
  2. Launch the PureVPN app and log in with your credentials.
  3. Connect to the United Kingdom from the server list.
  4. Once connected, visit BBC the iPlayer website or launch the app
  5. Now you can stream BBC iPlayer in the Netherlands

Why Doesn’t BBC iPlayer Work Outside the UK?

BBC iPlayer is a popular streaming service that does not allow non-UK citizens to watch their content because of rights agreements. You have to either be in the United Kingdom to watch BBC iPlayer shows, or if you’re reading this, you’re smart enough to know there’s another option: use a VPN to change your IP address.

The second option works best if you are out of the UK for holidays, work, or business (or if, you’ve moved abroad and just want to get your Killing Eve fix). You can use a Virtual Private Network, otherwise known as a VPN, to get a British IP address and trick BBC iPlayer that you are residing in the UK. It’s a bit of a shortcut; you connect to a foreign network before you get onto the BBC’s servers. Using a VPN is legal in most countries and the best part is it is compatible with many devices.

Can I use a Free VPN instead?

You can, but there is a reason why we are against free VPNs: they are not reliable. We know they are free but they historically expose your data and private information to advertisers. They have to. That’s how they make money. Plus, you will see lots of annoying ads while using a free VPN (another way they’re making money.)

Here’s another reason we are adverse to giving free VPNs their fair shot (we’ve been there, done that, moved onto the other side). Let’s say you are using a free VPN to save money, but after a few minutes, the app crashes and the BBC iPlayer videos stop playing. You know why? Because free VPN providers don’t have enough servers to unlock huge streaming services like BBC iPlayer.

A for a final reason (for now, we’re sure you’ll find many more but that’s not the purpose of this article!), is that most services are now aware of VPNs and use strict IP tracking to catch corrupt or free VPNs. The choice is yours. Either use a premium VPN once and enjoy British shows forever or get banned on the BBC using a free or corrupt VPN. We hope you’ll choose wisely.

How To Watch BBC iPlayer In The Netherlands On Your iOS Device

You have to only change the region on your iOS devices to access the BBC iPlayer app. Once you are done changing the region, install the VPN app and connect your iOS device to a British server. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click on Settings on your iPhone/iPad.
  2. Tap on your Apple ID > iTunes & App Store> Apple ID.
  3. Choose View Apple ID.
  4. Use Touch ID to authenticate.
  5. Click on Country/Region > Change Country or Region > United Kingdom.
  6. Press Next > Agree.
  7. Put in your billing information and click on Next.
  8. Download the PureVPN app.
  9. Create an account and sign in using your credentials.
  10. Choose the United Kingdom from the server list.
  11. Sign in to your BBC iPlayer account.
  12. Select “Yes, I have a UK TV license.”
  13. Click on any show and grab some snacks.

Top 10 BBC iPlayer Shows To Watch

Whether or not you are watching BBC iPlayer for the first time, here are some popular iPlayer shows you can start watching as soon as you unlock the service. My personal advice? Start with Killing Eve. You won’t regret it.

  1. Killing Eve
  2. This Country
  3. Fleabag
  4. Line of Duty
  5. Doctor Who
  6. Normal People
  7. The Young Offenders
  8. Luther
  9. Doctor Foster
  10. Gavin and Stacey


What if I don’t have a UK TV license?

After creating a BBC iPlayer account, you might be prompted with a message asking you whether you have a UK TV license or not. Always click on “Yes, I have a UK TV license” and you’re good to go. BBC iPlayer doesn’t actually check your license.

How do I watch BBC iPlayer abroad for free?

All you need is a BBC account and British IP address to enjoy BBC iPlayer from abroad. To do the latter, you have to use a premium VPN to make sure you face no buffering issues while binge-watching shows and BBC channels.

Can I use a VPN to unlock Netflix too?

Yes! Although Netflix is available everywhere, you can use a VPN to enjoy all of Netflix’s many libraries, be it German, Spanish, French, or Japanese.

How does BBC iPlayer know my location?

BBC iPlayer uses IP tracking to detect your IP address and find out your exact physical address. This means the BBC iPlayer can easily locate whether you are in the United Kingdom or not. A VPN will disguise your location, so if you’ve got that going for you and are connected to a UK server, you’re in a good place and will be onto watching some kickass shows in no time.

Have a Cup of Tea and Enjoy BBC iPlayer Anytime...

As we have discussed previously,the BBC iPlayer is smart enough to check your physical location, so you must use a VPN to hide your real identity. We hope now you can enjoy all the BBC iPlayer shows for free in the Netherlands.

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