BBC iPlayer used to be a radio service of BBC. Later, it was changed into a streaming channel with its own dedicated apps for people to use. The service is available for free to UK-based viewers and also offers no advertising. However, while the channel works from the UK, it is not accessible from anywhere outside the United Kingdom.
Most streaming channels follow a strict policy of keeping their content restricted in certain regions only. This is because most of the content that these channels own is actually licensed from another studio. Most studios do not sell international licenses to streaming channels, preferring a geo-license instead. These licenses restrict these channels from not sharing their content outside certain regions. To avoid breaching the license, channels like BBC iPlayer restrict accessibility to certain regions only.
There are two reasons why watching BBC iPlayer on PS4 is difficult. The first reason is that the BBC iPlayer app can only be installed on a device with a British PSN account. The second reason is the one mentioned above, that is the channel won’t work outside the UK.
Thankfully for us, there is a way to get access to the channel from outside UK and to also stream it on our PS4 console. The setup process might take a while, but it’s definitely worth it in the end.
Before you proceed, you will need to get a PureVPN subscription. This is because both PlayStation and BBC iPlayer would want to verify your location before allowing you to move through the setup process. With PureVPN, you will be able to change your IP location. With that, you can trick these websites into granting you access, and hence you will be able to watch BBC iPlayer on PS4 with ease.
First off, you need to change your PSN region to the one where BBC iPlayer is available. BBC iPlayer app is only available in the UK. Installing UK apps would probably require you to create a new British PSN account.
To do so, you need to visit the PlayStation website and select the UK from the country list that will be shown to you. This is a crucial step as BBC iPlayer can’t be installed if you don’t perform it. Remember, you won’t be able to undo this step in the future.
You will then receive an email from PlayStation asking you to confirm your new PSN account. Once confirmed, you will have a new PSN account from where you can download the BBC iPlayer app on your PS4.
To simplify, follow the steps below:
Setting up PureVPN on your PS4 is easier than you think. There are multiple ways for you to install VPN on PS4. The easiest way is to do so via your Wi-Fi router.
Here is how you can setup PureVPN on your router. Once done, you can follow these steps to use the connection on your PS4:
There is everything good on the streaming service. After all, the service comes straight from the powerhouse of the BBC itself. So, you can expect a great number of TV shows, docu-series as well as movies. Take, for instance, the Killing Eve TV series, where you get to witness the slow-motion collision between a beautiful assassin and a low-level MI5 agent. Or, you may also want to check out the Fleabag that comes from the creative mind of Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Here are some other shows that you would definitely love to watch on BBC iPlayer:
For more shows suggestions, check out this blog of Best Shows on BBC iPlayer
BBC iPlayer has a massive fan base. Though it is a British-only service, its fan-base extends to even foreign territories. It is because of the huge popularity of the service that you may now find BBC iPlayer apps across different devices. So, if you are looking for BBC iPlayer setup guides for devices other than the PS4, you may check the following links: