How to Install BBC iPlayer App on FireStick / Kodi [Outside UK]

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In this guide, I will show you how to watch BBC iPlayer in the USA (and outside the UK). This post demonstrates how to watch this service on Amazon FireStick, Fire TV Cube, Kodi, and a computer/mobile browser.

how to install and watch bbc iplayer on firestick

BBC offers a range of popular and quality content including TV series, documentaries, docuseries, movies, and a lot more. A lot of their programs are available through various streaming services outside the UK. However, BBC iPlayer is one place from where you can access just about anything that’s BBC.

Sadly, BBC iPlayer is not available outside the UK.

bbc iplayer this content is not available in your location

Though, that doesn’t mean you cannot access it if you don’t live in the UK. This is precisely what I am going to show in this tutorial. As soon as you will finish the instructions exactly as they provided, you will have access to:

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • BBC Four
  • CBBC
  • CBeebies
  • BBC News Channel
  • BBC Parliament
  • BBC ALBA

How to Watch BBC iPlayer in the USA or any other Country

BBC is a premium service and invests a lot of resources to restrict access outside the UK. However, there is still a way you could get access by using a VPN. But that is also not very easy. BBC blocks most of the VPN providers and only a handful are able to bypass its protection wall.

One VPN that I found working great with the BBC iPlayer without any hiccups is ExpressVPN. It is a premium VPN and works flawlessly with BBC iPlayer and even unblocks Netflix, Hulu, facilitates torrenting, and does a lot more.

ExpressVPN is available at a 49% discount over its regular price when you buy its annual plan. Also, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee (no questions asked).  So you get sufficient time to try the service and decide whether you want to continue or want a refund.

Let me show you how to install and set ExpressVPN up on your streaming devices and then how to get the BBC iPlayer app.

STEP 1: Connect to the UK VPN Server

Let me take you through the steps to install ExpressVPN and connect to a UK server.

How to set up VPN on a FireStick

If you are using any other device, I have shown the set up in the next section. The following steps are for Amazon Fire TV users.

1. Click here to visit ExpressVPN.com and buy the subscription.

2. Search ExpressVPN on Firestick and install the app.

Install bbc player vpn on amazon firestick

3. Open the app and enter login credentials

4. Connect to the UK server

connect vpn to the uk server

If you need more help with the VPN set up, you can follow this guide to learn how to install and use ExpressVPN on Firestick.

How to set up VPN on any streaming device

If you have an Amazon FireStick and have already set up using the above method, you can skip this and go directly to the next section where I have shown the BBC iPlayer app set up.

  1. Visit ExpressVPN.com and subscribe to service
  2. Click here to download and install the VPN software on your device
  3. Open the app and enter the login details
  4. Choose and connect to a UK server

That’s all. You are now ready to start using the BBC iPlayer in your country. Keep reading!

STEP 2: Sign up for BBC iPlayer Service

To sign up for the BBC iPlayer service, you need to visit the official BBC iPlayer website and register for a free account.

The catch here is that the service will block any request coming from outside the UK. Therefore, make sure you are connected to a UK VPN server.

Now, follow these steps:

1. Open a web browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.) Type in the following link to go to the BBC registration page: account.bbc.com/register?

2. Choose one of the options:

I am choosing 13 or over

bbc iplayer website's registration page

3. Enter your date of birth and click Continue

enter date of birth on bbc site

4. On the next page, enter the following details:

5. Make sure you select the United Kingdom in the Country field

enter email, password, and united kingdom as the country

6. The moment you enter the email address and password and choose the country, the following fields will appear:

Make sure you enter a valid postcode from the UK. If you don’t know any, you could generate a random UK postcode from here.

7. Click Register to continue

enter postcode and gender

8. You are now signed up

9. Go to your email inbox and open the verification email from BBC. Click the verification link in the email

10. On the next page, select one of the following depending upon whether you wish to receive news and updates in your email:

I have chosen No Thanks

11. Click Continue

sign up for bbc iplayer service outside the uk

This is how you sign up for a BBC iPlayer account outside the UK.

STEP 3: Start Watching BBC iPlayer in the USA or any country outside the UK

Here we will discuss how you can watch BBC iPlayer on a FireStick, browser, and Kodi. Let’s take a look at all of them one-by-one:

How to install BBC iPlayer APK on Firestick

The BBC iPlayer app is not available on the Amazon app store. Hence, we need to sideload the iPlayer APK that works outside the UK. Check out the step-by-step instructions below:

1. From the Amazon Fire TV Stick home screen, choose Settings on the top

firestick settings

2. Navigate to and open the option My Fire TV

my fire tv

3. Choose Developer Options

Download bbc iplayer on firestick

4. On the following screen, click Apps from Unknown Sources to turn it ON (leave it if it is already ON)

Install bbc player on amazon firestick

5. Click Turn On to continue

apps from unknown sources

6. Go to the FireStick home screen again and choose the Search option in the top-left corner

search menu on firestick

7. Lookup for the Downloader app. Follow the on-screen instructions to install this app.

get downloader on firestick

8. Open the Downloader app. Dismiss any prompts that appear and go to the main screen

9. Click where you see http://

click http

10. Enter the following URL and click GO: bit.ly/bipl2

Bbc iplayer apk link

11. Wait for the download to finish, and then Click Install

download bbc iplayer apk on firestick

12. Click Open to run the BBC iPlayer APK on FireStick

install bbc iplayer apk on firestick

13. Access BBC iPlayer app from the section Your Apps & Channels

14. Click Sign in

open bbc iplayer app on fire stick

15. You should now see this window on your FireStick with a code. Note down the code.

login on bbc iplayer app

16. On a computer or mobile browser, go to bbc.com/account/tv

Sign in with your BBC iPlayer account username and password if required

Now, enter a Display name. You may choose any name you like.

Click Continue

17. Enter the code displayed on your FireStick screen

18. Click Sign in on your TV

enter the code to login bbc on tv

19. Upon successful authorization, you should see the following message in your browser

Bbc iplayer

20. BBC iPlayer app on FireStick will now display this screen. Click Continue

bbc website screen after login on firestick

21. On this Privacy Notice screen, click OK, got it button

privacy notice

22. Here is your BBC iPlayer home screen. You may start streaming now.

You will find featured content on the home screen. You can browse more by choosing the options Channels and Categories on the top.

If you have something particular in mind, you may use the Search option on the top menu list

bbc iplayer home screen

How to Watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK using a Browser

Follow the steps below:

1. Open the BBC iPlayer VPN on your computer/mobile and Connect to a UK server

2. Open a web browser and go to www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

3. Click Sign in on the top

visit bbc website

4. Sign in with your BBC iPlayer account credentials

sign in to bbc iplayer in a pc browser

5. The following is the homepage of the website. Choose the content you want to watch

bbc iplayer home screen

6. BBC iPlayer will now ask you if you have a TV License. Go ahead and choose I have a TV License. Watch now.

click i have a tv licence. watch now

7. Start streaming.

How to install and use BBC iPlayer Kodi addon

BBC iPlayer is available via the official Kodi repository called Kodi Add-on Repository. You will find it by the name iPlayer WWW.

Here are the steps to install and use BBC iPlayer on Kodi:

1. Open the Kodi application on your device

2. Navigate to the top section on the left and click the gear icon to open Kodi Settings

kodi setting

3. Next, choose the option Add-ons

bbc iplayer kodi addon

4. When this window is displayed, click Install from repository

Note: The official repository comes preinstalled with Kodi. You don’t need to install it separately

install from repository

5. If you have installed any additional, third-party repositories, you will see a window like this (image below). Click Kodi Add-on repository

If you don’t see this window, jump to the next steps

kodi addon repository

6. Scroll down and choose Video add-ons from this list

kodi official addons

7. On the next screen, scroll down this list of addons and click iPlayer WWW

Note: There are a lot of addons in the official repository. To find the addon easily, you may use the search option. Click Options in the bottom-left corner of this window and on the slide-out menu click Filter. Now, lookup for iPlayer WWW

iplayer www

8. Click Install on this screen

install iplayer www addon on kodi

9. Kodi will now display the list of all the additional add-ons that will be installed with iPlayer. Simply click OK

download bbc iplayer addon on kodi

10. Wait for the addon to install. You should see the notification iPlayer WWW Add-on installed in a minute or two (upper-right corner)

bbc iplayer addon installed notification

You have successfully installed the addon. Let’s learn how to access and use the addon

11. Go to the Kodi home screen. You may press the back button repeatedly.

12. From the home screen, navigate to Add-ons > Video add-ons. Click the BBC iPlayer icon

open bbc iplayer kodi addon

13. Now, here is the list of the options for you to stream.

Make sure you connect to a UK server through a VPN before you start streaming.

how to watch bbc iplayer on kodi

This is how you install and use BBC iPlayer on Kodi!

Wrapping Up

Well, this is pretty much about using BBC iPlayer in the USA (or outside the UK). Even though this service is restricted to the United Kingdom, with the help of a good VPN you can always unblock it no matter where you live. By unblocking BBC iPlayer, you gain access to tons of high-quality content from BBC.

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