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Why can't I watch TV programmes on BBC iPlayer outside the UK?

iPlayer is a service for people in the UK. Because of rights agreements, you can only download or stream BBC iPlayer TV programmes while you’re inside the UK.

What you can do outside the UK

If you are already outside the UK and haven’t downloaded any of our TV programmes then, unfortunately, there is no content available to you.  However, you can still enjoy the great output from BBC Radio.  To find out more visit the BBC iPlayer Radio site.

If you’ve downloaded programmes when in the UK you can enjoy these offline when abroad. It might be a good idea to stock up before you leave. See the 'Can I use BBC iPlayer on holiday outside the UK?' FAQ for more information.

You can also download and listen to BBC podcasts outside the UK. However, some things like sports programmes may be unavailable due to rights agreements.

Highlights from many BBC News programmes are also available outside the UK, as are BBC Sport videos.

You can also watch BBC Three programmes from outside the UK on the BBC Three YouTube channel

Here's some advice if you’re in the UK but see a message saying you’re not. 

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