BBC iPlayer Help

Can I listen to BBC Radio online when I'm outside of the UK?

Yes, you can listen to most of our live and on-demand radio content on BBC Sounds or BBC iPlayer Radio from anywhere in the world.

You can download most of our podcasts (depending on rights) from the BBC Sounds website from outside of the UK, but it's not possible to download full programmes. Find out more about downloading content outside of the UK in our Can I download podcasts and programmes outside of the UK? page.

Why can't I listen to certain programmes outside the UK?

Sometimes we might not be able to make certain content available outside of the UK. For example, for rights reasons we may not be able to broadcast certain sports coverage outside of the UK. Music content may also be restricted to within the UK for rights reasons. When we restrict a live radio stream outside the UK, you’ll hear a message advising that “This content is unavailable due to technical or rights reasons”. If an on-demand programme is restricted, there will be no play button and a message will display “Not Available”.

If you're in the UK but you're seeing or hearing a message telling you that certain content isn't available, check our Why do you think I'm outside the UK? page for more advice.

What if I live outside the UK?

If you live outside the UK, you can install the international version of our BBC iPlayer Radio app on your Amazon Fire, Android, or iOS device. Just search for "BBC iPlayer Radio" in your app store. And you can always listen to BBC Radio via the BBC Sounds website, too.

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