The BBC offers a lot of great content and has done so for some time now. British comedies are internationally well-renowned, as are the many nature and science documentaries put out by the BBC. In this tutorial, we teach you how to get all of that directly through Kodi. There are two great add-ons on Kodi that will give you easy access to iPlayer, which we will be covering.
Given that the BBC just blocked all non-UK users from streaming content through iPlayer, non-UK users will need to use a VPN in order to obtain a UK IP address. We recommend using IPVanish as your VPN solution. IPVanish will work for anyone both inside and outside of the UK, bypass any geo-blocks, keep your streaming habits private, and is proven to have some of the best bandwidth on the market. To summarize, both of the addons listed below will not stream properly unless you are using a UK IP address.
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How to Install and Watch BBC iPlayer on Kodi
- Click on Videos
- Click on Add-ons
- Scroll down to the bottom and select Get more
- Scroll down until you find the add-on BBC iPlayer
- Click on the add-on and then click to install
- You will find the add-on under Videos > Addon
BBC iPlayer Addon Review
The BBC iPlayer add-on has a very interesting layout. You can view all of the BBC content A-Z, or by categories. The add-on also has a search option and an option to let you view the most popular shows. Finally, there’s a section for viewing all of the BBC’s available live content.
You get all of the content currently available through iPlayer, with a very attractive visual preview for each show. Unlike the iPlayer WWW add-on, you can’t actually enter your official BBC account information into this one. You can still access all of the BBC content, however, as long as you have a British IP address.
How to Install and Watch iPlayer WWW on Kodi
- Follow steps 1-3 from above
- Scroll down until you find the add-on iPlayer WWW
- Click on the add-on and then click on install
- You will find the add-on under Videos > Add-ons
iPlayer WWW Addon Review
The iPlayer WWW add-on pulls directly from the BBC website. This is stated as much in the add-on description. As this is how the add-on works, you’ll get notifications when you pull up the add-on telling you that you need a valid license in order to access the content. This also occurs when you attempt to load up any specific TV or radio program.
If you have a BBC account, you can enter the information by going to the Configure section in the add-on settings. This will allow you to access all of the content. You can still access the content, both live and on-demand, without having to put in your BBC credentials. As long as your IP address is located in the UK, you can load the content.
The content is nicely organized on iPlayer WWW, allowing you to easily find the different types of BBC content you’re looking for. As stated, iPlayer WWW pulls directly from the BBC iPlayer site, so the content should follow what you’re used to if you’ve used the iPlayer application before.
Recent Updates on BBC iPlayer Content
The BBC iPlayer offers a lot of content — if you own a BBC TV License. All licensing of BBC content is handled by the TV License department, which includes online viewing of both paid and even free content. By some numbers, as many as 60 million people watch BBC through the iPlayer outside of the UK for free. However, the BBC is a prime example of a content provider that utilizes geographic content blocking to impose location-based restrictions on who can access their content.
Nevertheless, many users have been getting past these geographic content restrictions using alternative methods to spoof location. The most common method to do this has been to utilize a VPN like IPVanish, or even changing DNS settings on some devices.
Prior to September 1, 2016, anyone could access BBC’s on-demand content for free without a license, as long as they used one of the aforementioned methods. This meant the radio and TV programs offered by the BBC. However, as of September 1, the BBC has started requiring that all of their content be accessed by paid license holders. That includes those who currently live in the BBC who were once able to get much of the content for free.
However, the BBC currently does not require users to login with a password in order to access its content. Instead, it utilizes a trust-based system in which you are asked whether you are or are not a content holder when trying to access said content.
Rumors recently circulated that the BBC’s TV License department could, and would, monitor IPs from those who access its content and taken enforcement actions on those who were accessing the content without a license. However, given how VPNs work this is unlikely to actually materialize. Torrent Freak also notes that “[for] those who are truly cautious (or simply using one anyway), accessing the iPlayer from a VPN service is also a possibility.” They go on to add that “a properly licensed TF tester accessed iPlayer from three separate VPN services without any issues whatsoever.”
All of this goes to show that the BBC’s newest method of cracking down on unlicensed viewing of its content does not go far enough if they truly want to block anyone outside of the UK from accessing the content, or even those inside the UK who don’t have a license. This new method also carries the potential to place even licensed viewers on the company’s naughty list, as one license can serve an entire household and not just one IP address.
If you have a license, accessing BBC content through Kodi add-ons above should be a simple matter.