BBC iPlayer TV shows to become available for 1 Year

The BBC now has permission to routinely keep shows available on BBC iPlayer for 1 year rather than just 30 days, after Ofcom said it could expand its service.

Some shows will be available for even longer, the broadcasting watchdog said. Ofcom said; “the BBC’s proposed changes to BBC iPlayer could deliver significant public value over time”.  There is likely to be “an adverse impact” on rival services, but that will be outweighed by the public value, the regulator decided.

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The BBC will now have to negotiate with independent programme-makers who make many of its shows to formalise the extension beyond 30 days.

Last year’s most-watched show on BBC iPlayer was Bodyguard, starring Richard Madden, followed by Killing Eve.  Ofcom estimated that “the increase in BBC iPlayer viewing could be 14%-24% for general content and 6%-9% for children’s content, with an overall increase in BBC iPlayer viewing… of 20%-33%”.

The decision follows last month’s announcement that shows like Love Island, Gavin & Stacey, Gentleman Jack and Broadchurch will be on ITV and the BBC’s new streaming service BritBox when they fall off the broadcasters’ catch-up platforms.  The BBC and ITV are joining forces to set up the paid-for subscription service in the UK later this year as a rival to the likes of Netflix.


The Liberty Shield UK VPN is full compatible with BBC iPlayer from wherever you are and with our VPN Router will allow you to connect on any of your devices; Fire TV (per demo), Apple TV, SmartTV, Roku, PS4, XBox, iPad etc.

How to watch BBC iPlayer with UK VPN…

This video demo shows trying to watch BBC iPlayer on an Amazon Fire TV unsuccessfully with a Spanish Internet IP address, and then successfully with a UK IP with a VPN Router from Liberty Shield. It demonstrates BBC iPlayer with UK VPN working whilst it is blocked with a Spanish ISP VPN.

As you see in the above very straight forward demonstration; logging on to BBC iPlayer with an Amazon Fire TV using a Spanish Internet service is unsuccessful. It immediately shows an error message. You then see how the same process is completed successfully with a UK IP with a VPN Router from Liberty Shield. This simple demonstration outlines this extremely straightforward and hassle free process. If only everything in life was quite so hassle free as the straightforward process demonstrated in the video above. This is BBC iPlayer with UK VPN.

BBC iPlayer Blocked Outside UK…

When you load BBC iPlayer in the USA, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Dubai, Canada etc. you will get an error message.

BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only.

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This is basically because their streaming services are geoblocked based on the IP address being used to access it. You must be a UK domestic web user to access BBC live tv streaming and catchup with BBC iPlayer.

  • Get a UK IP address.
  • If you just want to watch on your PC, Mac or iPad. Then you can get a UK Proxy or VPN from Liberty Shield from only £6.99 per month.
  • Prefer to watch on supported media streaming devices like Now TV, Smart TVs, Apple TV, Xbox, PS4, Amazon Fire TV, Roku etc? You’ll need a UK configured VPN Router setup as British for only £12.99 with Worldwide Shipping.


Furthermore BBC iPlayer isn’t the only geographically-censored streaming services a VPN or Proxy will allow you to access.  Other UK services like BBC Sport, ITV Hub, All 4, Sky Go and Now TV are available.

Plus with the option to switch to our USA service whenever you like, you can access Hulu, HBO GO, Netflix and Pandora. Essentially you can access international content from virtually anywhere!

Liberty Shield run a tier 2 level VPN network and our range of VPN Routers will allow you to connect any device, including the Fire TV stick, Now TV Box, MAG Box, zGemma, and Android Boxes to a VPN without changing any settings on the device itself. You simply connect your device to the VPN Router WIFI or LAN (via ethernet cable) and also save CPU resources on your device.

We have sold many thousands of standalone VPN Routers in recent years and you can read hundreds of reviews on TrustPilot from genuine customers.

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With this offer we will ship you a VPN Router (Mikrotik RouterBoard hAP Lite RB951-2n) which will be encrypted so it allows you to connect to a UK network. The VPN Router can also be set quickly anytime to any of the countries we offer VPN IP addresses (e.g. UK, USA, Canada Ireland, Germany, Spain, France, Switzerland etc.) to bypass geo-blocking. The video above demonstrated BBC iPlayer with UK VPN, but it works just as well for all of these other countries.


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You will need to add an ongoing VPN subscription from Liberty Shield, packages are available from only £6.99 per month or take advantage of this offer and get 1 year VPN access for only £49.99 (only £4.16 per month) at the end of your 1 month free trial period.

Our standalone VPN Routers for BBC iPlayer with UK VPN are not the only service offered by Liberty Shield. We also offer the same range of software based VPN subscriptions as our competitors and also the addition of access to our Proxy Servers.