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Can’t Access BBC iplayer in China?

Hi there. I got problems. When I try to use BBC iplayer, it gives me the message saying BBC iplayer only works in the U.K. I used it all the time and it worked fine back in UK, I would like to make it work in China too. Please can you help?

Why can’t You Access BBC iPlayer in China?

iPlayer is an Internet streaming, catchup, television and radio service from the (British Broadcasting Corporation) BBC. Its tagline was “Catch up on the last 7 days of BBC TV & Radio.” If you missed the live broadcast, you still could watch it within 7 days. In the past, users eagerly hoped that they could watch their favorite programmes in their spare time. Therefore, BBC iPlayer has been very popular among users since it has been launched. It is available on various devices like mobile phones and tablets, personal computers, and smart televisions. You can “carry” the programmes on your mobile device in your pocket conveniently and watch them on the big screen on smart TV. You don’t need to pay the TV licence for watching catch-up programmes.
It is a pity that BBC iPlayer is only available for UK based viewers. Every family in UK pays fee every year to raise money to operate BBC iPlayer. Therefore, it is only broadcast in UK without commercial advertising. If you live in US, Australia, China or other countries, you will not be able to access it. When you try to visit BBC iPlayer in China, the website server detects your IP address which gives away your location, thus refusing your visit. Besides, the Internet censorship in China is high. The Great Firewall of China blocks most of the western video-sharing platforms and social media platforms to prevent them from corrupting its people’s thoughts. Your connection will be blocked once the firewall knows your China-based IP address. Therefore, you need a UK IP address to access BBC iPlayer.

How to Access BBC iPlayer in China?

As only UK-based users can access BBC iPlayer, you have to make the website server believe that you are living in UK. That’s how a VPN helps you. It masks your real IP address with a UK-based one. Others do not know your real location. VPN persuades the website server to allow you to access the website and also bypass the firewall at the same time. What is a VPN? VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It creates an encrypted and secure connection between you and the website you are visiting. The VPN server plays the role of a middleman between you and the website that you are visiting. Given that the network traffic between you and websites is encrypted like a tunnel, the ISP will have no idea of your traffic emerges without signs of who you are or where you’re connecting from. The VPN server provides UK-based IPs to replace your real IP. With the help of VPN, you will be able to watch BBC iPlayer any time when traveling in China.

If you have any questions about how to access BBC iPlayer in China, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Before you read the steps, let us tell you something important. There VPN websites are filtered by the Chinese government almost every day, and hence there may be a possibility that some of these websites are not working anymore. So make sure that you have seen the updated VPN list before choosing one.

Here are some steps:
·First of all, you will need to go to the website of the particular VPN and register yourself there.
·Then you will need to buy the subscription package because no VPN in China is free of cost.
·Once you have purchased the package that will allow you with the different types of features, bandwidth, and data usage and so on, you must download the application for the desired device. You can select the desired sever either before downloading the application or after it a server that is allocated outside China but in the country near China should be chosen.

How to set up VPN on iOS
Below you can see simple instructions.
1. Click Settings > General > VPN
2. Tap Add VPN Configuration
3. Select L2TP VPN and enter you VPN account data. You will receive your VPN server, username and password in the e-mail
Server address must be exactly as in your account data (without http://, www or any other symbols).
4. Save your VPN configuration. Once you have created VPN connection you can switch it ON and OFF on the main settings screen
When you are connected to VPN you can access BBC iPlayer without any restrictions.
How to set up VPN on Android
To use BBC iPlayer on your Android device you need to make a VPN connection between you and VPN server. You do not need any additional software or applications. All you need is make a few simple steps:
1. Tap Settings
2. Select Wireless & Networks and tap on VPN
3. Add VPN Network
4. Input connection name (Sahrzad VPN), select the type of your VPN connection – PPTP VPN, input VPN server address from your account data.
Please be carefully – don’t use any additional symbols like spaces, http://, www, / …etc in the server address.
5. Input your Username and password that you received from VPN account service in e-mail.
Save it and tap Connect
For connection to vpn server:
1. Select Home > Menu > Settings
2. Tap Wireless & networks
3. Tap VPN settings
4. The VPN connections you have added are present in the list
5. Tap the VPN you wish to connect to (Sahrzad VPN)
6. A dialog box will open asking for your credentials, enter them and click connect

When you are connected to VPN, you will see an ongoing notification in the Status bar on your Android device. If you are disconnected, you will receive a notification and an option to go back to the VPN settings section.

Notes:
1. Always choose the server that is near China so that one can get the fastest possible results.
2. These VPNs are not free of cost hence ready to pay some affordable price to get the access to the Telegram and other blocked websites.
3. If you use VPN in China, make sure to get the updated list of the VPNs because most of the old VPNs have been banned by China.
4. Moreover, never search or do something that can be offensive to Chinese authorities something traceable by GFW.

Important things you need to keep in mind about a VPN service

How VPN works while you are trying to access a website?
In order to let you know the functions of VPN, let’s talk about how it works in detail. You run VPN and click on link you want to visit. The browser sends encrypted your account & password and request to your VPN service first. Then, VPN service decrypts the communication and sends it to the targeted website. After the website receives data, it generates session cookie and send it to your VPN service. VPN encrypts the session data it received and then sends it back to your device. In this way, you can view the website you like after your browser received the session cookie. You may think that the process is too complicated and it will take a long time before you can access the targeted website. In fact, everything we mentioned above happens at an amazing and unbelievable speed. In the blink of an eye your request will be sent and everything will respond. Your Internet connection is secure, encrypted and extremely fast with VPN service.

Problems that you may meet while using VPN service
Problem 1: I can connection VPN service via 4G mobile data on my phone, but I can’t connect it via WiFi hotspot? I saw WIFi signal bar there while it still used my mobile data.
The problem may be that WiFi hotspot sets limits on VPN connection. NAT of VPN, namely PPTP/L2TP has been limited. WiFi hotspot refuses to transfer your data to the VPN service.
Problem 2: I failed to visit some regular websites after I turned off VPN. I could access those websites before I first used VPN. I am a Chinese user and I use VPN service to access Google, Tinder, OneDrive,Dropbox, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter and watch Youtube. Now, I can’t visit my favorite Chinese websites in a normal way. I have to run VPN so that I can access them.
Firstly, there may be something wrong with your routing tables. Check your default route and VPN gateway.
Secondly, your DNS may have been hijacked. Check your DNS and scan your computer for malicious programs
Thirdly, it may be the mechanism network problem or Internet proxy. Check your Internet settings.
Fourthly, it may be caused by non-normal exit. Next time, remember quit it in a normal way.
Problem 3: I can’t access local area network after I connect to VPN.
It may be caused by IP address conflict. Check your network line and correct the settings. Find your original gateway address via command.
Problems 4: Why I have blue screen after I run VPN?
Probably, your drive is not compatible with the VPN service you use. Besides, some anti-virus programs, game protection drive and bank security controls will bring blue screen when you use VPN.

Conclusion

BBC iPlayer is a great podcaster service. You only need to press the red button and watch the on-demand videos. There is no need to spare your working or sleeping time to watch your favorite programmes. You can watch them casually in your free time with your popcorn and soda. BBC iPlayer is the citizens’ TV station. Citizens pay the fee every year to support it. Not paying the fee is a criminal offence in UK. Therefore, only the UK-based users can access those programmes. Luckily, you still be a UK-bases user while you are not living in UK. You don’t need to go to UK, but only need a UK-based IP. The VPN provides you such an IP address. After you connect to the local server in UK, you can access BBC iPlayer freely in China. Besides, the VPN encrypts your connections to protect your Internet privacy. It prevents the snoopers, ISPs, firewall and the government from intercepting your session for sensitive information. You can escape from the throttling and enjoy the videos with high quality smoothly and safely. Can’t access BBC iPlayer in China yet? Get a VPN to make it available in China.

Kindly Reminder: If you have any question regarding how to access BBC iPlayer in China and how to Set up VPN on your device, please live chat with YooCare online expert for help.

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Published by Emerson L. Sullivan, last updated on October 11, 2017 7:17 am | How to Guides

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