Can I use the BBC iPlayer in Ireland?

Published 18/05/2004 12:47   |    Updated 16/05/2008 14:23
Can I use the BBC iPlayer in Ireland?

Rights agreements mean that BBC iPlayer television programmes are only available to users to download or stream (Click to Play) in the UK. However, BBC Worldwide is working on an international version, which the BBC will make available as soon as possible.


So if you are living in Ireland you will not be able to use the BBC iPlayer services until an international version is released.


Broadband content is expensive for the BBC to stream. The BBC has therefore decided to limit access to most of its broadband content to people in the UK in order to ensure best value for the UK licence fee. In addition, there are often broadcast rights restrictions which mean that content intended for a UK audience cannot be made available overseas.


Radio programmes are available outside the UK in addition to podcasts at


Many BBC News programmes are available for viewers outside the UK at and BBC Sport highlights are available at


You can also view some BBC entertainment content via BBC Worldwide on YouTube. This is also a commercially-funded service and therefore includes a limited amount of advertising around the video content.


Please note!: BT cannot be held responsible for the content or advice given by external websites, nor the result of misconfiguration arising from such advice.


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