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What is BBC iPlayer?

BBC iPlayer is one of the most popular internet streaming, television and radio service in United Kingdom. It is offering some of the best local and international TV shows, movies, documentaries, news, live sports and radio programs not only in United Kingdom but also around the world. Therefore, many Colombian people are looking for a way to watch iPlayer in Colombia.

Why iPlayer is not working in Colombia?

iPlayer just like many other British online streaming and TV broadcasting services is restricting its access in Colombia and across the globe due to copyright licensing issues. Programs that iPlayer is offering is not licensed outside of United Kingdom. Therefore, British tourists and residents in Colombia can’t open BBC iPlayer in Colombia.

How to watch BBC iPlayer in Colombia?

BBC iPlayer checks your IP address and sees that you aren’t in United Kingdom therefore it blocks your access to iPlayer. However, if you are using either VPN, Smart DNS or Browser Extension, you can hide your Colombian IP by connecting to Colombia proxy server. It provides you with a new British IP and therefore gives an impression to BBC iPlayer that you are in United Kingdom. Thus, you can unblock iPlayer in Colombia and any other location.As previously mentioned, there are a few methods how you can unblock BBC iPlayer outside United Kingdom. Here are the best three options how you can stream iPlayer in Costa Rica:

*Smart DNS

*Virtual Private Network

*Browser Extension

All three tools allow you to hide your Costa Rica IP address and make it look like you are physically in United Kingdom. We have tested many tools, but not all are working with BBC iPlayer. Therefore continue reading to learn more about each of the tools that still allow you to watch iPlayer in Costa Rica.

Option 1: Smart DNS – Fast iPlayer content streaming

Smart DNS is our top recommendation for opening BBC iPlayer in Costa Rica. It provides excellent speeds. Therefore smartdns allows you to stream iPlayer content with no problems anywhere in the world. If you are looking to unblock iPlayer and other streaming services from other countries, then smart DNS for Costa Rica is the right tool to have. However, it doesn’t encrypt your traffic therefore if you prefer that Costa Rican ISP and government don’t get hold of your online activities then we recommend finding out more about Option 2.

Option 2: Virtual Private Network – Provides online privacy

The most common method of hiding Costa Rican IP address. By connecting to British VPN proxy server, it changes your IP to Costa Rica and hides your actual location. Furthermore, using VPN in Costa Rica provides extra privacy when surfing the web. It sends your web browsing activity through a secure tunnel, encrypting your private data. Therefore, you can access iPlayer in Costa Rica entirely securely and anonymously.

Option 3: Browser Extension – Often blocked by BBC iPlayer

If using smart DNS or VPN service for easy access to iPlayer outside United Kingdom sounds like a hassle then you can try out various browser extensions. There are some free and a few subscription-based extensions for BBC iPlayer. However, iPlayer is aware of many Costa Rican using it to route their traffic through British proxy server for iPlayer, so often these browser extensions are cracked down.

One of the best proxy browser extensions for watching BBC iPlayer outside United Kingdom is Proxymate. Proxymate service works with Chrome, Android, iOS and other operating systems to let you bypass iPlayer blocks in Costa Rica.

If you wish to try out some other web browser extension for iPlayer, then make sure to do your research since some of them can be malicious. Furthermore, they do not guarantee BBC iPlayer access in Costa Rica.

How to download shows on BBC iPlayer to your smartphone and tablet

In the app, pick a TV show and tap on the 'Download' icon - and it will start to download. A status bar will appear to show you the file size, and the time remaining until the download is complete.

You can only download shows over wi-fi connection, not 3G or 4G, and it's also worth nothing programmes are specific to the device you download them on to. Downloads don't sync across all your devices.

Where can I find all my downloaded shows?

Head to the 'Downloads' section in the app's drop-down navigation menu, and you'll find a list of shows downloaded on to your device.

You can remove shows by tapping the 'edit' button in the top corner, selecting the show and pressing delete.

If you don't have wi-fi, you can still queue up shows over 4G and wait until you get internet connection for the downloads to take place.

There's a separate tab for all the programmes that you've queued up. Here, you can track their download progress, or tap 'edit' to remove shows if you've changed your mind.

Once a show is downloaded, it automatically goes into the Downloaded tab.

How long can you watch the downloaded programmes for?

All downloaded shows will stay on your device for 30 days, after which they are automatically removed. The status under each programme shows how many days it is available for.

Download on to your laptop

You can't download shows directly from the iPlayer website on to your laptop. For that, you'll need the BBC iPlayer Downloads desktop app.

It's available free from the website and works roughly in the same way as downloading from within the app.

Series record

You can record whole series of your favourite programmes on the desktop app. The next available episode will automatically download (provided there's an internet connection).

Warning! This will take up a lot of space on your laptop's storage.

While iPlayer used to hold both radio and televisual content, the two were split - the core iPlayer handles television and BBC Sounds became the place to find all of the BBC's radio channels and podcasts. Along with streaming stations such as Radio 1 and Radio 2 live, you can dip into the archives to enjoy radio programmes on-demand. BBC Sounds works in a similar way to the TV version, including the ability to download shows as podcasts to enjoy later.

If you're looking for top notch headphones to use while listening to your favourite radio programme, read our guide on the most reliable headphone brands. Another part of the BBC's online services is the BBC Store. This is a bit like iTunes for all the BBC's programmes, enabling you to buy content in the same way you'd purchase it on a DVD. This digital video online shop has entire series – contemporary and classic – to buy to keep on your computer or other device. Any purchases you make are made available to watch through iPlayer itself.

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