Watching BBC iPlayer in Canada

Well Canada is great… ay?

Canada is frickin freezing and it is not nice to be out of the house for a very large chunk of the year. Watching the idiot box is increasingly popular as the year goes on and the nights get darker and colder. Canadian TV is OK at best and of course American TV is a world leader and widely available north of the border, however for those who have come from blighty originally there will always be a lack of good TV content from back home.

If you want to watch BBC iPlayer in Canada then you will have a problem. Like many of the other TV player applications from the United Kingdom, this service is UK only as it sniffs out your IP address. You can however now thankfully get around this by switching your Canadian IP address to that of one from the United Kingdom by using a VPN.

A VPN is a smart bit of tech that allows you to switch your IP address to that of one from another country, so that you may use services from that country abroad. Millions of British expats have relied on VPN use daily for access to UK TV applications and this has continued even in the advent of Netflix being everywhere.

IPTV has been around for quite some time now and is something that millions of expats also use for watching TV as it plays channels directly. The pro of this is that it works in the same way as a cable TV box would. The big con of this is that it is only for your living room, where as with a VPN you can install on all of your devices and watch wherever you are. IPTV also has a tendency to buffer when watching and so this can also be rather annoying.

All in all using a VPN is by far the best way of watching TV apps from the UK when in Canada. You can also watch USA TV apps when in Canada unblocked which is great. You may watch the USA Netflix rather than the Canadian Netflix as it will most likely have more content on it.

PRIVATRAX is popular with Brits abroad as it is one of the few VPN providers out there that will actually unblock the BBC still.

Having a VPN is essential not just for TV watching but also for security. If you are on a public WIFI network then you will need a VPN as hackers can steal your data packets and infiltrate your passwords and personal information. When using a VPN on public WIFI you are accessing the internet via an encrypted tunnel so that it is impossible for hackers to get at.

All in all a VPN is worth having and now roughly 1 in 6 people in the western world are now using one on a daily basis. I am guessing that most of this 1 in 6 in places such as Canada are also doing so for watching a slice of Britannia and Americana in the great white north.

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