BBC iPlayer is available on Firestick devices for those who live in the UK and can download directly from the Amazon App Store. If you are among the users residing outside the UK, you can get BBC iPlayer either by sideloading or Silk browser using VPN.
With BBC iPlayer, you can watch on-demand and live content in various categories, such as entertainment, lifestyle, sport, and more on Firestick. You can even access the content of BBC channels, such as CBBC, BBC One, ALBA, and more.
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This article explains step-by-step instructions to access BBC iPlayer inside and outside the UK. We have also listed the troubleshooting methods, which will help you fix when BBC iPlayer stops working on your device.
- BBC iPlayer app is the best platform to discover and watch the latest TV series online.
- You can easily save or download all your favorites and watch them offline mode.
- Even if you have missed the start of a TV episode, BBC iPlayer will pause and restart the live TV.
- Simply click the Add button to create a playlist for your favorite programs.
- Gives you personalized recommendations based on your watch history.
- Lets you create Child Profile for children to stream kids entertainment.
Fortunately, BBC iPlayer doesn’t have specific subscription plans and you can stream the content for free. However, you need a TV license to pursue watching content on the platform.
How to Get BBC iPlayer on Firestick [Inside UK]
#1. Connect your Firestick to the smart TV’s HDMI port and ensure it has an internet connection.
#2. Go to the Firestick Home screen. Click Find and select the Search option.
#3. Use the Fire TV remote and click on the on-screen keys to type as BBC iPlayer.
#4. Further, you should choose BBC iPlayer from the suggestions.
#5. Click the Get button to install the BBC iPlayer for Amazon Fire Stick.
#6. After downloading, tap on the Open button to launch it.
#7. Sign in to the BBC iPlayer account to start streaming your favorite shows.
How to Activate BBC iPlayer on Firestick
#1. On your Firestick remote, click on the Home button.
#2. Select the Apps section and select BBC iPlayer.
#3. Click on the Menu icon and select the Move to Front option.
#4: Now, you can access BBC iPlayer from the home screen.
#5. Launch the BBC iPlayer app on your Firestick.
#6. Click Sign in and it will display an activation code on the screen.
#7. Next, go to account.bbc.com/account/tv from a PC or mobile browser.
If prompted, sign in with your BBC iPlayer account credentials and tap Continue.
#8. Enter the Activation code and click Sign in on your TV.
#9. You will see All done! message if your account is verified.
#10. Further, click the Continue option that appears on the Firestick screen.
#11. Following that, tap OK, got it to view the home page of BBC iPlayer.
Now, start streaming your favorite content on your BBC iPlayer application.
How to Watch BBC iPlayer on Firestick [Outside UK]
As previously mentioned, if you are outside the UK, you can access the platform either by sideloading APK or a browser with VPN.
Sideload BBC iPlayer APK on Firestick using Downloader
You can follow the below steps to install BBC iPlayer on Fire TV.
1. Get Downloader on Firestick
#1. Once you turned on your Fire TV Stick, click Find → Search.
#2. Using the virtual keyboard, type Downloader using the Firestick remote.
#3. Choose Downloader from the search results and click Get.
#4. Once the app gets installed, select Open to launch it.
2. Enable Unknown Sources on Fire Stick
After installing the Downloader app, you need to modify a few settings on Firestick.
#1. From the home screen, click the gear icon to open Firestick Settings.
#2. Now, click on My Fire TV/Device.
#3. Select Developer Options.
#4. Click on Apps from Unknown Sources and Turn it On.
Pro Tip: Otherwise, click on Install unknown apps and turn on Downloader.
3. Sideload BBC iPlayer on Firestick
#1. Go to Your Apps & Channels by clicking the Apps icon on your Fire TV.
#2. Scroll down and select the Downloader app from the list of installed apps.
#3. Once it is launched, type the BBC iPlayer’s URL as https://bit.ly/2Mf7Eag.
#4. Tap on the Go button to download the BBC iPlayer apk.
#5. After it gets downloaded, open the file and click on the Next button.
#6. On the next screen, hit the Install button.
#7. Finally, click Open to launch BBC iPlayer on Fire TV and therefore access its features.
Note: You may even try sideloading BBC iPlayer using ES File Explorer on Fire TV Stick.
How to Stream BBC iPlayer Outside the UK
Instead of sideloading BBC iPlayer using Downloader or ES File Explorer, you can install a VPN on Firestick and connect it to the UK server to access BBC iPlayer. Here are the steps to use IPVanish on Firestick.
#1. Install and launch IPVanish on your Fire TV device.
#2. Login with your account credentials.
#3. Choose any UK server and click Connect.
#4. Now, minimize the VPN screen and visit the official website of BBC iPlayer on the Silk browser.
#5. Click Sign in, enter the credentials, and start streaming the content.
#5. To stop using VPN, open the IPVanish screen and click the Disconnect button.
How to Fix BBC iPlayer Not Working on Firestick
Sometimes, the BBC iPlayer might stop working on your Fire TV Stick devices due to unknown reasons. The issues can be with the device or app. Whatever the source, you can fix the issue right away by following the troubleshooting steps.
#1. Check the internet speed – If the internet speed is down and not up to the mark, restart the router and test streaming the videos.
#2. Clear the App Cache – High cache accumulation can hinder the app’s performance. Remove the cache on Firestick and check again.
#3. Change incorrect time – If your Firestick device time is wrong, the content might stop loading. Under these scenarios, change the time and try streaming again. If it doesn’t stream, move to the next step.
#4. Restart BBC iPlayer – When the app freezes or stuck on the logo screen, try restarting the app.
#5. Reboot Firestick – Sometimes, minor technical glitches can stop the app from functioning well. Reboot the Fire TV Stick and check.
#6. Uninstall & Reinstall the app – If the BBC iPlayer app crashes frequently on your Fire Stick, we suggest you uninstall and reinstall it.
#7. Upgrade Firestick – You must update Firestick to the latest version, as outdated device firmware, can be an interruption for the app not working properly.
#8. Reset Firestick – Reset your Firestick device to the factory settings, which deletes storage and all applications, including BBC iPlayer. Once reset, install and set up BBC iPlayer from scratch.
As BBC iPlayer is not available in the US, you need to use a VPN to stream the content on Firestick.
Yes, BBC iPlayer is available as a channel with Amazon Prime. You need to purchase a Prime Video subscription along with BBC iPlayer to access the channel.
To update, head to Applications → Select BBC iPlayer → Press the Menu button on the remote → Choose More Info → Select Update.