BBC iPlayer is an OTT streaming service from BBC and is available only in the United Kingdom. It streams movies, TV shows, documentaries, live news, and sports event. It has HD quality videos on demand with an automatic subtitles option. The most popular category lists the famous shows on the BBC iPlayer. BBC iPlayer is available free for Firestick in the Amazon app store, and it is Geo-restricted. You need a trusted VPN to stream BBC iPlayer outside the UK. Let’s see how to watch BBC iPlayer on Amazon Firestick using a VPN.

BBC iPlayer on Firestick using VPN

BBC iPlayer Subscription

BBC iPlayer is free to use until you have a BBC account. The BBC account charges only the standard TV license fee, and it costs £159 per year. You can get a BBC account on the BBC website ( It offers an offline mode for downloading the videos to watch them later.

Steps to Download and Stream BBC iPlayer on Amazon Firestick

Quick Guide: On your Fire TV Home, click Search under Find >> Search BBC iPlayer >> Click Get to install >> Tap Open to launch it.

#1: Launch Firestick by connecting to the TV through the HDMI port and select the Search icon at the top left corner.

click search under find category

#2: Type BBC iPlayer and select the same from the options below.

Search for BBC iPlayer on Firestick

#3: Select Get or Download to install the app.

#4: Select Open to launch the app.

#5: Sign in to your BBC account with your Username and Password. Start streaming the BBC content.

The BBC iPlayer screen has channels, categories, A-Z, TV guide, and My Programmes tabs at the top to select the contents easily.

BBC iPlayer on Firestick using VPN

Alternate Way to Get BBC iPlayer on Fire TV Stick

You can install BBC iPlayer on Firestick using third-party apps like Downloader and ES File Explorer. Before sideloading BBC iPlayer on Fire TV using the Downloader app, you have to enable Install unknown apps. To do this, go to

Setting >> My Fire TV >> developer Options >> Install Unknown Apps >> Turn ON.

#1: On your Firestick home, select Find.

#2: Under that, click Search and search for Downloader.

#3: Click Get to install the app and open it on your Fire TV.

Once installed,, launch the app on Firestick

#4: On the home page of the Downloader APK, enter the URL Link of the BBC iPlayer.

Enter the URL link and click go to download BBC iPlayer on Firestick

#5: Clik GO to download the file.

#6. Once downloaded, click Install and wait till the app gets installed.

#7. Click Open to launch the BBC Player Apk on Fire TV 4k.

Steps to Watch BBC iPlayer on Firestick Outside the UK

If you aren’t living in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland), you will not get access to BBC iPlayer due to Geo-restriction. The Geo-restriction can be avoided by using a VPN like NorVPN or ExpressVPN.

#1: Open the home screen of Firestick and select the Search icon at the top left corner.

#2: Type NordVPN and select it from the options below.

Click NordVPN to get it on Firestick

#3: Select Get to install the app.

click Get to install NordVPN on Firestick

#4: Select Open to launch the NordVPN app.

open NordVPN

#5: Sign in with your Email and Password. Select Log In.

#6: Select the UK VPN server and connect to it.

select UK VPN server

#7: Open the BBC iPlayer from your Apps & Games and sign in with your BBC account to stream the contents.

BBC iPlayer on Firestick using VPN

You can watch BBC iPlayer on Firestick from anywhere in the world. A paid VPN works better than a free VPN in bypassing the Geo-restriction of streaming services. The Best VPNs for Firestick are analyzed in the earlier post, have a look at it to keep yourself protected from hacking. BBC iPlayer is a free OTT service for streaming most of the BBC content with a BBC account. The BBC iPlayer has a live restart option to start watching the live streaming from the first if you are late to live.


Why does BBC iPlayer keeps buffering on Firestick?

If your BBC iPlayer is not working, check for the latest version of the app.

Can I watch BBC iPlayer on Amazon Prime?

Yes, you can stream BBC America on Amazon Prime Video. But, you can’t access all the shows available on the UK version.

What devices are compatible with BBC iPlayer?

You stream BBC iPlayer with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV, Philips TV, PS4, PS5, Xbox, etc.

Can I watch BBC iPlayer in the USA?

You can watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK using a VPN.

Can I watch BBC iPlayer live streaming on Firestick?

Yes. You can watch live news and sports events on BBC iPlayer on Firestick devices. You can select the locations for streaming the local live channels.

What are the alternative apps to stream British shows?

NOW TV, SKY Go, All 4, ITV Hub, My5, and Apple TV Plus are some of the best alternatives that stream British movies and series.