Is there a way to download the BBC iPlayer app from a US iTunes account?

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  1. waltermitty macrumors member

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    I travel to London often and would like to download the iPlayer app on my iPad 2 so I can use it next time I'm there. Is there a way of doing this while retaining my US iTunes account? I know I could create a UK iTunes account, download the free app, etc, but will the IPS remain once I log back into my US account?

    Thanks.
     
  2. spinstorm macrumors 65816

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    No but you can make a UK account and use both on your iPad at the same time.

    You just need to buy a UK iTunes voucher either on eBay or when your in the UK and then you create a UK iTunes account and apply the voucher to it.

    This avoids you needing a UK credit card. You will have to enter some random address and you will need a different email to your existing iTunes account.

    You will be able to download player from anywhere in the world but it may not work outside the UK as your IP address will be a US IP.

    You can get around this by setting up a VPN om your iPad. There are several companies that sell VPN access and they cost a reasonable price. I use purevpn.net myself.

    Good luck!
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    So that would be downloading from a UK account. Not a US account. So ct2k7 is still correct.
     
  4. waltermitty thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you very much.
     
  5. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    You don't need to get an iTunes card/voucher unless you want to download paid apps. I live in the UK and created a US account so I could at least download the free apps. I didn't need to provide credit card details or redeem an iTunes store card. For example I just downloaded the free Bing app by Microsoft from the US store the other day as it's not available in the UK store. I usually do this on my Mac Mini as it's easier to switch accounts on a computer then on an iPad.
     
  6. waltermitty thread starter macrumors member

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    I tried earlier and it wouldn't allow me to do this; any tips?

    Edit: Please see http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2534 on how to do this. I think it should work.
     
  7. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I'm afraid it's been a while since I created the US account. If I remember correctly I just set up the account the same way as the UK one but provided a US address. You can use any address like that of a hotel. When it asks you for payment details there is an option to not do so and bypass it. Once you've created the account it's easy to switch by changing to the respective store in iTunes and then signing in. To switch back you change to the other store and sign into the account for that location.
     
  8. lonesoul macrumors newbie

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    Just FYI even if you download the BBC app you won't be able to view any programme due to the fact that you are connecting from the US. Though there is a way around it if you have access to a VPN connection
     
  9. byke macrumors 6502a

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    I have the BBC app, and must say that it's not very good.
    It's much better to go to the website instead via a Uk VPN

    www.BBC.co.Uk/iplayer

    So much better.
     
  10. waltermitty thread starter macrumors member

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    On the iPad, though? It says device not supported when I try that. I used Atomic browser to show as an iPhone, but the videos do not load this way. It does work on my iPhone, however.
     

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