Wimbledon is the biggest Tennis tournament in the UK and one of the biggest worldwide on the Tennis circuit. With many nations making up the competitors of Wimbledon 2015 there is interest from all over the world and because of that a lot of people are wondering how to watch Wimbledon online from their respective country.
With Novak Djokovic defending the men’s title and Petra Kvitova the women’s, it looks like being an excellent tournament.
So if you’re interested in watching Wimbledon 2015 online I’ve put this little guide together to show you just how to do that no matter what country in the world you’re from.
Break open the strawberries and cream, Wimbledon 2015 is here.
How to watch Wimbledon 2015 online
If you’re from the United Kingdom then you can watch for free on BBC 1 and BBC 2 either on regular TV or on BBC iPlayer. If you’re from outside the UK you can still watch on BBC iPlayer but not directly, carry on reading and I’ll show you the extremely easy steps on how to achieve that.
If you visit BBC iPlayer from outside the UK you’ll be blocked with a message similar to the one below.
The reason for this is BBC iPlayer knows you’re not in the UK from your internet connection. Something called your IP Address gives away your location. An IP Address is a unique set of numbers that are assigned to you when you connect to the internet and from these you can pinpoint the country someone is in.
It is possible to alter your IP Address to that of another country using a service called a VPN and a VPN is the way that you can watch Wimbledon 2015 online from anywhere.
What is a VPN and where can I get one
A VPN routes your internet via another country and then onto the service you require, in this case, BBC iPlayer.
On your normal internet connection you visit BBC iPlayer you are accessing directly and so blocked. When using a VPN you access BBC iPlayer but your request is firstly passed to the VPN in the UK and then sent on to BBC iPlayer. BBC iPlayer sees that VPN accessing the service and not you and so streams you Wimbledon without blocking you.
It actually sounds rather complicated, but it isn’t. VPN services offer software that take care of the hard work for you, all you have to do is make a few clicks and you’re set-up and away you go.
A VPN service costs about US$5-$10 per month (Approx £3.15 – £6.30) and they can be cheaper if you take longer package lengths. Wimbledon 2015 runs from 29th June 2015 until 12th July so you’re only going to need a month service at most, but you may wish to keep hold of the service to watch other shows on BBC iPlayer.
Streaming video requires a good speed VPN and through our tests we’ve deduced that the following three services are best for watching Wimbledon 2015 online. We recommend IPVanish, but any of the three listed below will be suitable.
Top 3 VPN Providers for Wimbledon 2015
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What do I do next
All you need to do is sign up to one of the three providers above and once done download the supplied software for your system. All three offer software or apps for a range of devices so you’ll certainly be covered.
Once downloaded and installed you just click to connect to a UK server. Once it’s connected visit BBC iPlayer and you will be able to watch Wimbledon 2015 from anywhere in the world.
If you’re using IPVanish Windows or Mac software go to Server Selection and then select the “UK Media or Gaming” option. Alternatively you can go to Server Selection, then List and then find the United Kingdom and press Connect.
IPVanish Windows software
If you’re using ExpressVPN Windows or Mac software press “Select Another Location” then choose UK either Berkshire or Kent. Close the server selection window and press Connect in the main window.
If you’re using VyprVPN Windows or Mac software. Press the Location icon, then Show All Server Locations, then United Kingdom and finally Connect on the main window.
There is nothing more to it, once you’re connected to the UK on the VPN provider of your choice you simply visit the BBC iPlayer website and select either BBC 1 or BBC 2 depending on which channel is showing the Tennis and you’ll be able to stream live anywhere in the world without being blocked.
Where, When and What of Wimbledon 2015
Wimbledon takes place in the United Kingdom in London on a yearly basis and is billed as the oldest tennis tournament in the world.
The tournament this year takes place between June 29th 2015 and July 12th 2015 with matches on each day except the 5th July.
The women’s final will take place on Saturday 11th, July with the men’s following on Sunday 12th, July.
Full coverage will be available between BBC 1 and BBC 2 so remember to check both channels when accessing iPlayer.
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