Wimbledon is one of the most, if not the most famous Tennis tournaments, at least here in the UK. It is somewhat of a national institution that even if you have no or little interest in Tennis normally, it really doesn’t matter because each year millions of Brits tune in to watch the latest British star either rise (see Andy Murray) or fall (see Tim Henman) and for those of you who aren’t British the Wimbledon tournament itself is also one of the bigger Tennis tournaments that people tune in to worldwide, so while you might not be routing for the Brits you’re more than likely to be a fan of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer. Then it goes without saying we also have the amazing skills of the Women’s tournament which usually includes favourites like Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova or Na Li!
So regardless of the gender you have most interest in the simple fact is that Wimbledon is a massive tournament and one that most don’t want to miss, just noticing the amount of people eagar to watch online tells you that. Wimbledon 2014 kicks off on Monday, June 23rd 2014 and ends on Sunday, July 6th 2014 making it 2 weeks of intense and action packed tennis fun.
Being such a sought after event I am well aware that many British expats, holiday makers and those of you from countries outside of the UK have a keen interest in watching Wimbledon 2014 online, in fact I’ve noticed plenty of people scouring the internet and asking on various forums How can I watch Wimbledon 2014 online? The answer to this question is rather simple and one you’ll be surprised you haven’t heard of before once you understand just how easy it is.
The majority of the Wimbledon tournament will be shown on the UK TV channel BBC 2 with BBC 1 also covering a large chunk of the events too. Coverage kicks off at 11:30am BST on June 23rd 2014 which is 12:30pm CEST for those of you on mainland Europe and 6:30am EDT for those of you on the East coast of the United States. The BBC stream their channels online live, this means you’ll be able to watch Wimbledon 2014 from anywhere in the world right? Wrong! The reason you can’t is because the BBC website restricts viewing to those who are physically in the United Kingdom and anyone outside gets blocked, they do this by gauging the country you are in based off your internet connection – yes, they really do know what country you are in just off your internet connection, it all comes down to something called an IP address, by checking this they can determine your location.
However before you give up hope there is a system in which you can get yourself a UK IP address which then makes it seem as if you are in the United Kingdom, even though you’re probably sunning yourself on the beaches of Barbados or sat in a tent in France! To do this you need to sign up to a service called a Virtual Private Network, it takes your internet connection and routes it through the UK in an encrypted and secure manner. It’s the same system that security experts use to protect their internet use when using free wi-fi and also protects them from malicious hackers too. Signing up to a service is extremely quick and painless although it will cost you roughly US$5 – US$10 which isn’t bad as you can also use the same system to watch other things on the BBC and the full range of UK TV Networks such as ITV, Channel 4 etc.
There are hundreds of providers, two we recommend are IPVanish and VyprVPN because we found them to be most reliable when watching online streaming sites such as BBC iPlayer, VyprVPN have a free three day trial which is worth checking out to test for yourself. You might also consider HideMyAss as they’re a well respected provider too. If you’re feeling adventurous we list over 20 providers on our main VPN Comparison Guide so feel free to browse those if you want to explore.
If you’re wondering if it is complicated check out how simple it is with our video.
Once signed up you’ll be given a link to download either desktop software or a mobile/tablet app, you can use it on either. All you need to do is connect to the UK and visit the BBC website and find iPlayer ([Link]). Rather than the blocked message you had in the past you’ll now see Wimbledon in all it’s glory! You’re free to watch Wimbledon abroad as much as you wish from the comfort of your holiday villa, tent or house depending where you find yourself at the time!
Christopher has been using the internet since 1994 and has a keen interest in privacy & security with a particular passion for encouraging VPN use. When not delving into the online world he enjoys globe trotting, breaking a sweat in the gym and photography.