Often the expense and time involved in setting up to watch BBC abroad is massive. Big Satellite dishes, motors, satellite boxes, subscriptions, engineers & installation fees, it goes on. All the BBC abroad is available for free over the internet via BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five. BBC and ITV have all their live channels broadcasted in HD so there is real TV experience or watching programmes on demand. A laptop is also very easy to connect to TV. But, there now exist a simple, fast and light weight solution - Internet TV. The requirements are: high speed internet connection (minimum 1 mb), a computer (laptop, PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad or Smart phones) and a VPN (Virtual Private Network) account. The reason why BBC iplayer is funded by the UK TV license; if the TV license is not applied for and paid, then there is no right to watch BBC iplayer abroad. What the BBC site does is checking the location of computer through its IP address. Every device connected to the Internet has an IP address given to it, this address has a physical location attached to it. So if the spectator is overseas the IP address discloses to all about it. All that is required is to fool the system, thinking as if the user is located in the UK; here the UK IP address is required.
The two main methods are with a proxy server, where all traffic is essentially filtered and sent via another computer OR with a Virtual Private Network, which goes a step further and essentially replaces local ISP with a different connection. There is no reason to know anything about either, they can both be used to watch BBC iPlayer abroad, and VPNs have the slight advantage in that they allow to download shows from BBC iPlayer as well as watching them live.
Using BBC iplayer abroad is very much beneficial. It can have a connection to laptop and BBC programmes including news can be watched. But the main problem with it is that it cannot be watched outside the UK. This basically depends on the IP address that only little number gets assigned to your computer while connecting to any network. There are also free methods for accessing the BBC Iplayer. This can be routed through own PC while leaving one of the servers on and getting connected to the internet and using SSH tunneling. Alternatively, sling box can also be used which can be connected to TV at home in order to watch the programs coming on the TV.
There are many companies who offer to watch various services through their own private proxy servers.