Match of the Day (MOTD) is no doubt one of the best football shows for Premier League football. The show throws together the best bits and highlights of the matches into 90 minutes of professional analysis and tantalizing predictions.
You can watch Match of the Day online on BBC iPlayer. BBC iPlayer is a British online streaming platform that is only accessible from inside the UK and is blocked in the US.
So, American fans cannot simply access the show on BBC iPlayer because of geo-blocking.
The good news is that you can bypass BBC’s geo-blocks and watch MOTD from the USA by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
With a VPN, you can unblock BBC iPlayer and watch Match of The Day online in the United States for free. Here’s everything you need to know.
Where is Match of the Day available online?
Match of the Day and other football programs are available to watch on BBC iPlayer. Although, its on-demand version is not available straight away after the live show. Luckily, you can rewind the last broadcast to catch up.
New episodes of MOTD are available from midnight the day of the broadcast. Each episode is available to stream or download until the next episode comes out, or seven days after the broadcast.
An amazing thing about BBC iPlayer is that it is a free streaming service. You don’t have to pay for a subscription because you can create an account on BBC iPlayer for free and watch Match of the Day.
Why do you need a VPN to watch MOTD in the USA?
Match of the Day is available to stream on BBC iPlayer. BBC iPlayer is a British on-demand streaming service that is geo-blocked and viewers outside the UK are blocked from viewing its content.
If you try to access it from the US, you will see a message saying something like, “BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues.”
When you visit BBC iPlayer, it checks your IP address to check where you are located. As soon as it sees that you are in the US, it restricts access to the site.
Luckily you can evade these geo-blocks using a VPN. With the help of a VPN, you can connect to a UK server to get a British IP address. This way you can appear to be in the UK where you can watch Match of the Day on BBC iPlayer without any issues.
How to Sign Up for BBC iPlayer in the USA
Here’s how to sign up for a free BBC iPlayer account in the US:
Note: When you start watching something, it will ask you if you have a TV license. You can click the option ‘Yes’ and continue watching.
Devices on which you can watch BBC iPlayer
You can watch Match of the Day on BBC iPlayer on any device you want. BBC iPlayer works on all major devices such as:
- Apple TV
- Android TV
- Amazon Firestick
- Smart TV
- Google Chromecast
- Xbox One, Xbox 360
You can see the full list of supported devices here.
How to watch BBC iPlayer on Apple TV in the US
To watch Match of the Day on BBC iPlayer on your Apple TV in the US, you will need a VPN. This is because BBC iPlayer is not available on Apple TV outside the UK due to broadcasting rights.
Follow these steps to watch BBC iPlayer on Apple TV in the US:
- Turn on your Apple TV.
- Go to Settings > General > select ‘Region’.
- Change the region to the UK.
- Once the region is switched, the next step is to set up a VPN.
- Subscribe to a VPN and set it on your router. I personally use ExpressVPN for its affordable plans and fast speeds.
- Once the VPN is set up, connect to a UK server and make sure your Apple TV is connected to the router.
- Visit App Store and search for BBC iPlayer app.
- Download the app and log in to enjoy Match of The Day for free on your Apple TV.
How to watch BBC iPlayer on Amazon Firestick in the USA
If you have an Amazon Firestick, you can directly install a VPN from the Amazon store and download the BBC iPlayer app from the US.
Here’s how to watch BBC iPlayer on Amazon Firestick in the US:
- Turn on your Firestick and go to Settings.
- Click Device > Developer Options and enable ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’.
- Now, install the Downloader app.
- From the Amazon Store download the ExpressVPN app.
- Open the app, and log in.
- Connect to a UK server.
- From Apps search for BBC iPlayer apps.
- Install the app.
- Launch it and log in.
Match of the Day Presenters, Analysts, & Commentators
Here is a list of the current analysts for the MOTD season:
- Gary Lineker
- Alan Shearer
- Martin Keown
- Danny Murphy
- Micah Richards
- Jermaine Jenas
- Ian Wright
- Steve Wilson
- Jonathan Pearce
- Martin Fisher
BBC sports program Match of The Day is a great show for Premier League fans. The show discusses all the best bits from the matches. All the episodes of the show are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
As you have already discovered, BBC iPlayer is a free streaming service that is not available in the US due to licensing rights. Therefore, to unblock the channel and watch MOTD in the US, you need a VPN.
Grab a VPN, unblock BBC iPlayer in the US and enjoy plenty of English Football online for free on any device you want. Enjoy streaming.