Well known to be one of the more expensive VPN services, ExpressVPN nevertheless delivers on its promise: it’s one of the fastest around. That makes it ideal for streaming video and, yes, it works with BBC iPlayer.
ExpressVPN has apps for all popular devices, including Amazon Firestick, a gadget you might well pack in your suitcase if you want to watch iPlayer from abroad (just don’t forget the remote control!).
As well as servers in the UK (three London-based locations), the company runs over 3,000 other servers in 94 countries around the world and works with other streaming services including Netflix.
If you need to use ExpressVPN on a games console or smart TV that doesn’t support VPNs, you can use its MediaStreamer DNS service instead, which can also unblock UK streaming services.
Its proprietary Lightway protocol is pretty speedy but you can have only five devices connected to ExpressVPN at the same time. Other VPNs are more generous, but not many people need to use even five devices at the same time.