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As many of you Tom Hiddleston fans know, The Hollow Crown (Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, and Henry V) begins today in the UK on BBC Two. I’ve seen some instructions on how to watch it live here in the U.S., but most recommend ExpatShield, an excellent program for PC users but no help to us Mac users. This one is for you guys (and any just general anglophiles with a mac).
1) Download Google Chrome
2) Download the BBC live streaming extension for Google Chrome
3) Download the free version of Tunnelbear, and after it’s installed, switch the little dial from US to UK. Both the BBC iPlayer and the live stream should now work!
Edit: More detailed instructions for how to actually watch it after you’ve downloaded everything.
Edit 2: If you don’t want to download the chrome extensions, you can just turn on Tunnelbear and visit the bbc.co.uk page and find the iPlayer tab, where you can watch BBC Two live (make sure Tunnelbear is switched on and to UK).
Edit 3: Please be aware that there’s a 500MB limit on the free version of Tunnelbear. I don’t know how much video time that equates to, but there’s a good chance it won’t be enough (I didn’t realize before I made this post). For other, possibly more reliable options see this post (the free, easy, one-time solution) or this post (the kind of difficult but free, unlimited solution).
1) The show airs 21:00 GMT, so find out when that is in your area.
2) Make sure tunnelbear is switched on and set to U.K.
3) Click on the “BBC” logo next to your address bar in Chrome and select “BBC TWO” from the dropdown list.
4) It should work!
I don’t know if they’ll put it on the BBC TWO website after it airs, but if so, just make sure tunnelbear is on and the iPlayer should work for you as well.