The BBC Proms classical musical festival begins tonight. Here’s how you can tune into the first night of The Proms online or on TV or radio, even if you’re not in the UK.
How to watch The Proms online or on TV
Coverage of The Proms begins on Friday 14 July 2017 with the first night of the Proms broadcast at 8pm on BBC Four and 9pm on BBC Two.
A full schedule for the BBC proms can be found here.
You can access these channels on Freeview or cable/satellite TV, online via the BBC iPlayer website (where you’ll also be able to catch up after the broadcast has finished), or through the BBC iPlayer mobile app.
(Free mobile apps are available for each of the BBC services we mention in this guide from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.)
How to watch The Proms outside the UK
Because this is a BBC service, to access the BBC iPlayer, BBC iPlayer Radio or BBC Music services you’ll need to sign up for a BBC ID.
For those living in the UK this isn’t a problem, but outside the UK it presents an issue because it requests a valid UK postcode in order to verify you have a valid TV Licence (which, of course, you probably won’t have).
There are a few ways around this geographical block. For example, you might use a VPN such as NordVPN to stop the service knowing you are outside the UK, which will be useful if you’re a Brit holidaying abroad. Read more in our guide to How to watch BBC iPlayer abroad.
An alternative is to use an online service such as TVCatchup (apps are available for Android and iOS) that lets you view a live feed of any footage shown on BBC Two, but sadly not BBC Four. Click here to stream BBC Two now.
How to listen to The Proms on radio
The Proms will also be streamed on BBC Radio 3 from 7.30pm. You can tune in via an FM radio (90-93 FM), online at bbc.co.uk/radio3 or via the free BBC iPlayer Radio app.
A Proms 2017 Preview is available online. You can add this playlist to My Music, which is available online or via the BBC Music app, or listen to the playlist through Deezer, Spotify or YouTube. More details are found here.