Sky is one of those services that you love or for those that don’t have it don’t know what they’re missing. For those that have Sky (and let’s face it that is quite a large number with over 10 million subscribers) the service is one of those can’t live without type deals. Plenty of extra channels to choose from, not to mention the ability for sports fanatics to watch their favourite sport or teams and a host of quality premium movie channels. So is it possible to watch Sky Go abroad? It’s a question I keep getting asked.
No matter what you like to watch on Sky you’ve no doubt heard of Sky Go, a system similar to BBC iPlayer but for Sky. It allows you to watch TV programmes you might have missed or live TV for the majority of channels. It’s a great little system that is handy for taking on the road…. well, the road if the road involves the UK only. As some of you might have already realised after attempting to watch outside the UK, it isn’t available. Well, it is available but isn’t in the sense you can’t watch outside the UK. I’ve never really understood why you can’t want Sky Go abroad because the ability to watch Sky Go on holiday is one thing you would expect from a pay for TV service.
So if you’re attempting to watch Sky Go in the USA, France, Spain or anywhere else in the world you’re probably disappointed that you can’t. The good news is, although you can’t access Sky Go directly outside the UK there is a totally legal system called a Virtual Private Network that allows you to bypass the restrictions that stop you from watching when abroad. The reason it doesn’t allow you to watch outside the UK is because the IP address of your foreign internet connection tells Sky that you’re not on home soil. What a Virtual Private Network does is firstly encrypts your internet connection for privacy reasons but also masks your IP address giving the impression you’re in a different country. This can be any country but for watching Sky Go you’ll want that to be the United Kingdom.
We’ve reviewed some of the best VPN service providers over recent months which has given us an opportunity to compare VPN providers for which will be the best for watching Sky Go on the move. The following three all have UK connections and come highly recommended by us but we also have a VPN Comparison Guide if you want to check out some other providers. Just click on any of the following providers to be taken to their pages :-
Due to video streaming being a pretty intensive task it pays to sign up to a reliable and professional VPN service, we recommend IPVanish for the job because in our VPN review of their service we found them not only to be fast and reliable but also easy to use. Once signed up simply download the software for your device. There are a range of easy to use software solutions for Windows, Android, iOS and even VPN for Mac! So no matter what system or device you use you will be up and running within minutes. Once you’ve downloaded the software simply connect to a United Kingdom server or connection and then head over to the Sky Go website. Login as normal and you’ll be able to watch any live channel or catch up TV until your heart is content from anywhere in the world!
A good VPN service should only cost between about £3-£6 (US$5-$10) with bigger savings being able to be made on longer term packages so take your time to weigh up the benefits of signing up for a longer period than a month as you could find you can make some decent savings especially if you’re abroad for an extended period of time.
Although it sounds like an extremely complicated system it really isn’t, you’ll actually be really pleased on how little technical know how you need to get this system up and running. Generally it takes only a handful of clicks from start to finish to execute the process and after that you just watch like normal, take a look at our example video below in which we use IPVanish to watch Sky Go from outside the UK.