In this guide we’re going to show you how to watch ITV Player abroad.
One quirk of being British or having lived in Britain for a long period of time is we love our British based TV. ITV or “Channel 3” as some of us older watchers fondly call it produces a wealth of excellent TV programs from soaps such as Coronation Street to dramas like Downton Abbey.
Many Brits are lucky enough to venture off on holiday, move abroad indefinitely, own a holiday home or have relatives that do which all leads to one question while we are away.
How can I watch ITV Player abroad?
Regardless where you are, be it Spain, France, Germany, USA or anywhere else in the world the simple fact is you can’t directly access ITV Player in any other country than the UK.
So you’re probably wondering how you can watch and if it is even possible?
The great news is, it is! For this you’ll need something called a VPN.
What is a VPN?
A VPN is a system originally used by business to allow travelling workers to securely access their office over the internet. There are plenty of VPN services now available to the public which are multi-functional and a sideline aspect of these is they allow full access to ITV Player anywhere in the world.
A VPN actually sounds more complicated than it is but in a nutshell it allows you to connect securely to another location in the world and assume the identity of that location.
Where can I get a VPN for ITV Player?
A reputable VPN provider will set you back around £4-£6 per month (approx US$6-$10) or less if you sign up for a year and will allow you to do much more than just watch ITV Player but for now we won’t confuse you.
One provider we highly recommend is IPVanish due to the simplicity of their software to connect. Another plus in our recent review we found them to offer a top notch service, just click on their name to visit their site.
There are other good providers that are worth considering such as ExpressVPN and Overplay who also offer simple software too. So feel free to visit their site by following our links below :-
If you know a little more about what you’re doing then there is a huge range of other providers who can be compared in our VPN Comparison Guide.
With our above solution you can bypass the restrictions and watch from anywhere in the world.
Once you’ve signed up just download the VPN software from their website or their app from your usual app store. Then select the United Kingdom and hit Connect.
IPVanish Windows software.
Once connected just visit the ITV Player website or launch the ITV app.
You’ll need to enter a UK postcode on the ITV Player website once connected but you can use any. A quick search of Google will be enough but a few you can try are TN23 3FN, W14 8EG or OX10 6SE.
Why is ITV Player even blocked in the first place?
I am sure many of you have attempted to access before reading this article and been frustrated to have been met with a notice like the one below.
One of the strangest things about this is there really is no need for ITV Player to be blocked outside of the UK.
After all ITV are a TV channel paid for by advertisement and unlike the BBC even for those of us who spend most of our time in the UK there is no licence fee to be paid.
Granted, advertisers more than likely pay for adverts to be shown to UK citizens but the honest reality is even if we’re on holiday or have moved away permanently we’re still interested in British products when we can get hold of them.
The reason that you can’t access it is because the website knows you’re not currently in the UK.
Each internet connection is given a unique address called an IP address, kind of like a phone number so when you visit a website it knows to send you the information and not someone else. From this IP address the sites you visit can tell your physical country location.
A VPN allows you to change this address which is what allows you to watch ITV Player abroad.
So there you have it, you can now watch ITV Player in Spain, in France, the USA, Australia or wherever you are in the world. If you have any questions at all please feel free to post in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer them.