How to watch 4OD abroad

Watch 4OD abroad

In this guide I’ll show you how to watch 4OD abroad if you’ve gone on holiday, you’re one of the lucky ones who have moved abroad permanently, you work abroad or you’re outside the UK for whatever other reason.

Missing TV from back home in the UK is one of the major complaints of Brits travelling abroad and if you want to watch 4OD (also known as All 4) abroad then you’ve come to the right place.

With the explosion in available TV channels greatly changing over the past 20 years it goes without saying that one of the best UK TV channels is still Channel 4. With some amazing series such as Coach Trip, Come Dine with Me, Undercover Boss and more, Channel 4 offers some very good alternative programming to the other usual mainstream channels.

While Hollyoaks isn’t exactly on my TV watch list it is rather popular which is true for many Channel 4 programmes. So those of you find yourselves as a Brit abroad you will be wondering how can I watch 4OD abroad?

How can I watch 4OD abroad?

Unfortunately for anyone who has attempted to do that it only ends in disappointment as the service is blocked outside of the UK. Rather than being able to watch your intended show you’re faced with a block screen similar to below.

4OD Blocked

You will be pleased to know that IT IS possible to watch 4OD outside the UK with a cheeky little workaround.

To do this you need to sign up for a service called a Virtual Private Network (VPN), this amongst other things allows you to disguise your actual location. When you visit the 4OD website it knows that you’re not inside the UK which is why it declines to stream you the shows that you wish to watch.

With a Virtual Private Network you can connect to a server inside the UK making it appear as if you are physically located there no matter where you are in the world.

Due to the 4OD website now thinking you are actually in the UK it will let you play any of the programmes available on the service without any issue.

There are hundreds of providers of VPN services, some good, some bad, three we recommend for this purpose are given below, just click their names to visit their individual sites. All three have been tested by ourselves in our VPN review section and found to be 3 of the best VPN providers available.

  1. ExpressVPN
  2. IPVanish
  3. NordVPN

All three services offer simple software, apps or set-up guides for Windows, Mac, iPad/iPhone and Android systems so within 1 or 2 clicks you can be connected and watching 4OD abroad with as minimal fuss as possible. if you don’t believe how easy it is just take a look at our video guide at the bottom of this article.

The prices range from between US$5-US$12 which is roughly £4-£7 per month, all three work out cheaper if you take a yearly package so it is well worth considering if you intend to be outside of the UK for an extended period of time. The three given are three of the best for streaming video but there are plenty of other providers who can be browsed in our VPN comparison guide.

NOTE: You may need to change the timezone on your computer to that of the UK once connected to the VPN service.

What is 4OD / All 4

For those who are unaware 4OD, 4 On Demand or All 4 as it is otherwise known is the TV catch-up service for Channel 4 similar to BBC iPlayer or ITV Player.

With over 44% of holidaymakers in a recent poll taking a work related device on holiday coupled with personal devices the opportunity to watch 4OD abroad has increased dramatically in recent years.

Even if you’re not a Brit abroad there are plenty of programmes on Channel 4 that appeal to the worldwide market and for those non-native to Britain you may actually find some interesting shows to wet your appetite especially if you’re interested in British comedy or British drama as these are shown in their droves on 4OD.

Many of us are now taking iPads, iPhones, Laptops or other types of Android Tablet and phones abroad, keeping up with friends and family has become a staple of the traveller and an increasing trend is showing that many are attempting to watch 4OD abroad.

So no matter if you want to watch Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Derek, Gogglebox, Fargo or one of the many other greats that are available on Channel 4 you’ll now be able to keep up with those and more no matter where you find yourself in the world and regardless of how long you’ll be gone for.

If you’re a Brit abroad or a national of another country there are is a wealth of good entertainment, comedy and documentaries to be found on Channel 4.

Christopher Seward

Author: Christopher Seward

After 25 years of using the internet, Christopher launched one of the very first VPN comparison websites in 2013. An expert in the field his reviews, testing and knowledge have helped thousands of users get the correct VPN for their needs.


  1. Avatar Jerry Diakiw

    I am in canada , My vpn on my ipad now says i am connected to london uk. Yet when i tap a a program or try to downlod the app which is the only option i can see it tells me i am not in the region and am not able to connect and go to the uk app store when i do it telks me am not in the region. But i am still connected on my vpn to London. Any suggestions for a work around?

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