Today I’m going to show you how to watch Amazon Prime abroad. The theory of this article works for Amazon Prime from any country, but I’m going to concentrate on Amazon Prime accounts from the United Kingdom. However, you can apply the exact same method no matter where you are in the world and if you get stuck then feel free to post in our comments section at the bottom.
If you haven’t heard of Amazon Prime before it is an online movie streaming service with more than 15,000 titles available. You also get other Amazon specific perks such as one day delivery on most items plus an unlimited secure online photo storage locker. However, most of you will be interested in the film section of the service and how to watch Amazon Prime abroad so read on.
Why can’t I watch Amazon Prime abroad?
Every internet connection has what is known as an IP Address and from this IP Address Amazon Prime can determine what country you’re currently in.
When you view from home it knows you’re in the UK and so lets you stream films but as soon as you leave the UK it also knows and rather than stream you video it blocks you and lets you know you can’t watch the content from your current location.
The solution is to get an IP Address from the UK to give the impression you’re in the UK.
How to watch Amazon Prime abroad
The solution to obtaining a UK IP Address is a small tool called a VPN or Virtual Private Network to give it its full name. VPN services are provided by many different companies and there are thousands to choose from. Our VPN Comparison Guide compares around 20 different providers, but the plethora of choice can be confusing especially if you’ve never heard of a VPN before.
Over the years we’ve learnt to spot a good provider especially for streaming content for such purposes like watching Amazon Prime abroad so we’ve whittled it down to three providers who we feel are best suited for the job.
Most providers cost about US$6-10 (Approx £4-£7) per month and can be even cheaper if you take a longer service length.
- Our number one recommended provider. Extremely cheap when taking a yearly package.
- Our recent review found them to be extremely reliable and fast.
- This makes them the ideal choice for watching Amazon Prime abroad.
- Easy to use and plenty of payment options.
- Super easy Windows software.
- Local payment options available.
- Free 3-day trial available
- Good range of software for most devices
- Backed by a large organisation
What do I do next?
Firstly you need to sign up to one of the providers listed above.
Once you’ve signed up you’ll be provided links to download software for your computer or laptop or apps for your mobile or tablet device.
Download your required choice and install it.
Once installed connect to a UK server. If you’re using IPVanish you can simply click their “UK Media or Gaming” option.
Once connected just visit the Amazon Prime website or app as you would normally and view as if you were in the UK.
The software or app takes care of all the connection and it also encrypts your connection so there is no security risk in using a VPN. There is also no further cost involved, you won’t be charged any long distance charges like the old days of telephones because the connection is all handled over the internet.
Can I do something else with the VPN service?
Now you know how to watch Amazon Prime abroad you’re probably wondering if the VPN service can be put to more than one use.
With one VPN service you can also access other UK content such as BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, and BT Sport etc. You’re not only limited to UK content either if you search around the internet there are a mass of streaming sites in other countries.
A couple of good ones are CBS and Hulu in the US. The process is exactly the same as for watching Amazon Prime abroad although you need to connect to a server in the country of the streaming service. In the case of CBS and Hulu, these are US services so connect to a US server and then visit their respective sites to stream some great content from the US.
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