How to watch British Christmas TV abroad 2016

British Christmas TV

Christmas is just around the corner and for most of us this means rushing around buying more presents and food than we can shake a stick at.

Once all is said and done and the panic buying is over there is nothing more satisfying than sitting down with your family or even on your own for some rest and recuperation and watching some good old British Christmas TV.

If you’re like me however and you’re not in the UK for Christmas then Christmas TV in a foreign land can be a daunting prospect. Not only is foreign TV no competition for British classics, depending on what country you’re in you may be limited and struggle to find English speaking shows and programmes.

The great news is that no matter where you are in the world it’s easy to tune into British TV using the online streaming services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and all the rest. However, you can’t just log in like normal, you’re going to need an extra tool to make it look like you are in the UK and in this guide I’m going to show you how you can do that.

How to watch British Christmas TV abroad 2016

If you’re outside the UK and you try to watch British Christmas TV abroad on any of the usual online streaming services then you’re blocked from viewing.

You’re blocked because the websites know you’re not in the UK and they use your internet connection to determine your location.

So rather than being able to stream Christmas classics like Only Fools and Horses, Open All Hours or more recent hits like Sherlock, Doctor Who and Planet Earth you’ll instead be disappointed to see a block message like the following.

ITV Player Blocked 2016

To bypass this block you’re going to need to sign up for a VPN service.

A VPN is a piece of software for your computer or app for your tablet or phone that allows you to alter your online location. If you’re in Spain for example and you visit BBC iPlayer it knows this but with a VPN you appear as if you’re in the UK even though you’re still in Spain.

After extensive testing my recommended VPN provider is IPVanish but the following three will all be suitable to watch British Christmas TV abroad.

  1. IPVanish
  2. ExpressVPN
  3. StrongVPN

A good VPN service fast enough to stream video will cost around £4-£8 per month depending on how long you sign up for. If you just want to watch British TV over Christmas then you’re only going to need a 1 month package but if you’re likely to be abroad for longer then you can get bigger savings by signing up for a longer period.

How do I use the VPN to watch British Christmas TV abroad?

Using a VPN is really simple. Firstly you need to decide which device you want to watch on and download the relevant software or app.

The software for Windows and Mac computers can be found on the VPN provider’s website or if you prefer to download their mobile apps then you can find them at the app stores.

All you really need to do then is connect to a UK VPN server and you can access all the online streaming services from the UK to wherever you are in the world.

Below is a complete step-by-step guide using IPVanish on a Windows computer but the process is pretty much identical with the other providers too.


Visit the IPVanish website.

Click Start Now and follow the sign-up process.

Once signed up click the Apps area and download the Windows software.

Install and run the software.

Login when required.

Select the United Kingdom.

Press Connect.

IPVanish UK Server

You don’t need to do anything further as the IPVanish software will make connection for you.

Once it informs you that it’s connected any website that you visit will think you’re in the UK and instead of seeing the block message you saw earlier you’ll be able to stream all your favourite British Christmas TV programmes abroad.

So if you’re interested in watching British Christmas TV abroad in 2016 then just click the link below to visit our recommended VPN provider.

British TV services you can access

You can now access any British TV service the same as if you were in the UK. This is not just limited to TV services but any other service that you find blocked while you’re abroad.

A few TV services you are likely to want to try are listed below.



  • Sky Go
  • BT Sport
  • Virgin Anywhere
  • Now TV

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