How to watch British TV in Thailand

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Thailand is amazing, that goes without question but if you’re trying to watch British TV there then you’re not alone.

In this guide we’re going to show you the simplest way to watch British TV in Thailand so you can enjoy all your favourite TV programmes from the luxury of Thailand.

If you’re one of the some 41,000 British expats in Thailand or over 1 million British tourists who visit Thailand every year then you’ll know the country is a pleasure to be in.

However, Thai TV really isn’t to our taste and if you crave your favourite shows from home then we’ll show you how in this guide.

The easiest way is to watch online is on the streaming services such as BBC iPlayer but if you’re already tried to visit while in Thailand you’ll know you’re blocked from viewing.

Below we’ll show you in just a few simple steps with a service called a VPN how you can unblock them.

What you need to watch UK TV in Thailand

To watch British TV in Thailand you’ll need to sign-up for a service called a VPN.

A VPN allows you to alter your online location and so rather than be blocked from watching you’ll be allowed to watch British TV in Thailand.

VPN services cost around £4 – £6 (approximately  ฿175 – ฿265) and are cheaper the longer you subscribe for.

Follow the simple instructions below to get a VPN and to use it to watch British TV in Thailand.

Steps to view British TV in Thailand

  1. Visit the VPN provider ExpressVPN and sign-up.
  2. Download the correct app or software for your device.
  3. Select their United Kingdom location.
  4. Press Connect.

The app or software will take between 15 – 30 seconds to connect.

Once it has connected any websites you visit will think that you’re in the UK even though in reality you’re in Thailand.

All that is left to do now is visit your favourite TV streaming service from Britain and you’ll be able to watch any show.

Take a look below how easy it is to connect with ExpressVPN on any type of device.

ExpressVPN connecting to the UK

Stream your favourite shows in Thailand.

There are other VPN providers too but not all are suitable for streaming video all the way from the UK to Thailand because they’re too slow.

If you want to shop around, three more providers we recommend are:

  1. NordVPN
  2. CyberGhost VPN
  3. Surfshark

What TV can I access

Now that you have a VPN service you can access the full range of online British TV streaming services.

This includes free to air TV and also any subscription based services you have access to.

A few of the best to try are:



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

Why is British TV blocked in the first place

When you visit any of the British TV streaming services they first check your internet connection to see where you are.

When they see you’re in Thailand they block you and throw up a message similar to the following.

BBC iPlayer blocked July 17

The reason you’re blocked is because something called an IP Address.

An IP Address is similar to a phone number in that it’s unique to your internet connection at the time you’re connected.

Just like a phone number area code that gives away the location of that phone number an IP Address can be used to determine your location.

While it won’t pinpoint you to your exact street it will in most cases point to your approximate area and it will definitely tell a website what country you’re in.

How does a VPN work to unblock British TV

A VPN works to unblock British TV by assigning you a new IP Address for the time you’re connected.

The IP Address it assigns you is from the United Kingdom and so any website you visit when connected thinks you’re in the UK.

It’s impossible for the streaming service to determine your location so it doesn’t know you’re in Thailand but instead thinks you’re in the UK.

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Author: Christopher Seward

Having used the internet since 1994, 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. Phil L

    Does the VPN provider provide each connection with an individual IP address? If the media streaming services detect multiple streamings from one IP address won’t it block the service?

    • Christopher Seward

      Hi Phil,

      Occasionally they do get blocked but they keep rotating the IP addresses to keep things fresh. They don’t assign each connection an individual IP though.

  2. Anita

    I am going to be staying in an ASQ hotel in Thailand in October. I will have iPhone , iPad and maybe my Mac laptop. There will be a tv in the room. Is it possible to watch U.K. progs on all these things or do I need separate VPN? I will also need internet. I find it very confusing. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Christopher Seward

      Hi Anita,

      You only need 1 VPN account and you can use that on all three of your devices. So you’ll be able to access either via the TV service’s websites or apps. You will likely need to download the TV apps for your phone and tablet before you go. For your laptop this won’t matter because you can simply visit the website of the service you’re wanting to watch.

      If you can ‘cast’ these to the TV is a different matter. You should be able to but I can’t guarantee that.

      You would be best to sign up a week or so before you travel so you can download the app. Most offer a 30-day money back guarantee so if you can’t get it working then you can get a full refund.

      Let’s hope by October quarantine has been reduced from 14 days to a shorter period!

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