How to watch British TV on a Smart TV abroad


If you're outside the UK and you want to watch British TV on your Smart TV then this article is for you. In this article I'm going to look at the easiest way you can achieve this and keep up with all your favourite British TV shows regardless of where you are in the world.

We often write about ways to watch British TV abroad and the usual solutions are ways to watch on computers, laptops, tablets or phones but sometimes we know that people like to watch TV in the good old classic way and watch on an actual TV.

Watching British TV on an actual TV while abroad is a little bit more hit and miss and while not complicated it's often easier to just watch on a computer.

How to watch British TV on a Smart TV abroad

To watch British TV on a Smart TV your Smart TV needs to allow you access to alter the DNS settings. Not all Smart TVs do so you'll need to check if yours is compatible.

Usually Smart TVs from Samsung are the best for this as they're usually all compatible as long as they are fairly new but there is a range of other TVs too that will allow you to alter the DNS settings.

If you're unsure you should check the user manual or do a quick search of Google for the make and model of your TV with the words “DNS settings”, for example “Samsung H8000 H8 DNS Settings” which will bring up a host of websites showing you where you can alter your DNS settings.

SmartDNS Service

Once you've confirmed that it's possible to alter the DNS Settings on your Smart TV you'll need to find a company that offers a SmartDNS service.

SmartDNS is a way of accessing content from other countries simply by altering your DNS Settings.

There is a range of companies that offer this service but the one I've found best for the job is Overplay.

On the Overplay website you should sign up for their VPN + SmartDNS package by selecting “Get Started Now“. This gives you access to their SmartDNS service for use with your Smart TV but also a VPN service that will allow you to protect your privacy and access British TV on your computer, laptop, tablet or phone as well.

SmartTV Set-Up

Once you've signed up to Overplay or another similar provider all you need to do is alter the DNS Settings on your Smart TV to match those supplied by Overplay.

Example instructions for Samsung Smart TVs are below but they are similar on other TVs too, as said earlier just google the make and model of your TV with “DNS Settings” and you'll be able to find instructions for most TVs on how to change them.

Samsung DNS Settings

Samsung Smart TV:

  1. Press the Menu button on the TV remote.
  2. Choose Network.
  3. Select Network Status.
  4. Choose IP Settings.
  5. Enter on of the following DNS settings for Overplay.
  6. A connection test will now take place, press OK once it has finished.
  7. Restart the TV.

You will now be able to access the British TV apps for example BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and whatever other TV service apps are available on your Smart TV service.

Bonus VPN service

If you sign up to Overplay for their SmartDNS + VPN service then you get the added bonus that as well as being able to access British TV on your Smart TV using the SmartDNS service you'll also be able to use their VPN service.

A VPN will encrypt your internet connection on your computer, laptop, tablet or phone and ensure that your online privacy is protected. This means no one will be able to see what you do online but it will also allow you to access TV services from the UK on those devices too.

You can sign up to Overplay by clicking the button below.

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 Susann

    Hi, does the tv change back to before using the setting for watching uk tv one you have finished watching and want to go back to say Netflix?

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