Today I'll show you how to watch Coronation Street abroad or Corrie as it is better known.
Coronation Street, love it or hate it is one of the UK's most popular soaps and you may not know but it is actually the world's longest running soap opera!
At some point in time most people have watched Coronation Street religiously and even though they may not watch it now they understand the pull the story lines can have.
So if you're a big Coronation Street fan and you're going abroad it can be disappointing to have to miss a week or two of the story because as we all know it's hard to pick up again when you get back especially if you've missed a big story line.
If you're going away for longer or you're an expat then watching Coronation Street abroad will be a godsend so keep on reading below and I'll show you how easy it is so you don't have to miss a single episode.
How to watch Coronation Street abroad
Coronation Street is shown on ITV Player which is the online streaming service from ITV. You can either watch live at the usual time Coronation Street is shown or you can use their catch-up if you missed the live viewing.
If you've ever tried to access ITV Player abroad anywhere outside the UK then you'll know it's blocked and you'll be hit with a message that looks something similar to the example below.
The great news is you can watch Coronation Street abroad and all you need to do is get a VPN.
A VPN is a service designed to protect your online privacy and as part of that privacy you can choose to virtually reside in any country in the world. For watching Coronation Street abroad it basically makes any website you visit think that you're in the UK.
So instead of seeing the block message like above you'll be able to watch Coronation Street abroad in any country in the world.
The best news is that it works anywhere so if you're in Spain, France, Germany or even Australia, Canada or the Caribbean then a VPN will let you watch Coronation Street
Read below to find out where to get a VPN and how to use one.
Where can I get a VPN
As online privacy has become big news in recent years and more people are concerned about protecting their browsing habits VPN services are now easily and widely available. They're also totally legal tools if you were wondering.
A search of Google will produce thousands of results and just like anything in life there are good providers and bad ones.
Two important features to look out for are 1) make sure they have a UK server and 2) make sure they are fast. Streaming Coronation Street to wherever you are in the world is a speed intensive task so having a VPN service that has good speeds is essential.
I personally use IPVanish but I've put a list of my top three providers who are all tried and tested with ITV Player and fast enough to let you watch Coronation Street abroad.
All you need to do is click one of the provider names above to visit their website in a new window and sign up. Once you've signed up continue reading below and I'll show you how to use the service to watch Coronation Street abroad.
What do I do now
If you want to watch on your tablet or phone then you must have the ITV Player app already installed. If you do simply download the VPN app from your app store for the provider you signed up with. Launch the app and connect to a United Kingdom server. Then run the ITV Player app and you'll be able to watch like normal.
If you want to watch on a desktop or laptop then you should download the VPN software from the provider you sign up with website.
In the example below I'm going to show you the process with IPVanish using a Windows computer but it's a similar process for NordVPN and ExpressVPN only their software looks slightly different.
- Visit the IPVanish website and click Apps.
- Click Windows.
- Click Download Windows App. Save the download somewhere you can find.
- Double click the downloaded file to install.
- Double click the desktop icon for IPVanish.
- In the bottom right corner select United Kingdom (1) and press Connect (2).
The IPVanish software will now take care of connection to the UK which should take around 15 seconds.
As soon as it has connected all you need to do is visit the Coronation Street page of the ITV Player website. If you don't already have an account then you'll need to sign up and use a UK postcode.
After that you're free to watch Coronation Street either live or on their catch up service and can do so from anywhere in the world.
Enjoy, me ol' duck!