In the past few years Channel 5 in the UK has improved greatly since it launched.
There are many holidaymakers and expats who want to know how to watch My5 (formally Demand 5) abroad and if you're one of them I've put together this little guide to show you just how simple it is and how you can be watching your favourite Channel 5 programmes from anywhere in the world with very minimal effort.
The first time you may realise that you can't access the on demand service from Channel 5, My5 is likely to be when you first get abroad and want to watch a show or programme from Channel 5.
You'll be hit with a with a message that will say something similar to “We're sorry but you must be located in the British Isles to view this content“.
The My5 website knows you're outside the UK based on your internet connection and so stops you from viewing. The way to bypass this restriction is to sign up for a service called a Virtual Private Network or as they're known by their abbreviation, a VPN.
What is a VPN?
A VPN is a totally legal way to protect your privacy online, firstly it encrypts your connection and secondly it allows you to mask your location, all in the name of privacy. A by-product of this location masking is it allows you to appear as if you're somewhere else in the world so that the websites you visit think you're in that location.
If you haven't already clicked then a VPN can allow you to appear as if you're in the UK which results in My5 showing you the TV show you wish to watch no matter where you are.
Three best VPNs for accessing My5
I've tested a huge range of providers and find that the three above are best suited to watching My5 abroad. All three provide easy instructions and have simple software and apps to remove any hard work, all it takes is a few clicks and you'll be up and running.
So before while you're outside the UK you would have seen the following screen
With one of the above VPN services or one from our VPN Comparison Guide you'll instead be able to watch Channel 5 programmes as if you were in the UK.
All the providers suggested above have both software for desktop systems such as Windows and Mac as well as mobile apps for tablets and mobile phones like Android devices and iOS such as the iPhone and iPad.
Once signed up with either software or apps downloaded and installed you simply need to connect to a server in the UK and venture over to the My5 website to watch whatever programmes you wish.
About Channel 5
Channel 5 when it was first launched had a quite poor line up of TV programmes but over the years it has improved greatly and there is now a range of good series, documentaries and even a ton of films shown every so often so it's well worth taking a look at My5 while you're abroad.
If you're on holiday then you're probably too busy for TV but there are occasions in the evening or if you don't want to miss something specific that you want to just sit back with a nice drink in a nice location and take in some British TV.
For expats around the world having access to UK TV is even more critical and signing up for a VPN service will allow you to access My5 outside the UK no matter where you find yourself in the world.
If you're expecting to be out of the UK for a while then taking a longer package length than just a month can be cost effective. For example at ExpressVPN the price can be nearly half the monthly cost if you take a year service and with them offering a 30 day money back guarantee it lets you see the system working and get to grips with it before you've risked your money.
The great thing about VPN services is you can access all the other UK on demand channels too like BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and All 4 with the same VPN package so you won't just get access to one channel's great TV library but a wide range for the one price.