How to watch Match of the Day online abroad

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Match of the Day, who can deny this is one of the best programmes on TV.

If you’re into football then Match of the Day is a must watch and if that isn’t enough football round-up for you then Match of the Day 2 has even more football highlights.

The problem with Match of the Day is it isn’t available outside the UK so if you’re away on holiday, an expat or just travelling outside the UK for whatever reason then you can’t directly get your Match of the Day fix.

Thankfully for all you football fans, there is a really simple solution that will allow you to watch Match of the Day and the MOTD 2 from any country in the world.

In this guide I’m going to show you in a simple step by step fashion how to watch Match of the Day from any country in the world so you can get all your football fix wherever you find yourself.

How to watch Match of the Day online abroad

If you’re like me and tried to watch Match of the Day online while abroad then you’ll no doubt be as disappointed as I was when I saw a huge block screen on BBC iPlayer telling me it wasn’t possible to watch in my location.

BBC iPlayer blocked March 2015

The offending MOTD block message.

As I said in the introduction of this article there is a way around this block and it requires no technical expertise. With just a simple click or two you can be watching MOTD from anywhere in the world.

So my quest like yours was to find out how to do this and I discovered the following solution.

A service called a VPN allows you to alter the location your internet connection reports.

So let’s say for example you’re on holiday in Spain drinking a beer and soaking up the sun. When you connect to the internet your connection lets BBC iPlayer know you’re in Spain. A VPN lets you disguise your location and appear as if you’re in the UK even though you’re in Spain or anywhere else.

The best news is VPN services are totally legal because their intended purpose is to protect your online privacy.

You can watch on a Windows or Mac laptop or desktop and if you already have the BBC iPlayer app installed on your phone or tablet then you’ll also be able to watch on your Android or iOS device.

Where to get a VPN for MOTD

VPN services are everywhere these days as people take a keen interest in protecting their privacy. Just a quick search of Google will throw up thousands of choices.

The problem is like anything some VPN services are good and others are bad. If you get a bad one it’ll be too slow and you won’t be able to stream MOTD without annoying buffering and stuttering playback.

I’ve tested the following three providers and all are suitable for watching MOTD especially in HD quality.

  1. IPVanish
  2. Overplay
  3. ExpressVPN

Just click one of the provider’s names above or the orange link to visit my recommended VPN provider and then continue reading below where I’ll show you how you can use the VPN to watch Match of the Day online abroad.

How to use the VPN to watch MOTD

Now you’ve signed up to a VPN provider you’ll want to know how to use it to watch MOTD anywhere.

If you’re already got BBC iPlayer installed on your Android or iOS device then you can watch on that but if you don’t already have it installed then you won’t be able to.

To watch on a PC or Mac laptop or desktop you don’t need any special apps, just the VPN software from the provider you signed up to.

I’m going to show you the process using IPVanish but it’s exactly the same with other providers. All you have to do is download their software, connect to the UK and voila!

How to watch MOTD using IPVanish

Visit the IPVanish website and click VPN Software.

Select either Windows or Mac and download their software.

Once downloaded install the software and run it.

Press Server Selection.

Press UK Media and Gaming.


IPVanish UK Media or Gaming

The IPVanish software will now make connection to the UK which in turn disguises your location so you appear as if you are in the UK even though you’re in Spain, France, the US, Canada, Australia or wherever else in the world.

All that is left to do is visit BBC iPlayer and you’ll be able to watch Match of the Day either live or on their catch-up service.

Enjoy all the Football highlights you want with MOTD anywhere!