Arguably the most popular football league in the world started on 8th August 2015. Yes, that’s right, the English Premier League is back for the 2015/16 season and if the drama of last season is anything to go by it’ll be one to watch no matter where you are in the world.
There are now plenty of different ways to watch premier league matches in the UK from the likes of Sky Sports and BT Sport to newer services such as Now TV. One thing they all have in common is they’re all available to watch online so if you’re travelling in the UK you can still access the football.
The downside is if you go outside the UK but have an account for Sky Sports, BT Sport, Now TV or one of the other football services you often find yourself blocked from viewing.
You pay a lot of a football subscription so it’s pretty annoying to find it blocked abroad especially when you want to watch your team play. In this guide I’ll show you the simple steps you can take to watch Sky Sports, BT Sport, Now TV or any of the other football channels abroad if you already have an account back in the UK.
If you don’t have a Sky Sports, BT Sport, Now TV or another account already scroll to the bottom of this article for a suggestion, however if you do already have an account keep reading below.
How to Watch the Premier League 2015/16 Abroad
When you log in to your Sky, BT or whatever else account to watch the football the website checks your location. It knows exactly where you are based on your internet connection. If you’re in the UK it shows you the football, however, if you’re outside the UK it blocks you with a message similar to the one below.
You’ll receive a blocked message similar to the above.
You’ll either be told directly you’re blocked because the content isn’t available in your location or you’ll be hit with an error message that doesn’t explain what the problem is but rest assured the problem is because you’re abroad.
Thankfully for all you football loving fans there is a way to watch Sky Sports, BT Sport, Now TV and any of the other football channels abroad online with a simple product called a VPN.
A VPN is a way of disguising your online location. So for example if you’re in France you can change your online location to the UK, the football streaming site now thinks you are in the UK and so streams you the football.
Of course, the requirement is you already have a Sky Sports, BT Sport or whoever else account AND a VPN service.
Luckily VPN services are incredibly easy to use and pretty cheap too, read on and I’ll show you where to get one and how to use it.
Where to get a VPN and how to use it
A VPN service can be bought from tons of different providers. It’s hard knowing which provider is going to be any good though so I’ve put together my three favourite VPN providers for you.
If you find yourself half way round the world or even if you’re a little closer to home, speed is king.
I recommend using IPVanish because they prove themselves to be consistently fast and reliable. I also make use of their service on a daily basis so can vouch for their quality.
If you want to take a look around though the following three providers are all suitable.
Once you’ve signed up to one of the providers above you can download their software or apps that are available for PC, Mac, Android or iOS. (Note : BT Sport does not work with an iPad using this method)
All you need to do now is run their software or app and connect to a “UK Server”. This is really easy to do and the software will make it clear how to do this.
As a rough guide with a provider like IPVanish all it involves is clicking Server Selection on the left hand side menu and then pressing UK Media or Gaming.
Just click UK Media or Gaming
The software will now make connection for you.
Once you’re connected all you have to do next is visit the Sky Sports, BT Sport or whatever site you have an account for. Rather than being blocked the websites now think you’re in the UK and will stream you the football live wherever you are in the world.
That’s it. The only thing I can’t guarantee is if your team will win!
How to watch abroad if you don’t have a Sky Sports, BT Sport, etc. account
If you’re outside the UK but don’t have a Sky Sports or BT Sport account your options are limited. However, you can sign up to the new service from Sky called Now TV. This allows you access to Sky Sports online for a cost of either £6.99 per day, £10.99 per week or £31.99 per month.
You can visit the Now TV site by clicking this link.
You’ll also need a VPN service to actually watch abroad because it’s restricted to viewing in the UK. So after you’ve signed up to Now TV abroad read the section above starting at How to Watch the Premier League 2015/16 Abroad.
Enjoy the football and let’s hope your team wins!
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