Accessing Cantonese TV in the United Kingdom and elsewhere can be a difficult task. While some expensive pay TV services like Sky do have one or two channels available that doesn't help if you only have Freeview and regardless their selection is obviously limited to a select channel or two.
One of the best online streaming services for Cantonese language TV is TVB from Hong Kong but unfortunately if you live outside Hong Kong, let's say for example in the UK then you'll be out of luck because the service is blocked. If you've tried to watch the online service MyTV from TVB then you'll end up seeing the following message.
Now the way to bypass this block is to use the easiest method known as a VPN. A VPN allows you to appear as if you're in Hong Kong which means rather than block you the TVB MyTV website will let you view any of the content in the UK or elsewhere in the world.
The best way to do this is to sign up to the VPN service from IPVanish because not only are they cheap they're also one of the fastest and when streaming video from Hong Kong to the UK or anywhere else in the world then speed is important.
Getting IPVanish Instructions
1. Visit https://www.ipvanish.com/ and press Start Now
2. Select the length of time you want to sign up for.
3. Fill in your details and payment option and proceed to pay.
4. Next, on the IPVanish website click VPN Software and download the software for your computer or device.
5. Run the software and from the Server Selection locate Hong Kong and press Connect.
6. Now visit the http://mytv.tvb.com/
You're now able to watch any show from TVB in the UK.
There are hundreds of VPN companies available these days and the choice can be overwhelming and confusing. I've selected IPVanish as the best option because of their price and speed but if you're looking for other options then the following two providers are also good choices.
If you want to consider further options then our VPN Comparison Guide would be a good place to start as it lists and compares 20 or so different providers.
Tips and Tricks
Hong Kong is 8 or 9 hours ahead of the UK and so if you're using the live TV option you'll need to consider the time difference. Luckily there is also a catch-up service so if there are prime time shows you want to watch it'll probably be better to watch on their catch-up service.
Streaming video from such a long distance requires a good VPN service and provided you sign up to my recommended provider you should have no problems. However depending on your own internet connection and the route the video takes from Hong Kong to yourself you may sometimes experience some buffering or times when it takes 20-30 seconds for a video to start.
If you do suffer buffering or stuttering midway through watching a show then try lowering the quality of the stream in the bottom right hand corner of the video window. I tested with IPVanish in High quality and was able to watch without issue but if you do have a problem then Medium or Low quality should resolve that.
What is a VPN?
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and is a completely legal tool to protect your privacy. One of the features of this privacy tool is to be able to disguise your location and for watching TVB that is ideal because not only does it disguise your location but it lets you appear as if you're in another location, in this instance in Hong Kong.
Originally VPN systems were used mainly by businesses who wanted to allow workers to connect remotely to their office and deal with sensitive files. Since privacy online has become a big topic they are now used by millions of users who want to protect their online privacy.
One sideline is they allow you to virtually reside in any country you want and allow accessing of TV services from abroad. This has become one of the main uses of them these days which is why they're the ideal solution to watch TVB in the UK.
If you have any questions, comments or you get stuck then please feel free to post in our comments section.
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