How to watch UK TV abroad

For those travelling or living abroad who are originally from the UK, watching UK TV abroad is one of the ultimate goals. Most people love travelling, be it holidays or longer stays, some of you will have even left the UK for good. Although travelling and living abroad is a great experience, most of us still miss quality UK TV.

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There are a range of UK TV services both free and paid for that now stream live online, with catch up TV also, a huge library of British TV programmes are available to view on the internet. The problem with this is they’re only viewable online, if you live in the UK. If you’ve ever tried to watch a British programme outside the UK you’ll have seen the dreaded, “Not available in your location” message.

How can I watch UK TV Abroad?

The good news is UK TV can be accessed abroad with a simple tool called a VPN (Virtual Private Network). A VPN is a small software program that you install on your computer (or tablet or phone) and it allows you to give the impression you’re in another location. Now that you’re basically seen as in another location, all the UK streaming websites will let you view the content.

The good news is, although VPN services cost money, once you’ve got one service, you’ll be able to access most of the UK TV streaming sites, this includes ITV Player, All 4, Demand 5, Sky Go, BT Sport and a whole host of other UK online streaming services. For the amount of content you can access the prices are extremely cheap.

Which VPN provider is best for the job?

A good provider such as IPVanish costs $10 per month (Approx £6.55), $26.99 for three months (Approx £17.70) and $77.99 per year (Approx £51.15). To gain access to all the services above, in my opinion it is well worth it. I’m all for embracing other countries and cultures, but one thing I usually miss are certain UK TV programmes.

There is a huge choice when it comes to VPN providers and some are better than others. Over the years we’ve had the luxury of being able to test some of the best. Streaming video requires a fast VPN service and the further you are from the UK the better it needs to be. The three below providers are our recommended choices for watching UK TV from abroad.

  1. IPVanish
  2. ExpressVPN
  3. VyprVPN (*Doesn’t work with Sky Go as of 07/Feb/15)

How does it actually work?

Once you’ve signed up to a service, you install their software on your computer, laptop, tablet or phone. You then simply connect to a server in the UK. This creates a secure connection between yourself and the VPN provider, your connection then flows through this connection and out on to the internet. Anything you access then comes back the opposite way, with the sites you’re accessing seeing a UK connection.

It really doesn’t matter where you are in the world or how you’re accessing the internet, it will work regardless of location. So if you’re in a caravan in France, backpacking in South East Asia or living in Australia, the solution is fine for all situations.

That’s all there is to it, no complicated set-up, no technical know how. Regardless of the type of device, all the providers listed offer easy to use software or apps that can be installed from the Google Play store or Apple store. You’ll now be able to watch UK TV abroad without any issues.