How to watch UK TV in Cyprus: A Beginner’s Guide

Watch UK TV in Cyprus

If you're looking for a reliable way to watch UK TV in Cyprus then you've probably already searched and come across a lot of outdated or incorrect information.

In this guide we're going to show you the easiest way to watch UK TV in Cyprus and without complicated set-up or expensive gizmos.

The easiest method to watch UK TV in Cyprus is to get yourself a VPN service and below we'll explain all. If you've got a Smart TV skip straight to the bottom of this guide.

How to watch UK TV in Cyprus

The easiest method to watch UK TV in Cyprus is to use the online streaming services such as BBC iPlayer or if you have a valid subscription then services such as Sky Go.

Unfortunately, if you're not in the UK then instead of being able to access the service you'll be blocked with a message that looks something like this:

BBC iPlayer blocked July 17

The way to avoid this block is to sign up for a service called a VPN.

VPN services are available for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac devices and work by installing a simple app that allows you to change your online location.

Just follow the six easy steps below to get yourself a VPN service which will have you watching UK TV in Cyprus in no time.

How to watch UK TV in Cyprus:

  1. Visit the VPN Provider NordVPN and click Sign Up.
  2. Choose a package length and complete the sign-up process.
  3. Go to the VPN Apps area of the NordVPN website.
  4. Download the correct app for your device, install it and run it.
  5. Login when required.
  6. Select United Kingdom on the map and press Connect.

It will take about 15-30 seconds for the NordVPN app to connect.

Once it's connected all you need to do is visit your favourite online streaming service from the UK. Rather than see the block message you saw earlier you'll now be able to watch any programme as normal.

We've rounded up a few of the best streaming services further below in this article if you're struggling for ideas.

Below you can see examples of how to connect with both the mobile apps and the more traditional desktop software.

Android or Apple tablet or phone:

NordVPN Android UK

Windows or Mac:

NordVPN UK

When you've finished watching you can simply press Disconnect.

For as long as you have a valid NordVPN subscription you can reconnect at any time and continue watching.

There are also other VPN services available that do the same thing which we cover below.

Alternative VPN Services

VPN services are originally intended to protect your online privacy and as that has become big news in recent years it means the available choice has rocketed.

Just searching Google for the term “VPN” will bring up thousands of different options and not all are suitable for watching UK TV in Cyprus.

We recommend NordVPN because they're one of the fastest providers which reduces the chances of buffering. They're also incredibly easy to use.

It's always good to shop around though and three more providers that are also suitable for watching UK TV in Cyprus are:

They work in exactly the same way as NordVPN only their apps and software layout will look a bit different.

If you want to compare even more choice then it's worth taking a look at our VPN Comparison Guide that helps you compare up to 20 different VPN services. However, if you're already confused enough it's best to stick with NordVPN.

UK TV Services

Now you've got yourself a VPN service you can access and watch any of the UK TV services that you would normally in the UK.

This includes both free to air services and also any that you have a valid subscription for.

A few you may want to try are:

Free to air

Subscription

The VPN service will work in any country in the world as well as Cyprus so you can use it regardless of where you travel.

Don't forget, all you need to do is get a VPN by clicking the button below and following the instructions earlier in this guide and you'll be soon watching UK TV in Cyprus.

How to watch UK TV on a Smart TV

If you want to watch UK TV on a Smart TV then the choices are different.

There are two choices. The first is simple and cheap and the second is simple but more costly. Which is suitable for you all depends on the type of Smart TV you have.

If you can change the “DNS Settings” on your TV which for example on most Samsung Smart TVs is possible then the cheap option is for you, if you can't then you'll need to opt for the more expensive option but it's important your TV is Wi-Fi capable.

Option 1: Change your DNS (The Cheap One)

If you've checked your TV manual and find you can change the DNS settings on your TV then you're in luck.

You need to sign up to the service from StrongVPN.

Once you've signed up, consult your TV manual to find out how to change the DNS Servers and change them to:

  • 216.131.95.20
  • 216.131.94.5

You should now be able to access UK TV via your usual apps.

Option 2: Hardware (The More Pricey One)

If your TV doesn't allow you to change DNS Settings but does have a Wi-Fi connection then you'll need to purchase an Invizbox Go.

It works as a middle-man creating a new Wi-Fi hotspot that has VPN capability. Once you've received your Invizbox Go simply set it to a United Kingdom server as per the included instructions.

Then connect your Smart TV to the new Wi-Fi network that has been created.

You'll now be able to watch UK TV in Cyprus on your Smart TV.

Christopher Seward

Author: Christopher Seward

After 25 years of using the internet, Christopher launched one of the very first VPN comparison websites in 2013. An expert in the field his reviews, testing and knowledge have helped thousands of users get the correct VPN for their needs.

Comments

  1. Avatar Dash

    Hi Chris
    My situation is slightly different in that i have a HD but not wifi capable tv and a CYTA supplied router ( ZTE branded one) and they are not next to each other to use an ethernet cable to connect . I wish to allow my holiday guests to view UK tv on the TV itself. My idea was to piggy back another cheap router onto the CYTA one and have a e.g. NOW tv box attached to the TV and wifi connect them together over some VPN. Do not want an expensive option but needed quick advice. My speed is supposed to be 10Mbps.
    Thanks

    • Hi Dash,

      There may be an easier solution. Have you considered using an Amazon Fire TV Stick? (https://amzn.to/2SyRXhZ) It plugs into the HDMI port of the TV and can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi. You’ll need a VPN service too such as ExpressVPN (https://www.expressvpn.com/ru/unrestricted-3) which allows access to the UK TV services. You can then install apps for ITV Hub, All 4, TV Player (for live TV) etc.

      • Avatar Dash

        Chris
        The reason for the elaborate way was that i was told that the CYTA provided router ( ZXDSL 931 V11) cannot support VPN, so i had to buy a VPN router through which i can connect devices etc. This also had to be a wifi one as my main router and TV were not next to each other. The NOW tv box was mentioned only because i have a spare one, otherwise any other one will do. Also need a wifi VPN router that will work without having to be a techie and putting in loads of IP addresses, protocol bits etc. during the setup?
        Question—- Are all the devices ( Roku, NOW etc) able to be programmed to connect to the VPN router via the TV screen or do it on a laptop first and then connect to the TV ??
        Thanks

        • Dash,

          Yes, most home routers don’t support VPN connections.

          However, the easiest method is to do as I said. If you buy an Amazon Fire TV Stick and use a VPN app on it you don’t need a VPN router. A decent VPN router will cost you £200 minimum plus you need an active VPN service. The Amazon Fire TV Stick costs £50 or less plus an active VPN service.

          It’s not only the cheapest way to do it but the easiest as it can all be set up from your TV screen.

          Alternatively the best VPN router will be the InvizBox 2 that releases in about a month (https://www.vpncompare.co.uk/invizbox). The trouble with buying a cheap <£100 router is they'll be very slow and with your already slow internet connection you could lose too much speed leading to buffering. In answer to your questions all boxes like the Roku, Now etc can be set up to connect via the TV screen. Setting up connection to a VPN router is the same as connecting to a regular router. You will have some minor configuration of the VPN router itself but not overly complicated.

  2. Avatar Dash

    Thanks very much Chris, i think like you said the Amazon Fire TV Stick seems like a ready made solution and i will search for that device.
    Regards
    Dash

    • No problem Dash. Let us know how you get on.

      The only issue I envisage is each app needs to be accessed individually by the viewer. For example ITV, Channel 4 etc all have their own apps. Although you can use the TV Player app to watch all freeview channels ‘live’.

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