The sixth and final series of Downton Abbey starts on 20th September 2015 and is one of those programmes that often divides the genders. While women gush at the mere mention of the period drama men recoil in horror and retreat to their man-caves to allow their significant other to “enjoy” said drama in peace.
Of course there are always exceptions to the rule and there will be plenty of men too who watch without duress but what is clear is just how popular Downton Abbey is. It is essentially the most successful period drama of recent years and will no doubt be sorely missed once Series 6 draws to a close.
Downton Abbey Series 6 will be shown on ITV and also available online either live or on the catch-up service of ITV Player. If you’re in the UK you’ll be able to watch whenever you want but if you’re on holiday, travelling, an expat or even just a non-British fan of Downton Abbey then you’ll be disappointed to see that you’re blocked when visiting the ITV Player site.
With Downton Abbey being so popular with US, Canadian, Australian and other nationalities and British holidaymakers and expats I’ve put together this simple guide to show you how you can watch Downton Abbey Series 6 online from anywhere in the world officially on ITV Player.
Women rejoice and husbands and partners prepare to become relative heroes with your other half, donations of beer greatly received by this author for saving the day.
So read on Downton Abbey fans as I show you how to watch Series 6 anywhere in the world.
Watch Downton Abbey Series 6 abroad
The official online streaming service ITV Player will show Downton Abbey Series 6 live online every Sunday starting from 20th September right up until Christmas day when a special finale will be shown.
When you visit ITV Player and you’re outside the UK it blocks you from viewing because it knows you’re not in the UK. You’re likely to be hit with an error message that looks somewhat similar to the example below.
Thankfully there is a totally legal tool called a VPN that allows you to disguise your location and gives you the option of appearing as if you’re in any other country in the world.
You’re blocked from watching ITV Player because it checks the country you’re from but with a VPN you will appear as if you’re in the UK even if you’re in the USA, Canada, Australia or any other country in the world.
So when using a VPN instead of being blocked, ITV Player will show you Downton Abbey Series 6 either live or on their catch-up service.
I know, I know, the term VPN sounds very technical and you’re probably already being somewhat put off thinking it’s going to be difficult to use, but what if I told you that all it takes is one or two clicks to get connected?
Read on to find out how to use a VPN to watch Downton Abbey Series 6.
Where do I get one of these VPN thinga-ma-jiggies?
The first thing to know is a VPN service costs, so let’s get that one out of the way. They are really cheap though and cost about £5 per month (approx US$9). Downton Abbey will be shown between September and November with the series end being shown in December so you’re going to need at least 3 months of service to watch the whole series.
The cheapest way would be to sign up to the VPN provider IPVanish who offer a 3 month package but you can pay monthly too if you wish.
The three best VPN providers for watching Downton Abbey Series 6 are listed below. Feel free to sign up to any of these as they’ll all be suitable for the job. Just click on their name to visit their site in a new window.
When you’ve signed up to one of the three VPN providers then continue reading below and I’ll show you the simple steps to watch Downton Abbey Series 6 online.
How to use the VPN service
The best way to watch Downton Abbey Series 6 is on a desktop or laptop either a Windows PC or Mac. It is possible to watch on an Android tablet or something like an iPad but the process is not as straightforward.
I’m going to walk you through the process on a Windows PC using IPVanish, but it is exactly the same on a Mac and almost identical from the two other providers. Below this I’ll take a look at Android and iOS solutions.
Windows PC or Mac :
When you sign up to IPVanish you’ll be given links in your welcome email to download their Windows Software. This can be located at the top of their website under VPN Software. Then click Windows and Download Software.
Once this is installed and run look on the left hand side and press Server Selection. Then simply press UK Media or Gaming. If you haven’t already logged in it’ll ask you for your username and password supplied when you signed up. It will then proceed to make connection to the UK for you.
Once it states it is connected load up your favourite web browser and visit the ITV Player website by clicking this link.
If you’re watching live you’ll likely need to enter a UK postcode. You can use any. If you watch on catch-up then you’ll need to create an account which also needs a UK postcode but any can be used also. A quick search of Google will find one for you.
There is nothing more to it, simply tune in at 9pm UK time every Sunday and you’ll be able to watch Downton Abbey Series 6 from anywhere. If you miss it simply use their catch-up service to watch.
Android or iPad/iPhone :
If you’re from the UK and you have the ITV Player app already installed on your tablet or phone then the process is simple. Just download the VPN software from the Google Play Store or Apple iTunes Store, launch it and connect to a UK server then run the ITV Player app. You may need to disable any GPS access if you receive an error.
If you’re outside of the UK and you don’t already have the ITV Player app installed then there is a way to download the Android app but you’ll have to read our other guide which will help you download it out of its intended country. If you have an iPad or iPhone then search Google for ways to download apps out of country.
If you get stuck please feel free to post in the comments section.
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