If you want to know how to watch Hollyoaks abroad then this guide is for you. In this guide I'm going to show you how you can watch Hollyoaks abroad from any country. All it takes is 5 simple steps and you don't need to be a computer genius to achieve it either.
Hollyoaks is one of the UK's biggest soaps and although to many (myself included) it feels like a new boy on the block still, it has in fact been running some 23 years. You may even be surprised to know it's surpassed the possibly more famous Brookside in running length.
Like any soap, you need to watch every episode. If you miss one you'll lose part of a story and Hollyoaks is no exception.
Sure, most of us have the ability to record TV these days when we go off on holiday, but who wants to come back and try to find 7 or even 14 episodes worth of time to binge watch? If you're away longer then you may not even have that luxury.
So below I'm going to show you how in just 5 simple steps you can watch one of the North West's best soaps abroad and watch Hollyoaks in any country in the world.
Watch Hollyoaks abroad in just 5 steps
Hollyoaks is shown on Channel 4 which means it's also available both live and on demand on their online streaming service All 4.
If you're already abroad and you've tried to watch All 4 then you'll know it's blocked outside the UK. It doesn't matter what country you're in, there's no direct way to watch Hollyoaks on All 4. Instead, you'll see a message like this:
To avoid this message you need to get yourself a little app called a VPN. A VPN allows you to change your location and pretend you're in a country other than the one you're really in.
So let's say for example you're in the USA or Australia. You can use a VPN to make it look like you're in the UK. When you visit Channel 4's All service to watch Hollyoaks abroad instead of blocking you, now you'll be able to watch.
It's actually really simple too, just follow the 5 simple steps below and you can be watching Hollyoaks abroad in minutes.
Steps to stream Hollyoaks overseas
- Visit the VPN provider ExpressVPN and click Get ExpressVPN to sign up to their service. Follow through the sign-up process. It'll cost a couple of dollars which is just a few pounds.
- Once you've signed up head over to the Products section of their website where you can download the correct app for your device. You can also search your usual app store for ‘ExpressVPN' and install the mobile apps that way. For computer apps get them direct from the ExpressVPN website.
- Once you've downloaded and installed the app run it and then either login with your email address and password or use the activation code from the ‘My Account' section of the ExpressVPN website.
- On the app select the Selected Location (1). Then select United Kingdom (2). The app should automatically connect for you but if not press Connect (3).
- Once the app has connected head over to the Hollyoaks page on All 4.
Now you're connected to the VPN you can watch 1-months worth of Hollyoaks on catch-up or you can use the Watch Live option and watch the latest episode of Hollyoaks at the same time as it is broadcast in the UK.
When you've finished watching Hollyoaks simply press Disconnect on the ExpressVPN app. Everything returns to normal.
All you have to do to watch more episodes of Hollyoaks is reconnect using the same method. As ExpressVPN is a subscription service you can watch as much TV as you want without any further charges.
You can also use it to watch other TV like Eastenders, Coronation Street and other TV channels from the UK.
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How does a VPN work?
When you visit the Channel 4 website while you're abroad it knows this because of your internet connection and is how it blocks you from watching.
A VPN first takes your request to watch Hollyoaks and passes it to a computer in the UK known as a server. This server then passes that request onto the Channel 4 website.
The Channel 4 website only sees a request from the computer in the UK and so thinks whoever is asking to watch Hollyoaks is in the UK. It then passes the Hollyoaks stream back to the computer in the UK who then forward it onto you wherever you are in the world.
A Brief Recap
To watch Hollyoaks abroad on a tablet, phone, laptop or regular computer you'll need to get yourself a VPN service from ExpressVPN. Not only will they unblock Channel 4 but they're also fast enough to stream video across the world.
You can get one by clicking the button below. You should then download their app, connect to the UK and you can then watch Hollyoaks abroad on the All 4 website. If you need more in-depth instructions read our step-by-step guide earlier in this guide.
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