In this guide I’m going to show you how to watch ITV Player abroad.
One quirk of being British or having lived in Britain for a long period of time is we love our British based TV. ITV or “Channel 3” as some of us older watchers fondly call it produces a wealth of excellent TV programs from soaps such as Coronation Street to dramas like Downton Abbey.
Many Brits are lucky enough to venture off on holiday, move abroad indefinitely, own a holiday home or have relatives that do which all leads to one question while we are away, How can I watch ITV Player abroad? Regardless where you are, be it Spain, France, Germany, USA or anywhere else in the world the simple fact is you can’t directly access ITV Player in any other country than the UK.
So you’re probably wondering how you can watch and if it is even possible?
The great news is, it is! For this you’ll need something called a VPN.
What is a VPN
A VPN is a system originally used by business to allow travelling workers to securely access their office over the internet. There are plenty of VPN services now available to the public which are multifunctional and a sideline aspect of these is they allow full access to ITV Player anywhere in the world.
A VPN actually sounds more complicated than it is but in a nutshell it allows you to connect securely encrypting your connection to a third party server located elsewhere in the world.
In this situation you will want to connect to a VPN “server” in the UK, once connected everything you do while connected appears to the websites that you visit as if you’re in the UK.
I’m sure this is sounding ever more complicated but trust me, it isn’t and if you’re still not convinced, watch the simple video after this paragraph. Many VPN providers offer simple software for a range of major computers like Windows and Mac systems and even tablets and phones!
Once you’re connected websites now think you’re in the UK so you can watch as many programmes as you wish both on ITV Player and other services like BBC iPlayer without further cost.
Where can I get a VPN for ITV Player
A reputable VPN provider will set you back around £4-£6 per month (approx US$8-$12) or less if you sign up for a year and will allow you to do much more than just watch ITV Player but for now I won’t confuse you.
One provider I highly recommend is IPVanish due to the simplicity of their software to connect. Another plus in our recent review we found them to offer a top notch service, just click on their name to visit their site. There are other good providers that are worth considering such as ExpressVPN and StrongVPN who also offer simple software too. So feel free to visit their site by following our links below :-
If you know a little more about what you’re doing then there is a huge range of other providers who can be compared in our VPN Comparison Guide.
With our above solution you can bypass the restrictions and have full access just like in our video.
You’ll need to enter a UK post code on the ITV Player website once connected but you can use any. A quick search of Google will be enough but a few you can try are TN23 3FN, W14 8EG or OX10 6SE.
Why is ITV Player even blocked in the first place
I am sure many of you have attempted to access before reading this article and been frustrated to have been met with one of the following notices.
One of the strangest things about this is there really is no need for ITV Player to be blocked outside of the UK. After all ITV are a TV channel paid for by advertisement and unlike the BBC even for those of us who spend most of our time in the UK there is no licence fee to be paid. Granted, advertisers more than likely pay for adverts to be shown to UK citizens but the honest reality is even if we’re on holiday or have moved away permanently we’re still interested in British products when we can get hold of them.
The reason that you can’t access it is because the website knows you’re not currently in the UK. Each internet connection is given a unique address called an IP address, kind of like a phone number so when you visit a website it knows to send you the information and not someone else. From this IP address the sites you visit can tell your physical country location.
ITV launched a service called ITV Essentials which is a good start but only actually offers Coronation Street and Emmerdale, if you aren’t a soap fan then it is hardly the “Essentials”. Even if you are, there are hundreds more programs that can’t be accessed using this service. To view these you’re looking at paying in the region of £1.29 per program per month.
Let’s say you wanted to watch all the soaps plus 5 episodes of Downton Abbey, with the price of ITV Essentials plus the cost of renting Downton Abbey that would set you back a massive €14.22 per month! If you wanted to watch other programs then there would be even more charges on top.
So there you have it, you can now watch ITV Player in Spain, in France, the USA, Australia or wherever you are in the world. If you have any questions at all please feel free to post in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer them.