One of the most common questions we get asked is how can I watch UK TV in Europe and is it even possible?
The good news is, it’s entirely possible to watch both free-to-air services like the BBC and also any services you have a subscription for like Sky.
You’ll need an app called a VPN to be able to do this and our favourite right now for watching UK TV in Europe is NordVPN because unlike some other VPN services, it works. Below we’ll explain how to get it and use it in just 5 steps to watch UK TV in Europe.
If you’re a little bit of a technophobe then not to worry, the process is extremely simple and even if you’re not the best with technology you’ll still be able to achieve this – all it will take is 5 steps remember!
So, let’s find out how you can watch UK TV in Europe quickly and easily.
How to Watch UK TV in Europe on a Mobile or Tablet
When you’re travelling or living in Europe the easiest way to watch UK TV is to do so via the online streaming services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Sky Go etc.
However if you try to visit directly you’ll be blocked because the websites and apps know you’re not in the UK.
To unblock these sites all you need is an app called a VPN. Below we show you how you can connect on an Android or Apple (iOS) phone or tablet and further down in this guide we’ll show you how to do it on a Windows or Mac computer or Amazon Fire TV.
How to watch UK TV in Europe on a mobile or tablet Step-by-Step:
- Visit the VPN provider NordVPN by clicking here and sign-up to their service. (There’s a massive 30-day money back guarantee so it’s risk-free)
- Visit your regular app store and search “NordVPN”. Download and install the app on your device.
- Run the app and login with the account details you created.
- On the map locate the United Kingdom and press on the Location Icon.
- Then on the Connect Button.
The app will now take care of everything for you and get you connected to the UK.
Once the NordVPN app lets you know it has connected return to the main screen on your phone or tablet and launch the TV app you want to watch on.
Rather than being blocked you’ll now be able to stream from any of your installed TV apps such as BBC iPlayer, Sky Go and more.
When you’ve finished watching return to the NordVPN app and simply press Disconnect. Everything will return to normal. When you want to watch again you can reconnect the same way. There are no limits on how many times you can connect and disconnect.
How to Watch UK TV in Europe on Windows or Mac
If you’ve got a desktop computer or laptop then it’s even easier to watch UK in Europe. You’ll need to download VPN the same as with a mobile device and below are the 5 simple steps to achieving that.
How to watch UK TV in Europe on Windows or Mac Step-by-Step:
- Visit the VPN provider NordVPN by clicking here and sign-up. (There’s a full 30-day money back guarantee if you can’t get it to work)
- Go to the VPN Apps menu option on the NordVPN website.
- Download and install either the Windows or Mac software depending on your device.
- Run the software and login with your account details.
- Select the United Kingdom on the map and press the Connect button.
The software will now make connection to the UK for you. After around 15 seconds it will let you know it has connected.
You should open up a new web-browser and visit the site of the service you wish to watch. If you’re looking for some suggestions we’ve rounded up some of the best UK TV services at the bottom of this article.
You may need to open your web-browser in InPrivate or InCognito mode if when you try to watch it still tells you that you’re outside the country. You can find out how to do that here.
How to watch UK TV on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick
If you’ve got an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick (Generation 2 – The one with Alexa voice remote) then it’s also possible to watch UK TV in Europe using a VPN.
Unlike a mobile or computer device though you’ll need to sign up for a different VPN service from a provider called ExpressVPN that offer a dedicated Amazon app.
Follow the simple 5 step instructions below to watch UK TV in Europe on a Fire TV device.
- Visit the VPN provider ExpressVPN by clicking here and sign up. (There’s also a 30-day money back guarantee)
- Visit the Amazon store on your Fire TV device and search “ExpressVPN”.
- Download and install the app.
- Run the app and press Choose Location.
- Select the United Kingdom and press the power Connect button.
It will take around 15 seconds for the ExpressVPN app to get connected.
Once it’s connected you can launch any of the apps on your Fire TV or any extras you have installed such as Kodi.
When you’ve finished simply Disconnect on the ExpressVPN app. You can reconnect at any time in the future.
Are VPN services legal?
Yes, VPN services are totally legal. Their original purpose is to protect your privacy online. They do this by scrambling all your data up so it becomes unreadable to others.
They also allow you to change your online location so it looks like you’re in another country. This is how a VPN helps you watch UK TV in Europe.
UK TV Streaming Services
If you’re looking for a list of good TV services for use with a VPN when in Europe then below are some of the best.
Watching UK TV in Europe Conclusion
Using online streaming services with a VPN to watch UK TV in Europe is the easiest and most efficient way of watching.
There is no complicated set-up involved, nothing more than downloading an app, there’s also no added hardware needed. The app is incredibly cheap costing less than the price of 1 coffee per month and it just works.
All you’ll need is a VPN service as explained above in this guide and a few minutes of your time. You’ll be able to enjoy all your favourite free-to-air and subscription TV from the UK no matter where you are in Europe.