Watching BT Sport outside the UK (updated 2018)

Watch BT Sport abroad

In this guide we’re going to show you the quickest and easiest way to watch BT Sport outside the UK.

If you’ve been searching for a way to watch your BT Sport account while abroad then your search is over. We’ve created this guide to show you how you can watch your BT Sport account anywhere in the world.

All you’ll need is a simple app called a VPN that will let you unblock BT Sport to watch from anywhere. Keep reading below to find out how.

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How to watch BT Sport outside the UK

To watch BT Sport outside the UK you’ll need to sign up to a service called a VPN. This will let you access your BT Sport account and watch from any country in the world.

A VPN is an app for your mobile device or software for your desktop or laptop computer.

A decent VPN service will cost around £3 – £6 per month and the longer you sign up for the cheaper it becomes.

Just follow the simple instructions below to watch BT Sport outside the UK.

4 steps on How to watch BT Sport outside the UK:

  1. Sign up for the VPN service IPVanish (There’s a 7-day money back guarantee so it’s risk free).
  2. Download their app from your app store or their software from the Apps area of their website.
  3. Install it and select the location United Kingdom.
  4. Press Connect.

Once the app or software has connected all you need to do is visit the BT Sport website or launch the BT Sport app*.

*iPad/iPhone Users : It is not possible to use the BT Sport app on an iPad or iPhone using this method.

Instead of being blocked like you were before you’ll be able to watch all the live and catch-up sports events.

If you think it’ll be difficult or you get stuck take a look at the example image and video below that shows how easy it is to connect on both a mobile device and a laptop or desktop.


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Windows / Mac:

If you’ve got a bit of time to shop around then there are other VPN services that are suitable for watching BT Sport outside the UK. You may also want to try:

If you want to look at even more providers then we compare the top 20 in our VPN Comparison Guide.

Watch BT Sport outside the UK

With your new VPN service, you can watch BT Sport outside the UK from any country in the world.

This means you can watch every football match that BT Sport show as well as any other sports.

You can watch both live coverage and pre-recorded content.

One of the bonus features is with the same VPN service you can not only watch BT Sport but you can also watch other subscription or free-to-air services too.

That means you can watch BBC iPlayer and other free services and even other services you have subscriptions for such a Sky or Virgin Media.

The original purpose of a VPN is to protect your online privacy so you’ll also be protecting your privacy at the same time from government snooping or pesky hackers.

Why is BT Sport blocked

BT Sport knows your location. When it sees you’re outside the UK it blocks you from watching even if you have a valid subscription.

It does this by checking your IP Address. An IP Address is a little like a phone number, it is unique to you at the time of connection and it also gives away your location.

A VPN service alters your IP Address to one from another country. When you connect to the VPN service your IP Address changes to one from the UK so rather than blocking you the BT Sport service thinks you’re in the UK and allows you to watch.

What VPN service should you choose

Choosing a VPN service can be incredibly difficult. There are now thousands of different providers.

Through our extensive testing we found IPVanish to be the best to watch BT Sport overseas. They have some of the fastest speeds and they’re really easy to use.

When looking for a VPN service to watch BT Sport you need to choose a fast one, if it isn’t fast enough then you’ll end up with buffering while watching which will really ruin your enjoyment.

It’s almost impossible to know the speed of a service before you sign-up which is why we’ve done the hard work for you testing a range of suitable services.

If you want to know more about IPVanish then you can read our 2017 review to find out why we awarded them our Editor’s Choice award two years running.

Now you know how to watch BT Sport outside the UK, why not tell your friends and family so they can watch too.