There is a range of ways on how to watch BT Sport that include through Sky, on BT TV or through their app or online player. One of the nice features of this is you can stream events live on your computer or mobile device even when you’re not at home.
One downside to this is you can’t do this if you’re not in the UK, so while it’s possible if you’re travelling within the UK, if you’re on holiday or away on business abroad then your luck is out.. except, it isn’t, it is entirely possible to watch BT Sport abroad and I’ll tell you how…
Watch BT Sport outside the UK
To watch BT Sport abroad you need to invest in a service known as a Virtual Private Network.
This is more commonly known by its abbreviation, VPN. After having many family members enquire about these their face is met with sheer shock and a glazed expression slowly covers their face when such a “technical” term is mentioned.
The surprising aspect about a VPN is they are amazingly simple to use, even people with very minor computer or technical skills can make use of them and I have left a trail of amazed family members behind once I’ve shown them the process.
Where can I get a VPN
Like anything they cost a small fee and there is a huge choice of providers of VPN service but not everything is created equally and some are better than others.
The difficulty in choosing a provider is you need one that provides a good speed to stream live video and without testing them and wasting your time and money you could end up with a dud. Part of the remit of our website is testing services so we’ve seen quite a few good providers and a handful you will want to avoid.
Through our previous VPN reviews, for the purpose of watching BT Sport outside the UK we would suggest signing up to IPVanish.
Not only are they fast but they are also professional. There are a few other bonuses like they provide free applications for all computers, tablets* and mobile devices, so no matter what you’re taking with you on your trip then you will be safe in the knowledge if you can use it to watch BT Sport at home then you’ll definitely be able to use it abroad.
There is a good selection of other providers, but the three listed below are our top picks for the job :-
How do I use a VPN to watch BT Sport
The system works because the VPN takes your foreign connection and connects to a UK “Server” supplied by the VPN provider. To any website that you visit you now appear as if you’re physically in the UK, even though you may be half way around the world.
By doing so, BT Sport will stream you the live match that you want to watch without any issues.
Firstly download the software or app for your computer, tablet or phone. Once downloaded and installed connect to a UK Server.
With IPVanish this is done by selecting the United Kingdom and pressing Connect as seen in the image below.
When it’s connected just visit the BT Sport website and access like normal. You’ll now be able to watch BT Sport online from anywhere in the world.
If you’re still unsure check our video below from 2014 showing you how simple the process is, this is still valid for 2016.
A bit more info about VPNs
The system of VPNs came about as a way of business travellers being able to access their office files which not only makes it a tried and tested method but also means that the connection you make is encrypted and secure meaning what you do while connected can’t be seen by any outside third party.
We all know how sport mad certain family members can be, in fact, you could be that family member. For those with a passion for Football, Rugby or any sport you must watch your favourite team no matter if you’re on the road or sitting on a beach in an exotic location.
For non sporting family members this can seem extreme and even on occasion cause argument, how many holidays or events in your life have been rearranged around a major sporting event due to your own passion or that of your husband or wife’s love for their team?
I for one know this all too well and when the game is being shown on BT Sport it makes it even more of a dilemma because you fear as you’re not at home you have to miss the match. As you know now, this doesn’t have to be the case.
Football Leg image courtesy of hin255, Football on field image courtesy of m_bartosch / FreeDigitalPhotos.net