Watching BT Sport outside the UK

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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 view 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.

What you need to watch BT Sport

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

A VPN is a privacy app for your mobile device or software for your desktop or laptop computer that helps you hide your real location.

A decent VPN service will cost around £3 – £6 per month and the longer you sign up for, the cheaper it becomes. Check out ExpressVPN's yearly deal, which is 49% less expensive, for example.

There are loads of VPN services to choose from, but my favourite is ExpressVPN. However, if you want to shop around, you're free to choose any of these.

  1. ExpressVPN – Recommended!
  2. NordVPN
  3. CyberGhost VPN

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

How to watch BT Sport outside the UK

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

Four steps to watch BT Sport outside the UK:

  1. Sign up for the VPN service ExpressVPN (There's a 30-day money-back guarantee).
  2. Download their app from your app store or their software from the ‘Products' area of their website.
  3. Open the app, and press Selected Location, then 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.

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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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Watch BT Sport overseas on your mobile device.

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Stream BT Sport on your laptop or desktop.

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Where can you watch BT Sport?

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 shows as well as any other sports.

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

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One of the bonus features is with the same VPN service you can not only watch BT Sport, but you can also view 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, Eurosport Player or other sports channels.

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 ExpressVPN to be the best to watch BT Sport overseas. They have some of the fastest speeds, and they're effortless to use.

They also have a massive 30-day money back guarantee to give you the peace of mind that if you can't get it working, you can get a refund. Plus they have an additional 3-months free when you take their annual service saving you up to 49% off the standard price.

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 ruin your enjoyment.

What to do is BT Sport isn't working with your VPN?

BT Sport doesn't like people using a VPN to watch its content from overseas and has attempted to block VPN users in much the same way that the BBC iPlayer and Netflix does.

If it thinks the IP Address you are using is from a VPN, it will not let you access their service.

Fortunately, most VPNs, including our recommended providers, have ways of getting around this approach and there is no reason why when you connect to your chosen VPN, you will not be able to watch BT Sport no matter where you are.

But now and then, BT Sport may spot and block one or two of their IP Addresses. This can happen to any VPN and usually, they will make short work of getting that server unblocked again.

But that doesn't mean you won't occasionally have the bad luck of connecting to one that isn't working. It's frustrating. But easily fixed.

The best way around this is just to try another of your VPN's UK-based servers and then log into your BT Sport account again. This will solve the problem nine times out of ten.

If you still can't get things working and have tried several different servers, contact your VPNs customer support.

They will be more than happy to recommend a server that is currently working or explain if it is a more serious issue. This does happen but is extremely rare and not something you should worry about.

Frequently Asked Question

What is BT Sport?

BT Sport is the TV channel belonging to UK-based ISP and telecoms company BT. It is a sports-based set of channels with its most popular shows being live Premier League football.

It also offers live coverage of other sports including cricket, MotoGP, rugby, cycling, MMA, and various US professional sports such as the NBA and NFL. As well as this, there are also various sports-related discussion and news shows.

What football can you watch on BT Sport?

BT Sport allows viewers to watch live English Premier League and every single Champions League game live. It also has exclusive coverage of the FA Cup and full coverage of all Europa League games too.

Other football you can enjoy exclusively on BT Sport includes the German Bundesliga, Ligue 1 from France, the Scottish Premier, the National League, and much more.

Where is BT Sport broadcast?

BT Sport is only available to cable and satellite TV users and internet users inside the United Kingdom.

This is because BT Sport only holds the rights to broadcast the live sports it shows in its home country.

Many of its news and documentary shows are made in-house and so BT owns the rights to these. A few are made available more widely on their website but most remain behind their geo-blocked wall.

But if you use a VPN, it is very easy to make it appear like you're in the UK even when you aren't.

This means as long as you have a BT Sport account, you can still watch all your favourite shows and the top live matches and events, no matter where you are.

What devices can you watch BT Sport on?

BT Sport is available on most cable and satellite TV networks. Channel numbers will vary so check with your provider.

You can also stream all of its channels directly through the BT Sport website. You will need to log into your account to do this and be using a modern, up-to-date browser.

There is also a range of dedicated apps. These can be downloaded from the usual app stores and are available for macOS, iOS, Android and Windows devices.

Some VPNs to avoid

A VPN is a great way to enjoy your BT Sport subscription when you are overseas on holiday or on business. But it is essential not just to choose any VPN to unblock it.

Free VPNs come with all sorts of risks and are unlikely to be able to unblock BT Sport for any length of time. Our recommended VPNs are all premium VPNs that require a small monthly fee to use. But just because a VPN charges a fee doesn't mean it is worth the money.

There are some VPNs out there that have been proven to compromise user privacy and security and which are therefore not safe to use to unblock BT Sport and are best avoided.

We would advise you to steer well clear of:

  • PureVPN
  • Hotspot Shield
  • Hola VPN
  • All ‘Free' VPNs

In Summary

So you want to watch your favourite team or sport while you're travelling outside the UK?

Ordinarily, you would be blocked, but by using a VPN app you can alter your location, so it looks like you're still in the UK.

The result?

You'll be able to stream BT Sport wherever you happen to be in the world.

Grab ExpressVPN, download their VPN app, connect to the UK and enjoy all the sporting action whether you're holed up in a hotel, hiking a mountain or kicking back on the beach.

 

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Christopher Seward

Author: Christopher Seward

After 25 years of using the internet, Christopher launched one of the very first VPN comparison websites in 2013. An expert in the field his reviews, testing and knowledge have helped thousands of users get the correct VPN for their needs.

Comments

  1. Avatar Nad

    Have BT Sport just stopped this, as it now requests me to turn location services on in my ipad, and this then stops the ability to receive the connection to their ipad app, even abroad? Why they would do this is anyone’s guess as I may not continue subscribing now….

    • Avatar VPNCompare

      Do you mind me asking what country you’re trying to access from and also what VPN provider you use? Are you using an actual app or accessing through their website?

      • Avatar Nad

        I’m in Italy and I use 12vpn.com on my ipad it was working fine and still works fine for Sky and iPlayer is just in the last few days BT Sport have changed something to make sure you turn on the location services if you want to use their app.

        I can still access the bt sport website via the safari browser and watch the few programmes in their catch up video area but when I try to stream live it recognizes the device and tells me to use their app. I haven’t yet tested it from a normal PC, which should hopefully still work. I don’t understand why they would bother though, surely they want back door entry.

    • Avatar SportsFanInc

      Same issue. Use VPN now, and it asks for location services to be turned on. Turn LS on, and it bypasses the VPN and reveals where you actually are, ie not in the uk. This is on an ipad. Any ways around this as i cant get it to work anymore?

      • Avatar VPNCompare

        Have you tried turning off GPS if it is on? and trying again? I’m not overly sure how iPad location services work, but I assume via GPS perhaps?

        • Avatar SportsFanInc

          Yeah tried turning the location services (GPS) off, but the BT app insists you turn it on. So doesnt work anymore.

          • Avatar VPNCompare

            How about visiting directly in browser rather than app?

          • Avatar SportsFanInc

            Yes can login, but says “this video is not available on this device”. For full access please download the BT sport APP from the App store.
            I tried on a laptop using a vpn and still works, but always found the picture better on the ipad.

      • Avatar VPNCompare

        Alternatively, have you tried in browser rather than app using some of the suggestions in comment http://www.vpncompare.co.uk/watching-bt-sport-outside-the-uk/#comment-1265994551

  2. Avatar mo donnington

    Try using a browser plugin to change your iPad browser’s useragent – then you can set it to look like a regular macbook or pc

    • Avatar VPNCompare

      I think the iPad is forcing people to use the app which then forces the use of GPS. However you might have a point that if there is a way of changing the browser useragent then they could bypass being forced to use the app.

      I wonder if one exists for the iPad as I don’t have one myself.

  3. Avatar Ravi a

    I’m based in Singapore and m using vyprvpn to access BT sports, but it asks me to log in with details. Do i need to subscriber of BT sports service??

  4. Avatar Neill

    I am using a VPN in Spain which works fine with any other site such as Sky, ITV Player, iPlayer etc however it will not work with BT Sport. Keep getting a message saying “please check you internet connection and try again (DT008)”

    • Avatar VPNCompare

      What computer/device are you using it on? If a Windows based computer, have you tried InPrivate mode on Internet Explorer or Incognito on Google Chrome?

      • Avatar Neill

        I am using a MacBook to access BTsports. I am so frustrated that I can’t watch the champions league games when a travel via my VPN so any suggestions to solve the issue are welcome.

        • Avatar VPNCompare

          Hi Neill,

          According to the BT Sport site the error code DT008 refers to :-

          “You will only ever get these messages when using the enhanced video player for UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Please exit the enhanced player and try again.”

          Any joy exiting that then?

          • Avatar Neill

            Yea I read a comment online that stated I need to exit the enhanced player but I couldn’t find a way to actually exit the enhanced player and use the standard player or whatever it called.

          • Avatar VPNCompare

            There doesn’t seem to be any information how to do that and I don’t have BT Sport to hand to look. It seems like that will be the issue (according to BT Sport themselves) but to rule it out, can you contact us via the “Contact” form at the top of the site and I’ll sort you out a trial VPN account with another provider just to make sure it isn’t an issue with your current one.

          • Avatar Neill

            That would be great. If trying another VPN service can potentially solve the issue then it’s worth a try. It will be a few weeks until I’m out of the UK again so I will use your contact form then to request to setup a trial account.

          • Avatar VPNCompare

            As another thought, does it work when you connect to the VPN service and use it in the UK? It shouldn’t do and if it doesn’t it will mean you can test the trail service before you leave to know if it’ll work abroad.

            Just trying to whittle down the options of what’s wrong.

          • Avatar Neill

            Hi There, you mentioned 2 weeks ago that you can set me up with a trial on a VPN service to check if the issue of with my current VPN provider. Can you please confirm how I can setup the trial VPN?

          • Avatar VPNCompare

            Hi Neill. I’ve dropped you an email, please check your spam/junk folder too.

  5. Avatar MTF

    I was using vyprvpn in Switzerland to watch BT sports on MacBook – it worked fine up until about August but since then BT sport no longer accepts the connection through vyprvpn. Not sure what to do. Would changing Vpn provider make a difference? Have they just blocked that Vpn address?

    • Avatar VPNCompare

      Hi, Do you get a specific error message blocking you?

      • Avatar MTF

        I was getting the error that made it obvious I was watching not in UK even though connected to vyper. I changed to Safer vpn and this worked well until this weekend when it started to do the same thing in the middle of a live match. I now cannot connect with that either and seems I am destined to change provider every few months

        • Avatar VPNCompare

          Have you tried using InCognito or InPrivate mode on your web browser when using the VPN? I haven’t heard any other similar reports.

  6. Avatar Graeme

    Hi there, great article. I have just signed up to IPVanish. I’m currently in Nerja, Spain. I’d like to be able to watch the L’pool v Arsenal match tonight on BT Sport. I’ve followed the instructions you gave above but it states ‘Sorry, BT Sports is only available in the UK. Code VC003’ when I try and watch. I’m trying Chrome and have also tried incognito mode, with no joy (I also tried it with Edge). I’m connected to Open VPN (UDP) and to the UK, London lon -a05 (190ms). I’m using windows 10 on an Asus UX305F. Any ideas?

    • Avatar VPNCompare

      Hi Graeme,

      Sorry you’re experiencing issues. Firstly, I’d suggest trying a few different London servers. If that doesn’t work they also have servers in Manchester, Liverpool and Nottingham so try those too. Make sure you try in Incognito mode each time.

      Failing that please let us know and I’ll get in touch with IPVanish to see if there is an issue. You have 7 days to get a refund so if we don’t get this resolved before the match I’ll send you the instructions on how to cancel so you’re not out of pocket.

      Just out of interest, which team are you watching for ;)?

      • Avatar Graeme

        Thanks mate. I’ll give those a try.

        Arsenal, of course! 😉

        • Avatar VPNCompare

          Keep us posted.

          Not sure I want to help now you’ve said that 😉 Should be an easy game against Liverpool Z !

          • Avatar Graeme

            I’ve tried 4 different servers from all over the UK and it’s still not letting me in.

          • Avatar VPNCompare

            I’ll find out and get back to you.

          • Avatar Graeme

            Thanks very much.

          • Avatar VPNCompare

            Just checking in to see if you opened a support ticket?

          • Avatar VPNCompare

            I’ve dropped IPVanish a message and will keep you posted. If we can’t get this resolved I have another solution and will send you an email before the match.

            In the meantime you might want to try posting on the IPVanish forum : https://forum.ipvanish.com/ and contact their support as they’re available 24 hours a day, obviously I can’t discuss your account directly so it might be quicker : https://support.ipvanish.com/customer/portal/emails/new

  7. Avatar Donna Saunders

    Reading the above, I am not quite clear. Is it saying it doesn’t matter which VPN you use with an iPad, BT Sport will not work on an iPad outside the UK – even with the recommended IP Vanish?

    • Avatar VPNCompare

      That’s correct. Sorry for any confusion.

      • Avatar Donna Saunders

        thanks, so if I were to install a VPN on my Macbook Air I could watch BT Sport then?

        • Avatar VPNCompare

          That’s correct, on the Macbook Air it will work fine as long as you can install apps from the Apple store.

  8. Avatar Giles Lancaster

    Have VPN installed and working correctly but still getting Code: VC011 error when trying to watch on my Mac. Been working fine for months.

  9. Avatar Rob

    It seems this no longer works. I use Express VPN but even on a MacBook, BT Sport will not load. Same on iPhone.

    • Christopher Seward Christopher Seward

      Was this previously working for you? Have you tried different UK locations?

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