Promoted How to watch UK TV from any country

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Going abroad and finding out you can’t watch your usual shows is the ultimate killjoy. You might not know this, but certain shows and movies are only available in certain countries. This is due to copyright restrictions between the producers and streaming platforms like Netflix or Amazon Prime.

Likewise, ITV, BBC, Sky Sports, Britbox, and NowTV are all geo-locked to the UK. So, if you live anywhere else, you’ll be met with the heartbreaking “Oooops something went wrong” message.

But what people may not know is that you can easily and legally change your virtual location with a VPN. Once streaming services think you’re in the UK, you’ll have full access to UK shows, movies, and TV.

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How does it work?
  • Streaming sites decide what to show you by inspecting your IP address and the origin of your traffic (IP addresses include an area code, like a phone number does).
  • A VPN switches your IP address and routes your online activity through their own servers instead of your usual ISP’s ones.
  • The best VPNs have servers all over the world, so all you have to do is choose a country from the menu and click connect. Once you do that, your activity will be routed through a server in that country, and any websites you visit will treat you as though you were in that country.


So, for example, if you want to watch a live UK boxing match from Germany, turn on your VPN, connect to the UK, sit back, and enjoy. Or, if you want to discover some exciting foreign films, connect to Denmark, Japan, India, or anywhere else that intrigues you.

Most VPNs aren’t tough enough to bypass the UK’s geo-blocks, but NordVPN claims to be the best at unblocking UK content because of its powerful technology and massive server network – 5,300+ servers in 59 countries. And, because they’re a paid service, they’re constantly upgrading their UK VPN servers to give you fast speeds without any buffering issues.

Better yet, you can use it on up to 6 devices with the same account, so you can watch the best of British TV on your laptop, smartphone, Android TV, and PC from anywhere in the world.

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oneman

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Sorry to burst your bubble but Nord is no better than other providers for geo-unlocking iplayer, ITV player or more 4. It stops working after a few days, Nord switch servers, it works for a few days and then stops, etc
 

OscarZ

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Proton VPN works OK for free but I'm probably not making as good a use of it as I maybe could.
 

iFi audio

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VPN is a great tool if you pay attention to anonymity online or you are trying to bypass geographic restrictions, but let's keep in mind that it is considered illegal or it is restricted in countries such as Iraq, Belarus, and North Korea, China, Russia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
 

Dubliner1

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Downinja

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Going abroad and finding out you can’t watch your usual shows is the ultimate killjoy. You might not know this, but certain shows and movies are only available in certain countries. This is due to copyright restrictions between the producers and streaming platforms like Netflix or Amazon Prime.

Likewise, ITV, BBC, Sky Sports, Britbox, and NowTV are all geo-locked to the UK. So, if you live anywhere else, you’ll be met with the heartbreaking “Oooops something went wrong” message.

But what people may not know is that you can easily and legally change your virtual location with a VPN. Once streaming services think you’re in the UK, you’ll have full access to UK shows, movies, and TV.

Hang on a second...

So you can't watch UK programming outside the UK due to copyright restrictions, but you can't virtually change your location to circumvent those restrictions. How is that magically not breaking the copyright restriction?

I understand some people may feel they have the right to watch BBC in another country if you are paying for a licence, but that isn't the case;

Due to rights agreements, you need to be in the UK to stream and download programmes or watch BBC TV channels on BBC iPlayer. (bbc website)

It's a little surprising that AVForums would promote copyright infringement.
 

ashenfie

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VPN is a great tool if you pay attention to anonymity online or you are trying to bypass geographic restrictions, but let's keep in mind that it is considered illegal or it is restricted in countries such as Iraq, Belarus, and North Korea, China, Russia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
If you on Netflix, say you can use a vpn. Nothing illegal at all.

what maybe a issue is the some content may not be licensed in the region your watch from. Hence Netflix remove these from the catalog so all good.

The bbc is not the same, but it’s the choice if they pull the plug. Currently they have not. If they want to change for none uk viewing the it simple enough to do. Don’t see any single use copyright agreement prevent a uk tv licence payer watch tv from outside the uk.
 

JonMace

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If you on Netflix, say you can use a vpn. Nothing illegal at all.

what maybe a issue is the some content may not be licensed in the region your watch from. Hence Netflix remove these from the catalog so all good.

The bbc is not the same, but it’s the choice if they pull the plug. Currently they have not. If they want to change for none uk viewing the it simple enough to do. Don’t see any single use copyright agreement prevent a uk tv licence payer watch tv from outside the uk.

BBC dont produce all there own material and its available in other countries buy other means so it would be breaking copy right. Also the BBC sell their shows and rights to other countries this would also have an issue with copyright
 

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