There is nothing like the sound of some beautiful British English (accent). I love it, and I love watching TV shows and films from England. Unfortunately most TV channels in England use a geo-block, making their shows only available to people with an IP address in England. How can I bypass these restrictions?
If you try to watch popular TV channels such as ITV, Channel 4, one of the SKY channels or some other British TV channel from abroad, you will most often receive a message that the stream is not available due to copyright restrictions. This is also valid if you try to watch the BBC iPlayer from abroad. The channels only have rights to broadcast the program in the UK, meaning that those who try to watch these channels and streams from abroad will receive an error message instead of the actual program. To bypass this restriction you need to get an IP address in England (UK) and that is very easy, at least if you are willing to use a little bit of money.
Many people have subscriptions for different TV channels in England, such as SKY Sports. However, as you travel abroad you will soon find out that a subscription is not enough; you need to have an English IP to watch the content, even though if you already have paid for the right to watch the channel.
How to get an IP address in England?
It is extremely easy to get a British IP address if you use the VPN service HideMyAss (read our review here). This service is provided by a British company named Privax. They have servers in more than 50 nations around the world and they provide a high quality service and support to its customers. They offer a one month subscription to their service costing about 11USD, while the monthly cost is as low as 6 USD if you sign up for a 12 month subscription. With one subscription you can use an unlimited amount of bandwidth, connect to all servers in all nations and thus unlock content easily.
Follow these steps to get an IP in England
- Visit the HideMyAss website
- Sign up for a 1 month subscription (or a longer)
- Download the HideMyAss software (free)
- Install the software and connect to a server in the UK
- Close your Internet browser and start it over again
- Visit the site that was earlier blocked and enjoy the show!
It is as easy as it sounds, and if you should not be satisfied, HideMyAss have a 30 day refund policy (if you have used less than 10GB of bandwidth).
Before writing this article I have personally tried this, and I was very satisfied with the service. I do not have a SKY subscription myself, but a friend of mine has and he told me that it worked great. If you want to sign up for a SKY sports accouht from abroad
read more about that here. If anoyne has further input, comments, experiences and so on, feel free to write a comment.