Does anyone know how to get ITV player to work overseas?!

(40 Posts)
MDL Sun 16-Sep-12 06:10:15

Hi - do you know if there is anyway to watch ITV programmes on ITV player if you are not living in the UK? I tried to watch something and is said the video was not available to watch in my region ( Hong Kong) Downton Abbey starts tonight and I am desperate to watch it!


Glittertwins Sun 16-Sep-12 06:18:23

As far as I know, you need to change the proxy settings of where you are and how you are accessing the web on your computer to fool iPlayer/itv player into thinking you are in the UK. A friend of ours who is US based paid a small amount of money for software that does this so he can watch all UK tv.

Glittertwins Sun 16-Sep-12 06:20:49

Search on google for "spoof ip address to watch"

BlameItOnTheBogey Sun 16-Sep-12 06:25:30

I kept this thread from ages ago which has some good advice here

desertgirl Sun 16-Sep-12 06:26:15

Or get a VPN in the UK (google it) - the free ones never seem much use but you can pay a smaLl amount and bingo, websites you access think you are in the uk

president Sun 16-Sep-12 06:32:51

I know the answer!!!

I live in Shanghai and used to have the same problem.

You need to buy a VPN. I can recommend, just go to the website and select the basic package, it's pretty cheap for a subscription. Then you can choose any country's IP address in order to watch UK TV, American TV, plus you can access all the country-specific content on the web. And you can log into the VPN from any computer.

Only warning: don't access your bank accounts though it or leave it on if you aren't using it. I know a friend who had their email hacked when they left their computer on overnight still logged into

Enjoy Downton Abbey!

I use for £5 a month via PayPal. It's a good service. Just remember to type a valid uk post code (a friend or parent or your address back home) when prompted otherwise you won't get itv1....

MDL Sun 16-Sep-12 07:24:17

Thanks everyone for your quick replies! I think I will go with my expat network as it seems the least complicated!

Am so looking forward to watching Downton tmrw!

Thanks again.

Traceymac2 Tue 18-Sep-12 19:16:41

Expat sheild is free. Not sure about the whole legality of it as it gives your computer a UK IP address to you each time you log on but it works!

botandhothered Tue 18-Sep-12 19:50:46

I use expat shield aswell. It's free, but I get quite alot of pop ups!

Traceymac2 Tue 18-Sep-12 20:10:40

Yes they are a pain, I think you can block them though.

ivesufferedenoughfools Wed 19-Sep-12 01:19:40

We tried expat shield but it stopped working after a couple of weeks. Try - about a fiver a month and doing ok so far.

Portofino Wed 19-Sep-12 09:36:37

We use VPN UK - it costs about £5 per month. Expat Shield is useless - really clunky and too many ads. Also have a look at - you can watch the English channels for free but I think you have to subscribe to record programmes.

We watch UK tv now through the Film On app on my phone and an HD cable.

MuffinTumMum Wed 19-Sep-12 10:47:13

We use " my private network". Have done for 3 years. Never a problem. £5 a month through pay pal. Great also for kids watching bbc programmes. Can get a cable that links computer to tv so don't have to watch it on computer screen. Downloading downtown abbey as we speak! Apple TV is also a great purchase.

ThursdayWillBeTheDay Mon 24-Sep-12 18:22:24 is what I use. Used to use vpnuk and other proxy ip addresses, but no need with tvlinks.

Ploom Mon 24-Sep-12 20:08:32

portofino - impressed with that but how does that work? I can access British TV without paying a licence fee - thought that was the reason I needed a VPN before?? To hide that I didnt have one? Do you need to subscribe at some point or can you always watch without registering?

(too many questions - sorry!)

Portofino Mon 24-Sep-12 20:24:46

If you can access it and it works - then you are away laughing, You can only watch live tv though. If you want to record from Fim On or see the UK iplayers you need to subscribe (to FilmOn) or get a VPN.

SammyTheSwedishSquirrel Thu 27-Sep-12 19:39:36

Download Expatshield for free and Bob's your uncle.

We watch via Filmon. Live only. Sad old gits that we are (small DCs who sleep poorly) we knackered watching Downton at 10pm on a Sunday night. But worth it! Love Downton grin

Rosa Sat 29-Sep-12 20:10:05

On the Ipad Filmon is free but as its live the time difference can make for late nights.

fergus123 Sun 05-May-13 14:10:37

You get some pretty good deals for the tv abroad thingy if you pay for a year upfront, few quid a month

Earlybird Sat 18-May-13 12:57:48

Why do I feel this is dodgy/possibly illegal, and that I will somehow infect my computer or become vulnerable to hackers if I do it?

Can anyone reassure me?

Also, do certain methods work better in certain countries? Or are they all much the same?

SavoyCabbage Sun 19-May-13 09:17:35

I watch ITV stuff on youtube - no adverts.

Scootergrrrl Sun 19-May-13 09:26:53

We use Tunnelbear which is five dollars a month, paid through Paypal, and you can choose whether to use a UK or US IP address. That means you can use iPlayer, 4OD and the UK channels, as well as Netflix US and the American on-demand stuff.
Works like a charm for us in Germany.

CheeseAndFriedMushrooms Sat 14-Sep-13 23:35:56

One year on, I'm in the same place as the OP! Downtown starts next week and I'm off abroad for a while. Is 'my ex pat shield' stil recommended?

anothermonday Sun 15-Sep-13 14:08:47

We use my-expat-network and have never had any problems, it works v well. £5 a month, as a pp mentioned. It only took a few minutes to install. We didn't find the free ones very reliable.

JustBecauseICan Mon 16-Sep-13 09:48:35

I am on this thread under another name....I never got expatshield to work.

Lots of full length programmes are uploaded to youtube these days.

bensagey Fri 20-Sep-13 19:26:58

I have been using Laptop Telly in the Med on my expat this Summer, works great for BBC & ITV content when I was away on the ipad

redexpat Sat 21-Sep-13 11:04:20

We use AD Telly. Also £5 a month from paypal. Did Downton start already?! I thought it was starting tomorrow on the 22nd?

JustBecauseICan Sat 21-Sep-13 11:05:31

I tried expat shield (or whatever it's called now) again this week, and again, nada.

Have now d/l expat network and it's working beautifully.

mirai Sat 21-Sep-13 11:06:36

Another recommendation for adtelly here! Downtown starts this weekend I think!

You can also watch Corrie for free on YouTube smile

CoolStoryBro Sat 21-Sep-13 11:12:05

We have StrongVPN and it works brilliantly. One account and my iMac, all our iPads/phones and the PS3 are linked to it.

lazydog Mon 23-Sep-13 07:07:22

I use Pro VPN... Costs us the equivalent of 4GBP per month, paying for 12 months at a time. Works great! smile

natashabean Mon 21-Apr-14 14:59:07

I would recommend a service called SmartDNS, provided by a company called OverPlay. I've been using them for several years:

SmartDNS is a new way of accessing tv and video streaming websites that are usually geographically blocked to anyone trying to watch from outside the country. SmartDNS replicates many of the traditional VPN features, but without ANY loss

of speed. It permits access to restricted websites in different Countries. The best part is that with SmartDNS, you don't even need to dial into a VPN connection. The initial setup is super easy, and then you just browse as normal... but

without the limits.

SmartDNS enables virtually every streaming service you can imagine, and the servers are as fast as your internet connection.

It's $4.95 per month, or if you pay annually, it's $49.95, and you can cancel anytime.

cassandralyle Thu 15-May-14 15:09:44

I'd recommend Unblock Us:

It's faster than a VPN, and there's no software to install. Just follow the instructions on their website to make a small change to the DNS settings on your computer or whatever device you will be watching on, and that's it.

They offer a 7-day free trial with the simplest of sign-ups, just put in your email address. Once your free trial expires, then you can decide to pay $4.99 a month.

I've tried/paid several providers, and I can say that Unblock Us offers the fastest streaming connection of them all.

I use Hotspot Shield, means I can watch itv player, bbd inlayer, 4od etc as well as actually use my Netflix subscription. Can also change the settings to USA, australia etc so can access US netflix too grin

fairly reasonably priced as well IIRC

worcester1969 Tue 14-Oct-14 10:27:07

I've used this service and found it fantastic. Works brilliantly in Europe and the States

redexpat Tue 14-Oct-14 12:01:17

We use hola unblocker and watch on the laptop.

SignoraLiviaBurlando Sun 11-Jan-15 18:45:01

Massive thanks!
Last week in France got hooked on a reality TV show called 4 mariages for a honeymoon, where contestants got to each others weddings, mark them on various details - unbelievably bitchy - very addictive.
Couldn't get to see the finale, and was blocked when tried to get on replay - used the unblock-us recommended on here this afternoon, and watched it - thanks!!!

Kelly1814 Tue 13-Jan-15 16:26:48

Get the Tunnelbear VPN (there's an app) and it will work a treat.

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