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

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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!

butterfliesinmytummy Sun 16-Sep-12 06:35:45

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.

surroundedbyblondes Sat 29-Sep-12 19:49:56

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?

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