UK Channel 4 is the number 2 free-to-air channel in the UK which has a wealth of top class TV shows, Channel 4 documentaries, sports and for what they are best known for, movies.
For UK residents, the channel is readily accessible, but to viewers in Australia, be it expats or just Australian viewers who know good UK TV series and wish to watch them without any spoilers, then it might be difficult.
There is though a straightforward workaround for this, as will be mentioned, but first let’s see what’s available, and how you can easily watch 4 OD live.
TV Shows on Channel 4
Channel 4 TV shows are varied from comedy, cultural, deep drama and long-running soap operas. Here’s a handful of original shows which have since been re-written for an American audience.
- Shameless – The woeful tales of Frank Gallagher.
- The InBetweeners – Hilarious coming of age comedy.
- Friday Night Dinner – Comedy revolving around a regular family tradition.
For other viewers who want a little piece of England rather than a good laugh, there is the reality TV show Made in Chelsea which chronicles the lives of affluent people, and then the World renowned The Great British Bake Off.
This was originally on BBC 2 but growing in popularity it found new homes and ended up on Channel 4 where it goes from strength to strength.
For sci-fi fans, there is the highly rated series, now running at its third series Humans.
Any channel wouldn’t be right without a soap opera, and one of the most well-known on E4 is the long-running Hollyoaks which is geared to the younger generation of viewers.
E4 – geared for younger viewers. 16 – 35 years old.
More4 – more suitable for viewers aged 36 – 60 years old.
Film4 – This used to be subscription based but now free. World class movies aplenty.
4Seven – catch up on the last 7-days TV.
How Can I watch it in Australia?
All 4 is the Channel 4 on demand service which is available online, and this is the basis of how to watch Channel 4 in Australia.
The streaming service has more shows archived and available from all the channels which are not shown on terrestrial TV. There is a broad range of categories where you can find great TV shows such as:
- World Drama
- Film 4
- Channel 4 News
The way to make use of this Channel 4 OD service is to sign up. At this point, there is only basic information required such as name, DOB, gender and most importantly a UK postcode.
These can easily be found and inputted. If you have friends or family, you could use theirs, or just find one on the internet.
At this stage you are all good to go apart from one thing, the service will be geo-blocked for viewers in Australia due to broadcasting rights.
This might seem like a brick wall, but this is ever so simple to bypass. All it takes is the use of a VPN service.
What is a VPN?
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a means of encrypting your data so no outsiders can see what you are accessing.
This makes them highly secure (great for online banking etc.), and you will have no worries of your ISP logging your browsing history.
With the Australian metadata laws in place, which currently stand at 2-years data retention, this would equate to a massive online profile being built up and stored of what you or your family do online.
How Does a VPN Access Channel 4?
When you have a VPN and use it while you are online, you have the capability to choose a country where your connection appears to be.
Now, in the case of Channel 4 and their streaming service, you select a server in the UK and connect from there, then the service won’t notice you have an Australian IP address, and will start streaming any content you have selected.
All this might still seem confusing to new users, so here are the basic steps needed to watch Channel 4 in Australia.
- Choose a VPN.
- Sign up, and download its app (receive a confirmation email with login details and password).
- Install their VPN app on your device.
- Launch the client software, and log in.
- Select a server which is based in the UK.
- Visit the streaming section of All 4. – https://www.channel4.com/
- If you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to create a free profile.
- Sign up, and fill in the brief details accordingly.
- When asked to input a postcode, enter ‘WC1X0AA’, or you can find a UK postcode on the internet. All 4 will ask to select an address from a drop-down list at this point.
- You will receive an email to confirm your email address, confirm this.
- Now you’re ready to access Channels 4’s on-demand service.
Where do I get a VPN?
When you have decided to go for it, and want to access All 4, the choice of VPN is crucial, especially for Australia.
VPN’s are all around the internet, but they are not all equal, and they don’t all provide what they say, some also harvest your browsing habits (even if they say they don’t).
To find one which is safe, secure and delivers on its promises can take ages. But, you can bypass all this searching and head scratching and get a VPN which does the job out of the box, and is super easy to use.
Accessing Channel 4 and opening up a new world of free TV shows is super easy. The breadth and depth of top class shows are at your fingertips, but there is one small downside.
The service does broadcast advertisements. However, this is a small price to pay for the wealth of content now available to you and your family.