How to Watch UK TV Online Abroad in Australia
With the rising popularity of British TV shows, no wonder you too are interested in watching what all is being broadcasted in the UK. You may have seen an episode of Sherlock or Doctor Who and tried to watch UK TV series online on the channel’s website with no luck.
Well, among the most watched TV channels, UK BBC, ITV, Five, Channel 4 and Sky UK (earlier known as British Sky Broadcasting or BSkyB) are the modern ones. And all of them streamed their content on the website but geo-restricted to the UK.
You can get the BBC iPlayer, Sky Go or the iTV player but with similar viewing restrictions.
There are several reasons why there are restrictions, but mostly it is due to broadcast rights and the territories; and also copyrights.
Although you would be breaking some rights, it is possible to watch UK TV channels in Australia. There are a bunch of methods to do that.
It allows you to hide your real IP and start anonymous browsing. But the thing is proxies can work well for some sites while may be not at all for others. It enables you to access blocked sites.
VPNs are, by far, the most popular and easy way to use streaming services from different locations.
VPN – Virtual Private Network – allows you to remove the geographical restrictions put up by a website to selected regions. They enable you to surf the internet with anonymity and protect your privacy. But most of the times, they are used to relocate the device virtually; by offering access to an IP address from the region, you require.
This way, you can watch BBC iPlayer in Australia, access iTV player or watch Channel 4 live online stream from the comfort of your home. There is a host of VPN in Australia providing their services, some free and some paid. The popular ones to list are NordVPN, ExpressVPN, PureVPN, CyberGhost, Buffered, etc.
• NordVPN – It’s easy to use, and you can get the services for $5.75 per month with a 1-year subscription.
• ExpressVPN – It is one of the fastest one and have the yearly subscription at $8.32 per month; with a 14-days money back guarantee.
• PureVPN – It is considered an all-rounder and is available for $5 per month with the yearly subscription.
• CyberGhost – It is simple to use and have a free version available. The pro version is available for $2.90 per month if the yearly subscription is taken along; with a 30-days money back guarantee.
• Buffered – Although popular, it has a slow UI. It is available for $8.25 per month if you opt for a 1-year subscription.
Change DNS Settings
Another way to get those channels is by fiddling with DNS settings. To manually configure the primary and secondary DNS (Domain Name Servers) numbers, go to the network settings of your device.
You can search for those other DNS numbers on the internet. The process is substantially free, but those numbers change on a regular basis and also get slow at times.
Smart DNS proxies
It is another tool to spoof your location online. Unlike VPNs using a Smart DNS proxy (like Unlocator) results in minimal loss of speed as it only needs to re-route specific information related to your geographical location.
Unlocator makes selective web redirection requests through a mediating server, thus hiding customer’s real location.
It also has a VPN service (as a backup), in case your ISP has blocked its services. It has a 7-day free trial, and you can unblock all the UK channels Unlocator supports unblocking.
Why is a paid VPN better?
If you are looking for a free VPN in Australia, I would like to point out few reasons why a paid VPN is always better than the free ones. They are well worth the money and are reputable and trustworthy.
The only good thing about free VPNs is the price. Paid VPNs are more secure and provide you with better speed and an ad-free experience. They offer you a better data encryption.
Free services have to pay for their services somehow. They may do so by selling your browser activity to third parties. Then there would be limitations – like capped data or capped bandwidth. Also, the paid ones are more robust and less prone to outages. They are committed to keeping sensitive data safe.
The most important thing to know about VPN providers is that they can track all the traffic sent across their networks.
So, before settling for a service, check where the service is legally based and make your selections carefully. Many have argued not to use the ones from Russia or China.