Seeing the ‘Oops!’ message when you try to watch a channel? Here’s how to get around the geographical restrictions so you can watch UK TV from anywhere.
If you’re in the US, Canada, or elsewhere outside the UK, then you’re probably seeing the ‘channel not available in your region’ message when you try to watch a live stream.
Why is this happening? Channels like the BBC, ITV, and others block viewers outside the UK from watching their content. It’s called geo-blocking or geo-restriction. They use the IP address on your computer or device to determine where you are, and then block you if you’re abroad.
What can I do about it? It is very easy to get around the geo-blocks and watch every UK TV channel from any location. You just need to ‘trick’ the channels into ‘thinking’ you’re inside the UK. This is as simple as using a tool called a VPN to change your IP address to an address in the UK. You can then instantly stream content from every UK TV channel.
How do I set it up? Setup is very fast, easy, and free. Here’s exactly what to do.
Unblock Every UK TV Channels For Free In 3 Easy Steps
We recommend using TunnelBear VPN to unblock UK TV because it’s free for up to 500MBs of data per month. TunnelBear is also fast, easy to use, and works great to give instant access to all our UK TV channels. If you want to stream more than 500MBs/month you can get unlimited access for $3.33/month for a yearly account, or $7.99 month-to-month.
STEP 1. Get a free TunnelBear account and download the app or browser extension.
STEP 2. Connect to a server in the UK.
STEP 3. Come back here, click on the channel you want to watch in the menu, and start watching. You’ll immediately have access to its live stream and on-demand content.
Other Ways To Unblock UK TV
TunnelBear isn’t the only VPN out there. It’s great because it’s free, but it doesn’t always have the fastest streaming speeds and doesn’t work on every device. So if you’re serious about watching UK TV from abroad, you might want a faster, more versatile VPN. Here are a couple options we’ve found that work great to unblock our UK TV channels.
NordVPN — NordVPN is super fast with slick, easy-to-use apps for every device. Just connect to any UK server to get access to every UK TV channel. NordVPN has a 30-day money-back guarantee. Get unlimited streaming on multiple devices for $5.75/month for an annual account — or as little as $3.29/month for two years.
ExpressVPN — Another great choice that performs extremely well across devices. ExpressVPN also has a 30-day money-back guarantee, but costs a bit more ($8.32/month for an annual account).