How to Watch ABC in The UK
Updated: December 12, 2016
- Step 1 is to setup a VPN account
- Next, install the VPN software onto the device(s) you want to watch ABC in the UK on
- Open the software then connect to US-based server location
- Login to your ABC account or signup for one if you don't have an account already
- Enjoy ABC in the UK
How to watch ABC in the UK in more detail:
I had never been called a scholar before. I did pretty well at high school and got into a decent college, but still to be offered a Rhodes Scholarship still amazed me. But who could turn down the chance to go and study at one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world.
So before I knew it, I found myself settling into life at Oxford University. It was a bit old fashioned but I fitted in pretty well and got to know people pretty fast. I thought I’d get homesick but actually the only thing I missed was my favorite TV shows. I’m a sucker for trash TV and although UK TV does show some of favorites, like The Bachelor, Grey’s Anatomy, and of course Jimmy Kimmel, what I really needed was access to the ABC online streaming service.
But when I tried to log in, I was faced with an error message telling me I couldn’t because I was outside the USA. Fortunately, I was not the only ABC fan in Oxford, and a fellow ‘scholar’ taught me a neat trick to get round the problem, using a VPN.
Why is ABC not Available in the UK?
The error message from ABC explained that the reason I was unable to use their services was due to international rights agreements. By this they meant that the programs they broadcast sell their rights to different broadcasters in different countries.
In the UK, many of their shows are on TV, but often a long time after broadcast in the USA, or at very inconvenient times of day. But for this reason, ABC are not allowed to make their online streaming service available in the UK, or indeed anywhere else abroad.
So how do they stop users logging in? It turns out they use a technology known as geo-blocking.
How is ABC Blocking Access in the UK?
Geo-blocking is a technology which enables the site to deduce where in the world you are located. It does this by analyzing your IP Address. This is a piece of data which every internet users broadcasts to every site they visit. It contains various bits of information including your geographic location.
Sites that use geo-blocking read this data and if you are not located in the right country (in this case the USA), it blocks you from using the service.
As long as you keep the same IP Address, there is not a lo you can do about this. The only way around it is to change your IP Address. And this is where a VPN comes in. Because a VPN diverts your online traffic via an external located elsewhere, and it is the IP Address of that server which is broadcast to the sites you visit.
So if you use a VPN server located in the USA, you can use ABC online streaming whilst actually located anywhere in the world. And if you continue reading I will explain exactly how to do this.
How to Use a VPN to Watch US Netflix in UK
Step 1: Sign up for VPN
So to use a VPN to watch ABC’s online streaming service, you will first have to sign up for one. I will explain how to do this using the example of ExpressVPN which is the one I used, and which having tested many others, I am convinced is the best in the market for this type of streaming.
First, you will need to visit the ExpressVPN website, which you can do by clicking any of the links in this article. Then you will have to choose from one of the various packages offered by ExpressVPN, which will of course be dependent on the length of time you need to use the service and your budget.
Once you have made your mind up, you will be diverted to the payment processing page, where you can pay in one lump sum, or set up a monthly payment as you prefer. The payment process is very straightforward and all you need to do is follow the onscreen instructions. If you are unsure, ExpressVPN offer a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can change your mind at any time in that 30 days.
You will need to confirm your account via an email, and you will then have the opportunity to download and install the software.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN
This next step couldn’t be easier. ExpressVPN will provide you with a menu of almost every type of device and operating system you can think of. You just need to choose the right one for your device, and then follow the clear onscreen instructions to download and install the software onto your machine.
Step 3: Connect to US-based Server on VPN
Once this has finished installing, it should open automatically, and you will be faced with their very user friendly interface. The only thing left for you to do with the VPN is choose which server you want to connect to. There are a variety of different options available, and to be able to watch ABC in the UK you will need to pick one of the US-based servers. It doesn’t matter much which you go for.
You will have to wait a few moments whilst ExpressVPN establishes a connection, and then you are ready to go.
Step 4: Setup an ABC Account
And that’s pretty much it. You can now visit the ABC website and they will believe you are in the USA, and allow you to log into your account with them as usual.
If you don’t have an account you will need to sign up for one. I haven’t done this myself for obvious reasons. I believe you will need to get a subscription to a US Cable service to watch ABC abroad. This is relatively straightforward to do, either through the assistance of a US friend, or through one of the various dedicated online services. (A quick Google search will give you all the assistance you need).
And once you have signed up, you can watch ABC catch-up TV as you have time for. I loved my time in Oxford, but I can’t imagine spending that long in the UK without keeping up with my shows and being able to chat online with my friends back home about them.
I used ExpressVPN which is an excellent provider for online streaming, but if you are not certain it is the right VPN for you, there are of course many others. I have reviewed a lot, and you will find below my pick of the top 5 VPNs for watching ABC in the UK.
Do feel free to share any comments or feedback with me using the comment section below, and I hope you enjoy indulging in ABC in the UK as much as I did.