How to Watch ITV outside UK

Updated: February 25, 2016

  1. Start with getting a VPN account setup
  2. Then install the VPN software to the device you want to watch ITV outside the UK on
  3. Once installed, open the software and select a UK-based server then connect
  4. Go to the ITV service and you will have full access to login to your account or create and new one
  5. Enjoy ITV outside the UK

How to watch ITV outside UK in more detail:

NOTE: I have used ExpressVPN as an example when explain how to watch ITV outside UK. Others are available but ExpressVPN is my pick of the market at the moment. You can find out more here:


In the few months I lived in England, I was pretty busy with work, and also tried to see as much of the country as I could. But when I wasn’t at my desk or travelling, I had a few guilty pleasures.

I was a regular visitor to my local pub, where I get a taste for British ale, and for playing darts, badly. I had fish and chips at least once a week, despite the effect it had on my waistline. And I watched far too much trash TV. Britain does trash TV as well as anywhere in the world, and it fascinated me to see this supposedly posh and reserved nation when the mask has firmly slipped.

For this I usually turned to ITV, home of This Morning, an early morning magazine show with some very risqué stories, Take Me Out, which is the best TV dating show ever, and Jeremy Kyle, who is Jerry Springer for the 21st Century! Add in quality drama like Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge and it really does have a bit of everything.

When I moved back to the US, I couldn’t leave ITV behind, and knew my mates would love it too. SO I just had to work out how to stream it over there. Although they have a free online service, it didn’t work in NYC, so I had to figure out a solution. Which turned out to be a VPN.


Why is ITV not Available outside UK?

Let me firstly explain why ITV is not available in the USA, or indeed anywhere outside the UK. IT’s all down to rights issues. ITV is a British channel, which either buys the rights to the shows it broadcasts, or if they are shows made in-house, they sell the rights abroad. This is how Downton Abbey has ended up on

Because these rights are sold to different broadcasters in different countries, ITV only has the rights to show then in the UK, and showing them overseas online would be in breach of those rights. They therefore have to block users overseas from watching their content online. And to do this they use


How is ITV Blocking Access outside UK?

Geo-blocking is a technology which involves a website reading the IP Address of each user that visits them. An IP Address includes various bits of info, including, crucially, details of their geographic location. So if you visit the ITV website with an IP Address which tells them you are not in the UK, they will automatically block you from streaming content.

The best way to get around this is by using a VPN, which can fool websites into thinking you are in the UK even if you are not. They work by sending all your internet activity through a server located overseas. This server then links you to the sites you want to visit and the IP Address those sites see if the one from the server, rather than your device. Therefore, if the server is in the UK, ITV will think you are too and you will be able to stream content.

Sound simple? That’s because it is. And if you read on, I will show you exactly how to do it.


How to Use a VPN to Watch ITV outside UK

Step 1: Sign up for VPN

First you will need to sign up for a VPN, which you can do by visiting their website. I am using ExpressVPN to show how to do this and you can visit their website by clicking any of the links on this page.

Once there, choose which of their subscription packages you want to subscribe to and then you will be sent to their payments page, where you can make a payment using almost any method you can think of. Worry not. If you are not totally satisfied with their service, you can make use of their 30-day money-back guarantee.

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Once you have completed the payment process, you will have to click on a link in an email to activate your account.


Step 2: Download & Install VPN

With payment complete, the next step is to download the ExpressVPN software an install it onto your machine. You can do this by choosing your operating system from the menu you can see below, and then following the simple onscreen instructions which will explain how to download and then install it onto your device.

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Wait a few moments for the installation to finish, and you are good to go.

Step 3: Connect to UK-based Server on VPN

With the installation complete, all that is left is to connect to a server. Pick one of their British servers (it doesn’t matter which) and click on it to establish a connection. IT should only take a few moments.

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Conclusion

And that’s all there is to it. Visit the ITV website and you should be able to stream whatever content you like. Sometimes, they like you to register for some content, but this is free and all you have to do is enter a UK address. It doesn’t matter what address it is as they don’t check.

My friends loved almost all the shows I watched with them, especially Take Me Out, which is fast becoming a cult favorite in my part of NYC.

If you have any comments or question about this process (not my taste in TV!) then do leave them in the comment box below.

Oh and if you really don’t like the look of ExpressVPN, you can choose from the many others on the market. To help you out, I have listed my Top 5 VPNs above, which will help you answer the question you never knew you needed answering; how to watch ITV outside UK.

David Spencer
 

Freelance Writer working on tech, ICT, finance, politics, and sports articles for sites in the US, Europe, and Asia.

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