How to Watch Spike TV in UK
Updated: February 25, 2016
- Start with setting up a VPN account
- Download and install the VPN software onto the device you want to watch Spike TV in the UK from
- Next, open the VPN software then connect to a US located server
- Sign in to your Spike TV account or sign up for a new account if you don't have one yet
- Enjoy Spike TV in UK
How to watch Spike TV in UK in more detail:
I like the UK a lot. I’ve been sent there for work a few times and it’s a friendly place. The cities are big colorful places with lots of things to do and some pretty decent nightlife. The one thing that lets it down is its entertainment.
Never mind that movies come out there waay later than in the US, and that I only ever seem to be able to find soccer when I am looking for some sports coverage, but their TV channels are so so dull. Most Americans have heard of the show Downton Abbey, and some I know ever watch it. Well that sort of show seems to be on all the time. For my taste it’s bland, dull, and boring.
I’ve recently got into SpikeTV in the US. It’s a cable channel with some really exciting stuff on there. Lip Sync Battle is soo funny, and they have the best reality shows too. Ink Master Revenge has it all, the drama and excitement, and tattoos as well.
Yeah, there is a Spike UK, but it’s a shadow of the US channel (Spike TV with added Downton), and I wanted the real deal when I was sent back to London for a six-month assignment. I knew my US subscription wouldn’t work there, so I had to look for a way to get round the problem.
And the solution I turned to was a VPN.
Why is Spike TV not Available in the UK?
Let me first explain why I cannot watch my US Spike TV subscription in the UK. The problems is in the rights. Spike TV has to buy the rights to most of the shows that it broadcasts, and these rights are sold by country.
As an American channel, Spike TV owns the US rights to its shows, but it does not own the rights to show all of the same shows in the UK. This is why Spike UK is a very different channel (to illustrate this, it has Breaking Bad!). Because other channels may hold the rights to show some of these shows in the UK, Spike TV is prevented from making its streaming service available there, or indeed anywhere else in the world outside the USA.
Therefore Spike has to stop users from accessing their services overseas, and to do this they use a technique known as geo-blocking.
How is Spike TV Blocking Access in the UK?
Geo-blocking is used by a lot of different online steaming services to restrict access to their services based on users location in the world. It works by reading your IP Address. This is a piece of data which every internet user transmits when they visit any website. It tells the site various things, including where in the world you are.
If your IP Address tells Spike TV that you are in the UK, their site will automatically block you from streaming content. The only way to make that content available is to connect with an IP Address that says you are in the US.
And the best way to fool Spike TV into thinking you are in the US when you are not, is to use a VPN. A VPN works by diverting your traffic via an external server. It is the IP Address of this server that the websites you visit will see, so if that server is located in the US, you can watch Spike TV, even if you yourself are not.
Sound complicated. It’s really not, so let me walk you through how it's done.
How to Use a VPN to Watch Spike TV in UK
Step 1: Sign up for VPN
OK, so first you need to sign up for a VPN. To show you how to do this I am going to use ExpressVPN, which in my view is the best on the market for online streaming.
So head over to the ExpressVPN website. You can do this by clicking on one of the links on this page. Once there you will have the choice of their various subscription packages. Take you pick and you will then be sent though to their payment page.
The payment process on ExpressVPN is very straightforward, and they also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee so if you are not completely happy, you can always get your money back with no questions asked.
Once you have paid, you will have to confirm your account via an email.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN
After you have confirmed your account, you will be invited to download and install the ExpressVPN software from the menu you can see below. Just choose the correct platform for your machine and follow the simple onscreen instructions to install it.
This step shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes and once it has finished, open up the ExpressVPN software, if it doesn’t open automatically.
Step 3: Connect to US-based Server on VPN
ExpressVPNs user interface is very easy to use. All you have to do once the software opens is select which server you want to connect to. To watch Spike TV in the UK, you will need to pick one of their US-based servers. It doesn’t matter which you go for.
Wait a few moments while ExpressVPN establishes a connection, and then you are good to go.
Step 4: Setup Spike TV Account
If you already use Spike TV in the US, all you will need to do now is log on and you can start watching shows.
If you don’t already have an account, you will need to set one up. Obviously this isn’t something I have had to do, but I am told this is a relatively easy process as well, and follows the same stages as you would go through in the US.
Once your account is set up, you should be all set as well.
And there you are. Now you can watch the real Spike TV in the UK, rather than having to settle for their second-rate version. This technique will also work for any other US-based online streaming services you might enjoy as well.
Do feel free to leave any comments in the box below about how this process works for you and if you encounter any problems.
I have used ExpressVPN as my example here, but there are of course plenty of other VPNs you could use instead. If you don’t fancy ExpressVPN for whatever reason, above are my top 5 VPNs for watching Spike TV in the UK. Enjoy!