The ITV player has improved greatly over the last few years. For some time it’s lagged behind the wonderful BBC iPlayer with regards content, an often slow and unreliable video stream plus of course it’s got advertisements. Now of course, ITV is a commercial station so it has to get funding somehow so there’s not much you can do about the adverts. It’s latest incarnation has come with a name change – the ITV Hub and with improvements to it’s Silverlight player it’s now arguably on a par with it’s more famous public rival.
Unfortunately with the improvements have come some further restrictions on who can access – all related to watching from abroad. Like the BBC iPlayer those free proxies you could find all over the web no longer work. Same goes for many VPN services which you’ll often find blocked either completely or intermittently. It sounds like bad news for those missing their dramas like Coronation Street however there are still quiet a few VPN systems which still work perfectly.
If you want to see how these work then you can just watch this short video which demonstrates how you can get an ITV stream abroad for free when using an appropriate VPN.
So Come on ITV Stream Abroad for Free – How’s it Done ?
All these blocks and filters are based on your IP address. Every web site looks up your location from this unique network address when you try and access their site. In the video above we saw a VPN service being used to bypass these blocks by relaying all the data and hiding your true location. However it costs lots of money to run these – the bandwidth, support staff, servers and hosting all cost every time they are used. Which obviously makes it difficult to find a free service because someone, somewhere will have to pay for it. The options used to be proxies which were accidentally left open which people could use for free.
Unfortunately there’s no safe free option available anymore, all the proxies that you used to be able to use are now blocked by all the UK TV stations. You have to use a VPN otherwise the web site will detect your true location and you’ll get blocked. There are a few ‘free plugins’ that route through VPN servers however remember that you have to pay in some way, in fact there are two ways the free plugins finance themselves :
- Allowing the plugin to insert adverts into your browser.
- Sharing your internet connection with premium users.
To be honest I don’t advise any of these but if you are going to try one, I’d go for the advert sponsored one. If you share your bandwidth with lots of unknown users you’re asking for trouble as any site they visit will all be linked back to your IP address.
The other advantage the best paid VPNs have is speed, the best ones are very fast and you won’t get any buffering or stuttering when you’re watching. Remember using the UK servers will not only allow you to watch ITV player abroad but also to watch British TV from all the UK channels. You will also have to create an account to watch the ITV Hub as it was made mandatory last year, but that’s not a problem. Just ensure your VPN connection is enabled and using a UK server then follow the steps below:
- Navigate to the ITV website.
- Then you need to click ‘Sign in’ at the top of the screen.
- Next choose ‘Sign up now’ on the page that appears.
- Input the details like title, name, date of birth, email address, password, etc.
- It will probably ask for a ‘Postcode,’ just enter any valid UK postcode.
- Finally, click on the Submit button.
That will allow you to sign on to the ITV Hub whenever you need to use it, just remember to have your VPN connected before you do. There were some instances where ITV Hub was actually blocking people based on the Timezone that there computer was set on but they haven’t done this for a while. If the UK VPN connection doesn’t work it might be worth just changing your computer time setting to GMT to check.
The vast majority of the ITV programmes are broadcast and archived on the ITV Hub apart from some shows which are licensed to a third party like some movies and US TV shows. All your favorites will be there though like Coronation Street and Downton Abbey when it’s on. A UK VPN does cost money but it’s pretty much essential to watch British TV online when you’re abroad.
There are hundreds of these services but only a handful which work with all the British channels. Always try a short subscription before committing to any service to make sure it works well for you.
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