Updated August, 2020.
There aren’t that many drawbacks to having a job where you get lots of foreign travel, but there are definitely some. Ask anyone who travels a lot for their work and they’ll almost certainly tell you it’s not as fabulous as it may sounds. Many years ago I had a job where I travelled ridiculous amounts over the period of two years, in fact I was rarely on the same continent for longer than a month at a time. It sounded brilliant, Australia, Switzerland, Austria, Mexico and so on, but in truth I rarely got to see much more than different airports, a variety of industrial estates and a selection of chain hotels. Travel is great of course, but unfortunately when it’s made during work hours it can be a bit disappointing.
However the main drawback for me, was I lost touch with my beloved British football teams. I support two teams, one glamour club in the overpriced Premiership and my home town which languishes in the lower leagues and is likely to do so for some time! The Premiership is of course so popular that it’s not too hard to keep track of and most countries relay the major matches on some sports channel or other. Finding somewhere to listen to commentaries on conference fixtures is some what more challenging when you’re the other side of the planet. This is despite almost every football match being covered somewhere in the UK and indeed broadcast online.
The problem is that although you think that stuff on the internet is globally accessible, the reality is somewhat different. Local radio on the BBC covers most conference matches, and of course the BBC also has the best one – a wonderful show called Match of the Day which covers the Premiership highlights. Unfortunately, none of them are accessible the moment you step outside the UK, there is a big digital wall in front of all these shows.
How to Watch Match of the Day Online Abroad
Of course, the internet is also full of workarounds, fixes and sneaky back doors and there’s a couple that allow you to access the BBC abroad too. Here’s how to watch Match of the Day online abroad in this video –
Now it might seem rather unimportant, but believe me when you’re stuck in a chain hotel on an industrial estate thousands of miles from home on a Saturday night where you don’t know a soul – watching Match of the Day online through the hotel’s Wifi is something of a life saver. Yes even the voice of Gary Lineker can sound pretty good when you’re stuck in that hotel room on your own for the 5th evening in a row!
Watch Match of the Day Live Stream or on Catch Up
As you can see from the video it’s not actually that difficult to do either, the client software sits in your task bar and you can use it to connect to servers in a variety of different countries. This is important as to access country restricted websites you need to connect through a server in that country. So for example you’ll need to choose a UK server to access the BBC’s local radio football coverage and of course Match of the Day online.
So here’s a quick FAQ for How to Watch Match of the Day abroad online using a VPN –
- You’re using the VPN service to change your IP address to a UK one.
- BBC servers will not see your real address and will therefore everything will work
- All the other UK TV channels will work too.
- No it’s not illegal – you’re not robbing a bank!
- Yes it is technically against the BBC’s Terms of Service, so you are breaking these.
- Do you Need a TV license? Well if you’re watching abroad it’s not relevant as you shouldn’t watch even if you have one.
- Yes channels like Sky Go and Now TV will work with the VPN but you still need a valid subscription.
- How many people do this? Literally millions all over the world.
- BBC and ITV need accounts – is this a problem? No it’s just to keep track of your preferences, just create one and use a valid UK postcode.
- Can I watch all the old Match of the Day shows? Unfortunately they only keep them until the next broadcast, so you need to watch MoTD live or soon after or download it.
Using software to create the VPN connection means it’s very simple to use, basically you just select a UK server when you want access to the BBC live stream. When you connect to the servers, the software creates something called a virtual private network which is effectively an encrypted connection between your computer (laptop/phone or tablet)and the secure server. This server then relays the request to access to the web site in question, so the request comes to the BBC’s web server from the UK. That’s it you’re then able to stream MOTD from anywhere in the world.
If you switch country then you can access content only available in that country, for example you can access ABC, NBC or Hulu by using a US server and so on.
There are of course lots of VPN programs available, but this is our recommendation as it’s super fast, very secure and works every time. Try the trial first, contact them with any questions and watch a few shows to try it out first.