If your VPN no longer provides a working connection with BT Sport, then I have some bad news for you. It’s likely that BT Sport has blacklisted its servers. But don’t worry. Just because BT Sport is detecting your VPN, it doesn’t mean all VPNs are blacklisted. In this article, I’ll show you what you need to do to get BT Sport working with a VPN again.
See also: How to watch BT Sport abroad.
BT Sport not working with VPN? Quick fix
- Create a new account with ExpressVPN (£5.13) or Ivacy (£1.74)
- Download and install the new VPN app
- Connect to a server in the UK
- Watch BT Sport
The reason BT Sport isn’t working with your VPN anymore is pretty simple. It’s because your VPN server’s IPs have been blacklisted (see below).
If you want to watch BT Sport via a VPN again, the solution is equally simple. You need a VPN that gives you access to IPs that aren’t blacklisted by BT Sport. See below for more information.
How does BT Sport detect that I’m using a VPN?
Online streaming services have been blacklisting VPNs since 2016. Netflix, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, Amazon Prime… they all do it. And they all use the same three methods to detect and block VPNs.
1. Online streaming services check for IP, DNS and WebRTC leaks. This is a basic test that good VPNs such as NordVPN, CyberGhost and ExpressVPN don’t fail. However, if you’re using a cheap VPN there’s a chance your connection might not be fully watertight. Making it insecure.
2. GeoIP databases, such as MaxMind, verify the IP address you’re connecting from. If your VPN is using an IP address that’s on one of these lists you won’t be able to watch BT Sport
3. BT Sport also performs its own IP checks. If BT Sport detects an abnormal number of simultaneous connections, or internet traffic, coming from the same IP it will blacklist that address too.
Why does BT Sport block VPNs?
The problem with VPNs is that they’re so popular. Research suggests that nearly 1 in 3 Netflix users had used a VPN to access a different countries library. And while the problem is likely to be on a lot smaller scale for BT Sport. It’s still a real worry.
BT Sport is part of an industry that pays big money for the rights to broadcast live sporting events. In order for sports broadcasters to protect their investments, they first need to protect their borders.
Blocking VPNs an obvious place to start.
What to do when VPN is blocked by BT Sport?
If your VPN is being detected by BT Sport. Then your options are limited. The first thing you should try to do is check to see if a different server works. Failing that, check our List of VPNs blocked by BT Sport below. If your provider is on that list then you need to change VPNs.
It’s annoying if you’ve already paid for a long-term subscription to another service. But by choosing any of the VPNs featured below, you’re future-proofing yourself. Each VPN listed plays a game of Cat and Mouse with BT Sport (and other online TV broadcasters). This means that if/when one of the existing IPs gets blacklisted by BT Sport, they react by closing that IP and opening a new (unblacklisted) one.
4 Best VPNs for BT Sport
Apps: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Safari, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chrome, Firefox, Playstation, Xbox, Apple TV
The first thing you need to know about this VPN is that it’s fast. Really fast! It consistently tops our independent VPN speed tests, with blazingly fast download/upload speeds. And importantly, it ALWAYS has servers that are open with major streaming sites such as ITV Hub, Netflix, Amazon, HBO Go and BBC iPlayer.
This is partly because ExpressVPN is one of the best services at playing Cat and Mouse with online streaming sites. Whenever one of its servers is blacklisted it creates a new one. Giving users a constant stream of servers that work with ITV Hub.
Its app is easy-to-use and free to download on pretty much any device you can think of. Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, FireStick, Android TV, Roku, PS4, Xbox, Linux, even Apple TV. It’s got it all covered.
Yes, ExpressVPN is an expensive option. But what you’re paying for is a premium VPN with premium streaming speeds and connection reliability.
If you’re looking for an excellent VPN, with an even better price tag, Ivacy (£1.74/month) is a great option.
This VPN has all the features you need to stream BT Sport, in HD, from any country in the world. I’ve been testing the app recently on Mac, PC, Android, iOS and FireStick and the results have been impressive – unlocking BT Sport, BBC iPlayer, US/UK Netflix, 4oD etc with ease.
For an extra $1.99/month (£1.55) you can add-on a dedicated IP. This will buy you sole access to an IP address in a country of your choice, meaning you won’t have to share your IP (and speeds) with any other use.
Supported apps: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Chrome, Firefox, Android TV, Roku, Now TV Box, PlayStation, Xbox, Kodi, Linux
CyberGhost is a great choice for unlocking BT Sport. It’s a VPN with a reputation that constantly improving. That’s because CyberGhost is one of the cheapest on the market, and also one of the best-performing. It’s also really good at preventing its IP addresses from getting blacklisted by major TV streaming websites.
Another reason I really like CyberGhost is the dedicated IP option it offers. For an extra $1.99/month (£1.55) you can buy your own dedicated IP from CyberGhost. This means you won’t be sharing your IP address with any other customers. Which is important because, in theory, it means your connection will never get blacklisted from BT Sport (or any TV site) for abnormal usage.
Apps: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Chrome, Firefox, Android TV, Linux
This is another great VPN. It’s been around since pretty much the dawn of commercial VPN use. And it’s been improving ever since. Today, it’s one of the best VPNs you can get for security, privacy, and importantly, watching TV from another country.
There are several reasons why. Firstly, NordVPN has thousands of servers worldwide, which is great for spreading demand. Next, it’s one of the best VPNs at staying one step ahead of TV providers – if ever one of its IPs gets blacklisted, it responds by creating and opening a new one immediately.
List of VPNs not working with BT Sport
- Hotspot Shield
- Hide My Ass!
Note for iOS/Android users
Watching BT Sport abroad on a mobile device is sometimes a little trickier. This is because the BT Sport app periodically requires access to location services to verify where you’re connecting from. It’s not a big problem though. You just to get the Fake GPS app. This is easy to download from Google Play or the App Store, just search for Fake GPS and go from there.
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