How to watch ITV Hub abroad: Stream ITV Player overseas
If you’re overseas but still want to catch-up with the latest episode Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Jeremy Kyle (!?) or any ITV show, then you need a working a VPN. Here we show you how to watch ITV Hub abroad
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How to watch ITV Hub abroad: The problem
Keep getting the following message when you’re trying to watch ITV Hub overseas?
The ITV Hub is only available for viewing in the UK.
If you are in the UK and think you should be able to watch, visit itv.com/help for more information.”
ITV Hub lets UK users stream live TV or catch-up on shows they’ve missed online. It’s a polished catchup TV service that lets users register online for and watch ad-supported content for free.
Due to licensing reasons, the service is restricted and will only work for users with a UK-based internet connection. This means UK residents who have previously registered with ITV Hub won’t be able to watch their favourite ITV shows if they’re outside the UK.
The EU is working on legislation to change TV-providers ‘hard-border treatment’ of its views, but it’s still some way off. And with Brexit looming, it’s anyone’s guess as to whose laws the UK will adhere to when that time comes.
See also: How to watch BBC iPlayer abroad.
How to watch ITV Hub abroad: The solution
The best way around these blocks is to use a VPN to spoof your location. Using a VPN with a UK server and IP address will make your connection appear (to websites) to be coming from inside the UK.
Until recently, any VPN provider with a UK server and a fast enough transfer speed was good enough to stream ITV Hub abroad. That has now changed. ITV Hub – along with BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Amazon, BT Sport et al – has started blacklisting IP addresses is suspects belong to VPN providers.
The reason for this is because VPNs share their servers with thousands of customers. This creates a bottleneck with (potentially) thousands of users all accessing ITV Hub via the same IP address. This makes it easy for ITV Hub to detect and block as typical IP address usually represents a single household’s internet connection – putting the user count in single figures compared to a VPN’s IP address that would have a user count in the thousands.
Note: A IP is like a phone number, complete with a dialling code. Every internet connection has a unique IP address and websites use this address to establish where your connection is coming from. Go to any search engine and type “IP location” and you may be surprised at how accurately websites can locate your address.
How to watch ITV Hub abroad
The workaround is to buy a VPN from a provider that regularly creates new IP addresses that haven’t been blacklisted or, best of all, to by a VPN with a dedicated IP.
Buying a dedicated IP ensures that only you have access to the IP address, meaning there’s no chance you’ll get blacklisted from ITV Hub or any other catchup TV provider.
- Buy PureVPN with a Dedicated IP
- Install PureVPN and connect to your Dedicated IP
- Watch ITV Hub abroad
The other option is to buy the best VPN that plays Cat and Mouse with ITV Hub and other catch-up TV providers. What this means is the VPN provider will open up a new server and IP address as soon as one gets blacklisted.
There are several established VPNs that provide this. ExpressVPN (£4.70/month) is currently the best at this, offering a 24/7 Live Chat service to help customers find which servers/IPs are currently open with ITV Hub.
NordVPN (£2.32/month) is another good VPN service with a vast number of servers based in the UK. Sadly, NordVPN doesn’t offer the 24/7 Live Chat service.
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