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How to watch TVNZ and Sky Go NZ abroad

As soon as you leave New Zealand you will no longer have access to your usual online TV services. In this article, we show you what you need to do in order to watch TV NZ and Sky Go again. Keep reading to find out how to watch TVNZ and Sky Go NZ abroad.

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Why do I need a VPN to watch NZ TV abroad?

New Zealand’s television providers are subject to strict licencing laws that prevent them from broadcasting content to other territories. This applies to NZ’s internet-based TVcontent too – regardless of whether the person trying to access the service is an NZ citizen, taxpayer, or Sky TV customer.

Online streaming services protect their border by geo-locating a user based on their IP address. If you’re accessing TVNZ or Sky Go NZ from outside of New Zealand, you won’t be able to watch its content. Unless you have a VPN.

A VPN gives you the ability to spoof your location, meaning you can trick content providers (including catch-up TV services) into thinking you’re accessing content from a specific country. VPNs work by encrypting data at its customer’s end and then decrypting the data at its servers end, it then relays this data to its server’s local ISP. This Virtual Private Network is what enables VPN customers to spoof their location and access multiple country’s internet services as if they were physically there. (Read also: Best Antivirus for Mac 2017.)

How to watch TVNZ and Sky Go NZ abroad?

The solution is simple. You need to spoof your IP address (internet connection) to make it appear as if it’s coming from New Zealand. VPNs offer a simple and effective way of doing this, with prices starting from only $2.49/month.

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What’s the Best VPNs for TVNZ and Sky Go NZ?

If you’re going to use a VPN to watch TVNZ or Sky Go NZ abroad, then we suggest you do a little research. Don’t just buy the cheapest VPN as it’s likely it won’t work.

Catch-up TV services have become a lot stricter around viewers using a VPN. BBC and Netflix both actively block well-known VPN server’s IP addresses. The solution is simple. Use a VPN that offers customers IP addresses that aren’t blocked by major TV streaming services.

The VPN we use the most and recommend users to buy is NordVPN ($2.75/month). It’s one of the cheapest VPNs available and it’s also the best at not getting blacklisted by TVNZ, Sky Go NZ, Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

It also comes with excellent app options. Available on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and the Android Fire TV Stick. The interface is simple and easy to use, allowing you to connect to your server of choice in seconds.

That’s not all. NordVPN has a dedicated technical team that monitors its servers connections to major streaming services 24/7. Should you run into any connection problems, there also an always-on Live Chat feature where you can get free help from a support agent instantly.

I’ve been using NordVPN since March and haven’t experienced any problems using the VPN to watch international catch-up TV.

Can I use a free VPN?

Probably not. Free VPNs aren’t’ great for streaming TV. They’re often over-subscribed, which means the servers are slow and the first to get blacklisted. The amount of free data is also too small to be useful. 500MB won’t get you more than an hour of video content (on a laptop)

How much data do I need to watch TVNZ and/or Sky go NZ abroad?

Streaming catch-up or live TV over the internet can require anything between 600MB/hour for SD content to 2GB/hour for HD content.


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  • Helena Gray

    I just bought NordVPN to watch TVNZ. Doesn’t work. Thanks for nothing.