Are you struggling to get ITV hub working with your VPN? If you are, you’re not alone. ITV Player has been blocking certain VPNs for a few years now. The fix for ‘ITV Hub not working with VPNs’ is simple enough. Continue reading to find how what you need to do when ITV Player detects your VPN.
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ITV Hub not working with VPN?
Here’s what you need to do.
- Get ExpressVPN (£5.13/month) or Ivacy (£1.74/month)
- Download and install app
- Open app and navigate to Purposes or Location
- Select UK server (ITV server for Ivacy)
- Watch ITV Hub from anywhere in the world
That’s it. You’ll now be able to watch ITV Hub, and the Rugby World Cup, via a VPN, from anywhere in the world again.
*If you’re watching through Ivacy (£1.74/month) – it’s best to select the ITV server via the Popular Websites tab.
Can I still watch ITV Hub with a VPN?
Yes, absolutely. While ITV is doing its best to block all VPNs from accessing its content, the reality is a lot harder. Good VPNs can shut down a blocked server’s IP address and create a new one in a matter of minutes. This makes it very hard for ITV Hub to constantly block VPNs.
This is why you need to make sure you’re using the right VPN. Not just the cheapest, or the one you’ve always used.
How does ITV Hub detect a VPN?
First of all, ITV does its due diligence to check for any IP, DNS and WebRTC leaks. If your VPN is poorly set up, these checks will reveal your connections true IP address. Meaning you won’t be able to watch ITV Hub if you’re not in the UK.
The next way ITV Player – and other online streaming sites such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer – block VPNs is pretty simple. And this is all an IP address numbers game.
Every internet connection has its own IP address. On average the UK IP address will support 1-8 users who are connected to the internet at the same time. ITV knows that it’s unlikely that more than 1-2 of these users will connect to ITV Hub at the same time.
And this is a problem for VPNs as a lot of their customers use VPNs solely for streaming. Which means the average VPN IP address will be connecting to ITV Hub a lot more than the average non-VPN IP.
Which makes an IP address that belongs to a VPN a lot easier to spot. And blacklist.
ITV Hub not working with VPN? How to fix!
The good news is that VPNs have multiple workarounds in place. So the first thing you need to do, if you haven’t already, is switch to a good VPN.
VPNs that work with ITV Hub 2019
1. ExpressVPN – The BEST VPN of 2019!
ExpressVPN (£5.13/month) is the best VPN you can buy. If you can afford the extra few pounds/dollars a month, you won’t regret it.
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.
The app is another main reason this VPN is so good at unblocking TV streaming sites (that claim they block VPNs) is that its software takes a pragmatic approach to user management. While other VPNs tempt customers by promising them access to hundreds/thousands of servers in multiple countries, ExpressVPN does things differently.
With ExpressVPN you only have a handful of server locations to choose from. Once you select your location the app takes care of the rest. Assigning you to the fastest available server that’s not oversubscribed. This simple technique is so important, as it keeps ExpressVPN’s servers operating at lightning-fast speeds and prevent its IPs from getting blacklisted for “abnormal” usage in the first place.
ExpressVPN is a little more expensive than the other VPNs on this list that still work with online streaming sites. But if you can afford it, it’s totally worth it.
2. Ivacy – The BEST low-cost VPN of 2019
Ivacy (£1.74/month) is one of the cheapest VPNs on the market and is also one of the fastest. More importantly, it has IP addresses that aren’t blacklisted by ITV Hub, BBC iPlayer, Netflix (etc).
Ivacy keeps its connections working with ITV Hub by employing two main strategies. The first is by playing a game of Cat and Mouse with ITV. If/when ITV detects and blocks one of its IP addresses, Ivacy reacts by shutting that IP down and opening a new (unblacklisted) IP.
The technique is simple. But it’s labour intensive. Which means a lot of other VPNs don’t do it and some that do aren’t as quick. Ivacy is one of the few VPNs that’s good at staying on top of the game.
Ivacy’s second strategy is prevention. While other VPNs force you to select the server/IP you want by country. Ivacy lets you select by Purpose too. This is important because it allows Ivacy to manage its network of servers and IPs.
Other VPNs, that make users connect to servers based on the country they want, are forced to close a connection when it stops working with that country’s main streaming service. In the UK’s case, this would be BBC iPlayer.
However, Ivacy’s method enables them to connect a user to a server might be blocked by BBC, but still working with ITV.
3. CyberGhost – The BEST mid-range VPN of 2019
CyberGhost (£2.50/month) is a great affordable VPN that gets the job done. While it’s not (consistently) as fast as ExpressVPN, it’s still high-end enough to provide an HD stream of ITV hub from anywhere in the world with a reasonable broadband connection.
Like ExpressVPN, CyberGhost plays a game of Cat and Mouse with ITV Hub – and BBC iPlayer, Netflix, HBO, et al – by immediately closing down blacklisted servers and replacing them with new undetected IPs.
CyberGhost was also one of the first VPNs to let users pick servers based on what they wanted to sue their VPN for. This allows both the VPN provider and user to employ the best server/IP for the task in hand. In this scenario, you’d simply need to select ITV Hub from the Popular Websites menu. CyberGhost would then automatically connect you to a server that has been tested with ITV Hub.
I’ve been using CyberGhost since 2017 without any issues with ITV Hub, BBC iPlayer and Netflix.
List of ITV Hub blockedVPNs
- Hotspot Shield
- Hide My Ass!