ITV Hub not working with VPN? Here’s how to fix that!
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 Ivacy (£1.74/month)
- Download and install app
- Open app and navigate to Purposes
- Select ITV
- Watch ITV Hub
That’s it. You’ll now be able to watch ITV Hub, via a VPN, from anywhere in the world again.
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.
I recommend using Ivacy (£1.74/month). It’s 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.
List of ITV Hub blockedVPNs
- Hotspot Shield
- Hide My Ass!