Having difficulty watching Now TV via a VPN? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In this article, we show you what to when Now TV isn’t working with your VPN.
Why isn’t my VPN working with Now TV?
The most common reason a VPN stops working with Now TV is that because its servers have been blacklisted.
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 Now TV.
3. Now TV also performs its own IP checks. If Now TV detects an abnormal number of simultaneous connections, or internet traffic, coming from the same IP it will blacklist that address too.
How to fix
The fix is simple. You need to use a VPN that’s alive to the problem and knows how to get around Now TV’s blacklisting techniques.
You need a VPN that:
- Uses IP addresses that aren’t on GeoIP Databases
- Plays a game of Cat and Mouse with TV streaming services (and IP addresses)
- Won’t overload its IP address in the first place
- Doesn’t leak IP, WebRTC and DNS
Below is a list of VPNs that cover all of these bases.
The 3 Best VPNs for NOW TV
1. ExpressVPN (£4.80/month)
This is the best VPN you can buy today. Yes, ExpressVPN (£4.80/month) is a little more expensive than the competition. But you’re paying for what you get. And that’s a class service that will give you access to always-open servers that (importantly) work with NowTV.
ExpressVPN doesn’t reinvent the wheel. Instead, it focuses on quality and keeping the number of users per server at a suitable level. And this is the single most important feature when using a VPN to unblock content from another region. VPNs that fail to keep the ratio of servers to users down will be blacklisted far more frequently.
The software that powers ExpressVPN is also excellent. The app is available on to download on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon FireStick, Apple TV, PlayStation, Xbox and Linux platforms. To name just a few. It’s also really easy to use. All you have to do is open the app and select the country you want to connect to. That’s it.
ExpressVPN also has an excellent support system in place too. If you’re ever having trouble using the app, or connecting to a service, you are encouraged to get in touch with their team of Live Chat agent via the website. This service is open 24/7 and is really helpful for users who are less confident with how VPNs work.
Finally, ExpressVPN is the best VPN for unlocking other online streaming services. BBC iPlayer, BT Sport, ITV Hub, 4oD, RTE, Hulu, US Netflix, HBO Go. You can unlock them all, from anywhere in the world, using ExpressVPN.
Note: I recently successfully watched Now TV from New Zealand using ExpressVPN’s “UK – Docklands” server.
Ivacy is a great low-cost VPN. I first started testing it in December 2018 and have been impressed with its speeds and uptime with the likes of ITV Hub, BBC iPlayer and US Netflix etc.
Like PureVPN, it offers its users a specific ITV Hub server to help them connect to the best IP for watching, er, ITV.
Also like PureVPN, Ivacy’s speeds seem to go from feast to famine. Outperforming ExpressVPN on some days, while dropping well below on others.
If your budget is tight, Ivacy is a great option. It also offers massive discounts if you take out longer subscriptions.
Note: When using the Ivacy app, make sure you select the ITV Hub server from the Streaming menu.
3. CyberGhost (£2.49/month)
CyberGhost offers something a little different. Here the software plays a bigger role. With CyberGhost you connect to the correct server based on which channel you plan to watch.
Select BBC iPlayer as you’re “Purpose” and you’ll only be connected to servers that work with iPlayer. The intelligent management of users allows CyberGhost to efficiently direct users relevant IPs. It also gives CyberGhost the ability to keep the numbers of users connected to each server beneath the known “abnormal” threshold of BBC iPlayer, US Netflix, 4oD (etc).
4. NordVPN (£2.04/month)
NordVPN is another great VPN for unlocking TV streaming sites. It works with Now TV – and iPlayer, US Netflix, Amazon Prime, ITV Hub, 4oD, BT Sport, Sky Go (etc) – and is still one of the cheapest VPN services on the market.
There’s a full-time technical team that monitors Nord’s connections to major online TV services to keep things running smoothly.
NordVPN has 500+ servers in the UK. All of which should with Now TV via the Quick Connect button on the app. However, if you’re experiencing any trouble finding a connection (to any service) you can speak to a support agent via the 24/7 Live Chat service. Here you’ll be guided through finding the best connection for the service you want to watch.