Sky Go not working with VPN? There’s a simple workaround!
Has Sky Go stopped working with your VPN? It’s bad news, I’m afraid. It means the VPN you’re using has been detected and blacklisted. But don’t worry, there are a couple things you can still do. Follow the workaround below and you’ll be watching Sky Go again within five minutes.
Why is Sky Go blocking my VPN?
Sky Go is a digital app that lets customers stream live and catch-up Sky TV from their smartphone tablet and laptops. However, like Sky’s satellite TV content, customers have to be accessing the app from within the UK for it to work.
The reason for this is pretty logical. Sky TV is only permitted to broadcast in the UK and it pays big money for this privilege. Let’s use Sky Sports’ jewel in the crown (the EPL) as an example. The most recent Premier League rights package cost Sky Sports and BT Sport £4.464billion. This enables them to broadcast 160 games per season for three years. Now, when you consider that US TV network NBC Sports were able to buy the rights to every game for six seasons for $1bn – you start to understand why viewing territories are protected.
…which is why broadcasters are tightening their grip on VPNs.
See also: How to watch US TV/Cable Outside the US
How is Sky Go detecting my VPN?
VPNs (virtual private networks) work by encrypting data at the user’s end and resurfacing it at another location using their web of servers. When the data is unencrypted by one of the VPN’s server, it’s relayed to the a local ISP (internet service provider). The data returned from the ISP is then encrypted again and returned back to the VPN user. This is the process that gives customers an added level of anonymity online. It also lets users ‘location spoof’ their connection to any country in the world.
Using the method explained above, a subscriber to Sky Go could watch live and catch-up TV on their mobile device or laptop from literally anywhere. Providing they had a quick internet connection.
But times are changing.
Sky Go (and pretty much every other major broadcaster) is clamping down on location spoofing via VPNs. And the way they’re policing it is pretty simple. Broadcasters have correctly recognised that VPN funnels a large number of customers through a small number of servers. Sky Go, BBC iPlayer, Netflix (et al) are now blacklisting any IP address where an abnormal amount of activity comes from.
How to stop Sky Go detecting my VPN: Workaround
When you know the problem, the solution is easy. Get a VPN that gives you a dedicated IP. It’s as simple as that. Having your own dedicated IP means your connection won’t be shared with thousands of other customers, so the activity from your address won’t be abnormal.
I’ve been using PureVPN since December and have experienced zero downtime watching BBC iPlayer, BT Sport and Sky Go (using family logins). I’m connecting from New Zealand (where I now live) and have been able to watch live and catch-up TV in HD.
Buying a dedicated IP from PureVPN costs an extra $1.99/month (roughly £1.50). You will need to buy a subscription to PureVPN too, but luckily it’s already one of the cheaper services. You can get PureVPN for as little as £2/month if you sign up for two-years.