How to watch BT Sport abroad (2018)
If you’re in a foreign country you will experience difficulty watching BT sport via the official app or website. Here we show you how to watch BT Sport abroad.
How to watch BT Sport abroad
- Download and install NordVPN (£2.04/month)
- Select a server in the UK
- Login to the BT Sport app or Website
- Watch BT Sport live
Watching BT Sport abroad on a mobile device is a little trickier. This is because the BT Sport app requires access to location services to verify where you’re connecting from. So you need two things: a good VPN and Fake GPS app. These are easy to download from Google Play or the App Store, just search for Fake GPS and go from there.
Best VPN to watch BT Sport abroad
There’s only one VPN you need to watch BT Sport abroad. NordVPN (£2.04/month). You can use other VPNs such as ExpressVPN (£4.80/month) or (PureVPN £2.49/month). But from our tests, NordVPN is the most reliable.
We recommend this Nord to our customers for one simple reason. It works. Not just with BT Sport. Subscribing to NordVPN will also let you stream BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Sky Go and US Netflix, from anywhere in the world.
NordVPN is committed to unblocking popular streaming sites. It employs a full-time technical team to monitor its servers connections with major TV streaming sites. And in the current climate, where broadcasters are actively blocking VPNs, it gives NordVPN a competitive edge.
I’ve been using NordVPN (£2.04/month) to stream UK content since March and haven’t had any problems. However, should you need help, with anything, there’s a 24/7 Live Chat feature on the Nord website where you can talk to a support agent within seconds.
Finally, NordVPN has over 500+ servers in the UK and it the game of Cat and Mouse with BT Sport (and other UK TV apps) better than any other VPN
BT Sport: This content is only available to viewers in the UK
If you’re already using a VPN and you see the error message “This content is only available to viewers in the UK” then its bad news. It means your VPN provider’s IP address has been blacklisted by BT Sport. This is pretty common with broadcasters as they’ve been clamping on VPNs since 2016 (due to licensing reasons).
The way a BT Sport identifies and blocks a VPNs IP is simple. This is because VPNs funnel all their users through a handful of servers. This creates (potentially) thousands of customers streaming content from the VPN’s shared IP address.
To combat the use of VPNs. BT Sport (and other broadcasters) now monitor IP addresses for abnormal activity. When a large number of simultaneous connections come from the same IP – more than an average household – BTthat address and prevents it from streaming content. Which is why you’re seeing the error message above.
Luckily, there’s already a workaround in place. You need to buy a VPN with a dedicated IP address. This way, only you will be streaming BT Sport from the IP address, so you won’t download an abnormal amount of data (as a VPN isn’t sharing it with all of its customers).
Why do I need a VPN to watch BT Sport?
BT Sport, like any broadcaster, is subject to its licences. This means it cannot broadcast live pictures to countries where it doesn’t own the broadcast rights. This is why you won’t be able to watch live sports, via the BT Sport app or website, when you’re in a foreign country. Unless you have a VPN.
The way BT Sport, or any internet service, detects a users location is via IP addresses. Using a VPN (with a UK server) will spoof your location/IP address and allow you to watch BT sport abroad.
Free vs Paid-for VPN
If you want to watch BT Sport abroad, you can use either a free or paid-for VPN. They both do the same job in terms of spoofing your location. However, there are a few things you need to be aware of.
Data caps are usually the most common issue. Streaming live sports can range from 600MB to 2GB an hour. This will eat up most free trials’ data allowance in a matter of minutes. The next issue you’re likely to face is not being able to select a server location of your choice. Finally, there’s throttling. This is when your data speed is limited, making streaming live video impossible. The best free VPN we’ve found for streaming live video is Windscribe, this service gives you a generous 10GB of data and lets you select your server location. The only issue is that some users have had occasional issues with data speed, meaning you may struggle to stream live video from time to time.
See also: How to listen to TMS abroad.
The best way to watch an uninterrupted BT Sport stream is to pay for a VPN. This can cost as little as £3/month if you sign up for a 12-month contract or around £9 for a one-off 30-day licence.
Like free VPNs, paid-for services also vary in terms of server locations and data transfer speeds. The best VPNs will offer multiple servers in 25+ countries with enough bandwidth to stream live video in HD on BT Sport. Here’s our pick of the best VPNs.
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