How to watch BT Sport abroad (2018)
If you’re overseas you will experience difficulty watching BT sport via the official app or website. But don’t worry, the workaround is pretty simple. Here we show you how to watch BT Sport abroad.
How to watch BT Sport abroad
Watching BT Sport from overseas is actually pretty straightforward – once you know what you’re doing – all you need is the right VPN. We recommend using ExpressVPN (£5.13/month) or any of the VPNs listen below.
Once you have this, all you need to do is turn the VPN on (connecting to a server in the UK) and you’ll be able to watch BT Sport from anywhere in the world. It’s as simple as that.
- Download and install ExpressVPN (£5.13/month)
- Select a server in the UK
- Login to the BT Sport app or Website
- Watch BT Sport live
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.
BT Sport not working with your VPN?
This is a pretty common problem. And the solution is really easy. But first, let’s start with the reason why BT Sport isn’t working with your VPN.
BT Sport has been blocking certain VPNs for a few years. It does this right rights reasons – BT Sport can only broadcast in the UK, so needs to protect its borders. The way it detects and blocks VPNs is pretty simple. It uses the same technique BBC iPlayer and Netflix does.
It all comes down to the IP address you’re connecting to BT Sport from. The average UK household’s IP address will support, on average, less than 10 simultaneous internet connections. And within these 10 connections, there will likely be only one account accessing BT Sport at any given time.
Things are a little different with VPN IP addresses. And a low-quality VPN server could support thousands on simultaneous internet connections. Which makes them really easy to spot. Especially if BT Sport notices several (or hundreds of…) different users logging in from the same IP address.
Subscribing to ExpressVPN will also let you stream BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Sky Go and US Netflix, from anywhere in the world. ExpressVPN is committed to unblocking popular streaming sites and employs a full-time technical team to monitor its servers connections. And in the current climate, where broadcasters are actively blocking VPNs, this gives ExpressVPN a competitive edge.
I’ve been using ExpressVPN (£5.13/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 Express website where you can talk to a support agent within seconds.
Which VPNs work with BT Sport?
Unfortunately, not all VPNs will work with BT Sport. This, as we mentioned above, is because BT Sport as got really good at blocking VPNs that allow too many customers to connect via the same IP addresses. Below, I’ve listed three of the best VPNs for watching BT Sport from overseas. All of the services below offer fast speeds, secure connections and, importantly, servers that work with BT Sport.
Apps: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Safari, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chrome, Firefox, Playstation, Xbox, Apple TV
There’s no avoiding it. ExpressVPN is an expensive option. But what you’re paying for is a premium VPN with premium streaming speeds. In all other departments that matter for streaming online TV, its features are matched by PureVPN and NordVPN.
That said, it’s still an excellent and reliable choice. And it’s supported by a ton of platforms too. If you can afford it, you won’t regret choosing ExpressVPN.
If you’re looking for an excellent VPN, with an even better price tag, Ivacy (£1.74/month) is a great option.
This VPN has all the features you need to stream BT Sport, in HD, from any country in the world. I’ve been testing the app recently on Mac, PC, Android, iOS and FireStick and the results have been impressive – unlocking BT Sport, BBC iPlayer, US/UK Netflix, 4oD etc with ease.
For an extra $1.99/month (£1.55) you can add-on a dedicated IP. This will buy you sole access to an IP address in a country of your choice, meaning you won’t have to share your IP (and speeds) with any other use.
Apps: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Chrome, Firefox, Android TV, Linux
This is another great VPN. It’s been around since pretty much the dawn of commercial VPN use. And it’s been improving ever since. Today, it’s one of the best VPNs you can get for security, privacy, and importantly, watching TV from another country.
There are several reasons why. Firstly, NordVPN has thousands of servers worldwide, which is great for spreading demand. Next, it’s one of the best VPNs at staying one step ahead of TV providers – if ever one of its IPs gets blacklisted, it responds by creating and opening a new one immediately.
Click here to get NordVPN for £3.04/month (saving 66% when you sign up for three years!)
Supported apps: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Chrome, Firefox, Android TV, Roku, Now TV Box, PlayStation, Xbox, Kodi, Linux
PureVPN is a great choice for unlocking BT Sport. It’s a VPN with a reputation that constantly improving. That’s because PureVPN is one of the cheapest on the market, and also one of the best-performing. It’s also really good at preventing its IP addresses from getting blacklisted by major TV streaming websites.
Another reason I really like PureVPN is the dedicated IP option it offers. For an extra $1.99/month (£1.55) you can buy your own dedicated IP from PureVPN. This means you won’t be sharing your IP address with any other customers. Which is important because, in theory, it means your connection will never get blacklisted from BT Sport (or any TV site) for abnormal usage.
Click here to get PureVPN for £2.50/month (saving 70% when you sign up for two-years!)
Watching BT Sport abroad on a mobile device is sometimes a little trickier. This is because the BT Sport app periodically requires access to location services to verify where you’re connecting from. It’s not a big problem though. You just to get the Fake GPS app. This is easy to download from Google Play or the App Store, just search for Fake GPS and go from there.
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 – BT that 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).
See also: How to listen to TMS abroad.
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