How to watch the Ryder Cup abroad (from overseas)
If you’re out of the country during the Ryder Cup, you might find it difficult to find a good place to stream the 2018 Ryder Cup. But fear not. In this article, we’ll show you How to watch the Ryder Cup abroad (from overseas).
As you’ve probably noticed, Sky Go and BBC iPlayer (and many more stations) don’t let you access their content from overseas. The reason for this is because broadcasters only buy the rights to live sports in their own territory. This means they cannot steam the content outside of the UK.
How to watch the Ryder Cup abroad (from overseas)?
There is a simple workaround. All you need to do is a get a VPN and select a server in the UK. This will spoof your connection’s IP address and Sky Go will think you’re accessing its content from within the UK. Meaning you can watch the Ryder Cup from anywhere in the world!
The only problem is that not all VPNs are the same. Some are good, some are really bad… and free VPNs are worse still.
In order to watch Sky Go abroad, you need to get a VPN that still works with major broadcasters. Until recently, this was pretty much any paid-for VPN. However, the likes of Sky Go, BBC iPlayer and Netflix have started fighting back against VPNs. The tactics they use to fight back are pretty simple: as soon as they detect a VPN’s IP address, it gets banned.
This means you need to pick a VPN that stays one-step ahead of Sky Go (and BBC iPlayer and Netflix too!).
I’ve been using NordVPN to watch Sky Go, BBC iPlayer and US/UK Netflix since March (from New Zealand) and haven’t experienced any problems.
We recommend using NordVPN (£2.04/month). It’s the most reliable VPN on the market for unlocking Sky Go from overseas and is one of the most affordable too.
If you want to buy a VPN that offers slightly faster connections speeds then ExpressVPN (£4.80/month) is a good alternative. It’s a lot more expensive too. But you’re paying for a VPN that’s got pedigree, and importantly, isn’t as congested as some of the others.
Finally, if you want complete total peace-of-mind when steaming UK TV from overseas, we recommend buying a dedicated IP. This means you won’t be sharing your VPN connection with other customers. Which means your server will never get blacklisted (see below). PureVPN offers the most affordable dedicated IP service – just $1.99/month on top of an active VPN subscription with PureVPN. NordVPN also offers its customers the option to buy a dedicated IP. However, at $99/year it’s much more expensive that PureVPN’s dedicated IP.
How does Sky Go blacklist VPNs?
Picture an average household internet connection. It will have anywhere between 1-6 people living in it… and using the internet. This means, at any given time, six people could be connected to Sky Go (potentially from six different logins). Sky deems this level of usage as normal. Therefore the household’s IP address will not raise any red flags.
A VPN server will have a very different usage pattern. With potentially thousands of customers accessing Sky Go simultaneously. All these VPN customers will be connecting to Sky’s servers from the same VPN server’s IP address. When Sky Go detects this sort of abnormal behaviour it blacklists the offending IP address.
The best VPNs know this and monitor server connections to major streaming services. If/When one IP address gets blacklisted by a Sky Go, BBC iPlayer or Netflix (et al) they release a new unblocked server and IP address. This process is known as Cat and Mouse.
Ever since streaming services started blocking VPNs in 2016, the number of VPNs who play the game of Cat and Mouse with Sky Go, Netflix, BBC iPlayer etc has steadily dropped. NordVPN, ExpressVPN and PureVPN are the best of the remaining services.