Watching Channel 5 abroad is problematic. Technically, My5 shouldn’t work from anywhere apart from the UK. However, in this article, I’ll show you how to watch Channel 5 outside of the UK.
Watch My5 abroad: You need a VPN
The cheapest and easiest way to watch Channel 5 from outside the UK – or any UK TV channel – is to use a VPN.
Channel 5, and other UK broadcasters will only work with UK internet connections. What this means from a technical point of view, is that Channel 5 will only work with UK IP addresses.
Using a VPN will let you spoof your IP address to any country in the Western world. They do this via a network of servers and military-grade end-to-end encryption. This keeps your connection safe and anonymous. It also means you can spoof your internet location to anywhere in the world, so you can watch free-to-air TV from practically any country in the world.
How to Watch Channel 5 Outside the UK
- Sign up to a VPN that works (see below)
- Download and install the VPN’s app on your device
- Connect to a server in the UK
- Open My5 website or app
- Watch Channel 5 from outside the UK (from anywhere in the world)
The workaround for watching Channel 5 from outside the UK is easy. All you need is the right VPN (see below), and that will do all the hard work for you. The important thing is choosing a VPN that works with My5 and other UK streaming services.
Channel 5 not working with VPN? Here’s how to fix that!
If you’ve already got a VPN and it’s not working with the My5 website or app, then it’s bad news. It means Channel 5’s servers have blacklisted your VPN’s UK IP addresses.
Channel 5 – and 4oD, ITV BBC iPlayer etc. – actively try to block VPNs from accessing their content. Why? Because the broadcasters mentioned above only have licenses to broadcast content in the UK. And if they’re found to be breaching, by allowing international connections, the broadcasters would likely have their licences revoked.
Fighting VPNs, or at least showing willing to fight VPNs, is standard for broadcasters. And Channel 5 is no different. The way My5 detects and blacklists VPNs is pretty simple. Most VPNs funnel a large number of users through a much smaller number of servers.
This is easy for broadcasters to spot. Any IP address that is supporting an abnormally high number of simultaneous My5 connections is likely to be a VPN. Channel 5’s response is to block these VPNs from accessing its content.
If your VPN has stopped working with Channel 5 or BBC iPlayer (etc.), then it’s probably because its IP addresses have been blacklisted for abnormal usages.
Good VPNs (like those featured below) fight back by playing a game of Cat and Mouse. If an IP address gets blacklisted by a broadcaster, the VPN will react by shutting that IP address down and opening a fresh and undetected IP address.
Best VPN’s to watch Channel 5 outside the UK
If you want a cheap, fast and reliable VPN, Ivacy is an excellent option. It’s recently one a ton of awards for Fastest VPN of the year. My recent tests can verify these awards. I connected to a UK server this week and reached download speeds of over 20 Mbps from my home internet connection in New Zealand. To put this into content, my non-VPN internet speed is usually around the 22 Mbps mark.
Ivacy works in a very similar way to PureVPN (below). You can select the best servers based on “Purpose”. Meaning you would select Channel 5 to watch My5 abroad.
If you’re willing to pay the extra couple of quid, ExpressVPN is a good choice. It’s a fast VPN that always has servers open with the biggest online TV servers. Like Ivacy, it works with Channel 5 and is one of the best VPNs at playing Cat and Mouse with TV sites that blacklist its IP addresses.
Personally, this is my go-to VPN. It’s quick, fast and easy to use. And most important of all, it always provides me with a working connection for Channel 5, 4oD, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and US Netflix.
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This is one of the best and easiest to use VPNs on the market. It’s also one of the cheapest. NordVPN has hundreds of servers in the UK, and more importantly, a dedicated technical team that monitors its servers connections to major UK streaming sites. This is vital, as the likes of Channel 5 are becoming more aggressive at blocking IP addresses suspected to belong to VPNs.
More importantly, NordVPN is one of the best VPNs at playing Cat and Mouse with Channel 5 etc. If/when one of its servers ever gets blacklisted it reacts by creating new IP addresses and releasing them to customers asap.
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