If you’re trying to watch Love Island UK in NZ, you’ll need access to the UK streaming service ITV Hub.
While Love Island UK is available on Neon, the episodes have delayed releases.
Fortunately, there’s an easy way to watch the latest Love Island UK episodes the day they release here in NZ.
All you need is a reliable VPN.
This article will explain how to watch Love Island UK in NZ with a reliable VPN, and read on to the end of the article to find out how a VPN will allow you to watch Love Island UK reliably anywhere in the world.
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How to watch Love Island UK in NZ: Quick Guide
To watch Love Island UK in NZ, you need to access ITV Hub.
If you go to ITV Hub, you’ll notice it won’t work. You’ll come across an error saying, “Sorry, this video isn’t available right now.”
To get around this issue, follow these simple steps:
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Create a new account with ExpressVPN ($6.67/month)
Download and install the new VPN app
Open your new app and connect to a server in the UK
Connect to ITV Hub
Create an ITV Hub account (more below)
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How to create an ITV Hub account in NZ:
To create an ITV Hub account, the streaming service needs to think you’re based in the UK.
This is what a VPN allows you to do.
All you need to do is:
- Connect to a UK server with ExpressVPN ($6.67/month) or NordVPN ($3.49/month).
- Go to ITV Hub
- Create a new profile
- Put in your details
- Where it asks for a postcode, you’ll need a UK postcode. (You can google UK postcodes and use any of them)
- Confirm and accept the verification email
- You’ll now have a free ITV Hub account
Why won’t ITV Hub work in NZ?
ITV Hub doesn’t work in NZ because it’s a UK-based streaming service that only has the rights to broadcast its content in the UK. It doesn’t have the rights to broadcast its shows in NZ.
Because of the copyright and broadcast agreements, ITV has established, the streaming service blocks anyone outside the UK from accessing its content.
This is why you’re running into the “Sorry, this video isn’t available right now” error when trying to watch Love Island UK in NZ.
If ITV didn’t do this, it could breach its agreements and be subject to severe financial repercussions.
Basically, ITV Hub won’t work in NZ because ITV is blocking your connection, so it doesn’t get fined.
How does ITV Hub block my connection?
ITV Hub is able to determine your physical location by scanning your IP address when you connect to its service.
Whenever you go online, you’re allocated a unique IP address. This IP contains information that discloses where in the world you are when you connect to ITV Hub.
ITV will scan this IP address to determine where you are when you’re trying to access its content, and if it finds you’re outside of the UK, it’ll block your connection.
How can I get around ITV Hub’s blocks?
This is where a reliable VPN works wonders.
To get around ITV Hub’s blocks, you need to make the streaming service think you’re watching it from within the UK.
When you use a VPN, all of your online data is encrypted into an unreadable code. This data is then rerouted through one of the VPN servers, where it’s decrypted and sent to a local internet service provider in the country where the server is based.
Reliable VPNs allow you to select the country where you want your data to be sent, and this will give you an IP address from that country.
Now when ITV Hub scans your connection, it will think you’re inside its broadcast zone, the UK, and the content won’t be blocked. This will allow you to watch Love Island UK in NZ.
Will any VPN work?
Because VPNs are a well-known way to watch ITV Hub outside of its broadcast zone, the streaming service tries to block them.
It does this by monitoring for an abnormal amount of connections coming from the same IP address.
Usually, only a household of devices (8-10) will connect to ITV Hub via the same IP address. Lesser VPNs, especially free VPNs, have a massive amount of customers and not a lot of IP addresses. This means that customers are forced to share IPs. When ITV Hub sees more than a household’s worth of devices connecting to its service via the same IP, it knows it’s a VPN, and it blocks that connection.
The best VPNs, ExpressVPN ($6.67/month) or NordVPN ($3.49/month), don’t have this problem. These VPNs have a lot of IP addresses, so there’s less chance you’ll share an IP with another customer. They also have measures in place to stay ahead of ITV Hub’s blocking techniques.
Sometimes even the best VPNs will have their IP addresses blocked by ITV Hub. The good news is when this happens, ExpressVPN ($6.67/month) or NordVPN ($3.49/month) will close the blocked IP address and open a new one. This will allow you to stay ahead of ITV Hub, and it will ensure you can watch Love Island UK reliably in NZ.
The best VPNs to watch Love Island UK in NZ
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