If you’re outside of the UK during GBBO season, you’re going to have trouble streaming the world’s best baking show. This is because All 4 is only available to internet connections from inside the UK. But fear not. Here we show you how to watch The Great British Bake Off from abroad.
See also: How to watch 4oD abroad.
How to watch The Great British Bake Off abroad?
The best way to watch The Great British Bake Off when you’re outside of the UK is to use a VPN. By using a VPN you can connect to a server in the UK and stream content from All 4 (and BBC iPlayer). All. Day. Long.
- Get ExpressVPN (£5.13/month)
- Download and instal the App (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and FireStick)
- Connect to a server in the UK
- Sign in to All 4
- Watch The Great British Bake Off
I recommend using ExpressVPN (£5.13/month) to watch UK TV while overseas because it’s one of the few VPNs that. I’ve been using NordVPN to stream BBC iPlayer, All 4 and ITV Hub for several months without any problems.
Because it works!
There are several factors that make ExpressVPN the best choice. First of all, it plays a game called “Cat and Mouse” with on-demand TV providers. This means when one of its servers gets blacklisted, it reacts by creating a new one. And makes this available to customers immediately. This is important as the majority of other VPNs don’t do this.
ExpressVPN also has a dedicated technical team that monitors its connections with major TV streaming services and they get to work on a fix as soon as an issue is detected.
Finally, ExpressVPN has 500+ servers in the UK, which is combined with software that spreads out its customers evenly across servers, means its IP addresses are less likely to be blacklisted in the first place.
If, for whatever reason, you don’t want to use ExpressVPN, PureVPN (£4.80/month) is the next best VPN. Express also has its own technical team that monitors connections to online streaming services. However, it has fewer UK servers than NordVPN… and is more expensive.
Why do I need a VPN?
The first thing you need to know is that Channel 4 holds the rights to The Great British Bake Off. This means you need to stream the show, live or on-demand. via the All 4 website or app. Which means you need to connect to All 4 from a UK IP Address.
Note: An IP Address is a bit like a phone number with a dialling code. The UK has its own series of addresses and these IPs they can be used to locate any internet connect to its nearest town.
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to spoof your internet location these days. All you need is a good VPN (virtual private network). A VPN will encrypt your data and relay it via a server location of your choice. The simple technique lets you access any country’s internet as if you were physically in that country.
On-demand TV channels have been blacklisting VPNs recently. So make sure you do your research before your choice your VPN. Not all services will work consistently with 4oD, BBC iPlayer, Netflix (etc).
Can I use a free VPN?
Unfortunately not. Free VPNs are massively oversubscribed which makes their servers the first IPs to get blacklisted by streaming services for abnormal traffic levels. Free VPNs are also too slow and the data cap is too small to stream a full episode of The Great British Bake Off.