How to unblock and watch Sky Go abroad with a VPN or Smart DNS

Published by on October 27, 2017 in VPN & Privacy

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Sky Go is an online television service from UK broadcaster Sky that was first launched in 2006. It was previously known as Sky Player, Sky Anytime PC, and Sky By Broadband. The service allows subscribers to watch live and on-demand video on multiple internet connected devices including Windows PC, Mac OSX, iOS, Android, and game consoles. That includes some HBO original content like Westworld and Last Week Tonight and a wide range of sport including live English Premier League soccer, cricket, golf and Formula 1 to name a few.

The service is free to existing customers with cable or satellite subscriptions that include all of their Sky channels. Sky does not offer a standalone internet-only subscription or pay-per-view content, so cord cutters will have to look elsewhere.

Unfortunately, Sky Go is only available from inside the UK and Ireland. If you’re traveling or living abroad, you’ll receive an error message saying:

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“Sky Go is only available to users connecting from within the UK or Republic of Ireland, unfortunately we cannot confirm that you are within these territories at the moment. Please retry later.”

Luckily, if you are in Europe, the US or any other country outside of the UK and Ireland and want to access Sky Go, you can still access the service with a VPN. Short for Virtual Private Network, a VPN encrypts all of a device’s internet traffic and routes it through an intermediary server in a location of your choosing. By connecting to such a server in the UK, you will be assigned a UK IP address and be able to access geo-locked content in the country, including Sky Go.

We’ve curated the following list of the best VPNs for Sky Go based on the following criteria:

  • Servers in the UK that can unblock Sky Go
  • Fast and reliable speeds for uninterrupted, high quality streams
  • Strong security and privacy policy
  • Quick and responsive customer support
  • Easy to use apps for multiple types of devices

Best VPNs for Sky Go:

1. ExpressVPN

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ExpressVPN optimizes all of its servers for maximum speed and stability, offering subscribers unlimited bandwidth and data. It operates servers in several locations in the UK, and connecting is quick and easy thanks to its well designed apps. Encryption standards are as strong as you’ll find on any VPN, namely 256-bit AES encryption and perfect forward secrecy. The company doesn’t log any of its customers activity nor their IP addresses, opting only to gather non-identifying metadata. Live customer support is available through the websites 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, and Linux (command line). If you watch Sky Go on a device that doesn’t support VPNs, you can opt to either use ExpressVPN’s DNS proxy service MediaStreamer, which is included with every subscription. You can also install ExpressVPN’s customer router firmware on comptabile wifi routers, or purchase a pre-configured router directly from the company. This will route internet traffic of any devices connected to your wifi router through the VPN server, which is ideal for game consoles and smart TVs.

ExpressVPN can also unblock US and UK Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and BBC iPlayer, among many others.

BEST FOR SKY GO: Get 3 free months with the ExpressVPN annual plan here. This includes a 30-day no quibbles money-back guarantee so you can try it risk free.

Read our full ExpressVPN review.

2. IPVanish

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IPVanish operates a huge network of servers in over 60 countries, the UK being just one of them. Subscribers can take advantage of unlimited bandwidth and no data caps to stream to their hearts delight. The company owns, rather than rents, its servers, ensuring a high quality stream with minimal buffering. Top-notch encryption standards are combined with a no logs policy to keep your ISP and other snoopers out of your hair. An internet kill switch, DNS leak protection, and an obfuscation (scramble) feature are all built into the app.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. If your device isn’t VPN-compatible, consider purchasing a router pre-configured with all of IPV’s servers from Flashrouters.

IPVanish is also a favorite among Kodi users thanks to an easy to install and use app and the ability to work with any Kodi add-on.

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Read our full IPVanish review.

3. NordVPN

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NordVPN is a master of unblocking streaming sites, and Sky Go is no different. Just connect to one of the dozens of UK servers available in its network and you can start streaming Sky Go right away. Speeds are adequate and connections rarely drop, so streaming your favorite shows in HD won’t be a problem. NordVPN is backed by a true zero logs policy and uncrackable encryption. Live chat support is available on the website.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. Pre-configured routers can be purchased through Flashrouters if you use a device that doesn’t support VPNs natively. A single NordVPN subscription allows subscribers to connect up to six devices at the same time, making NordVPN a great value.

NordVPN also unblocks Netflix content in several countries including the US and UK, Hulu, HBO Now, and BBC iPlayer, among others.

Only $3.29/mo: Knock 72% off NordVPN’s 2-year plan here and pay just $3.29 per month.

Read our full NordVPN review.

4. PrivateVPNprivatevpn

PrivateVPN is the new kid on the block, but it’s making a big splash despite its small size. Although it only has just over 100 servers in its network compared to the 1,000+ of others on this list, speeds are excellent and the service has no problem unblocking Sky Go. PrivateVPN doesn’t skimp on the security side of things either, utilizing powerful encryption and adhering to a no logs policy. The apps come with DNS leak protection and a kill switch.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. You can connect up to five devices at the same time.

PrivateVPN also unblocks Netflix in several countries including the US and UK, plus a handful of other streaming services like BBC iPlayer and HBO Now.

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Read our full PrivateVPN review.

5. VyprVPNvyprvpn ios

VyprVPN is a veteran of the VPN space and remains a top choice for users around the world. The company owns and operates its own servers and even entire data centers in dozens of countries, including the UK. Speeds are excellent and you should have no problem streaming live and on-demand video from Sky Go. The company does log users’ real IP addresses, but no details of your online activity are recorded.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. Pre-flashed routers that come configured with all of VyprVPN’s servers are available for sale as well–useful if you prefer to stream Sky Go through a game console, smart TV, or set-top box.

VyprVPN can also unblock Hulu and US Netflix.

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Read our full VyprVPN review.

How to watch Sky Go using a VPNsky go westworld

A VPN, or virtual private network, is a tool that encrypts all of a device’s internet traffic and routes it through an intermediary server in a location of the user’s choosing. In this case, you would connect to a server in the UK. This changes the user’s IP address to that of the VPN server and thus makes it look to Sky Go as if you are accessing the service from inside the UK. This is a perfectly legal and very popular means of accessing Sky Go abroad.

Once you’ve met all the criteria above, the process is simple:

  1. First, register with a VPN. We recommend one of the VPNs listed above.
  2. Download and install the VPN software on your device or configure your router to use the VPN
  3. Run the VPN and choose a server in the UK
  4. Clear your cookies and refresh the page with the video you want to watch
  5. Enjoy the show!

VPN not working with Sky Go? Try this…

If you’re connected to one of the VPNs we recommend above but are still unable to watch Sky Go abroad, make sure you meet the rest of Sky Go’s technical requirements:

  • System settings must be set to the English language
  • Time zone must be set to UK time (UTC +0)
  • You need a browser that supports Microsoft Silverlight, which means Internet Explorer (not Edge) for Windows users and Safari for Mac users. Firefox and Chrome have both ended support for Silverlight.
  • If you tried accessing a video and were blocked prior to using a VPN or DNS proxy, it’s probably a good idea to clear your browser cookies and cache before making another attempt.
  • Sky Go is not supported on rooted Android devices

How to watch Sky Go using a smart DNS proxy

A smart DNS proxy accomplishes the same result as a VPN in regards to Sky Go, but it works a bit differently. Instead of encrypting all of a device’s traffic and routing it through a remote server, only the DNS requests are redirected.

DNS, or domain name system, is like a phone book for the internet. But instead of matching phone numbers with people, DNS matches web domains (like “www.comparitech.com”) with IP addresses. Every time you access a different website, you first send a DNS request to find the matching IP.

By changing the location of where these DNS requests are sent to–the UK, in this instance–you can make it appear as though you are accessing Sky Go from within the country.

Setting up DNS servers is a bit trickier than setting up a VPN, but you usually don’t need to install any extra software. DNS settings can be adjusted using your device’s built-in settings.

  1. Sign up with a smart DNS proxy provider, our recommendation is Overplay.
  2. Validate your device’s current IP address on the provider’s website.
  3. Input the primary and alternate DNS server addresses into your system’s internet settings (exact process differs depending on your operating system)
  4. Save changes and restart your device
  5. Navigate to the video page and enjoy!

Sky Go channels

Similar to BBC iPlayer, the content on Sky Go is only available for a limited amount of time after it first airs on TV. Don’t let the latest episodes of Westworld and Last Week Tonight sit for too long! Which channels you can access depends on your cable subscription, but up to 72 are available:

5 USA, 5*, Alibi, Animal Planet, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, Cartoonito, Channel 4, Channel 5, CITV, Comedy Central, Crime Investigation, Dave, Discovery, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, E4, Eden, Eurosport, Eurosport 2, Film 4, FOX, Good Food, History, Home, ITV Be, ITV Encore, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, Lifetime, More4, MTV, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, News HQ, Nick Junior, Nickelodeon, Sky Arts 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Living It, Sky Movies Action, Sky Movies Christmas, Sky Movies Comedy, Sky Movies Crime & Thriller, Sky Movies Disney, Sky Movies Drama, Sky Movies Family, Sky Movies Greats, Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Sci-Fi & Horror, Sky Movies Select, Sky Movies Showcase, Sky News, Sky Sports, Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4, Sky Sports 5, Sky Sports F1, Sky1, Star Plus, STV, Syfy, TLC, Universal, Watch, ITV

Sky cable subscriptions start at 20 GBP per month with a minimum 1-year contract.

Subscribers can watch videos on up to two simultaneous devices by default, and up to four are available for an extra fee as part of the Sky Go Extra package. If you have used two devices in the past and want to use a third, you must remove an existing registered device before you can register another.

Sky Go Extra also allows users to download content to their local devices so they can watch offline. The content is DRM protected, which means it can’t be copied, distributed, or watched after the expiration date. Files are deleted 48 hours after viewing starts or no later than 30 days after download.

One thought on “How to unblock and watch Sky Go abroad with a VPN or Smart DNS

  • Thank you./ I found the article interesting and informative
    However, I have an interesting issue with Sky GO which I would grateful for your comment.
    Until the day before yesterday I was able to connect and view SkyGO through my VPN, Freedome. Now every time I try to connect I get a message that the channel is not avaible for technical reasons. If I switch the VPN off then the channel is accessible
    I wonder if this is recent development? I have accessed Sky GO abroad with the VPN as you have described Also with TVplayer, a Sumsung added app, I do get access with the VPN on

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