Find out how to access your Now TV subscription from outside the British Isles. We will show you how to get Now TV on Roku from abroad plus other options for streaming the service to your TV.
Now TV grants online access to the British Sky TV subscription service without requiring a home TV service. If you have a Sky package at home, then you can access the service online at Sky Go. If you only want to subscribe for access to Sky on the web, then you should opt for a Now TV subscription.
What are the best VPNs for Now TV?
Although you can access the Now TV website from anywhere in the world, you won’t be able to watch any videos if you are outside of the British Isles. Now TV blocks the video player from loading content if it detects that the website visitor isn’t located in the UK or Ireland. It is possible to get around this problem by using a VPN. However, not every VPN will get you into Now TV. You need a service that has the following qualities:
- Ability to get around regional restrictions
- Ability to mask VPN activity
- Fast speeds for video streaming
- Servers in the UK or Ireland
Hundreds of VPNs litter the market and it would take you a very long time to try all of them out to see whether they work with Now TV. So, we have devised this guide to help you choose the right VPN much more quickly.
Here’s our list of the best VPNs for Now TV:
ExpressVPN has servers in 94 countries including the UK and Ireland. This is one of the best VPNs in the world and it can get you into a lot of web services that restrict viewers by region. Now TV can detect VPN activity, so you need a VPN that can mask its identity. ExpressVPN has this ability and can even evade detection in China where the authorities operate some of the toughest internet controls and VPN bans in the world. This VPN also has great speeds so you will still be able to stream video through it even when you are on the other side of the world.
ExpressVPN apps are available for Windows, Mac OS X, macOS, Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire tablets, and Linux. There is also an ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. This extension is a controller for the desktop app, so it will create a VPN connection to cover all of the internet activity of your computer, not just the traffic going in and out of your browser.
ExpressVPN produces an app that you can install on certain wifi routers. The VPN can also be set up manually on set-top boxes and other internet-active devices in your home. A subscription gives you the right to connect to the service three times at once. If you activate the VPN on your router, all of the internet connections of all of the gadgets in your home will be protected, but it will only count as one of your simultaneous connections.
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NordVPN has servers in 62 countries, including the UK and the Republic of Ireland. In total, the company has 4,438 servers around the world, which gives it plenty of capacity to serve its customers. Not all of the NordVPN servers in the UK will be able to get you into Now TV, so you should ask the Help Desk which server to use.
The NordVPN service gives you good speeds for video streaming and it is also very good at dodging detection. This is another VPN that works well in China. The company allows each account to connect six devices to the service simultaneously. You can install the VPN manually on your home router to cover all the devices in your home using a single connection. Although setting up your router to use the VPN might seem a complicated technical task, the knowledge base of the NordVPN includes a library of guides that show you how to configure 29 different types of router.
The NordVPN app will work on Windows, macOS, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS. The VPN is also compatible with Linux computers, but you have to manually set up the VPN instead of using the app. NordVPN makes a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox. If you opt to use the extension instead of the desktop app, only your browser activity will be channeled through the VPN. That will be enough to get you into Now TV and watch videos through your browser.
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This VPN has servers in 55 countries, including the UK. This Sweden-based service was originally created to serve torrenters, so it provides excellent speeds. It can dodge detection and get you into video streaming sites that restrict viewing location, including Now TV. Although this service can get around internet restrictions in China, the company notes its regular OpenVPN service is blocked there. If you are in China and want to use PrivateVPN, you should use the L2TP/IPSec protocol instead.
The PrivateVPN app can be installed on Windows, macOS, Mac OS X, iOS, Android and Amazon Fire operating systems — Fire TV, Fire stick, and Fire tablet. If you have a Linux computer, you can use the VPN but have to manually set it up. The same is true for getting the VPN on your router. As you would expect, a router connection only counts as one of up to six simultaneous connections, even though it covers all of the devices in your home.
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VyprVPN has good speeds and can dodge detection at the Now TV server, so it will get allow you to watch videos from outside of the British Isles. The company has servers in 58 countries including the UK and Ireland. This VPN allows you to connect to the service five times at once.
The VPN can evade detection on many sites that operate regional restrictions, and that includes Now TV. VyprVPN is also a good choice to bypass censorship in locations with tough controls, such as China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.
The VyprVPN app is available for free from the service’s website. It will self install on Windows, Mac OS X, macOS, Android, and iOS. You can also set up the VPN manually on Linux computers, Blackberry phones, and on routers. A router connection uses up only one of up to five simultaneous connections while guarding all of the devices in your home. The VPN packs some special security measures that include a cloaking system, called Chameleon, which costs extra.
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VPNArea is very adept at getting around the regional restrictions at streaming services, in fact, the company specializes in that task and has optimized servers for streaming around the globe. It will get you into Now TV from anywhere in the world through its servers in the UK. VPNArea also has servers optimized for gaming and downloading. The masking capabilities of VPNArea work well in China and other repressive nations, such as Pakistan and Oman.
The service includes access to servers in 70 countries around the world. Being focused on video streaming services, VPNArea makes sure it offers very good speeds. This is achieved by keeping its customer to server ratio low. When the customer base expands, the company sets up more servers.
VPNArea allows each account holder six simultaneous connections. VPNArea, makes it clear on its website that it allows account sharing, so you can make the most of that six connection allowance and bring down the cost of running a VPN by teaming up with a friend. A router connection only uses up one of your connection allocation while covering all of the devices in your home, so that offers a way to make the connection allowance stretch even further.
You have to set up the VPN on routers and Linux computers manually. However, the company makes apps for Windows, macOS, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android devices.
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Free VPNs for Now TV
It would be great to find a free VPN that could get you into Now TV. Unfortunately, that just isn’t possible. Now TV and its sister service Sky Go use the same platform, which includes a very strict VPN ban. Not only are there no free VPNs that can get you into Now TV, but there are very few paid services that will evade the Now TV VPN scan.
It takes a lot of special features to get around most regional restrictions on websites, and free VPN services just don’t have the income stream to justify the investment in these technologies. If you try out a free VPN you will see for yourself that it might be good for many things, but it won’t get you into Now TV.
Some good VPNs offer free versions to lure in customers. However, these free VPNs always have restrictions on their service. Bandwidth limits and data caps make those free VPNs useless for streaming video.
Stream Now TV through your router
Smart TVs and set-top boxes like Roku often don’t support VPNs. Instead, you can set up the VPN on a router. All of the traffic that passes through it will be protected by the VPN. That includes the access for your Roku through to the Now TV servers. In this case, you will need to set the VPN on your router to access a server location in the UK.
Not every router supports VPN connections. You can be fairly sure that it will if your router’s description says that it has DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. However, before you sign up with your preferred VPN, check with the service’s Help Desk whether their service can be installed on your router make and model.
If your router doesn’t have compatible firmware, you have a few options. You can replace the firmware with a VPN-friendly version of DD-WRT or Tomato, but any mistake during this process could permanently damage the router, so proceed with caution.
Alternatively, you could purchase a “pre-flashed” router with the VPN and all of its servers already configured. ExpressVPN is the best option for this in our opinion because it makes its own custom firmware that’s far easier to set up and use than the open-source alternatives. ExpressVPN customers can install the firmware on their own router for free if compatible.
Finally, you can set up a wifi hotspot on a laptop and connect your smart TV or Roku to that. Most laptops can broadcast their own wifi networks, creating what’s called a “virtual router”. By connecting your streaming device to the laptop, then your laptop to the VPN, the streaming device will also tunnel its internet traffic through the VPN. Learn how to set up a VPN-protected virtual router for Windows and Mac using our guides.
Watch Now TV on your home TV
The easiest way to access Now TV is on your computer. However, you can also show the service on the full-sized screen of your TV. In order to do this, you need a device that supports screen casting. Casting is the process of transmitting video from your computer to your TV.
The most famous casting device on the market is Chromecast. However, there are many other brands available. You plug the casting devices into the back of your TV and then install an extension on your browser to connect to it. Once the browser extension is working, you just click on its icon and select to cast the browser tab onto your TV. You can also cast from a smartphone.
In order to cast Now TV when you are outside of the British Isles, you first need to install the VPN on your computer. Start up the VPN and select a server in the UK. You then connect to the Now TV site through your browser. When you select a video from the Now TV library, you need to click on the casting icon and turn the service on. If your chosen VPN provides a browser extension, turning that on will be enough to channel Now TV through your computer onto your TV.
Watch Now TV from abroad
This guide narrows down your search for a Now TV VPN to five great providers. All of the VPNs we recommend offer money-back guarantees. Take advantage of these offers and give the VPN of your choice a spin. If you don’t like it, you can cancel the service and get all of your money back.
Do you watch Now TV from outside the British Isles? Do you watch it on your computer, or do you channel it through to your TV? Which VPN do you use to get around the Now TV regional restrictions? Leave a message in the Comments section below and tell us about your experience.