How to watch Britain's Got Talent series 13 online

Britain’s Got Talent season 13 will begin Saturday, April 6 at 7:15 PM BST (11:15 AM PST / 2:15 PM EST). To begin with, the show will air once per week, although new episodes will be released almost daily as the competition draws to a close. There’s plenty to look forward to and below, we’ll explain how you can stream every episode of season 13 live online.

It’s important to note that we’ll only be recommending official sources. Britain’s Got Talent is a hugely popular show, and as such, will likely be available on unlicensed streaming sites. But there’s really no benefit to using these as they often offer very low-quality video, and there’s always a chance that your stream will be taken offline partway through. You can watch Britain’s Got Talent season 13 for free anyway, so there’s no need to resort to unreliable, unauthorized streams.

You’ll need a VPN to watch Britain’s Got Talent for free if you’re outside of the UK.

How to watch Britain’s Got Talent abroad with a VPN

It’s actually quite simple to access region-locked platforms from abroad with a VPN. Just follow the steps below to unblock and stream Britain’s Got Talent from anywhere:

  1. Start by choosing a suitable VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN but NordVPN and CyberGhost are two strong, low-cost alternatives.
  2. Next, download and install the VPN software. There will be several different versions so be sure to get the correct one for your operating system.
  3. Connect to one of your VPN’s British servers.
  4. Try playing a video on ITV Hub. It should begin immediately, but if it doesn’t, try clearing your browser’s cache and cookies, then refresh the page.

Britain’s Got Talent season 13 will be broadcast live. For this reason, we strongly recommend testing your VPN with the steps above well before the show begins. By doing so, you leave yourself plenty of time to contact customer support if anything doesn’t work as expected. This also means that you’re less likely to miss the beginning of an episode.

How to live stream Britain’s Got Talent for free on UK TV

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ITV will be showing season 13 of Britain’s Got Talent live. This means that you can watch it completely free of charge on ITV Hub and TVPlayer.com. Whichever service you decide to use, you’ll have to create an account first, however. During registration, you’ll be asked to provide a UK postal code, but don’t worry, as this isn’t used to verify your location. You can simply enter any British postal code, verify your email address, and start streaming immediately.

One of the great things about ITV Hub is that it makes new episodes available on-demand shortly after they finish airing. As such, if you miss an episode or have plans when Britain’s Got Talent is on, you can easily catch up. You should note that these episodes are only available for a short time, though.

British law requires you to have a TV license if you watch anything online at the same time as it’s showing on TV. This is often accidentally overlooked as neither ITV Hub nor TVPlayer.com consistently tells the user this. Further, neither service actually checks whether you have a license or not, instead relying entirely on an honor system.

Both of the streaming services above are region-locked and only available in the UK. You can still access them from abroad by connecting to a British VPN server. Don’t have a VPN? ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can use it to stream Britain’s Got Talent risk-free.

Where can I watch international versions of Britain’s Got Talent?

Britain’s Got Talent will only be shown in the UK, but several international spinoffs are due to begin airing shortly across the world. Take a look below to find out where you can watch your country’s version:

USA

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America’s Got Talent season 14 has just begun so it’s the perfect time to start watching. New episodes are broadcast at 5PM PST / 8PM EST on NBC. If your cable package includes NBC, you can log in and start watching immediately, but if not, you can still catch the latest episodes on-demand a few hours after they end.

If you’d prefer to watch season 14 live, you could also sign up for DirecTV Now, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. These services range from $15–50 USD per month, but each includes a free trial period so you can see if they’re right for you. Most of these platforms require you to have a payment method linked to a US address, so while it’s difficult for foreign users to sign up, American residents who are currently in other countries can register as normal.

The above services are only available in the USA. This means that you’ll have to connect to one of your VPN’s American servers to access them from other countries.

Mexico

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Currently, México Tiene Talento (“Mexico’s Got Talent”) is partway through its third season. This year, there’s a completely new panel of judges including comedian Adal Ramones, actor Horacio Villalobos, and Maria José, a Mexican pop sensation. The host is also changing, with Eddy Vilard replacing Rykardo Hernández.

As the initial auditions are over, episodes are airing more frequently, although always at 7:30 PM MPST (6:30 PM PST / 9:30 PM EST). You can stream the remainder of the series for free on TV Azteca, although as this service is region-locked, you’ll need a VPN if you’re outside of Mexico.

Ireland

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Ireland’s Got Talent is on its second season, and we’re just about to start the semi-finals. New episodes are streamed live on Virgin Media Player, and added to the on-demand catalog a few hours after they finish. Better still, this service is completely free to use and you don’t even have to create an account before streaming.

Virgin Media Player can only be accessed in Ireland. If you’re currently in another country, you can unblock it by connecting to one of your VPN’s Irish servers.

Can I watch previous seasons of Britain’s Got Talent online?

Unfortunately, you can’t watch most older seasons of Britain’s Got Talent online. No major streaming service carries seasons 1-11, and you can’t even purchase these individually on the Google Play Store or iTunes, making it almost impossible to stream them legitimately.

That said, TVNZ currently allows you to stream season 12 for free. You should note that this service is only available in New Zealand, so you’ll need a VPN to access it from other countries.

How does Britain’s Got Talent work?

This show follows a fairly standard talent-show style format. Initially, performers audition in front of a panel of four judges. If a majority of judges like the act, the contestant progresses to the next stage. If not, they’re eliminated from the competition. Additionally, each judge has a golden buzzer which allows them to instantly put the performer in question through to the semi-finals, but this can only be used once per season.

Next up is are the live semi-finals. Viewers vote on which act they think was best overall, and the judges choose between the contestants in second and third place. The two chosen performers are then accepted into the finals, where the viewers decide once and for all who wins.

Britain’s Got Talent season 13 judges

The panel of judges has been the same for seven seasons now, and there are no indications anything will be different this time around. As such, fans can expect to see Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, and David Walliams in season 13. However, in December, Walliams revealed that his contract expires later this year, casting doubt on his future at Britain’s Got Talent.

Ant and Dec will be returning this year too, after a 2018 drink-driving conviction forced Ant to excuse himself from his hosting duties. The trailer for season 13 seems to show that it’s back to business as usual, though, placing an emphasis on the wild and often ridiculous style of act we can expect to see.