If you’re a rugby union fan who doesn’t have cable or satellite service, you’d probably like to know how you can watch the Natwest 6 Nations Championship online, through a web-browser or Kodi. And if you’re traveling abroad, you may want to know if you can still get in on the action. Thankfully, any UK resident, whether at home or abroad, can get access to the Six Nations matches.
This article will explain exactly how you can watch every match of the Six Nations Championship using strictly online sources.
What is Kodi?
Kodi is media player software that allows you to stream TV and movies without a web-browser and without proprietary apps from the streaming sites themselves. It can be used to integrate all of your media sources into one interface, making online TV user-friendly at last. It can also be used to block advertisements from many streaming sites.
Read more: How to get started with Kodi
Warning: Kodi should only be used for content to which you have the legal right to access. Neither the Kodi Foundation nor Comparitech advocates the use of Kodi for piracy.
Always use a VPN when watching TV online
When you watch online TV through a web-browser, Kodi, or any other software, you should always use a virtual private network (VPN) to protect your privacy and security. Hackers can sometimes masquerade as streaming sites in order to steal users’ personal information. Internet service providers can snoop on users’ online activity, using their video-streaming habits as an excuse to throttle internet speeds. Streaming video sites can block users from viewing content based on where they are located.
A VPN helps to prevent these problems. It encrypts your data and disguises your IP address, preventing hackers, your ISP, or streaming sites from knowing where you are or what you are doing.
Not all VPNs are good for streaming-video users though. Most don’t have apps for TV devices like the Amazon Fire Stick and Nvidia Shield. Many don’t have servers in enough countries to unlock geoblocked content. All VPNs slow down speeds somewhat, but some are so slow that they can’t stream HD video without buffering. There are also VPNs that keep logs, creating a risk that these logs could reveal private info if compromised.
For these reasons, we recommend IPVanish to users who watch TV online. In our testing, IPVanish streamed HD video with no buffering. It has servers in 60+ countries, keeps no logs, and has an app for both Amazon Fire Stick and Nvidia Shield.
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How to watch Six Nations online
The Six Nations Championship is being broadcast on BBC One and ITV in the U.K. and NBC Sports Gold in the U.S. Here is how to see these channels online, with a web-browser.
The BBC iPlayer is available to anyone, even if you don’t have a cable TV plan. All you need is your TV License. You will also need to register for an account. As long as you are a UK resident, you can register with your postal code. The BBC won’t ask you for billing information. Beyond that, you’ll just need to verify you have your TV License on the pop-up menu after you log in.
You’ll find BBC One broadcast live through the iPlayer.
If you’re traveling overseas, you can still access the iPlayer as well. As the BBC employs geographic content blocking, you will need a VPN to access the BBC, even if you have a TV License. And while we normally recommend IPVanish for this, we’ve found IPVanish doesn’t work with the iPlayer. Instead, you’ll want to use ExpressVPN, another leading VPN service. ExpressVPN is similarly priced but does provide a discount on the first few months of service. It also has apps for the Amazon Firestick and other mobile platforms.
Read more: The best VPNs for the BBC iPlayer.
The ITV Hub is a free TV service created to be direct competition to the BBC. Unlike with the BBC, however, you do not need to pay for licensure of any kind. ITV is completely free. With the games broadcasting on ITV, you can easily access them online or on an ITV Hub app.
To use ITV, you will need to create a free account, which includes your postal code to verify residency. However, no billing information is required since it’s a free service. After creating your free account, you can stream to your heart’s content.
As ITV also employs geographic content blocking, you will also need to utilize a VPN if you’re traveling and want to enjoy access to your ITV Hub live streams.
TVPlayer is an over-the-top TV service that carries most BBC channels, including BBC One and ITV. In order to legally watch these channels on TVPlayer, you need to have purchased a TV license. This license is not available to users who live outside of the U.K.
If you have a TV license but are traveling outside of the U.K., a VPN will be needed to get around geoblocks. The TVPlayer website is at this url: https://tvplayer.com/.
Zattoo is a free streaming video service headquartered in Switzerland. It carries many of the BBC channels, including BBC One, as well the ITV network. Advertisements play whenever the user first logs in or changes channels. Channels are only carried in standard definition unless the user pays CHF 10/month ($10.71 USD). If you’re accessing the Internet from outside Switzerland, a VPN will be needed to get around geoblocks. The official website for Zattoo is here.
NBC Sports Gold
If you want to watch the Six Nations Championship from a U.S. source, you can get it by subscribing to NBC Sports Gold’s “Rugby Pass” package. This costs $59.99/season. However, this will also allow you to see the Rugby World Cup Sevens and Aviva Premiership Rugby. You cannot sign up for NBC Sports Gold without a U.S. credit card. The NBC Sports Gold Rugby Pass webpage is here.
How to watch Six Nations on Kodi
If you’ve got an Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, or another TV device, you may not want to use a web-browser to stream rugby matches. In this case, here is how to use Kodi to watch the Six Nations Championship.
As far as we can tell, the sign-in restrictions don’t cause any issues with the ITV Kodi addon. You can stream the Six Nations games live through Kodi on the ITV addon without having to go through the hassle of loading up the website. And you’ll also get to enjoy a better viewing experience through Kodi’s media player.
The same restrictions apply if you’re traveling, so you’ll still need a VPN to access ITV’s live streams overseas.
Additionally, you’ll only find a working version of the ITV Kodi addon in the Kodil Repository.
Zattoo Box is a Kodi addon that connects to the Zattoo streaming service. It’s part of the official Kodi addon repository. To install, open Kodi and select addons. Then select the “package installer” icon in the upper left (the one that looks like a box). Click install from repository → Kodi addon repository → video addons → Zattoo Box → install. When the addon is finished installing, open the configuration menu and put in the email and password you used to sign up for Zattoo. Now click OK and open to get to the main menu.
The iPlayer WWW Kodi addon connects to bbc.co.uk/iplayer. This allows you to play both live and on-demand content from BBC channels. As with TVPlayer, using iPlayer without a TV license is against U.K. law. If you have a TV license but are traveling outside the U.K., you’ll need a VPN to unblock its content.
Note: As with the website version, IPVanish servers are blocked by BBC iPlayer. So if you want to use iPlayer to watch the Six Nations Championship, we recommend using Express VPN instead of IPVanish.
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Six Nations Championship schedule
Here is the schedule for the upcoming Six Nations Championship matches, along with the channels they can be found on in the U.K. For U.S. viewers, all of the matches are carried on NBC Sports Gold.
- France vs. Italy – Feb. 23, 8 p.m. GMT – BBC
- Ireland vs. Wales – Feb. 24, 2:15 p.m. GMT – BBC
- Scotland vs. England – Feb. 24, 4:45 p.m. GMT – BBC
- Ireland vs. Scotland – March 10, 2:25 p.m. GMT – ITV
- France vs. England – March 10, 4:45 p.m. GMT – BBC
- Wales vs. Italy – March 11, 3 p.m. GMT – BBC
- Italy vs. Scotland – March 17, 12:30 p.m. GMT – ITV
- England vs. Ireland – March 17, 2:45 p.m. GMT – ITV
- Wales vs. France – March 17, 5 p.m. GMT – ITV
If you’re a rugby fan who wants to watch the Natwest Six Nations Championship without cable, there are many options, including TVPlayer, NBC Sports Gold, Zattoo, the Zattoo Box Kodi addon, and the iPlayer WWW Kodi addon.
If you’ve enjoyed this article and would like to learn more about how to watch TV and movies online or through Kodi, check out some of our other articles on the subject. This includes how to watch Tubi TV on Kodi and outside the U.S., how to install DAZN kodi addon, and how to watch PopcornFlix on Kodi.