The X Factor: Celebrity is a special edition of The X Factor which will premiere on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 8:35 PM BST (3:35 PM EST). The good news is that it will be available to live stream for free via ITV Hub. However, if you’re trying to watch from outside the UK, you’ll come across the following message:
“We’re sorry. This video isn’t available right now. Check out our Shows section for more great programmes”.
The content on ITV Hub is region-locked and only available in the UK. For this reason, you’ll need a VPN if you want to watch it abroad.
We’ll only be recommending official sources for watching The X Factor: Celebrity. That’s because the many unlicensed streams online tend to be of inferior quality. For instance, they’re often low resolution and frustrating to watch due to extensive buffering and lag. What’s more, unauthorized streams may be taken offline at any moment for copyright infringement. You can live stream The X Factor: Celebrity for free on ITV Hub anyway, so you don’t need to worry about unreliable third party streams.
The X Factor: Celebrity will premiere on ITV Hub which is a region-locked platform. This means that a VPN is required in order to watch abroad (outside the UK).
How to watch The X Factor: Celebrity online free
Using a VPN to unblock ITV Hub abroad is actually very simple. All you need to do is follow these step-by-step instructions and you’ll be watching The X Factor: Celebrity in no time.
Here’s how to watch The X Factor: Celebrity 2019 online from anywhere:
- First, sign up for a VPN with servers in the UK. We recommend ExpressVPN but NordVPN and CyberGhost also unblock ITV Hub and offer excellent value for money.
- Next, download and install the appropriate VPN app for your device. The above-recommended VPNs also offer browser extensions.
- Open the VPN app or browser extension and connect to a server in the UK. This will give you a UK IP address, allowing you to unblock ITV Hub from abroad.
- Go to ITV Hub (via browser or one of the ITV Hub apps) and sign up for a free account. Some basic personal information is required (your name, date of birth, and a UK postcode. Any valid postcode is accepted though since ITV doesn’t actually verify this.
- Try out your VPN with ITV Hub. All content including live streams should be unblocked. If not, we recommend you clear your browser’s cache and cookies. Alternatively, try a different UK server.
You can avoid any last-minute hiccups by testing your VPN on ITV Hub in advance of The X Factor: Celebrity premiere. This gives you time to contact your VPN’s customer support for further assistance, reducing the risk of missing out.
How to watch The X Factor: Celebrity free on UK TV
You can live stream The X Factor: Celebrity for free on ITV Hub. While this requires you to sign up for an account (you’ll need to provide an email address, create a password, and provide some basic personal information), it’s completely free and should only take a few seconds to complete.
Live streaming of ITV Hub is only available in the UK due to rights restrictions. While there is also the option of ITV Hub+ for £3.99 per month, this only lets you watch abroad (anywhere in the European Union) on catch-up. As such, a VPN is your best bet for watching The X Factor: Celebrity outside the UK. Fortunately, ExpressVPN includes a 30-day money-back guarantee which means you can try it with ITV Hub risk-free and receive a full refund if you’re unsatisfied.
Where else can I live stream The X Factor: Celebrity online?
ITV Hub isn’t the only place you can watch The X Factor: Celebrity live online. Here are a couple of other options that may be worth considering:
X Factor fans in the US can watch The X Factor: Celebrity on AXS TV. If you have a subscription with a participating cable TV provider, you’ll be able to watch at no extra charge. However, it’s also possible to watch AXS TV without cable via the following streaming services: AT&T TV Now, Philo ($20/month), and Sling TV ($25/month). As these options are geo-restricted to the US, you’d need a VPN and US IP address in order to watch from abroad.
If you’re in Canada, you can watch The X Factor: Celebrity on The Family Channel. In order to live stream, you’ll need two things: The Family Channel app and a cable TV subscription. Due to the fact that The Family Channel is only available in Canada, a Canadian IP address via a VPN is necessary in order to live stream from abroad.
Can I use a free VPN to watch The X Factor: Celebrity online?
Not all free VPNs are able to unblock ITV Hub which may make you miss out on The X Factor: Celebrity premiere. Even if your free VPN does unblock ITV Hub from abroad, this is where the real problems often begin. Quite simply, free VPNs are typically very slow. With a small network and high volume of users, servers are often under heavy load. This leads to performance issues that are most noticeable when live streaming.
You should also consider the security risks of using a free VPN. In particular, you may find that your personal data isn’t secured with encryption. Without this or protection from data leaks, you’re more vulnerable to hackers and snoopers. What many people don’t realize is that free VPNs often log the browsing data of users and sell the information to third parties. There’s also the risk that a free VPN may infect your device with malware. With the best VPNs offering risk-free trials, a free VPN isn’t really necessary anyway.
What should I know about The X Factor: Celebrity?
The X Factor: Celebrity is a special edition of The X Factor, the reality TV music competition of 15 seasons that first broadcast in 2004. Taking place at Simon Cowell’s home in Malibu, it will feature a celebrity line-up rather than the regular unknown contestants. What’s more, the winner will be offered a record deal. Simon Cowell will judge alongside Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh while Dermot O’Leary will be presenting.
Who are the contestants on The X Factor: Celebrity?
The celebrity contestants of The X Factor: Celebrity are split into the following categories: Groups, Unders (27 and under), and Overs (28 and older):
- Try Star
- Love Islanders
- Max and Harvey
- Cole & Edwards
- Jonny Labey
- Megan McKenna
- Olivia Olson
- Kevin McHale
- Hayley Hasselhoff
- Ricki Lake
- Victoria Ekanoye
- Jenny Ryan
- Martin Bashir