It’s a common frustration. Fire up your laptop to watch a little UK TV abroad and you are met with the messages of doom.

“BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues”

“Sorry! We’ve detected that you’re outside the UK. The ITV Hub is only available for viewing in the UK”

“All 4 is only available in the UK. You can find more details on our FAQs”

So what are the best way to watch UK TV while abroad?

Both ITV and Channel 4 have paid options available before Brexit but neither allow you to watch programmes live.

Another option to catch up with TV from outside the UK is by downloading VPN software. Previously only used by spies, journalists and for keeping corporate secrets, VPNs are popular with holidaymakers and travellers wanting to watch UK TV from abroad. The main problem with them is that you need a certain amount of technical knowledge to get one up and running and keeping it maintained - if you know your TCP 80s over your UDP 53s then a VPN is a robust option.

Need something simple?

The easiest way to enjoy UK TV from outside the UK is by using a simple Google Chrome Extension. It takes seconds to install and gives you instant access to all the four major channels at a click of the mouse as well as access to BBC iPlayer.

Follow these simple steps to watch UK TV from abroad

    1. Download Chrome Browser, if you're not already using it.

    2. Install Beebs, this nifty tool redirects all your BBC requests.

    3. Your UK TV channel choice will reload and begin to work, and you can watch from outside the UK