Sky Go is an online television service from Sky. It’s been launched in 2006. And it allows users to watch live and on demand video content from Sky on all their devices. If you’re among the lucky subscribers, you know how awesome it is. However, the content is geographically restricted to the UK country. Therefore, you can’t watch Sky Go abroad. Or can you? I get asked a lot. So, I decided to write an article with your answer!
Can I watch Sky Go abroad?
No you can’t. Thank you for reading my article.
Wait a minute, I’m just kidding here. Well, part of. Indeed, it’s not possible to watch Sky Go abroad. That part is true, when you’re unprepared. Or when you don’t have the right tools. If you try to watch Sky Go online from outside the UK, you’ll get this:
It’s similar to what you get when you connect to watch BBC iPlayer. And you can’t watch any content, of course. Why? Because of the rights for the television and cinema stakeholders. The owners and/or the producers, sold the show to Sky for a broadcast in the United Kingdom only. Therefore, if you’re outside the UK, you won’t have access to any show.
Yet, there’s a solution to watch Sky Go outside UK. A 100% legal solution, to watch Sky Go from the official website or app.
How to watch Sky Go abroad?
The magic workaround holds in only 3 letters: VPN. Indeed, you just need to subscribe to a Virtual Private Network. I let you discover what is a VPN. But what you need to know is that with a VPN software, you can emulate your location anywhere in the world. At least, anywhere the providers have servers. And in our case, in the UK – most VPN providers offer a UK server.
Basically, the VPN server acts as an intermediary between your device and the website you want to reach. And when you connect your VPN, all your traffic goes through this server. With a server located in the UK, Sky Go considers that you’re located in the UK – even when you’re not. As a result, the content is not restricted anymore. Jack’s back.
Unblocked Sky Go channels (some of them at least)
As you know, Sky Go provides a great range of channels. And with a VPN software you’ll be able to unblock all of them: Entertainment, Kids, Documentaries, News, International, Movies and Sports. Take a glimpse below at what you’ll access.
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The other advantages of a VPN
So you want to subscribe to a VPN to watch Sky Go outside UK, I understand. But you should know that a VPN offers other benefits. Indeed, at the origin, VPNs were developed for security purposes.
Surf anonymously and protect your privacy
First of all, you should always use a VPN while connected to the Internet, on all your devices. Not only when you watch Sky Go on holidays. Because you leave traces of your activity on all websites you visit. And with all these bits of information, it’s possible to find your location and your identity.
Indeed, a VPN improves your privacy and your security. By creating an encrypted tunnel between your computer and its server. Therefore, your data is protected from snoopers (your ISP, your government, or hackers).
In addition, it hides your IP address and replaces it with the IP of its own server. So the websites you visit have no clue you’re actually visiting them. Because they consider you’re the server. And you’re browsing anonymously. They know the requests you made of course, but they can’t link the requests to your real IP address.
Bypass censorship and unblock all content
Finally, you can use a VPN to work around censorship and access all the geo-restricted content, not only Sky Go. Therefore, you can connect to Facebook from China. Or you can watch American Netflix from the UK and the BBC iPlayer from abroad.
Most VPN providers offer servers on all continents. So you can connect to the country where content is accessible and get around restrictions.
How much does a VPN cost?
Today you’re looking for a VPN to watch Sky Go abroad. And only that. You may be on vacation or on a business trip for a couple days. And you don’t want spend much. Hence you found some free VPN solutions on the market. But beware!
The temptation of the “free VPN”
In this world, nothing’s really free. The people or organization offering free VPNs are no NGOs. Behind their service is a network with hardware, software and employees. And that’s very expensive! Therefore, if you don’t pay for the service, your value is in your navigation data.
As a result, some unscrupulous companies might use your data for commercial purpose… Hence ruining all your efforts to protect your privacy. Because free VPN providers would read all your data and share them with advertisers. And that’s only the best case scenario.
An affordable monthly fee
Now you know what I think about free VPNs. In addition, I should mention could add that a free VPN will mostly fail to unblock Sky Go. And its speed will be too slow for a proper streaming. A good VPN is not free, but it’s cheap, between £5 and £10 for a month.
And if you don’t like commitment, you can subscribe for only a month. It’s easy and you won’t have any unpleasant surprise. However, if you subscribe for 6 months to 2 years, you can get much better prices, with over 50% discounts.
The best VPNs to unblock Sky Go
I made the below selection of VPN based on 3 criteria:
- My experience with the VPN: I like some VPNs better than others…
- The speed of the VPN: You want to watch streaming videos, so it’s a must.
- The VPN gets blocked: Never, from time to time, regularly…
As you can understand, this Top 5 regularly evolves. Some VPNs might win or loses their spot. But all the VPN services in this list will allow you to watch Sky Go outside UK.
Tutorial to watch Sky Go outside UK
This is a very simple guide. And it should work with most VPN services.
- Choose a VPN software from my list above
- Click on the button to access the VPN official website
- Create an account and subscribe to the service
- Download, install, and launch the software
- In the software select a server located in the UK
- Click on the “Connect” button
- Go back to the Sky Go website or app, login
That’s it! Now you know how to watch Sky Go outside UK. And on all your devices!
This was my guide: How to watch Sky Go abroad? Unblock Sky Go now. Stay tuned for more articles coming soon.