How To Watch Now TV Abroad: The No-Nonsense Guide for 2021
Thinking of some time outside the UK? Going abroad for a bit, but want to take your Now TV pass with you? With the UK out of the EU, your Now TV roaming licence is no longer valid. If you’re not in the UK, all you’ll get is a message saying you can no longer access the service. But don’t despair, we’ve got you covered.
In this 10 minute guide we’ll show you how to unblock Now TV, and be able to watch all the latest Sky series and films from anywhere.
Here's a super quick summary of what you need to do to get your favourite streaming service working from abroad.
- Register with a VPN service that will make it look like you are connecting from the UK. Not all work with UK
streaming services but we have tested most and recommend one of the following:
Surfshark (click to see price)
NordVPN (click to see price)
ExpressVPN (click to see price)
- Download the app for the VPN of your choice, login and use it to switch your "Internet country" to the UK.
- Done! You can now watch UK TV channels and use your streaming services from anywhere in the world. You can also use the VPN to, for example, access more Netflix regions, unlock Amazon Prime Video content and watch many local streaming services.
Now TV is the on-demand streaming service owned by Sky, for those who don’t have a Sky contract. With Now TV you can decide exactly what you want to watch and for how long without the long-term burden of a lengthy subscription. So, if you want to see the latest blockbuster, or nail-biting series, Now TV is an excellent choice.
Most of the Sky family is available, be it film channels, sports, or entertainment. It’s all there for your binge-watching pleasure. With the Sports pass, you get all ten Sky Sports channels and can watch the latest premiership match or catch up on the cricket.
TV Broadcasters operate on licenses based on geographical location. This means that as a UK resident, you can only watch Now TV when you’re in the UK. When you head abroad for a break, you have to leave the latest Sky drama behind - unless you have a VPN.
Yes! It is possible to catch your favourite team on Sky Sports or the next episode of Blacklist on holiday. And we’re going to show you how.
What is a VPN?
A Virtual Private Network or VPN is a method for increasing privacy on the internet. A VPN hides your location, and other information, from the places on the web that you visit so that the websites and services you use cannot gather your data.
There are several VPN providers out there and most of them offer a reasonable service for a reasonable price. If you use a reputable VPN you can make it look like you are connecting to the web from a different location than you are. This fools a website into thinking you’re somewhere you’re not. So a UK web service, such as Now TV, thinks you’re in the UK. Instead, you could be anywhere in the world watching the latest from Sky.
Not at home? Watch Now TV using a VPN
VPN services provide software you can install that allow you to change your internet location. Using their app, you can change your internet address to any country that they have a server in. So, if you wish to watch Now TV, you use your VPN app to select a server in the UK. With the VPN using a UK server it looks to Now TV as though you’re at home. When in fact, you could be anywhere. Now TV is not geo-blocked and you can watch Sky Atlantic or the latest blockbuster to your hearts content.
Without a VPN, your computer or mobile broadcasts its location to the websites and services you use. This means that they always know where you are and can block you if you’re in the wrong location. A VPN acts as a third party between you and, in this case, Now TV. Now TV looks at the VPN and sees it’s in the UK and therefore thinks you are too.
Step-by-step: how to watch Now TV if you're abroad
1. Get Now TV
Easy! Go here: Now TV - or download the app in the Apple or Google Play stores. You need to subscribe by first choosing the pass that fits you (starting at £3.99 for the "Kids Pass"and then creating an account. Remember you’ll need a valid UK address.
2. Sign up for a VPN subscription
With a range of VPN providers out there we know it can be hard to choose, so we have tested them for you. We’ve chosen only the ones we know are quality providers that work with UK broadcasters (not all of them do).
All our favourites provide different subscription lengths so you can choose what’s right for you. Do you want a VPN only while you’re abroad or would you want to keep it to access the world’s TV while you’re at home?
A VPN isn’t just great for watching Now TV while you’re on holiday. You can use it to access TV channels from across the world from the comfort of your own home.
Here are the services that we recommend:
Our favourite option due to the combination of a great price with great quality. Their cheapest subscription is around £2 a month for a yearly offer and they have shorter lengths if you just need it for a while. The app is easy to use and customer service is helpful. Surfshark lets you unblock most UK broadcasters including Now TV and it also works great to open up more Netflix regions or unlock more content in Prime Video. An excellent feature of the Surfshark offer is the unlimited simultaneous devices you can connect. This makes it an excellent choice for sharing with the family.
Click here to unblock Now TV using Surfshark
NordVPN is a popular choice, it’s got good service and is reliable, and it’s competitively priced, especially if you use one of the longer plans. NordVPN works with all the UK suppliers including Now TV. One advantage of the NordVPN service is that it will give you access to more streaming services than Surfshark (ABC and Eleven Sports for example) but at a slightly higher price. With NordVPN you’re allowed 6 connections simultaneously.
Click here to unblock Now TV using NordVPN
Our final recommendation is ExpressVPN. This is the provider that can unblock the most streaming services because they have servers in the most countries. Their speeds are also excellent. This makes them a premium supplier and a bit more expensive. But, if you want to watch TV from anywhere in the world it’s a really good choice. They offer fast and reliable servers situated all over the globe. ExpressVPN will allow 5 devices simultaneously.
Click here to unblock Now TV using ExpressVPN
Which one to choose?
The options we listed are all good but Surfshark is our number one VPN if you’re mainly after UK broadcasters. It’s a great choice for all the family with the best price and unlimited device connections.
All our recommended providers offer 30-day money-back guarantees. You can try out the options without risk and decide which one is best for you.
3. Set up the VPN
Once you’ve signed up for a VPN, you just need their software on your devices (they all have apps for PC/Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android).
All the apps for these VPN’s are easy to install and use:
- Get the app from the relevant app store or go to their website.
- Log in with the same email and password you used to sign up.
- Once in the app you will find a drop-down list or map showing the servers available. Pick one in the UK.
- The Internet now thinks you’re in the UK, no matter where you are.
Finished! Now TV is open to use.
Go back to Now TV and decide what to watch first.
(And, when you’re done with Now TV, you can find all sorts of other channels to watch thanks to your new VPN)
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use the VPN to unblock other streaming services?
Yes, you can! A VPN subscription lets you access servers all over the world so you can stream TV from anywhere. For about £2 per month (with Surfshark) you can stream not only Now TV but also: ITV, Sky Go, Channel 5, BBC iPlayer, over 15 Netflix regions (including the UK), Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, Hotstar and many, many more.
Can I access Now TV if I don’t live in the UK?
Yes. Registration will ask for a postcode but as long as you use a valid one (SW1A 1AA is one we use sometimes), Now TV won’t check.
Is watching Now TV using a VPN illegal?
No, it’s not. But using a VPN is at your own risk because most UK broadcasters say it is against their terms and conditions.
Can I use a free VPN with Now TV?
We haven’t found any free services that meet our standards:
- Offer consistently good service
- Allow you to unblock all the major channels
- Aren’t a security risk. – Free services have a history of selling your information (they have to make money somehow right?)
- Have decent customer service
But, if you come across a reliable one, please let us know and we’ll add it to our list.
What VPN do you recommend for watching Now TV outside the UK?
Our recommendations for Now TV are:
Surfshark, NordVPN or ExpressVPN.
They all work with UK streaming services, offer excellent customer service, fair subscription choices and easy-to-use applications. And all three offer 30-day risk free guarantees.