Missing Sky TV Abroad? This Hack Makes it Watchable AnywherePublished by Gray Williams on March 08, 2019
There are an incredible 75,000 British ex-pats living in The Netherlands, which means there’s a whole lot of demand for Sky TV.
This includes Sky Sports, which broadcasts English Premier League Football as well as cricket, golf, and F1 action; Sky Cinema; and On Demand Sky.
However, when UK ex-pats are living or working abroad and are in possession of a Sky TV subscription, they have the power to connect to their homeward network very simply by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
How VPNs Let You Watch Sky TV in the Netherlands
Just as technology can determine when your IP address isn’t lining up with the current region you’re in, so too can it be made to think the opposite is true. When a computer request connects with the security sensors of Sky TV’s websites, it quickly checks their IP addresses to see if they match up with the network’s coverage area: namely the United Kingdom.
If the answer is no, those requests are shown a screen that says the area is restricted, and no amount of clicking or refreshing will say otherwise. When you incorporate a VPN into your attempts to access Sky TV, things go quite differently. A quality VPN will have multiple servers in the UK which you can connect to.
Once connected via an encrypted network, the remote server will assign your request an IP address from the area it is based in. That IP address will be read by the Sky TV security protocol, but this time will be recognized as coming from the UK, allowing it to bypass security and head for the streaming portions of the website.
VPN Statistics in 2019
Accessing networks like Sky TV from other locations is the No. 1 use of VPNs in 2019. Fifty percent of VPN users say their No. 1 goal is to access restricted entertainment content; no other reason has more than 34% of the vote.
Not surprisingly, it’s a younger and younger crowd doing all that accessing. 35% of all 16-24 year olds are using a VPN at least a month while 33% of 25-34 year olds are doing likewise. The gender distribution is not surprising, with 62% of users being male.
Best VPNs for Sky TV
SaferVPN calls the security fortress of Israel home and lets its reputation speak for itself when it comes to things like security. Indeed, SaferVPN has a kill switch and supports the latest versions of SaferVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2, and of course, OpenVPN.
With England one of the most tech-friendly countries in the world, it’s no surprise that is’ one of the 35 countries powering SaferVPN’s more than 760 servers. Not only does SaferVPN connect you to Sky TV, it also handles Netflix quite well.
The only downsides to SaferVPN are that its customer service is a bit on the light side and its free trial expires after 24 hours.
Trust.Zone VPN is a no-frills VPN that cannot handle Netflix’s tricky platform but can handle other networks including Sky TV.
It has an easy to use interface, it supports OpenVPN, never keeps logs, and gives buyers unlimited bandwidth when it comes in even its most basic package.
Trust.Zone operate servers in 30 countries, has a 10-day money back guarantee, and a free 3-day trial. Be warned that the free trial and the money-back guarantee are each limited to 1GB total.
IPVanish VPN has long struggled with breaching the Great Firewall of China,but has no problems with an easier task like Sky TV.
What’s more, IPVanish has mastered multiple platforms including Android, Linux, Amazon Fire TV, and Kodi. It has a strong security package that includes 256-bit AES encryption, a kill switch, and IP and DNS leak protection.
IPVanish totals more than 1,000 servers spread across about 60 countries. It can run on up to five devices at a time and as the convenient bonus of unlimited server switching.