How to watch Foxtel Go overseas

By | June 13, 2015

Watch Foxtel Go overseas

Australians are travelling more now than ever be it for leisure or business and when paying for a subscription TV package such as Foxtel you kind of feel cheated when you get overseas and realise that Foxtel Go doesn’t work.

If you’re overseas for a long period of time this can be extra annoying so we’ve created this guide to show you just how easy it is to watch Foxtel Go overseas.

The first thing to know is it doesn’t matter what country you are in, this guide will work no matter where you are.

Secondly it is also possible to carry out the required steps either before you go or after you’ve gone, so don’t worry if you’re already outside of Australia and lastly don’t panic, the process is really simple as even those who lack any real computer skills will be able to do it!

Why is Foxtel Go blocked overseas

When you attempt to watch Foxtel Go overseas either on one of their apps or on your laptop or desktop it checks your internet connection. Every internet connection has something called an IP Address which is unique to your internet connection. From this Foxtel Go can understand your location and so knows if you’re in Australia or if you’re outside Australia.

When it sees that you’re outside Australia it’ll block you and you’ll be hit with a message similar to the one below.

Sorry: Foxtel GO can only be used inside Australia. Error code PS403

The solution is to obtain an Australian IP Address which will fool Foxtel Go into thinking you are currently in Australia even though really you’re somewhere completely different. The tool to do that is called a Virtual Private Network or VPN.

Get a VPN

Where can I get a VPN to watch Foxtel Go overseas

A VPN is a small piece of software or app that sits on your computer, tablet or phone and reroutes your internet traffic via another location. So let’s say for example you’re in the United Kingdom, when you visit Foxtel Go it blocks you.

When using a VPN your connection firstly goes to a VPN Server in Australia and then on to Foxtel Go. Due to Foxtel Go only seeing the Australian VPN Server it serves you up the video you want to watch.

The great news is there is no complicated set-up, once you’ve downloaded their software or app you simply select Australia and away you go, there is nothing more to it.

VPN services are provided by VPN providers and range between AUS$6.50 and AUS$13 per month. They’re even cheaper if you take a longer package length such as 6 months or a year.

Watching video takes a lot of resources and so you need a VPN provider who is fast and reliable. Through our testing we recommend IPVanish but any of the following three providers will be suitable.

  1. IPVanish
  2. StrongVPN
  3. ExpressVPN

What do I do next

Once you’ve signed up to one of the recommended providers you’ll be given a link to download their software or app depending on what device you want to watch Foxtel Go overseas on. You can alternative between computer, laptop, tablet and phone, you’re not just restricted to one.

Download and install their software or app and then simply connect to an Australian server. With the IPVanish Windows software you can do this by selection Australia (1.) and then press Connect (2.)

IPVanish Australia

Once it’s connected visit the Foxtel Go website or launch the Foxtel Go app and you’ll be able to watch both live and catch-up TV as if you were in Australia no matter what country you’re in.

If you have any problems then you can change both City under “Best City” and Server under “Best Server” to try the options available.

That’s all there is to it, nothing more, nothing less. Now you can watch Foxtel Go overseas from wherever you are in the world!

If you get stuck feel free to post in the comments section and we’ll help you out.

Don’t forget you can get a VPN to watch Foxtel Go by following the link below.

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  • Steve

    Hey,
    Recently moved to the UK so i download IPVanish to use foxtel go like you recommended.
    I signed up and joined a network in Sydney but when i launch the foxtel go app it still says i’m in another country and it wont let me use foxtel go.
    Anything im doing wrong? anything you can do to help?

    • WatchTVAbroad

      Hi Steve,

      When you connect to a network in Sydney lunch a web browser and visit :- https://geoip.flagfox.net/

      On that site please check what country it says you’re in.

      Also what device are you attempting to use it on?

      • Steve

        Hey,

        Thanks for getting back to me!

        when i went on the geotool website it said the server i was connected to called “Sydney Australia” was actually in LA. So joined the Melbourne server and now geotool recognises me in Melbourne. But Foxtel Go still won’t work! 🙁
        Foxtel go app still says im in another country when i attempt to sign in.
        I’m using a mac on OSX Yosemite 10.10

        • WatchTVAbroad

          Hi Steve,

          I don’t actually use a Mac so this is going to be a little trial and error, but I know others have used it on Mac so we’ll get there.

          Do you have a specific app installed for foxtel go? If so can you visit the foxtel go website directly to access the tv service from your browser.

          Secondly, is there some kind of GPS option on your Mac that you can disable.

  • rugbyrucker

    I downloaded IPVanish and logged into Foxtel Go but the program I have selected does not stop loading

    • WatchTVAbroad

      Which program does not stop loading? IPVanish or Foxtel Go. Have you tried rebooting after installing and trying again?

      If so, what do you mean by “not stop loading” ?

      • rugbyrucker

        It was a program I wanted to watch on Foxtel Go- when I selected any program a loading circle just kept rotating . I rebooted and the same result- but this time an box appeared: Foxtel Go can only be used inside Australia Error code PS403

        • WatchTVAbroad

          Try a different server. For example, if you’re using Sydney, try Melbourne, or visa versa.

          • rugbyrucker

            thanks- that got me connected but the programs I select run for a15-50 seconds then freeze for a similar period before restarting and repeating this cycle

          • WatchTVAbroad

            Where are you in the world and how’s the local internet? The further away you are from Australia and the worse your local internet connection the more likely you’ll suffer buffering which sounds like what you’re experiencing.

          • rugbyrucker

            I am in South America, currently in Santiago Chile and I will be in Havana Cuba in a few days. The local connection in Santiago seems ok- any suggestions, especially re Havana?

          • WatchTVAbroad

            Run a speedtest on the Chile connection (http://www.speedtest.net) to see what speeds you’re getting and report here.

            Unfortunately the internet infrastructure in Cuba isn’t very good as far as I’m aware so it’ll be a bonus if you get internet access let alone any decent speed enough to watch Foxtel.

            There may be a better solution for your situation but it depends what device you’re trying to watch on?

            Also with your name, are you attempting to watch the Rugby World Cup by any chance?

          • rugbyrucker

            firstly, thanks for your generous assistance. Yes I am definitely hoping to watch the world cup final next weekend but will be flying from Lima to Havana when it is on and I was hoping to watch a replay on foxtel go soon after arriving. I am using a laptop and the speed readings I got are 44Mbps for downloads and 16 for uploads

          • WatchTVAbroad

            The speed you are getting is good and should be enough. Connect to the Australian server that worked with Foxtel Go run another speed test please.

            I’m not sure the internet in Cuba will be good enough. But an alternative is, you may be able to connect to a UK server and watch on ITV Player although you might have to watch live as they only have a 1 hour highlights show, could be worth a try though (https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/)

  • Kim Benito

    I use a different VPN and works fine for TenPlay and STAN, but not Fox GO. When I client on a program in Fox GO, it just keeps loading forever -but no errors are encountered.
    Any ideas ?

    • WatchTVAbroad

      Hi,

      Are you talking about Foxtel Go?

      There are a few possibilities. Firstly you should try visiting the site in Incognito mode or Inprivate mode on your web browser.

      Did it work previously with the same VPN and this issue has only started to happen? or has it never worked?

      It’s also possible the VPN service you use is blocked by Foxtel Go.

      • Kim Benito

        It has never worked. I am new to a VPN setup.
        I will try incognito -thanks. Have bee using Foxtel Go via the app on a Android tablet.

        • WatchTVAbroad

          Try turning off location services / GPS on your tablet then try again.

          If that doesn’t work, put the tablet into airplane mode, then re-enable Wi-Fi, connect, then try.

          • Kim Benito

            No -Tried both of these. Foxtel GO still just loads but never plays the show.

          • WatchTVAbroad

            Stupid question, but was it working in Australia?

          • Kim Benito

            No such thing as a stupid question 🙂
            But YES -it was working last time I checked in Australia -but then I don’t use it daily in Australia. I will be home in a day or do -will check again then.

          • WatchTVAbroad

            Running out of suggestions now. Let us know how you get on testing in Australia and if it’s working there we’ll have another think.

          • Kim Benito

            Yes, Foxtel Go works fine in when back Australia.
            Any other suggestions welcomed.

          • WatchTVAbroad

            For now unfortunately I’m out of ideas. It’s possible your mobile device is checking your location using another message such as GPS, but by putting the device in airplane mode and re-enabling wi-fi it should bypass that.

            Without some sort of error message I’m stuck for a suggestion at the moment, sorry 🙁

  • Jus Stewart

    HI there,
    Thanks for the article. I have downloaded and signed up to IP Vanish as I need to access Foxtel GO. Everytime I go to the website to sign in it says “Sorry for the inconvenience. Access to My Account is not currently available outside Australia.”

    I’m not 100% sure I’ve set up my VPN right but it all says connected and to Melbourne Australia. Please help… 🙁

    • WatchTVAbroad

      Hi Jus,

      When you’re connected visit the following website http://iplookup.flagfox.net and you can see where it is reporting you are. If it shows outside Australia let me know.

      You should also try connecting to the Sydney servers and see if you get the same result.

      Another thing to try is open your web browser in InPrivate or Incognito mode and try again.

      Let us know how you get on and we’ll continue to help until it gets resolved.

      • Jus Stewart

        Hey again, thanks for the quick reply. I’m trying desperately as I really want to watch something through Foxtel tomorrow (12 noon Australia time). I’ve tried your suggestions, switching it to Sydney and also in the Incognito mode, no luck! Can you work a miracle?

        • Jus Stewart

          By the way, the link you sent does show Australia and when I’m disconnected it shows Indonesia. So the VPN seems to be working?

  • amiron carro

    I was accessing restricted contents outside Australia with PureVPN. It’s a great service although i was using airvpn but their service was too bad.

  • Chris

    hi, I am about to sign up with IP vanish, it seems there have been some issues, has anyone succeed with foxtel go using it, Im on windows and in Canada atm

    • WatchTVAbroad

      Foxtel Go is working with IPVanish fine. What issues are you referring to?

  • Michele

    Just paid IPVanish and installed. Foxtel Play still says I’m out of Australia. I’ve selected Australian servers by trying both ‘best server’ or selecting various servers, however Foxtel Play still knows I’m out of country (Ive rebooted).

    • WatchTVAbroad

      Have you tried opening your web browser in Incognito or Inprivate mode?

      • Michele

        I’m using Foxtel Go/Play. Do they talk to the browser? I’ve tried using IPVanishVPN on the Surface Pro and IPhone and can’t get the Foxtel apps to let me bypass geoblocking.

        • WatchTVAbroad

          Have you tried disabling location servers. For example GPS etc?

      • Michele

        Really wanted to watch the Bathurst 1000 this weekend 😫

      • Michele

        FYI geotool says Australia, but Foxtel doesn’t.

  • Hock

    It appears no one has been successful in getting Foxtel Go to work outside of Oz even when using a local VPN like IPVanish which is disappointing as I was about to sign up for this very purpose.

    • WatchTVAbroad

      Plenty of people have been successful. In fact many people use this method to stream Foxtel Go outside of Australia.

      • Hock

        Sorry but that isn’t what I am reading here – everyone is asking the same question – has anyone been able to make it work? and I cant see anyone replying with a yes. I would sign up now if I had contrary information.

        • WatchTVAbroad

          Yes, this is a handful of people who have specific issues out of thousands who have signed up and it works perfectly.

          Don’t forget, people only seek help when they have a problem, if it works they have no reason to post. With all the providers you have a 7-day money back guarantee so if it doesn’t work for you you can simply request a refund.