Thailand is an amazing country but let’s face it, if you’re British the TV for us is absolutely rubbish.
Not only the fact that we can’t understand most of it, it just doesn’t seem to have that same quality as good old telly from blighty.
It’s impossible to get an exact number of expats living in Thailand but with nearly 1 million British visitors to Thailand every year, the number is likely to be high.
Regardless of if you’re an expat or just a visitor in this guide I’m going to show you how you can watch British TV in Thailand using the easiest method available.
This method is suitable for all the free terrestrial channels like BBC, ITV, Channel 4 etc and if you have access to subscription services such as Sky Go, Virgin Media, BT Sport and others.
How to watch British TV in Thailand
If you try to visit any of the British TV only services like BBC iPlayer when you’re in Thailand then you’ll be stopped from viewing.
Rather than see the programmes you want to watch you’ll be blocked with a message similar to the following:
The reason all the British TV services block you from viewing is because they know you’re in Thailand and not in the UK where the services are intended for.
Every internet connection is assigned what is known as an IP Address which functions a little bit like a phone number and is unique to you at the time of your connection.
Unfortunately, an IP address also gives away your location telling the websites that you visit that you’re in Thailand.
The solution is to get a service called a VPN such as ExpressVPN.
A VPN allows you to alter your IP Address to one from another country so when you’re in Thailand you can get an IP Address from the UK and watch all the UK services.
Where to get a VPN
The physical distance between Thailand and the UK is large and depending on where you are in Thailand especially if you’re in a rural location the internet can often be slow.
It’s important to sign up for a VPN service that is fast to reduce the chances of buffering and lag.
I’ve tested a selection of VPN services while in Thailand to find out which works best for watching British TV and found the following three to be the best.
All three VPN providers offer a good, fast and reliable service. All you need to do is select one and sign-up to their service – you really can’t go wrong no matter who you choose.
Once you’ve signed up you’ll need to download their easy-to-use software or app which we’ll cover below.
What to do next
Now you’ve signed up you need to download the software or app for the service you just joined.
The Windows and Mac software can be found on the provider’s website and the apps are simply found on your regular app store.
Download and install the correct one for your device. Then login.
After you’ve done that select a UK “server” and press Connect. The software or app will connect within a few seconds and all that’s left to do is visit the UK service you want to watch.
BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, BT Sport, ITV Player, All 4, Channel 5 and many more will all work within Thailand. When you’ve finished watching just disconnect.
Below I’ve put together a bit more of an in-depth step-by-step guide using ExpressVPN on a Windows PC.
- Visit the ExpressVPN website and press Get ExpressVPN to sign up.
- Once signed up click the Products section of their website.
- Download the Windows software.
- Install and run the software.
- Login when required.
- Select Selected Location and then select United Kingdom.
- Press Connect.
The ExpressVPN software will start connection which shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes.
Once it’s connected all you need to do is visit your favourite UK streaming service. When you’ve finished simply disconnect. You can reconnect as many times as you want as long as you have a subscription to the VPN service.
Below I’ve put together a few of the most popular UK TV service websites which you can now watch in Thailand.
British TV Services
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