Channel 7 is one of the most popular channels in Australia but watching when you’re outside the country can be difficult.
If like me you’ve tried to access Channel 7 online on the 7Live website while you’re outside Australia then you’ll know it’s blocked from viewing.
7Live is a great resource that includes Channel 7, 7two, 7mate, 7flix and Racing.
If you want to access the site overseas then you’re going to need a special tool and in this guide I’m going to show you exactly how that’s possible and just how easy it is too.
So let’s find out how by reading below.
How to watch Channel 7 outside Australia
If you’ve visited the Channel 7 website while travelling, on holiday, if you’re an Aussie expat or even if you’ve never been to Australia and just want to watch the shows on Channel 7 then you’ll be hit with a block message similar to the one below.
If you’re outside Australia and you’re hit with the screen above it can be massively disappointing especially if there is something you want to watch on one of the channels.
When you visit the website it checks your location by checking your internet connection. It does this by checking something called your IP Address which is a unique set of numbers that allows websites such as 7live to determine your location.
The good news is that it is possible to alter your IP Address to one from a different location which means that when websites such as the 7live site check your location they see you somewhere other than where you really are.
In this case you can trick the 7live website into thinking you’re in Australia even though you’re not really and rather than being blocked like above you’ll be able to stream the shows you want to watch.
So let’s find out how you can do that.
How do I stream Channel 7 overseas
To stream Channel 7 overseas and trick the 7Live website into thinking you are in Australia you need to sign up for a service called a VPN or Virtual Private Network.
A VPN is a small piece of software you can download for your Windows or Mac computer or even an app for your phone or tablet.
Streaming video is resource intensive so you need a VPN provider that is fast otherwise you’ll be plagued with buffering and stuttering which will ruin your viewing enjoyment.
I’ve been testing some of the better providers to see how they perform and found the following three to be the best for streaming Channel 7 outside Australia on the 7live website.
All three are good choices but I recommend ExpressVPN because they’ve got a 30-day money back guarantee.
Just click on one of the names above to visit their site and sign-up. Then continue reading below for instructions on how to use the service to watch 7Live.
How to use the VPN to watch 7Live
Once you’ve visited one of the sites above and signed up all you need to do is download their software for either your computer or mobile device.
Once installed it’s simply a case of connecting to their Australian server and then visiting the 7Live website to stream any content you want to watch.
Below I’ve put together a more detailed guide using ExpressVPN on a Windows PC but the process is the same on a Mac too and it’s even easier using one of the mobile apps.
- Visit the ExpressVPN website and sign-up
- Download the Windows software from the apps area.
- Install and run the app.
- Press Selected Location
- Press All, Press Asia Pacific, Press Australia.
- The app should automatically connect but if not press Connect.
The ExpressVPN software will now take care of connection for you.
This should take around 15-20 seconds. Once the software has connected all you need to do is head over to the 7Live website and you’ll be able to stream any of the content there regardless of where you are in the world.
The same VPN service can also be used to access other Australia TV services such as Foxtel Go, iView and others.
You can also use it to access international TV like BBC iPlayer from the UK.
Enjoy streaming Channel 7 and 7Live anywhere in the world.
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