How to watch Foxtel Go overseas

Chris

Chris

Chris has a passion for helping you watch your favourite TV abroad. When he isn't helping you he can be found watching football, browsing Netflix or watching a good documentary.

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 all by using a simple app called a VPN.

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.

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 AU $6.50 and AU $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 NordVPN but any of the following three providers will be suitable.

  1. NordVPN
  2. ExpressVPN
  3. CyberGhost VPN

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 alternate 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 NordVPN software simply select Australia (1.) on the map and press Connect (2.).

NordVPN 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 the server by selecting Countries and then Australia and select an individual server.

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.

Comments

11 Responses

  1. rugbyrucker says:

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

    • WatchTVAbroad says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

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

          • rugbyrucker says:

            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 says:

            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 says:

            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 says:

            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 says:

            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 says:

            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/)

  2. WatchTVAbroad says:

    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.

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