How to watch ITV in the USA



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.

If you’re looking for a way to watch ITV in the USA then you’re not alone and in this guide I’m going to show you how it’s possible.

Firstly, it’s impossible to access ITV as you would in the UK in the US. You can probably pick up a few different shows or programmes but there is no US network showing ITV completely.

The best way to watch ITV in the USA is to use the online streaming service ITV Player.

However, if like me you’ve already tried to access ITV Player in the US then you’ll know that you’re blocked from viewing.

Below I’m going to show you how you can bypass this block and watch ITV in the USA and elsewhere in the world using a simple app called a VPN.

How to watch ITV in the USA

To watch ITV in the USA on ITV Player you’re going to need to sign-up to a service called a VPN.

A VPN allows you to virtually reside in another country by altering your IP Address. An IP Address is unique to you and it is what discloses your location to the websites that you visit.

When you visit ITV Player in the US it knows you’re in the United States and throws up a block message similar to the one below.

Blocked ITV Player

A VPN allows you to get an IP Address from the United Kingdom and so fools the ITV Player website into thinking you’re actually in the UK, even though you’re not.

There are plenty of companies to get a VPN service from and below I’ll look at some of the best to watch ITV in the USA.

Where to get a VPN

The purpose of a VPN is to protect your online privacy so not only is it a way of accessing ITV abroad but it’ll also make your internet connection more secure in general.

Due to online privacy being a big issue it means the choice of VPN providers is huge and at first glance can be overwhelming.

If you type the term “VPN” into Google you’ll be overwhelmed at the choice.

To save you time and help you make a quicker purchasing decision I’ve been testing the best VPN services to watch ITV in the USA and listed my top 3 below. All cost between $5 – $10 per month and are cheapest when you take an annual package.

Just click one of the names below to visit their website or click the green button to visit my recommended provider.

  1. ExpressVPN
  2. IPVanish
  3. NordVPN

Once you’ve signed up to a provider read below to find out how to use the service to watch ITV in the USA or elsewhere in the world.

How to use the VPN

Using the VPN is easy. All three recommended VPN providers above supply easy to use software which you can download from their website.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed it all you need to do is connect to their United Kingdom server.

Most of the software is the same, they just look slightly different.

Below I’ve given a quick run down of the process using ExpressVPN.

  1. Visit the ExpressVPN website by clicking here and sign-up.
  2. Download the software from their Products area.
  3. Install either their PC or Mac software and run it.
  4. Press Selected Location.
  5. Press United Kingdom.
ExpressVPN app connecting to the UK.

Unblock ITV in the US.

The ExpressVPN software will now take care of the connection which should take between 15-30 seconds at most.

Once the software is connected you should visit the ITV Player website and you’ll be able to watch as if you were in the UK.

If you don’t already have an account you’ll need to make one and supply a UK postcode. You can use any by searching Google but a few to try are AB1 8ST, BD21 5QP and CA6 4RA.

There is nothing more to it, enjoy watching ITV Player in the USA or elsewhere in the world.

What about a free alternative

No doubt you would prefer a free solution, wouldn’t we all?

If you’ve heard of proxies these won’t be suitable, these only allow you to visit certain websites in a basic way and trick them into thinking you’re somewhere else. When streaming video you need something more and a VPN is the best solution.

There are a handful of “free” VPN services out there but in all honesty, they’re not very good. Too many users try to use them which makes them overloaded and because you’re not paying for the service they don’t have the resources for the number of users. This leads to slow playback and buffering which can really ruin your enjoyment of watching ITV Player.

You also have the worry that if you’re not paying for the service then you are the service. This means your usage details could be logged and sold or you could find yourself bombarded with adverts.

While other options may be available, it just isn’t worth the headache.

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4 Responses

  1. Paul Coleman says:

    Does installing VPN affect the US TV packages that come through the TV cable service – such as Xfinity on Demand?

    • Chris says:

      Not if you’re watching them on an actual TV because the VPN would need to be installed on some other kind of device.

      If however you’re using the Xfinity on Demand app on that device then if you were connected to the VPN it would interfere. However, you would really only want to connect to the VPN when you’re watching ITV and after finishing, disconnect it so everything else functions as normal.

  2. pat ray says:

    I’m using Hotspot Shield Premium i can access bbciplayer fine but i can never access itvplayer, i get the same message each time “this video is not available”, any idea why it works for one but not the other?

    • Chris says:

      Hi Pat,

      What type of device are you using? It could be something as simple as Hotspot Shield being blocked from accessing ITV Player. I know ExpressVPN works well for both, but haven’t tried Hotspot Shield. Usually ITV is the more likely to work so it’s strange it’s not working for yourself.

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