How To Watch UTV Player Abroad



Chris, a UK-born media connoisseur, is an expert in watching international TV. Known as "The Global Screen Wanderer", he has travelled extensively across the globe with long stints away from home. With over 10 years of experience he has become the go-to guru for streaming content from home and abroad.

In this article I’m going to look at how you can watch UTV Player abroad, this includes both U.TV and UTV.IE Players.

No matter where I go in the world I always bump into Irish people from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Irish surely love to travel the globe with vast pockets of Irish expats and long term travellers no matter where you go in the world.

I was recently asked how can you access U.TV from another country in the world so I’ve put together this guide to answer that very question. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to achieve and once you’ve read this article you’ll be able to watch U.TV or UTV.IE Player from anywhere in the world.

What’s the difference between U.TV and UTV.IE Player?

There are two versions of the same player, U.TV is for Northern Ireland and is similar to the mainland UK’s ITV Player and UTV.IE is a version of the player for the Republic of Ireland.

There isn’t much difference between the two in reality although a few different programmes may be available that aren’t on the opposite site.

This guide will show you how to access both so you can swap between the two and have the full range of programmes getting the best of both worlds.

How to watch UTV Player abroad

To watch UTV Player abroad, you need to alter your location. This doesn’t mean you’ve got to up sticks and move back to Ireland, what it means is you need to alter your virtual location to give the impression that you are in Ireland or Northern Ireland even though you’re in any other country in the world.

To achieve this you’ll need to service of a simple tool called a VPN. VPNs are provided by tons of companies around the world and cost under US$10 per month.

There is literally a mass of choice when it comes to VPN services and if you use a search engine to search for the term you’ll soon be overwhelmed.

I’ve been testing VPN services to find out which are the best for U.TV and UTV.IE Player and come to the conclusion the following three are the best as they offer the fastest speeds meaning you won’t suffer any buffering and they’re some of the most reasonably priced.

  1. ExpressVPNTop recommendation
  2. CyberGhost VPN
  3. NordVPN

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What do I do next?

After you’ve visited one of the providers in the table above and signed up you need to download their software or app for your computer or device.

I’m going to run through the process on a Windows 10 PC using ExpressVPN but if you’ve signed up with one of the other providers the process is the same only their software will look a little different. The apps for Android and iOS are simple to use but if you get stuck you’re welcome to post in our comments section.

Basically all you need to do is connect to a UK connection to watch U.TV Player and an Irish connection to use UTV.IE Player.

  1. Download and install the ExpressVPN Windows client from their website.
  2. Double-click the desktop icon to launch the software.
  3. Login or activate it when required.
  4. Press Selected Location. Then press All and Europe.
  5. If you want to watch UTV.IE Player select Ireland. For U.TV Player select United Kingdom.
  6. The software should automatically connect for you but if not press Connect.
ExpressVPN app connecting to the UK.

Watch UTV anywhere using ExpressVPN.

After a few seconds the ExpressVPN software will connect. Once it has connected all you need to do is visit the UTV website of your choice.

If you connected to Ireland then visit Player and if you connected to the United Kingdom for Northern Ireland then visit U.TV Player.

You can alternate between both sites and you can even use the UK’s ITV Player if you connect to the UK.

So now you know how to watch UTV Player abroad why not share this article with your friends so they can too?

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