How to watch Buffering anywhere



David has been watching TV outside of his home country for over 12 years. In addition to his streaming expertise, he has a wealth of experience in watching sports and documentaries, having spent many years following these genres. He is an avid fan of The Detectorists and Blue Planet, and also has a keen interest in English football.

If you enjoy Iain Stirling’s ready wit in his commentary on Love Island, then you will love his sitcom Buffering.

The show, which Stirling co-created with BBC New Comedy Award Winner Steve Bugeja, follows a group of twenty-something housemates procrastinating their lives away while simultaneously striving to be better adults… and usually failing.

Watching a new sitcom can sometimes feel like a gamble, but in this case, with a household name at the helm and a cracking all-star cast, laughs are all but assured.

The question is, if you live or work abroad, how you can enjoy this quintessentially British new sitcom? The answers are right here as we show you how to watch Buffering where you are.

What channel is Buffering on?

Buffering is broadcast on ITV2 in the UK, and it is also streamed on the newly rebranded ITVX streaming service.

Excitingly for fans, ITV has decided to drop the entire series onto ITVX first, meaning you can see every episode before they have been broadcast on ITV 2.

For UK viewers, that means you can watch Buffering whenever you want. But if you are overseas, you will find that both ITV 2 and ITV X are not available outside the UK.

That means if you want to watch Buffering overseas, you will need some additional assistance.

Below I’ll show you precisely what.

How do I watch Buffering where I am?

If you live or work outside the UK and want to watch Buffering where you are, you will need the help of an app known as a ‘Virtual Private Network’ or VPN.

You may have heard of these before as they’re used by loads of travellers to watch TV from home, but if not, don’t panic, they’re easy to use.

A VPN is primarily used as an online privacy and security tool. However, because of the way that VPNs work, they are also brilliant for unblocking streaming services such as ITV X as well.

How? Well, when you connect to a VPN, you connect to an external server, and these can be located absolutely anywhere.

If you are overseas and connect to a VPN server in the UK, it can fool UK-based streaming services like ITVX into letting you watch content that is reserved for UK-based viewers only.

This means if you’re off on holiday or away for work you don’t need to miss out on the action.

Where to get a VPN?

So, that’s how a VPN works. But which VPN should you choose if you want to watch Buffering overseas?

There are lots of possibilities, but if you want a provider that ticks all the boxes, you should go for ExpressVPN.

ExpressVPN offers lightning-fast speeds, as well as apps for just about every streaming device. It also has hundreds of UK-based servers to choose from, and there is even a 30-day money-back guarantee too.

If you want to shop around, then NordVPN and Cyberghost VPN are two other possible providers you should look at.

They tick all the boxes too and have a 30-day money-back guarantee. But if you want the best, it has to be ExpressVPN. However, the decision is entirely yours.

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How to stream Buffering outside the UK

With your VPN selected, you now need to sign up and get everything set up. Don’t panic, it’s really easy to do. Just follow this step-by-step guide:

Step 1

Go to the ExpressVPN website and sign up for their 12-month deal. It’s the best deal and will save you 49% as well as giving you an extra three months for free.

You can of course pick a shorter subscription length but it’s much less cost effective.

Step 2

Once you have signed up, download the ExpressVPN app. Make sure you always do this from either your device’s official app store or the ExpressVPN website for security reasons.

Step 3

Open your new ExpressVPN app and log in to your account with the details you were given in step one.

Step 4

Now connect to a UK-based server. To do this, just tap Selected Location, choose a server in the United Kingdom, and then press the Connect button.

ExpressVPN connecting to the UK

Enjoy Buffering anywhere with ExpressVPN.

Step 5

Open ITVX, either via the website or the app. And there you will find the entire series of Buffering awaiting you.

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What is Buffering all about?

Buffering follows a children’s TV presenter called, imaginatively, Iain, and played by co-creator Iain Stirling. Along with his four housemates, Iain is trying to cope with life as a childish twenty-something trying to make it in an adult’s world.

The cast has to deal with all life’s failures, from relationships, to careers, to coping with the guilt of spending a day hungover in bed.

We follow them through house parties, trips to the countryside, and trying to win pub quizzes, with the inevitable awkwardness and hilarity that ensues.

Buffering has been widely praised by critics, with The Times describing it as “tear-jerking and heart-warming”, while The Guardian called it “zippy, gag-dense”.

No less a name than Claudia Winkelman even compared it to Modern Family. High praise indeed.

Check out this trailer from the first series to whet your appetite.

Who stars in Buffering?

Buffering stars co-creator Iain Stirling (Love Island, CelebAbility) in the lead role.

He is ably supported by Rosa Robson (Black Mountain Poets, Inside No. 9, Jessie Cave (Harry Potter, Black Mirror), Paul G Raymond (Plebs, Avenue 5), and Janine Harouni (Stand Up with Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated), Modern Horror Stories) as the housemates.

There is also an impressive array of guest stars including, Laura Whitmore (Love Island), Emily Atack (The Emily Atack Show, The Inbetweeners), David Carlyle (It’s a Sin, Bodyguard), and Tony Way (After Life, Game of Thrones).

Laura Whitmore

Laura Whitmore stars in Buffering.

You will also see turns by Melvin Odoom (Celebrity Cooking School, Xtra Factor), Tyne-Lexy Clarson (The Last Heist, Love Island), Sophie Duker (Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Live at The Apollo) and Gordon Kane (Coronation Street, In The Long Run).


Buffering is a modern sitcom for a modern audience and has been highly praised by critics while bringing together an impressive cast and writing team.

Fans of Love Island especially won’t want to miss it. And if you use a VPN, you won’t have to, no matter where in the world you are.

Just sign up for the best VPN there is; ExpressVPN. Download the app, log in, connect to a UK-based server, and then log into ITV X, and you can enjoy the entirety of this superb sitcom no matter where in the world you are.


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