How to watch ITV 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 guide, I’m going to show you the easiest way to watch ITV overseas. If you’re not in the UK and want to watch ITV Hub, then this guide is for you.

ITV or ‘Independent TV’ is one of the better UK TV channels and shows some top programmes.

It has something for everyone from Loose Women and Coronation Street to documentaries about Heathrow Airport and reality TV shows like the Real Housewives of Cheshire.

If you love UK TV and are a fan of TV, but you’re not in the UK, then you’ll be disappointed to discover that you can’t watch ITVX or your favourite ITV shows like Love Island.

Below I’ll show you the easiest and most reliable way to unblock ITVX on any type of device. So whether you’re on holiday, visiting family, or living abroad, you’ll be able to watch ITV live abroad.

What you will need

Without question, the easiest way to watch ITVX abroad is using their online player called ITVX. This was formally known as ITV Hub.

To watch live TV from ITV through a subscription package in most countries is impossible, so you’ll need to stick with the internet service ITVX.

It’s not a big issue because ITVX shows both live and catch-up TV for all the ITV channels 1 – 4 and the kids channels too.

If you’ve already visited ITVX, then you’ll know you’re blocked from viewing. To avoid this block, you’ll need to get yourself a VPN provider such as ExpressVPN.

VPN is a legal privacy tool that lets you change the location your internet connection reports it’s in. If for example you’re in Australia, you can make it appear as if you’re in the UK.

VPN services provide simple apps for computers, laptops, tablets, phones and even the Amazon Fire TV and Firestick, and within just a few clicks, you can be accessing ITV from anywhere in the world by connecting you to a UK server.

A VPN not only unblocks ITV, but it’s also a great security tool, protecting your online activity (not even your internet provider will know what you’re doing).

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What’s the best VPN to watch?

To access ITVX, you’ll first need to choose a VPN provider. There are hundreds of VPN providers out there, and the amount of choice can be confusing. Not all work to stream ITV either.

Three I’ve tested and find the best VPNs for watching ITV overseas are:

  1. ExpressVPN (My favourite for watching ITVX / ITV Hub abroad)
  2. NordVPN (Works well with streaming sites)
  3. Surfshark (Connections for all your devices)

ExpressVPN is my top choice for you to watch ITVX abroad. Their VPN is super user friendly, works with most streaming platforms, has many UK servers, secures all your traffic (keeps you safe online), has great deals, and offers a money-back guarantee.

In the example below, I’m using ExpressVPN because they work with a larger range of devices, but you can choose any of the three above.

All three will also work with other UK channels such as BBC iPlayer, Channel 4, and Channel 5. So you can watch British TV until your heart is content.

All of your favourite ITV shows, such as Love Island, Downton Abbey, and Coronation St, will be available for you to watch. Be sure to check if you need a TV licence to view certain content though.

Note: There are free VPNs out there, but you should always avoid “free” VPN software, as they cause many problems. Paid VPNs are far superior and work with most streaming services.

How to watch ITV abroad outside the UK

  1. Visit your chosen VPN provider, for example, ExpressVPN and sign up for their service.
  2. Once you’ve signed up, go to the Products or My Account section and download and install the correct app for your type of device.
  3. Open the app and log in. You’ll either need your email and password or the activation code, which you can find in the My Account section of the ExpressVPN website.
  4. Press Selected Location and then press on the United Kingdom. This will connect you to a UK server so you can watch ITV live or another UK streaming service.
  5. The app will automatically connect for you, but if it doesn’t, click the large Connect button.
  6. Once the app has connected, visit the ITVX website and log into your ITVX account to watch live or catch up on TV.

I hope you enjoy streaming ITV shows such as Love Island, Coronation St, and even a live broadcast of FA Cup Football.

ExpressVPN app connecting to the UK.

The ITV website or app will now think you’re in the UK even though you could be in France, Spain, America, Australia or anywhere else in the world.

If you’ve got an ITV account, you can log in. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to create one and supply a UK Post Code.

You can use any UK Postcode. You can use any of the following: PH1 2DP, OL4 4LG, S33 6RW or OX28 1FX.

When you’ve finished watching ITV, you can disconnect, and your connection returns to normal.

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How to download the ITV app outside the UK

If you’re outside the UK and you want to watch ITVX abroad on a mobile or tablet device, then you’ll need to install their app.

The best course of action is to install ITVX from your regular app stores, such as the Apple Store for iOS devices or the Google Play Store for Android devices.

In many cases, this won’t be possible because you’re outside the UK.

In that case, you’ll need to install the ITVX app via a different method. On an Android device, this is simple. Open your web browser and visit:

You can download the ITVX application directly for your Android device.

If you’ve got an Apple iPhone or iPad, then the process is a little more complicated. You’ll need to refer to a guide such as this one.

How to watch ITV on my Smart TV or ‘Other Device’

If you want to access ITVX and you’ve got a device that doesn’t accept VPN apps such as a Smart TV, then you’ll need to look into a hardware solution.

Possibly the easiest option is to buy an Amazon Fire TV or Firestick and install the ExpressVPN app on it. That way, you can unblock the ITVX application available for it and watch it on your TV.

It’s a hassle-free and cheap solution to watch ITV live abroad on your TV.

For this, you’ll need to buy an Amazon Fire TV or Firestick and install the free Hub application, then sign-up for ExpressVPN who offer an Amazon app for both devices.

If that’s not a viable solution, then the alternative is to buy a hardware VPN router. Your TV or other device doesn’t need to be compatible with a VPN (Virtual Private Network) because the hardware router takes care of it.

For this, I recommend you buy an InvizBox 2, which will create a new Wi-Fi, or Wired hotspot for you to connect to that will unblock ITV on your Smart TV or other devices, allowing you to watch British TV abroad.

With this option, you won’t have to remember to have your VPN connected, as it does this automatically.

In Summary

If you’ve been wondering how to watch ITV abroad, then you’ll need to get yourself a VPN app. VPN apps work for nearly all types of devices which will enable you to watch ITV live abroad from any country.

My recommended VPN to access ITV is ExpressVPN because they support a larger range of devices and offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you try it risk-free. They also have some excellent security features.

You can get ExpressVPN by clicking the button below.

Once you’ve signed up for their service, download and install the correct app for your type of device. On the app, connect to a United Kingdom VPN server.

You’re now able to watch ITV live TV on either the ITVX website or one of the ITVX apps. All your favourite TV shows are at your fingertips, waiting for you to watch them.


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What’s your favourite programme on ITV? I would love to know why you want to unblock ITV abroad, why not let me know in the comments section below?


7 Responses

  1. Bill Williams says:

    Want to go ads free/premium but I must use UK credit card – I am in Australia, any solution to this please?

  2. Amanda Teixeira Fulco Leite says:

    I have express VPN but whenever I go to itv it doesn’t appear the option for me to watch live, it says “watch in app” or “get the itv hub app”, and I am in Canada so I can’t do either. How can Get to an option where it just show the live program? I want to watch the women’s England game tomorrow but it isn’t being streamed anywhere in Canada

  3. Julia says:

    I have not been able to use ITV hub for several months now. I used to be able to. I have My Expat VPN. I live in France. I am also connected through Amazon fire stick. All other channels are fine. I just keep on receiving………..whoops something went wrong. Try again later. Advice / help appreciated .

    • Chris says:

      Hi Julia,

      It’s possible My Expat VPN have had their service blocked. The first port of call would be to speak to your VPN provider (My Expat VPN in this case) and ask them if there are any issues that they can help you resolve.

      Failing that it may be worth switching provider to one recommended above as we’ve tested these can can confirm they work with ITV Hub and many others.

  4. Over the last few months I have tries 3 different VPN providers and ITVHub still refuses to allow me to watch Live Tv in Spain. What can i do now?

    • Chris says:

      Hi David,

      Just double-checked using ExpressVPN and their ‘East London’ server. Working fine for ITV Hub ‘Live’. What type of device are you using? You could also try using ExpressVPN and watching via as that will also allow you to watch ‘live’ TV.

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