In this article you’ll learn the extremely easy way to watch Australian TV in the UK. It will also work for other countries too so it’s not just restricted to the UK.

If you’re an Aussie travelling or living in the UK then one thing you’ll likely miss is good old Australian TV.

While there is nothing wrong with British TV and they share a similar sense of humour there is something a bit nostalgic about catching up with TV shows from back home in Oz that you just can’t find in the UK.

How to watch Australian TV in UK

If you haven’t already heard of one then you’ll need a Virtual Private Network or to give it its more common known abbreviation a VPN.

You might have heard of VPN services before because they enabled a lot of Australians to access Netflix from the US before it officially launched in the country.

A VPN is a tool to protect your online privacy making it impossible for anyone to snoop on what you’re doing online.

Another feature of a VPN service is it allows you to disguise your online location.

When you visit any website it’s extremely easy for them to know your location and so when visiting Aussie online TV services such as Foxtel Go, ABC, Stan, Presto, SBS, TenPlay and any other Australian TV service that streams online then you’ll likely find yourself blocked from viewing because you’re not in Australia.

Instead of being able to stream the Australian content you want to watch you’ll end up seeing a message blocking you such as the following.

SBS Blocked

SBS Blocked

A VPN allows you to alter your internet connection so it appears that you are in Australia even though you’re in the UK or anywhere else in the world.

The result is that rather than seeing a message like the one above you’ll be able to stream the Australian content you want to watch in the UK or elsewhere.

Where to get a VPN

There are plenty of choices of VPN services and a quick search of Google or your favourite search engine will throw up thousands of different options.

Not all VPN services are good and some are just too slow to stream video all the way from Australia to the UK.

In my tests I’ve found IPVanish to be one of the very best because their speeds are well above many other providers and the service that they provide is competitive on price. Just click the button below to visit their website.


If you have a little more time and you would like to shop around then the following 5 providers are all worth considering and will be suitable to stream Australian TV in the UK or elsewhere in the world.

1IPVanish Small Logo$6.49 /mo6110VISIT
2ExpressVPN Small Logo$8.32 /mo945VISIT
3Overplay Small Logo$8.32 /mo481VISIT
4StrongVPN Small Logo$5.83 /mo211VISIT Small Logo$4.80 /mo202VISIT

How to use the VPN

Using a VPN is really simple and all it requires is you download the software or app from the service you signed up to and then connect to an Australian server.

Below is a step by step guide using my recommended provider IPVanish but the process is much the same with the other providers too.


Visit the IPVanish website.

Click Start Now.

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Select a package. Depending on how long you plan to be in the UK or outside of Australia there are big savings to be made by signing up for longer periods.

Enter your email address, select a payment method and then follow through the checkout process.

IPVanish Package Selection

Once you’ve signed up download the software for your Windows PC or Mac or app for your mobile device from the app store.

The Windows and Mac software can be found on the IPVanish website in the Apps section and then Download Now.

IPVanish Apps

The website will now provide you with a link to download the correct software for your computer.

Once the file has downloaded you should click on it to install.

Once installed run the software.

IPVanish Windows v3

In the bottom right hand corner select Australia and then press the green Connect button.

The IPVanish software will now make connection automatically to Australia.

Within around 15 seconds you will get a notification that is has connected.

Any website that you visit will now see that you’re in Australia even though you’re in the UK or elsewhere in the world.

You are now free to access any of the Australian online TV services. Just disconnect from IPVanish when you’re finished and you can reconnect at any time.

Australian TV Online

There are many different Australian TV services that stream online and searching Google for your favourite network will often bring up a link to view online.

Below is a selection of Australia providers. Some are free to air and others require a subscription but all will be accessible with a VPN as long as you view free content or already have a subscription to the required service.