Now TV is a great way to watch exactly the content you want – whether it’s sports, TV shows, movies, or reality TV. However, it’s only available in the UK, with a 30-day roaming allowance in EU countries. After that, you’ll have to access the service in the UK to reset the roaming period. Fortunately, you can use VPN to watch Now TV without such restrictions.
How? First off, check out the best VPNs from ProPrivacy, all of which can reliably unblock Now TV in non-EU countries. Stick around to get the details on how VPNs work, and more useful info about watching your favorite content abroad.
How Does Now TV Know Your Location?
Easy: they use your IP address, which reveals quite a few things about your connection:
- Your country and city
- The ISP you’re using
- Your ZIP code
In case you’re on holiday or travelling for business, this info would apply to your specific location. Say, you’re visiting Oslo in Norway. Now TV can see those location details and their service won’t work. The same applies to a few other European countries that aren’t in the EU. Other streaming sites, such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer, use the same method of verifying your location.
How Can I Hide My Location from Now TV?
If you’re out of the country for an extended period (i.e. over 30 days), you’ll need to “prove” you’re still a UK resident by watching Now TV with a UK IP address. Needless to say, they don’t provide their services to non-residents.
And they don’t have to. You can simply use VPN to watch Now TV anywhere you are, even as a non-UK resident. Of course, in the latter case you might need a way to get your hands on a UK-based credit or debit card. Thankfully, the streaming service is currently trialing PayPal payments for new subscribers, so you might be in luck.
In any case, VPNs mask your IP address (and thus your location), as well as replace it with a new one – depending on where the VPN server is located. So if you’re abroad in a non-EU country, you can simply connect to a UK server and watch Now TV without a hitch.
It’s also useful if you’re in an EU country and your roaming period is about to expire. Connect to the UK server of your choice and you can use the service internationally for another 30 days.
Can I Use Any VPN to Watch Now TV?
We don’t recommend so-called “free” VPNs to watch the service. Not only are they a security risk, but they’re fairly easily filtered by Now TV and other streaming sites. A subscription-based VPN can afford to change IPs frequently, as well as implement new obfuscation methods to get around VPN filters.
Even if you do find a legit free VPN (and they do exist) that works with Now TV, you’ll be hit with many limitations that hinder your experience:
- Slow speeds – obviously, you’re not going to get top speeds by not paying a penny for the service.
- Small number of servers – and you’re sharing them with thousands of others, causing massive slowdowns when streaming and browsing in general.
- Data caps – the worst offender. The small amounts of data free VPN providers offer (up to 10 GB, from what we’ve seen) are not nearly enough for streaming at an acceptable quality.
Is It Illegal to Use VPN to Watch Now TV?
Here’s a quick answer to that: no. The BBC has reported that their iPlayer service is watched by more than 60 million people outside the UK using a VPN. That report came out in 2015, so the number is probably much larger by now.
Anyway, despite that huge number, there have been no reports of anyone getting in trouble for it. It’s safe to say you can use VPN to watch Now TV without any legal issues. Moreover, you’re still paying for the service, so there’s no piracy involved that could put you at risk for a copyright lawsuit.
However, you should make sure VPNs aren’t restricted in the country you want to stream from. For the most part, VPNs are legal everywhere in the world. But there are exceptions, so keep that in mind before settling with a provider.