Watching UK TV in Portugal is a subject close to many expats hearts! Despite the sun, sea and sand, it seems many of us can’t quite break the habit of needing UK news, Question Time or, in our case, EastEnders.
Many expats have satellite dishes, with which to watch UK TV in Portugal. They used to be able to tune into UK Freesat broadcasts or Sky TV, with questionable legality.
Unfortunately a shockwave was sent through the expat community when, late last year, satellite replacements resulted in the gradual loss of signal and channels. UK TV over satellite is no longer a viable option for people in Portugal.
As a result, many people are now turning to online services to watch their favourite programs, but you’re probably aware that the real sites, like 4oD and iPlayer are blocked if you try to access them from outside the UK.
Thankfully, there’s a really easy way around this.
I don’t tend to advertise the fact that I’m an “IT guy.” When I make the mistake of doing so, people end up bringing me laptops to fix, often when I’m about to sit down to dinner! However, one of my recent jobs has been reviewing VPN and SmartDNS services.
What these services do, in very simple terms, is make your computer appear to be physically located in a different country. So if your computer appears to be in the UK or the US, all of the TV websites are going to work with no problem at all.
SmartDNS is arguably the best way to achieve this nowadays, as you can configure practically any device with the new settings – from a Smart TV to an iPad. Best of all, the services typically only cost a few dollars per month – less over a whole year than a month of a full Sky subscription!
As I’ve ended up reviewing a lot of these services as part of my recent work, I can recommend a number of great options – head over to SmartDNS.com, choose a service (most have free trials), and you’ll be watching all your favourite shows again in no time!
Image credits: Spencer Haltaway, Wikimedia Commons