Watch Sky TV in United Kingdom

In this article, we’re going to explain exactly how you can watch Sky TV in United Kingdom and the amazing ways to do it.

So read on and by the time you complete this article, you’ll know exactly which package is ideal for you and how to buy one.

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Since its emergence in 1994, Sky TV has morphed into an entertainment powerhouse in the UK and all across Europe and other parts of the world.

Offering premium and pay-per-view content ranging from entertainment, movies, sports and more, the broadcaster has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the course of the past few years.

What started out as a daring journey into the world of satellite television broadcasting, has now evolved into one of the biggest intercontinental media enterprises. Sky provides satellite television, video on demand and live streaming services as well as mobile phones and broadband internet.

Now majority owned by US media giants Comcast, there’s no sign of Sky UK going anywhere but bigger!

The competition may be fiercer with the likes of BT Sport, Netflix, Amazon Prime and other online entertainment companies coming into the market. But without doubt Sky still holds the largest share in the UK… for now.

What Can I Watch on Sky TV?

No matter what style of entertainment you seek, Sky has pretty much everything covered.

For the majority of consumers, Sky offers the best sports packages around. They have a massive variety of different sporting events to enjoy across their multiple channels.

Premier League Football, F1, Cricket, Golf, Rugby Union and Rugby league, Horse Racing, Tennis, Boxing, NFL, Darts, Basketball, Netball, WWE Wrestling and so much more. The choice is unlimited.

It’s no surprise Sky Sports is the best choice for UK sports fanatics.

But that’s not all they offer. With a large number of movies and entertainment channels, you’re never short of something to watch.

Nowadays, they even provide their own award winning TV series and movies. There’s literally no end to Sky’s ambitions.

And don’t forget the multi-award winning Sky News channel. Plus there’s music channels, kids and shopping channels, plus adult channels, international and specialist channels plus religious channels.

There’s also free-to-air terrestrial channels such as favourites like BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five available on Sky TV.

So it’s fair to say that if you have Sky, you’ve got everything sorted.

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Can I Watch Sky TV Channels in United Kingdom?

Yes, you can watch Sky television overseas in lots of countries, including United Kingdom.

However, if you’ve tried to access Sky online, you’ll commonly have seen the above message, saying you’ve been denied or banned.

So how you get access massively depends on where you are living.

Depending on your demands and how you like to watch your Sky television entertainment, there’s a number of ways to access Sky TV content in United Kingdom.

A few decades ago, the television was the only way to watch Sky and that meant erecting a satellite dish onto your home in United Kingdom.

If you were overseas, the dish size could potentially be huge. Sometimes over 1.5 metres wide the further south you are, so it was never going to be a subtle installation.

Nowadays, there’s far more options around. From apps on mobile devices like tablets and phones, to web services on laptops and desktops. Plus of course devices that hook up to your TV set and use broadband internet instead of ugly old satellite dishes, receivers and cables.

Let’s take a look at the various ways you can enjoy Sky TV abroad in United Kingdom. Then you can decide which is best suited to your needs.

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Now TV

Now TV is a contract free subscription based service, owned and operated by Sky.

Instead of paying a monthly fee like you would with a satellite or cable TV subscription, Now TV is a pay-as-you-go service using passes. These are more adaptable and means you only pay for what you want to watch.

Just like regular Sky, you can access all of their movies, sports and entertainment channels by buying their monthly passes on the internet.

You simply register an account with Now TV on their website (using a UK-based credit card). Then you can purchase as many passes as and when you need.

Then you use one of the many different Now TV devices, apps or online services to watch the content live or on-demand. Devices include:

Now TV Set Top Boxes

Now TV Boxes

There’s a range of Now TV set-top boxes that plug straight into your regular TV set (as shown above). These boxes use your web connection to stream live and on-demand content from Now TV. No satellite dishes or cables needed!

These boxes are very small and compact so take up very little space on your media centre.

All Now TV boxes come packaged with a remote control, and are HD ready. Some even 4K HD ready, meaning the picture and sound quality is amazing.

The set top boxes are powered by Roku, so are slick, easy to use and very dependable.

Now TV Streaming Stick

Now TV Streaming Sticks

If you want a very micro solution that is portable and takes up little room, the Now TV Smart Sticks (shown above) are a great alternative to set top boxes.

They offer exactly the same awesome features as the set top boxes. The newer models now have voice controlled remotes, which are highly impressive.

The streaming stick inserts straight into a spare HDMI port on your TV. And accesses your home WiFi broadband to stream the content.

The streaming sticks are plug ‘n’ play, so are very quick and basic to set up.

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Now TV app

Prefer to see your Sky TV content on your phone or tablet? No problem.

Just install the app and away you go. Log into your Now TV account, and watch all of the content that your bought monthly passes allow.

This mobile friendly solution means that you are not bound to your TV set. You can take your Sky TV content in your pocket. Perfect for folks who travel a lot and want to take their entertainment with them.

This app is available on more than 60 devices including:

  • Chromecast
  • Roku
  • LG Smart TVs
  • Samsung Smart TVs
  • Youview
  • EETV
  • Apple TV
  • PS3
  • PS4
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One

Can I Watch Now TV in United Kingdom?

Yes you can but remember however, if you are based outside the UK there’s one catch…

All content on Now TV is geo-locked to the UK. So if you attempt to access their content from an IP address that is located outside the UK, your access will be denied. You’ll most likely see a message like that shown below.

However, don’t worry! There’s a quick and easy solution to this common problem.

Many retailers like ourselves offer ways to unlock Sky content overseas.

By using a VPN (Virtual Private Network), our systems assign your device a UK-based IP and grant access to all that awesome content.

To find out more how VPNs work, checkout the chapter further down.

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Sky Go

Another greatly popular service from Sky TV is Sky Go.

Much like Now TV, this service also allows access to all available Sky entertainment, sports and movie content as a mobile streaming option.

However, unlike Now TV, Sky Go is part of an ongoing monthly subscription service.

Sky Go is usually added onto existing satellite subscriptions as a bolt-on. This is so customers can watch the exact same channels that are a part of their subscription whilst on the move.

There’s a couple of ways to access Sky Go content. You can either use:

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Sky Go app

The Sky Go app is simply installed on your mobile phone or tablet.

Whether you use an Apple iOS device or Android device, the Sky Go app works just perfectly.

Once the app is loaded, you simply log in with your Sky Go identification, choose the channel you want to watch and it streams live on your device.

Sky Go for Desktop Devices

Sky Go online

If you prefer not to use an app or want to watch Sky Go on a desktop PC or Mac or even a laptop, Sky Go can also be accessed via their website.

Just go online to their site, log into your account and then you can use the interface to select the channel you wish to stream live.

Can I Watch Sky Go in United Kingdom?

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Just like other Sky TV services such as Now TV, Sky Go is geo-locked to users who are based in the UK only.

But just like Now TV, Sky Go can be unlocked in United Kingdom with some clever trickery using a VPN.

As long as you are viewing Sky Go content whilst logged onto a secure VPN that allocates your devices a UK IP address, there’s no reason why you cannot access Sky Go in United Kingdom.

So like Now TV, if you have a VPN you can watch Sky Go abroad.

Read the chapter further down this article to reveal more about VPNs.

IPTV Boxes

MAG 250 IPTV Set Top Box

In recent years, the market has become flooded with IPTV set top boxes that offer channels from numerous countries around the globe.

In most cases, these boxes are the MAG 250, 255 and 322 boxes sold by Infomir.

About the same size as an external USB drive, these boxes connect straight into your TV’s HDMI port. You then have to subscribe to a service provider who can send your box a code to unlock various TV content.

There are many providers from different countries who offer these services.

Many of the suppliers who offer premium subscription streaming services for boxes such as the MAG 250/255 are very unscrupulous and offer less flexibility and choice.

The service is not adaptable so does not work on a tablet, phone or even a laptop computer. So your only way is to watch on a TV set.

Nowadays, people like to be mobile so this technology is seen to be very inflexible and rigid.

There is a huge variety of channels available on these boxes but they do come with a higher price tag, and many service providers tend to disappear without notice at regular intervals.

So do not expect satisfactory customer service using these suppliers. You have been warned.

Ilegal Streaming Sites

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A simple internet search on Google will easily help you find one of numerous illegal streaming sites, offering live Sky TV.

However, if you log onto any of these sites, you soon discover the many hazards they present.

For starters, they are cluttered with pop up banners, adverts and other rubbish all designed to be clicked to fill the pockets of the site owners.

These adverts are designed to monetise these illegal streaming sites, but the legitimacy of the adverts are rarely ever bona fide.

Many clicks will lead your browser window to open up numerous new windows that load sites full of phishing and security threats.

Using these types of streaming sites is highly risky and your device could end up with a virus, malware or spyware installed without your knowing.

Is it really worth the risk using these unregulated sites to watch a live football stream if it means your security is compromised?

We say to stay well away from unlawful streaming sites.

Satellite Dish

Satellite Dish

You can still access Sky satellite television by installing a satellite dish and receiver on your home in United Kingdom, but it’s well worth noting a few important points.

Sky has recently announced that they fully intend to move away from satellite broadcasting platforms in the coming years, and will move towards streaming media via the internet.

In short, they see satellite technology as outdated and its shelf life is limited.

So before you head off to speak to a satellite installation company to fit a large dish on your home in United Kingdom, just consider that the investment could be very short lived!

You may be able to access Sky television pictures for the next few years, but long term it’s not a wise decision.

You’ll be better off installing a fast broadband internet connection and a Now TV or Sky Go package, bundled with a VPN to be fully future proof.


Internet Security

VPNs, occasionally known as Virtual Private Networks, have been detailed many times in this article so let’s explain what they are and their advantages.

A VPN is a process of connecting to a secure network online with the added benefit of privacy and anonymous web browsing.

What you communicate or receive via your internet connection is encrypted, thus meaning you are surfing with outright privacy.

When your devices connect to a VPN, they are allocated an IP address on the network. So rather than using the IP that your ISP (Internet Service Provider) assigns to your devices, the VPN network assigns an IP instead.

This mean the VPN vendor can control the IP range assigned to the network. So those IP’s can be from any country, whether the UK, USA or any other nation.

The advantage here is that your VPN supplier can make your devices appear to be using the internet from any location globally, no matter where you’re based.

So in the case of accessing UK TV in United Kingdom, all you need is a VPN that assigns a UK-based IP and you can unlock all UK TV based content.

That includes Now TV, Sky Go and even includes the likes of Netflix, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Demand 5 and lots of UK based services.

At UKTV2GO, we have our very own exclusive VPN servers offering secure, anonymous browsing from a variety of places including the UK.

So you can get UK and Sky TV abroad in United Kingdom by using our VPN service. It really is that cool!

Areas Covered in United Kingdom

Our service is available all over United Kingdom.

We have hundreds of happy customers located in various towns and cities across United Kingdom, all enjoying unlimited and unrestricted access to Sky television.

Here’s a selection of the whereabouts you can watch Sky TV in United Kingdom with UKTV2GO:

  • Aberdeen
  • Aberdeenshire
  • Aylesbury Vale
  • Barnsley
  • Basildon
  • Basingstoke & Deane
  • Bath & North East Somerset
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Blackpool
  • Bolton
  • Bournemouth
  • Bradford
  • Brighton
  • Bristol
  • Bury
  • Caerphilly
  • Calderdale
  • Cardiff
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Charnwood
  • Chelmsford
  • Colchester
  • Coventry
  • Derby
  • Doncaster
  • Dudley
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • Dundee
  • East Riding
  • Edinburgh
  • Falkirk
  • Fife
  • Flintshire
  • Gateshead
  • Glasgow
  • Harrogate
  • Highland
  • Huntingdonshire
  • Kingston-upon-Hull
  • Kirklees
  • Knowsley
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Luton
  • Macclesfield
  • Manchester
  • Middlesbrough
  • Milton Keynes
  • New Forest
  • Newbury
  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • North Lincolnshire
  • North Somerset
  • North Tyneside
  • Northampton
  • Nottingham
  • Oldham
  • Peterborough
  • Plymouth
  • Portsmouth
  • Renfrewshire
  • Rhondda
  • Rochdale
  • Rochester-upon-Medway
  • Rotherham
  • Salford
  • Sandwell
  • Sefton
  • Sheffield
  • Solihull
  • South Gloucestershire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • South Somerset
  • South Tyneside
  • Southampton
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • St Helens
  • Stockport
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Sunderland
  • Swansea
  • Tameside
  • Thamesdown
  • The Wrekin
  • Trafford
  • Wakefield
  • Walsall
  • Warrington
  • West Lothian
  • Wigan
  • Wirral
  • Wolverhampton
  • Wycombe
  • York

Other Countries We Cover

Did you know you can also enjoy Sky TV abroad in many other countries aside from United Kingdom?

Check out the list below of the countries we currently supply our service to hundreds of customers, all over the world:

How to Order

Ordering one of our packages is easy.

All of our deals are available to buy online in our online store. Just choose the bundle you like, purchase through our secure credit card processing page and then we’ll despatch it to your door using tracked international shipping.

With us, you can truly take UK TV to go!