In this blog post, we’re going to explain exactly how you can watch Sky TV in Germany and the best ways to do it.
So read on and by the time you complete this piece, you’ll know exactly which package is ideal for you and how to buy one.
Read the entire piece or skip to a desired chapter using the links below:
1. What Can I Watch on Sky TV?
2. Can I Watch Sky TV Channels in Germany?
3. Now TV
– Now TV Boxes
– Now TV Streaming Sticks
– Now TV app
4. Can I watch Now TV in Germany?
5. Sky Go
6. Sky Go app
7. Sky Go online
8. Can I watch Sky Go in Germany?
9. IPTV Boxes
10. Ilegal Streaming Sites
11. Satellite Dish
Since its inception in 1994, Sky TV has grown into an entertainment colossus 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 emerged as a gutsy journey into the world of satellite television broadcasting, has now advanced into one of the biggest worldwide media enterprises. Sky provides satellite television, video on demand and live streaming services as well as mobile phones and broadband internet.
Now entirely 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 providers coming into the market. But without doubt Sky still holds the sizeable share in the UK… for now.
What Can I Watch on Sky TV?
No matter what kind of entertainment you prefer, Sky has pretty much everything covered.
For the majority of consumers, Sky offers the best sports packages around. They have a substantial variety of different sporting events to enjoy across their numerous channels.
It’s no wonder Sky Sports is the best choice for UK sports fanatics.
But that’s not all they offer. With a big number of movies and entertainment channels, you’re never troubled for something to watch.
Nowadays, they even develop their own award winning TV series and movies. There’s literally no restriction 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.
Can I Watch Sky TV Channels in Germany?
Yes, you can watch Sky television overseas in numerous countries, including Germany.
However, if you’ve tried to access Sky online, you’ll likely have seen the above message, saying you’ve been barred or shut down.
So how you get access always depends on where you are viewing from. And this is where UKTV2GO can help you!
Depending on your needs and how you aim to watch your Sky television entertainment, there’s a choice of ways to access Sky TV content in Germany.
A few decades ago, the television was the only way to watch Sky and that meant erecting a satellite dish onto your home in Germany.
If you were overseas, the dish size could potentially be enormous. Sometimes over 1.5 metres wide the further south you are, so it was never going to be a modest installation.
Nowadays, there’s far more options at your disposal. From apps on mobile devices like tablets and phones, to web services on laptops and desktops. Plus of course devices that align to your TV set and use broadband internet instead of old school satellite dishes, receivers and cables.
Let’s take a look at the various ways you can access Sky TV abroad in Germany. Then you can decide which is best suited to your needs.
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 conventional Sky, you can access all of their movies, sports and entertainment channels by getting 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 desire.
Then you use one of the many amazing Now TV devices, apps or online services to watch the content live or on-demand. Devices include:
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 internet connection to stream live and on-demand content from Now TV. No satellite dishes or cables at all!
These boxes are very small and compact so take up very little room 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 gorgeous.
The set top boxes are powered by Roku, so are slick, easy to use and very dependable.
Now TV Streaming Sticks
If you want a very compact 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 range of features as the set top boxes. The newer models now have voice controlled remotes, which are highly impressive.
The streaming stick goes straight into a spare HDMI port on your TV. And uses your home WiFi broadband to stream the content.
The streaming sticks are plug ‘n’ play, so are very quick and simple to set up.
Now TV app
Prefer to view your Sky TV content on your phone or tablet? No stress.
Just install the app and away you go. Log into your Now TV account, and watch all of the content that your purchased monthly passes allow.
This mobile friendly service means that you are not bound to your TV set. You can take your Sky TV content with you. Perfect for people who travel a lot and want to take their entertainment with them.
This app is available on more than 60 devices including:
- LG Smart TVs
- Samsung Smart TVs
- Apple TV
- Xbox 360
- Xbox One
Can I Watch Now TV in Germany?
Yes you can but remember however, if you are based overseas 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 barred. 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 hurdle.
Many suppliers 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 amazing content.
To find out more how VPNs work, read the chapter further down.
Another massively popular service from Sky TV is Sky Go.
Much like Now TV, this service also enables 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 bonus. This is so customers can watch the exact same channels that are a part of their subscription whilst on the move.
However, some service providers like us can offer customers access to an exclusive Sky Go account without actually having to take out a full Sky TV subscription.
So instead of paying for monthly passes which can become expensive and a nuisance, a Sky Go subscription means you pay one fee and access all that’s on offer!
There’s a couple of ways to access Sky Go content. You can either use:
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 info, choose the channel you want to watch and it streams live on your device.
Can I Watch Sky Go in Germany?
Just like other Sky TV services such as Now TV, Sky Go is geo-locked to viewers who are based in the UK only.
But just like Now TV, Sky Go can be unlocked in Germany with some impressive trickery using a VPN.
As long as you are viewing Sky Go content whilst logged onto a secure VPN that designates your devices a UK IP address, there’s no reason why you cannot access Sky Go in Germany.
So like Now TV, if you have a VPN you can view Sky Go abroad.
Read the chapter further down this article to understand more about VPNs.
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 created by Infomir.
About the same size as an external USB drive, these boxes attach straight into your TV’s HDMI port. You then have to subscribe to a service provider who can send your box a transmission to unlock various TV content.
There are many providers from many countries who offer these services however, at UKTV2Go we only offer MAG boxes with Freeview channels and there’s a very good reason why.
Many of the suppliers who offer Sky TV streaming services for boxes such as the MAG 250/255 are very unethical and offer less flexibility and choice.
The service is not portable 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 solution is seen to be very inflexible and rigid.
There is a large 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 great customer service using these suppliers. You have been warned.
Ilegal Streaming Sites
A prompt internet search on Google will easily help you find one of a number of illegal streaming sites, offering live Sky TV.
However, if you visit any of these sites, you soon discover the many dangers 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 legitimate.
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 dangerous 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 data is compromised?
We say to stay well away from unregulated streaming sites.
You can still receive Sky satellite television by installing a satellite dish and receiver on your home in Germany, but it’s well worth understanding a few important points.
Sky has recently announced that they fully intend to move away from satellite broadcasting standards in the coming years, and will move towards streaming media via the internet.
In short, they see satellite technology as old fashioned and its shelf life is limited.
So before you decide to speak to a satellite installation company to fit a large dish on your home in Germany, just consider that the investment could be very short lived!
You may be able to see Sky television pictures for the next few years, but long term it’s not a wise decision.
You’ll be better off investing in a fast broadband internet connection and a Now TV or Sky Go package, bundled with a VPN to be fully future proof.
VPNs, officially known as Virtual Private Networks, have been talked about many times in this article so let’s explain what they are and their advantages.
A VPN is a way of connecting to a secure network online with the added attraction of privacy and anonymous web browsing.
What you send or receive via your internet connection is encrypted, thus meaning you are surfing with absolute privacy.
When your devices connect to a VPN, they are assigned 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 provider 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 company can make your devices appear to be using the internet from any location worldwide, no matter where you’re situated.
So in the case of accessing UK TV in Germany, all you need is a VPN that allocates 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 dozens of UK based services.
At UKTV2GO, we have our very own exclusive VPN servers offering secure, anonymous browsing from a variety of spots including the UK.
So you can enjoy UK and Sky TV abroad in Germany by using our service. It really is that simple!
Areas Covered in Germany
Our service is available all over Germany.
We have lots of happy customers located in various towns and cities across Germany, all enjoying unlimited and unrestricted access to Sky television.
Here’s a selection of the locations you can watch Sky TV in Germany with UKTV2GO:
- Frankfurt am Main
- Bergisch Gladbach
- Freiburg im Breisgau
- Ludwigshafen am Rhein
- Mülheim an der Ruhr
- Offenbach am Main
Other Countries We Cover
Did you know you can also access Sky TV abroad in many other countries aside from Germany?
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 order 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!