Whether you’re a British expat or just a fan of UK television, you can watch Sky Go in USA if you have a suitable UK-based VPN at your fingertips.
Without a VPN (Virtual Private Network) utilising a United Kingdom IP (Internet Protocol) address, you’re not going to have much success.
The fact is, any attempts to watch Sky Go in USA will fail and your access to their content will be blocked.
In this article, we’re going to explain in simple terms how you can access Sky TV content in the United States, along with tons of other terrestrial and premium UK TV channels.
What is Sky Go?
Sky Go is Sky television’s online TV streaming service, which is bundled as part of a standard Sky satellite television subscription.
It’s available to all existing Sky TV customers as a means to watch subscription content on mobile devices such as tablets and phones, as well as desktop and laptop computers.
Sky Go contains live and on-demand content.
Depending on your subscription, you can gain access to a wide range of live TV channels using Sky Go ranging from entertainment, sports, movies, news, documentaries and more.
There’s over 30 live streaming channels on Sky Go, including:
- Sky Atlantic
- Sky One
- Sky Living
- Sky Arts
- ITV Encore
- Comedy Central
- Discovery Channel
- Nat Geo Wild
- Sky Cinema Premiere
- Sky Cinema Disney
- Sky Cinema Hits
- Sky Cinema Family
- Sky Cinema Action & Adventure
- Sky Cinema Comedy
- Sky Cinema Crime & Thriller
- Sky Cinema Drama & Romance
- Sky Cinema Sci-Fi & Horror
- Sky Cinema Select
- Sky Cinema Themed Channel
- Sky Sports Mix
- Sky Sports Main Event
- Sky Sports Premier League
- Sky Sports Football
- Sky Sports Cricket
- Sky Sports Golf
- Sky Sports F1
- Sky Sports Action
- Sky Sports Arena
- Sky Sports News
There’s also a huge library of on-demand movies, sports, entertainment shows and more.
Sky Go is jammed packed with entertainment, so it’s no wonder Brits want to be able to watch it wherever they are.
The problem is, Sky Go is blocked if accessed anywhere outside the UK and Ireland.
So even if you are a fully paid up Sky subscriber, you still can’t watch it overseas.
But if you use a UK-based VPN, you can bypass geo-blocking restrictions and watch Sky Go in the USA or anywhere else worldwide for that matter!
So what is a VPN and where can you get one?
Read on and find out more…
What is a VPN?
The term VPN stands for Virtual Private Network.
Without getting too technical as it’s not entirely necessary here, a VPN is the single best way of unblocking Sky TV content online.
By using a UK-based VPN, any devices you use that are connected to the VPN will be assigned a UK IP address.
In doing so, your devices will appear to be using the internet from inside the United Kingdom.
As a consequence, this will allow you to access Sky Go and watch Sky TV content online as their system will think you are based in the UK.
It really is that simple.
And as a bonus, most reputable VPNs use secure encryption, meaning your internet usage is private and secured.
So as well as gaining access to UK TV content, you also have peace of mind that you are surfing anonymously and securely.
How Do I Choose a VPN Provider?
There’s a wide range of different service providers offering VPNs.
Some well known, whilst others less so.
It’s worth baring in mind when purchasing a VPN subscription that buying the most well known provider is not always the best decision. And here’s why.
Sky television are very much aware that you can access Sky Go in USA and abroad using a VPN.
In an attempt to preventing VPN customers from gaining backdoor access to Sky Go content, they have teams of technicians identifying the IP addresses of various VPN providers which they block.
So you could be in a situation where you start paying a subscription to a VPN provider, only to find you are still blocked!
In this instance, it’s quite clear that following the herd is not necessarily a good idea.
If you want to watch Sky Go abroad without disappointment or interruptions, then find a lesser known vendor.
By doing so, your VPN provider is far less likely to have been on Sky’s radar, meaning you get uninterrupted access to Sky Go.
Who’s The Best VPN Provider?
Like any service provider, there’s varying opinions about different VPN software providers.
The most commonly used VPN software to watch Sky Go abroad is ExpressVPN, Surfshark and PureVPN.
Each of these services are priced from around £9.99 per month upwards, for a single VPN connection.
So this means that you can only use one device at any given time through their VPN.
That’s not ideal if you want to access UK TV content on multiple devices around your home.
Remember, a VPN doesn’t just unlock Sky Go content.
So why would you want to be restricted to using just one device if several people in your home want to enjoy UK TV abroad?
Surely there must be a better alternative?
Thankfully there is!
Why VPN Routers Are Best!
If like most ex-pats with large households who all want to access UK TV content abroad on multiple devices, there’s only one solution.
And that’s to use a VPN router in your home.
By doing so, you create a dedicated WiFi network in your home that passes all traffic through the VPN – not just a single device.
So all of a sudden, you could have one person watching Sky Go on their iPad, whilst your Smart TV could be connected to Now TV and your laptop is watching BBC iPlayer – all at the same time!
Now that’s what we call an incredibly flexible solution.
Practically every device in your home could behave like it is using the internet in the United Kingdom and access content via apps and websites that you could not normally use in the USA.
Now you can watch content on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five websites.
You could even hook up your games consoles to the VPN and use apps there as well.
So it’s clear, that if you’re serious about watching Sky Go in the USA or any other UK-based content abroad, a VPN router is the only way to go.