Channel 5 (UK) has a great on demand application and website called My5. This is perfect if you are a fan of Can’t Pay We’’ Take it Away, The Hotel Inspector, or even classics from down under such as Neighbours and Home and Away.

This wonderful TV catch-up player is sadly only available if you are in the United Kingdom. You can however get around these regional restrictions when abroad if you have a VPN installed on your devices. A VPN is a great piece of technology that will switch your foreign IP address to that of one from the United Kingdom, so that all British TV apps and web services will work for you anywhere in world.

Most VPN’s only cost around a few pounds or dollars per month and allow access to not only My5, but also BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 and all other British TV apps anywhere. In addition to this, most VPN providers come with a USA server also, so that you may watch American Television apps outside of the USA, something that is great for watching American TV shows before they air anywhere else in the world.

When looking for a VPN, it is always best to look for one that has an uncapped data limit, so that you may watch TV via a VPN for as long as possible. This can be a problem if you are watching a lot of TV throughout the month, particularly if it is HD or even 4K, as this will really eat up data.

VPN technology has come a long way since 1995 and now are very easy to install on most laptops, tablets, smart phone and even smart TV sets. You can now also install VPN accounts on some routers. VPN enabled routers are a fraction of the price that they once were, now costing less than a $100.

Watching British Television is something that Brits living overseas miss and often crave. In countries such as Australia and New Zealand, there are British TV shows that are shown, but these are usually a year or so behind and bogged down with American style long advert breaks in between. Gaining access to the TV apps from back home will always be the best way to catch up as you will be seeing the programming at the same time as those back home.

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