FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Pommy TV is the market leader in giving British and Irish ex-patriots living in Australia and New Zealand all the information they need on accessing news, media and online connectivity to the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
The biggest request that we have always received from British expats living down under is how to access British Television content online when in Australia and New Zealand. Here are some of our frequently asked questions recently regarding the issue.
Q. CAN I ACCESS LIVE UK TV CHANNELS IN ADELAIDE?
A. YES you may do so, there are two favoured ways in which to do this, IPTV & VPN connections. IPTV boxes usually cost between $200-$300 and then a monthly subscription of $30-$50 per month. IPTV is a good option for ease of use (being able to quickly switch channels), but often buffer when playing live TV due to the over use of them. VPN connections are favoured greatly due to the fact that there is no initial outlay (should work on all existing internet enabled devices). A VPN subscription is usually $10-$20 per month, however these are usually offered at almost half of that when purchased in bulk of 6 months or 12 months.
Q. ARE BRITISH CATCHUP TV SERVICES REACHABLE IN PERTH?
A. YES*, the Beeb, iTVHub, C4 and many other of the main online catch-up TV apps are viewable when in Australia or any other country overseas if used on a device connected to a VPN connection. A VPN connection will give any device you install it on, a UK IP address so that the internet will see that device as being within the United Kingdom instead of Perth, Dubai, anywhere for that matter*.
Q. Can a VPN account be installed on my iPad?
A. YES VPN connections are widely supported now, any iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or smart phone and any PC, Mac or laptop of any kind will allow easy install access and connection for a VPN account*.
*DISCLAIMER: This website is an independent blog review service, aimed at providing British and American ex-patriots living overseas, how best to keep in touch with their native countries online. Our website will feature reviews of third party websites and services that assist users on how best to access British & American media services online. We DO NOT recommend that you access geographically restricted applications and online media services unless you have the express permission to do so in your current location. Eg. Access to British Broadcasting media players and services originating from the united Kingdom are most likely illegal to access under local copyright law in countries such as Australia and New Zealand unless you have the express permission to do so. We hold no responsibility for the content of any external websites linked to this website.
Q. DO YOU NEED FAST INTERNET FOR A VPN?
A. POSSIBLY, Australia more than New Zealand is notoriously bad for internet speeds, quite possibly the slowest and most behind country in the western world in fact. Fibre optic internet has been rolled out in practically every country on the planet except for Australia, which is incredibly bizarre in itself. A VPN will slow your speed down due to the traffic of the signal being encrypted at either end and also due to the fact that you are pinging a signal from the other side of the world and back again. Generally speaking if you can view YouTube online where you are and rarely see it buffer, then you should be fine with watching TV with a VPN. Generally if you are in a city and have broadband, you should be fine, however in the outside possibly not.
Q. CAN I WATCH AMERICAN NETFL!X IN AUSTRALIA?
A. YES*, Many people do, although there is a local service now, though not quite as good for content. If you connect your device to a VPN service that has servers in UK & US then yes this and all other TV services will be available to you*. If for any reason a TV ‘app’ is not working when connected to a VPN, try the service via its website (http browser instead of app) and this should work fine for you*.
Q. CAN MY INTERNET PROVIDER SEE WHAT IM DOING ONLINE?
A. YES if not connected to a VPN, NO if you are. A VPN ‘tunnels’ your internet connection in an encrypted fashion, so that your surfing and downloading activity in 100% anonymous. Many people use VPN connections for downloading and accessing pages online that have been blocked by their ISP for downloading* (always make sure that you use a p2p VPN server as some servers will not allow torrenting use).
Q. HOW DO I GET A VPN ACCOUNT RUNNING?
A. SIMPLE, Most VPN services run via either a monthly PayPal subscription or credit card payment. These are either monthly subscriptions or bulk 90, 180 or 365 days payment upfront for a discounted rate. We personally recommend VPN01 as the best VPN provider on the market for fast and effective service for those in Australia and New Zealand, connection in places such as Spain and the United States are also pretty fast when using their service.
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