Watch Foreign Shows/Channels in Australia

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We are a team of crazy binge-watchers (and tech nerds!), who help streamers in Australia watch their favourite shows and movies without worrying about region restrictions. 

How do we do that?

By writing comprehensive, detailed guides on every streaming service and TV channel unavailable in the country, reviewing how to unblock them using the best VPNs for Australia, step-by-step.


What can you expect from us?

We post content on how to watch HBO Now, HBO Max, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, American Netflix in Australia, and many more blue-chip media services from around the world. 

Each one of us is passionate about sharing their binge experiences with you and helping you out with only factual information. Please feel free to drop us any questions that you may have. 

So no need to go anywhere else, because the next episode of your favourite show is on us… Here, take the popcorns! 


List of Channels that cannot be accessed in Australia

Here is the list of most famous streaming channels and services you cannot watch due to geo-restrictions while residing in Australia. You’ll need to use the corresponding broadcast regions’ respective IP addresses to unblock these channels on your preferred devices:

Click on a channel name to read more.

Blocked Channels in AustraliaBroadcast AreaUnblock in Australia
HotstarIndiaGet Indian IP
American NetflixUSAGet US IP
4oD/All 4UKGet UK IP
BBC iPlayerUKGet UK IP
HBO GoUSAGet US IP
HBO NowUSAGet US IP
HuluUSAGet US IP
ITV PlayerUKGet UK IP
TV PlayerUKGet UK IP
Youtube TVUSAGet US IP

Netflix

Channel name:  American Netflix

Broadcast region: United States

Netflix is one of the most popular online streaming services that cater to the streaming needs of millions of streamers worldwide. And while it has got dedicated libraries for each of the 190 countries it operates in, including one for Australia, its US version has got the best line-up of originals and exclusives by far. 

To watch US Netflix outside America, you need to have a US IP address because the service is unavailable outside the country. This means using a VPN is your only reliable solution.

With a VPN, you can swap your Australian IP address with a US one and trick Netflix into thinking that you’re trying to access the service from within the states. This way, you can watch your favourite shows like The Walking Dead without any geo-restrictions.

Be mindful, though, a free VPN is unlikely to help you much, and you’ll need to use a premium VPN or at least a free trial of a paid VPN service to get the stream.

You can read our detailed guide to get American Netflix in Australia.


BBC iPlayer

Channel name: BBC iPlayer

Broadcast region:  United Kingdom

BBC iPlayer is a UK-based streaming service that helps you watch all the BBC channels live on your screens. You can watch a variety of shows, movies, and documentaries on your preferred device, while at home or on the go. 

Bring on EastEnders, TopGear, and MasterChef… I’m absolutely up for late-night streamathons!

Bubble burst! Sadly, BBC iPlayer comes with geo-restrictions and is not available to viewers in Australia, or anyone living outside the UK. If you try to access the service, you’ll get a message “BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues.

However, with a VPN, you can mask your real IP address with a UK IP address and watch BBC iPlayer without any issues.

You can read our detailed guide about unblocking BBC iPlayer in Australia here.


hbo go

Channel Name: HBO Go

Broadcast region: United States

HBO Go is a US-based video-on-demand service that lets you stream some of the most popular shows, movies, documentaries, and sports programmes aired on the main HBO channel. However, the streaming facility is limited to the local American users only. 

Still, you can watch all episodes of your favourite HBO shows like Game of Thrones while residing in Australia through a VPN that offers a US IP address.

By using a US IP address, you give HBO servers the impression that you’re trying to connect to the service from within America. It’s a reliable and full-proof way to get HBO content without actually living in the states.

Update: HBO has announced that it will be discontinuing HBO Go services from 31 July, 2020.

You can read our detailed guide about accessing HBO shows and movies in Australia here.


hbo now

Channel Name: HBO Now

Broadcast region: United States 

Like HBO GO, HBO Now is an on-demand streaming service offered by HBO. The difference between the two is, HBO Go requires you to have an HBO TV license, while HBO Now is a stand-alone offering, available for all users. 

Unfortunately, you can’t access HBO Now outside the US either. If you try to connect to the streaming service, you’ll get a message saying: “HBO Now is only supported in the U.S. and certain U.S. territories.”  

Therefore, you’ll have to use a VPN that offers a US IP address if you want to watch HBO Now in Australia. After subscribing to a VPN service, you’ll connect to a US server and sign-up to HBO Now. Once the sign-up process is complete, you can log in and enjoy your favourite HBO shows and movies.

You can read our detailed guide about unblocking HBO Now in Australia here.


Hulu

Service name: Hulu

Broadcast region: United States

Hulu houses a captivating mosaic of classic shows, full-of-life dramas, deep-dive documentaries, and escapist comedies to enjoy. Above all, you can use its exclusive live TV feature to access 60+ channels on your preferred devices.

However, you’ll be facing familiar foes in geo-blocks if you try to stream Hulu from Australia. The service is only available within the US.

To overcome this problem, you will have to get an American IP address through a VPN. This will allow you to trick Hulu servers into thinking that you’re trying to connect to the service from the states, and they will let you through.   

You can read our detailed guide about unblocking Hulu in Australia here.


HBO Max is a newly launched video-on-demand streaming service from HBO, containing the full HBO Now library and a ton of new originals and licensed titles. It even has all the 236 episodes of the popular show, Friends, previously available on US Netflix.

Good luck trying to access HBO Max from outside the US, though, as the service is only for the locals. If you try to stream the service from Australia or anywhere else, you’ll get the error “HBO Max is currently only supported in the U.S and certain U.S. territories.”

However, with a VPN you can easily by-pass this restriction, and stream HBO Max on a remote US server, while residing in Australia. 

You can read our detailed guide to watch HBO Max in Australia here.


Hotstar

Channel name: Hotstar

Broadcast region: India

Hotstar is a famous Indian streaming service that allows you to watch TV shows, movies, cricket, and even live news right away. It has more than 50,000 hours of pure entertainment to enjoy and binge on.

Unfortunately, you cannot access the live coverage of Hotstar in Australia since the service is only available in India. Australian users will have to use a VPN that offers an Indian IP address. 

After getting an Indian IP address, you can start watching your favorite TV shows or movies on your screens without any trouble. You can use the same Indian IP address to unblock other Indian channels like Zee5 and Voot too.

You can read our detailed guide to watch Hotstar in Australia here.


channel 4

Channel name: Channel 4/ All 4/ 4oD

Broadcast region: United Kingdom

Channel 4 (also known as All4 and 4oD) is a popular UK on-demand TV streaming service, known for broadcasting famous shows like The Circle, No Offence and First Night Dinner. It also features a wealth of top-class documentaries and sports programmes.

Like most video-on-demand services, Channel 4 follows the concept of geo-restriction, allowing you to watch the content only from the UK. Therefore, you need to use a VPN to stream the service in Australia.

A VPN replaces your Australian IP address with a UK IP address, thus giving the impression that you’re from the UK.

You can read our detailed guide about unblocking Channel 4 in Australia here.


Service Name: ITV Player

Broadcasting region: United Kingdom

ITV Player is another UK-based streaming service, offering a wide range of quality TV shows for your whole family. You can also watch movies and sports on it. The best part is it is absolutely free.

What’s the catch then, you ask?

There are limitations when it comes to signing up on ITV Player, since the service is geo-blocked and unavailable outside the UK. So, unless you have a UK IP address, you cannot stream ITV Player from Australia.

This is where a VPN comes in. It connects you to a remote server in the UK, assigning you a local IP address. With your actual location masked, you can then watch ITV Player without any geo-restrictions.

You can read our detailed guide about unblocking ITV Player in Australia here.


Service Name: TVPlayer

Broadcasting region: United Kingdom

TVPlayer is a free online streaming service that allows you to watch over 50 British and non-British channels, including the likes of Channel 5, Channel 4, ITV, BBC, Euronews, and Al Jazeera. However, to access the service, you must be living in the UK.

This means a VPN is your only reliable solution to watch TVPlayer from Australia. A VPN will assign you with a UK IP address that will help you stream all the content available under the streaming service. 

You can read our detailed guide about unblocking TV Player in Australia here.


Service Name: YouTubeTV

Broadcasting region: USA

YouTube TV is a US based cord-cutting live TV service. After subscribing to YouTube TV, you can access 70+ channels on different devices from the US. You can watch news, sports, TV shows and documentaries by accessing popular TV channels like ABC, FOX, NBC and so on.

But there is an obstacle that exists in the form of geo-restriction, which you can easily bypass through a VPN. Once you get an American IP address in Australia using a VPN, you are ready to explore an unlimited dose of entertainment.  

You can read our detailed guide about unblocking YouTube TV in Australia here.


Service Name: Amazon Prime Video

Broadcasting region: USA

Amazon Prime Video is Amazon’s alternative to Netflix and is available in more than 200 countries, including Australia. The streaming service maintains dedicated libraries for each region it operates in, with its US library offering the most content.

If you try to connect to US Amazon Prime Video from anywhere except the states, Amazon will give you an error message saying, “This title is not available in your location.”

So, in order to then access the US version of Amazon Prime, you need a VPN that can offer a US IP address. With a US IP address, you can make it look to Amazon servers that you’re actually in the country, even though you’ll be in Australia. That way, they’ll allow you access to the full American Amazon Prime catalogue.  


Service Name: DC Universe

Broadcasting region: USA

DC Universe is a video-on-demand service dedicated wholly to DC content. It lets you watch new and old DC TV shows, DC movies, and read DC comic books online.

If that has got you all excited, and you’re thinking about spending the weekend binge-watching (reading) your favourite superheroes, sorry to be a party pooper, but DC Universe is only available within the US.

Luckily, there’s a way around this geo-restriction if you use a VPN.

With a VPN by your side, you can make DC servers believe that you are actually based in the US and not Australia. As a result, they let you through the gates and enjoy the content.    


Service Name: BTSport

Broadcasting region: UK

BT Sport is the home of English soccer along with other amazing sporting events like European Rugby Challenge Cup, MotoGP, the FiH Hockey World League, and WWE. That’s a serious line-up for anyone into sports. 

Unfortunately, BT Sport is inaccessible outside the UK due to in-place geo-restrictions. However, you can watch it with the help of a VPN.

A VPN replaces your Australian IP address with a UK IP address, giving the impression that you are based in the UK.    


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