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How To Unlock 4OD Shows Outside UK

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

4OD (4 On Demand) is the on demand video service from Channel Four TV. The 4OD service is available through set top boxes on cable and IPTV while native applications are available for iOS, Android and Windows platforms. The on-demand service is also accessible through devices like Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 which makes it a really useful and versatile video on-demand service.

4OD is one of the most popular on demand video services in United Kingdom. The service gets millions of program requests every month while its native apps have become incredibly popular on iTunes and Google Play stores. The 4OD native apps have made it possible to watch shows like Made in Chelsea, Hollyoaks, The Big Bang Theory, Youngers, Dispatchers, How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Nashville and The Cleveland Show from any computer, Smartphone or tablet.

While 4OD has made it incredibly easy to watch our favorite shows at any time, there is a significant drawback associated with its online service. Like many other video streaming services, the 4OD service is location restricted which means that many shows are not available outside United Kingdom. If you try to access blocked shows from outside UK, you will see the message “The service is not currently available in your area”.

Channel 4, like many other content providers, use GEOIP checks to determine location and IP address of its viewers. The company blocks viewership outside UK primarily for copyright reasons since the channel may not have broadcast rights to telecast shows outside UK. Needless to say, such restrictions prove incredibly frustrating for UK expats, tourists and students studying abroad since they are not able to watch their favorite shows from overseas.

How To Watch All 4OD Shows Outside UK

While it may seem that it is impossible to watch 4OD shows outside UK, in reality it is easy to get around location based restrictions imposed by Channel 4. The important thing to remember here is that you need a UK IP address to unblock 4OD shows from abroad. Let us check couple of methods that allow you to get a UK IP address and watch 4OD from anywhere:

Proxy Servers vs Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

Using a proxy server is one of the easiest ways to change IP address and access 4OD from abroad. There are hundreds of proxy services available online that can provide you a UK IP address. However use of proxy servers is not really recommended for watching online shows since most proxy services are not able to deliver high speeds necessary for video streaming. Plus content providers like 4OD frequently block proxy servers so the proxy service that works today may not work tomorrow. Moreover, proxy services are notorious for leaking IP addresses so you may not be able to access 4OD at all unless you are using a highly anonymous proxy service.

A virtual private network is a much better solution to unblock 4OD from abroad. With the help of a UK IP VPN, it is easy to get a UK IP address and watch shows like The Big Bang Theory and Hollyoaks that are not available outside UK. The biggest advantage of using a VPN service is that it provides incredibly fast streaming speed so you can watch your favorite TV shows without any delay or lag. Plus it is easy to configure VPNs on laptops, iPads, Android phones, iPhones and a host of other devices so it is easy to access your favorite shows while remaining mobile.

Steps to Use a VPN to Unblock 4OD Shows

The following are some simple steps to unblock 4OD Shows Programs:

1) Subscribe to a UK VPN service like  HideMyAssPrivate Internet AccessIPVanishStrongVPNPureVPNOverplay, etc.

2) Set up the VPN service on your laptop, tablet or Smartphone as per the instructions provided by the VPN company. The configuration usually involves installing a VPN software or changing some network settings.

3) Turn on the VPN service.

4) Connect to a UK VPN server from the list of available servers.

5) Connect to the 4OD website/app again or refresh the page to unlock all programs.

So there you have it. It’s really quite an easy and effective way to unblock your content from anywhere in the world.

May 2, 2013
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  2. Isso Pacci said on November 23, 2014 11:15 am:

    Watching all my fav uk stations using these methods

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  4. bONZADOG said on September 16, 2013 7:07 am:

    a good article!

    But who supplies the list in :

    4) Connect to a UK VPN server from the list of available servers.


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