How to Unblock & Watch Sky Go With a VPN Outside the UK?

article by Cheyenne M author
Sky Go is a U.K-based streaming service that is technically only available in the U.K. and Ireland. Of course, a VPN service offers a way around this geo-restriction for those abroad. Our pick for streaming  Sky Go would be ExpressVPN.

Since the service requires software that is pretty outdated, it takes a little bit more configuring than some other services. You could also use a Smart DNS proxy, but we don’t recommend it. Proxies do not encrypt data, leaving your browsing activity visible to anybody who may be snooping. They also do not protect any other application on your device besides the browser, making your system vulnerable. In this article we explain how to use a VPN to access Sky Go, and recommend the best VPN services you can still use.

How to Unblock Sky Go

You need a browser that supports Microsoft Silverlight software to access Sky Go. This is a difficult task if you aren’t a Windows user, as Chrome and Firefox have stopped supporting Silverlight. Mac users can try Safari, but we cannot guarantee it will work. There are downloadable extensions that enable Chrome for Silverlight, but download them at your own risk. Remember, Sky Go is not supported on rooted Android devices.

Once you know you have a capable browser, there are some other settings to configure. First, set your system settings to English. Your time zone should be set to U.K. time (UTC+0.) If you received an error prior to using the VPN, clear your browser cookies before you try again. Even if it’s your first attempt, it’s not a bad idea to clear these before trying to access any geo-restricted content on a streaming service. If you already have a VPN service capable of accessing Sky Go, sign in, choose a U.K server, and enjoy. If you haven’t yet chosen a VPN service, read on.

Best Sky Go Compatible VPN Services

Before we recommend the best Sky Go VPN services, we must warn you that streaming services are developing new software to detect VPNs all the time. These are the best services at the time of publication. Further research may be required.

ExpressVPN is consistently named one of the best VPNs for most of the popular streaming services. Not only does it bypass the VPN-detection software, it does so while providing 256-bit encrypted protection without sacrificing speed. It’s $99.95 per year, but right now there is a 45-day money back guarantee so it is relatively risk free. Some connection logs are kept.

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Another good choice is IPvanish. The service provides strong encryption and high speed. Privacy is a top priority for the company. They have a strict ‘no logs’ policy, so none of your activity can be traced whatsoever at any time. The money back guarantee is only seven days, but at $39.95 per year, IPvanish is one of the most affordable VPN services on the market right now. Whether looking to stream on some other platforms, maintain secure devices or file share, IPvanish is a good choice.

Finally, there is NordVPN. They also have a strict ‘no logs’ policy, great for anyone concerned with staying completely anonymous while streaming Sky Go. They strongly encrypt servers with 256-bit protection. Sometimes there are speed issues with this service, but the problems are not frequent enough tarnish its reputation in the industry as one of the best VPN services. At $69 annually, it’s on the expensive side. But, if you’re looking to do more than just stream, consider this option.

Remember to check your chosen service’s instruction guide for unblocking Sky Go in addition to following our guide above.