How to watch Channel 4 outside the UK

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What is Channel 4, and how can I watch it?

Channel 4is the free streaming video-on-demand service from the Channel 4 Television Corporation.

Channel 4 is available in the UK and Ireland, with all content provided free of charge. Channel 4’s viewing is funded through advertising, as is with many other UK and international channels. Viewers need a UK TV Licence to watch programs as they air live, but that’s not necessary when viewing the on-demand content available via Channel 4’s alternative platforms and apps.

There’s plenty of great TV to choose from, with content from Channel 4, E4, More4, Film4 and 4Music. There are a small handful of rights issues, which means some movies and programs might be held back, but for the majority of content, it’s not a problem—just a ton of great TV, ready and waiting to be watched.

You may remember the service was originally called 4oD (4 on demand), but, after a rebrand in 2015, the Channel 4 logo and brand became easily recognized as part of one of the biggest broadcasters’ operations in the UK.

There are currently over 1,500 shows available to watch on Channel 4. Categories cover comedy, drama, documentaries, entertainment, film, lifestyle, news and current affairs, sport and world drama.

Whether you’re looking for a movie to pass the time: Valerian, Hidden Figures, Birth of the Dragon, or a box set to binge: The Other Mother, Sugar Rush, *The End of the F**ing World, there really is something for everyone.

For Channel 4’s quirkier recommendations, try the hidden gems section. It can open up viewers to content they might not have heard of but shouldn’t miss. Have you watched Mary Kills People, Pure or The Virtues? Well, with StreamLocator, maybe it’s time you did.

How can I watch Channel 4 with StreamLocator?

Channel 4 requires its viewers to be in the UK, so StreamLocator makes the website and apps think that’s exactly where you are. Our smart router switches your location to appear precisely where you need to be instead.

With all the technical details covered, all that’s left for you to do is to pick a box set, a movie or whichever program you want to watch, and that’s that!

No complicated settings or software installation required

We won’t ask you to install all sorts of additional software on your computers and devices. Neither will we ask you to dig into your DNS settings and add new profiles. There’s no manually switching servers—only your WiFi network, but that’s ultra-easy—and that makes StreamLocator the simplest system on the market.

It’s always on, ready and waiting to provide the access you require, and it works with all of your devices.

It doesn’t matter how you use the Internet, StreamLocator has your back. iPhone or Android, iOS and any other type of tablet, Mac or PC—they all work effortlessly. Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast? Yep, they’ll perform just as well too.

Our smart router is shipped to you when you sign up for a subscription. It plugs into any port on your existing WiFi router, and once your account is activated, that’s pretty much that. It won’t affect your Internet speed or any of your online activities.

You can connect with StreamLocator from anywhere in your home, and with as many devices as you like. Each one can connect to a different service and in a different country. How great is that?

How to watch Channel 4 from outside the UK

Channel 4 uses a system to stop viewers located outside the UK from accessing its content. These ‘geolocation blockers’ check where users are, and if they’re not in the appropriate country, then the content won’t play.

As the blockers become smarter, more and more of the typical VPN or DNS systems used to bypass them are being spotted and shut down.

StreamLocator is different. Because it uses both of those methods and a host of additional clever techniques, it never fails to grant you the access you require.

How to register for Channel 4 from outside the UK

There’s a simple signup process to access the Channel 4 content. You’ll need a valid email address and a few personal details. With StreamLocator running, setting up an account isn’t a problem.

With that taken care of you can choose between all of your favourite Channel 4 programs (previously 4OD): 90210, The Virtues, SAS Who Dares Wins, or Sugar Rush.

Do you need a VPN or DNS to watch Channel 4 from outside the UK?

The most common methods of getting around geo-blocked content are installing VPN software or using Smart DNS.

A VPN is a great tool to protect sensitive data when you’re out and about. Hackers and data-snoops will often utilize public WiFi or shared networks to steal your personal information. A VPN will provide the security you need to protect yourself.

However, if it’s unblocking location-based TV you’re after, StreamLocator is by far the superior option.

Our smart router manages all the information the servers require—and without you ever knowing it. All you have to do is switch over to the StreamLocator network in your WiFi options. How easy is that?

How to unblock Channel 4

There are no complicated instructions for unblocking Channel 4. With your StreamLocator set up and turned on, and your device connected to your StreamLocator WiFi network, it’s as easy as opening the Channel 4 website or mobile app. That’s it.

However you browse the Internet—Mac or PC, Smart TV, mobile or console—they’ll each procure the direct access you need.

Does StreamLocator allow me to watch Channel 4 for free?

Yes. Channel 4 is funded through advertising, so there’s no subscription or any other charge to access their shows and movies. Delivering some of the most popular programming in the UK, Channel 4 offers masses of entertainment at no cost to its viewer whatsoever.

Most popular TV shows on Channel 4 in the UK

  • Friday Night Dinner
  • The Inbetweeners
  • Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
  • Made in Chelsea
  • Gogglebox
  • Shameless
  • Hollyoaks
  • Scrubs
  • First Dates Hotel
  • Four in a Bed
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • SAS: Who Dares Wins
  • Come Dine with Me
  • Misfits
  • The Goldbergs
  • ER
  • 90210
  • Seinfeld
  • Escape to the Chateau: DIY
  • Homeland

Most popular movies on Channel 4 in the UK

  • Hidden Figures
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Trainspotting
  • Sexy Beast
  • Cell
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Local Hero
  • A Room with a View
  • Elle
  • Brassed Off
  • Sightseers
  • Things to Come
  • Border
  • Bone Tomahawk
  • Prospect
  • Hush (2008)
  • Faintheart
  • In Fear
  • Bunny and the Bull
  • Birth of the Dragon