The internet has enabled lots of people who are far from home to keep in touch with their local news, events and culture. If you’re thousands of miles from home and in a country where you can’t speak the language that link can help a lot if you’re missing home.
Of course, you can access local newspapers and websites but there’s no substitute for watching the local news, sport and gossip on the TV. Nowadays most of the media and TV sites are available online, many of them even broadcast live on the internet as well as on terrestrial TV. However there is a problem that many ExPats face when trying to watch their home TV stations online from abroad – most are simply inaccessible.
Switch to an Irish IP Address
Take for example the two main Irish TV stations – TV3 and RTE. Both have extensive web sites and broadcast many of their shows both live and ‘on demand’, you can effectively turn your browser into a TV set and watch from anywhere you like. Except there is a problem, as both RTE and TV3 operate the same restrictions as many of the media giants – you can watch only in the country of broadcast, you can’t even watch RTE player in UK a mile across the water. In fact you’ll even need proxy server Northern Ireland because it will also be restricted from accessing programs in the Republic.
Although you can access the web sites of TV3 and RTE when you try and watch any of the shows you are redirected to the ‘international versions’ of their web sites – these normally offer a few clips of their main content but little else. If you try and access the Irish version of the media player pages from outside Ireland you’ll simply get blocked or redirected back.
How Can I Watch Irish TV in UK or Anywhere
Fortunately there is a solution for all those people who want to watch RTE and TV3 from outside the Republic Of Ireland – you just hide your real location online using an Ireland web proxy. The simple fact is that all these websites do to determine whether you can access is to check the origin of your IP address. If you have and Irish address then you can watch TV3 Online everything on the site without restriction.
This is how you can use an irish proxy to watch any of the Irish TV channels online.
It’s very easy to use, in the example above you just use the software to relay your connection through a server based in Ireland. Then when you visit say the RTE web site it will see an Irish IP address (from the proxy server) and not your real one – the end result is that you’ll have full access to the site. So yes, you’ll be able to watch RTE in UK and what’s more you can watch Irish TV anywhere too! It even works the opposite way so BBC Ireland is possible too from outside the UK.
Not surprisingly these services have become incredibly popular over the last few years and many consider them an essential purchase. Most of the popular services like Identity Cloaker and IP Vanish have servers in many different countries including an Irish ip address list meaning you can use them to unlock content all over the world.
There are some points to remember though if you’re looking to purchase one of these services – remember most of the media sites actively try and block these working. Mostly Irish proxy servers won’t work any more, they are simple to detect and are usually blocked – you’ll need a RTE player VPN or SSH tunnel like the ones on this site. It’s also worth mentioning that unfortunately you won’t find a free Irish VPN simply because they are expensive to run, you can find an Ireland proxy online for no charge but they don’t work on most media sites anymore. There’s no problem using it on different devices either, as long as the service allows it like Identity Cloaker you can use an Irish VPN for iPad access too.
If you are particularly interested in a certain channel try and access through a trial account first, some media channels have been adding other restrictions other than requiring an Irish IP address and you’re best to test first. At the time of writing an Ireland IP address will get access to all Irish TV channels though quite a few US and Canadian web sites now also require your Cable ID in addition to verifying your location.
You can get access here –
IDC IRELAND for just a few Euros.