All 4 is Channel 4’s online on-demand service – what used to be known as 4oD until it went under a re-brand in 2015 – including catch-up content for most of the TV shows and movies aired on Channel 4, E4, More4, Film4, and 4Music.
Like most video on-demand services, All 4 is only available from within the UK thanks to the licensing issues related to the shows. That’s all well and good usually, but it’s a bit of a problem if you’re going abroad and want to keep up with your favourite shows while you’re there, or if you live outside the UK but don’t want to miss out on some of Channel 4’s content.
Luckily, there are ways around it – so here’s how to watch All 4 (or 4oD if you’re as used to that name as we are) from outside the UK.
Watch All 4 with a VPN
By far the easiest way to access All 4 from abroad is to use a VPN (or virtual private network) which allows you to browse the internet while appearing to be in a different country to where you actually are.
There are loads of VPNs out there, though our top recommendation is NordVPN, which we’ve found to be reliable, speedy, and pretty affordable. If you’re not sure, check out our guide to the best VPNs for streaming video – our ranking of all the best VPNs we’ve tested for watching films and TV.
Another good option for UK services is Hidden24. This only offers servers based in the UK and the US, so it’s not ideal for accessing any services outside of those two countries but will do the job if you’re looking to watch All 4 or other UK services like BBC iPlayer.
Once you have your chosen VPN, simply install it onto your device – most work on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and more – and make sure to select a server in the UK before turning it on. Then head to the All 4 website or app and you should find that it thinks you’re in the UK, and lets you watch.
Just remember that to watch All 4 you’ll need to turn off any ad-blockers (including any optional ad-blocking in your VPN). If you still can’t connect, try a different server within your VPN – content providers try to block VPN traffic, so you might need to try a few different connections to find one that works.
And on that note, this is against the All 4 terms and conditions, so bear that in mind. It isn’t illegal for you to watch All 4 from abroad, but Channel 4 doesn’t like it, and there’s a small risk that it could block your account.