SVT Play is one of the most popular online streaming channels in Sweden. that allows you to stream content from their national broadcaster, as well as that from their programming line-up. This means you have access to local news as well as international TV shows and movies; but this only applies to you if you live within Sweden. Swedish expats who want to stream SVT play in the UK are often turned down by an error message informing them that the STV player is not supported outside Sweden. To work around this, you need to turn to one of these two solutions: VPN or Smart DNS.
How to Watch SVT Play in UK via VPN or Proxies
How to Watch SVT Play in UK via VPN
VPN is able to grant you access to geo-blocked channels by changing your IP address and making it seem as though you’re within the country whose website or channel you want to view content from. In this case, to stream SVT Play in the UK, a VPN provider would allow you to change your IP to a Swedish one. This would give you access to not only SVT Play, but to a variety of other Swedish streaming channels as well. Here’s what you should know about VPN:
- Your security online is guaranteed since VPN encrypts all of your Internet traffic. This means your activities on the Internet cannot be tracked even by your ISP.
- You become an anonymous user whose private information is kept from everyone including malicious users like hackers and spammers.
- VPN apps are available on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android.
- A Swedish VPN connection allows you to watch SVT, Dplay, Viaplay, C-More, and Magine, regardless of where you currently live.
You can use ExpressVPN’s apps on iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, to stream STV Play in the UK. Needless to say, they are not the only VPN provider that unblocks Swedish streaming channels abroad.
How to Watch SVT Play in UK via Smart DNS Proxy
If you’re not comfortable with slowing down your Internet connection even by a little, then perhaps Smart DNS is the solution you should consider. It works by re-directing some part of your URLs, such that if you’d want to stream SVT Play in the UK, the part of the URL that shows you’re in the UK is re-routed. Smart DNS also:
- Smart DNS does not change your IP address. This means you will still be able to stream UK and Swedish streaming channels simultaneously.
- Smart DNS is compatible across all devices and platforms. Watch SVT Play outside Sweden on Apple TV, Android, iOS, PC, or Mac.
- ISP policies such as DNS hijacking and transparent proxies that can prevent Smart DNS from unblocking geoblocked streaming channels. Most UK ISPs do not use such measures however.
- Smart DNS does not in any way encrypt your Internet traffic. This means your ISP is able to keep a log of the sites and channels you choose to visit.
Swedish expats living in the UK should consider trying out Unlocator’s trial version to get a feel of how Smart DNS can unblock SVT Play for them. Its free for 7 days. Follow these guidelines and videos to set up Smart DNS on your streaming device or router.
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Using VPN vs Using Smart DNS to Stream SVT Play in UK
Given the rarity of Swedish TV content abroad, it comes as no surprise that so many Swedish expats turn to VPN or Smart DNS proxies to unblock their favorite TV shows online. In case you try either method but run into any issues when trying to watch SVT in UK, let me know by leaving a comment below. I’ll do my best to help you out.