If you've missed out on one of your favourite ITV shows, then you can always watch them on demand with the ITV Hub. ITV Hub is the online catch-up service for the UK channels ITV, ITV2, ITVBe, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV. It is accessible either through the ITV website or via one of the official apps.
You can watch shows such as I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here and Love Island here, but there is one big downside: it's UK only, which means you can't watch anything on ITV Hub if you live outside the UK, or even if you're just visiting somewhere else on holiday.
Fortunately, there is a way around this, and it's possible to watch ITV Hub from abroad easily enough, whether that's on your PC, Mac, TV, or iPhone or Android device.
Watch ITV Hub in Europe with ITV Hub+
If you're going somewhere within Europe then the easiest thing to do is probably just sign up for ITV Hub+, a paid-for version of the service. It's £3.99 per month/£39.99 per year, but there's a seven-day free trial that could be perfect to cover a single trip abroad.
In addition to letting you enjoy all the benefits of ITV Hub from anywhere in the EU, it also lets you watch ad-free and download episodes to watch offline - though that feature is iOS-only for now. You also can only watch programmes on catch-up, not live TV, and not every programme is available on this service.
Though Britain is now technically out of the EU, we're not sure right now whether the service will change - it's pretty likely that this benefit might disappear from the service, as it's an EU regulation that means ITV has to offer it. However, at the moment the site still states that you can still watch the service in Europe, so we'll keep an eye out for any changes.
Watch ITV Hub outside Europe with a VPN
If you want to watch the ITV Hub in a country outside of Europe - such as the US - the best thing to do is to get hold of a VPN.
VPN stands for virtual private network, which lets you browse the internet as if you were based in another country. Essentially it means that even if you're on holiday in America, you can trick the ITV Hub website or app into thinking you're still at home in the UK.
There are countless VPNs on the market, but we've tested plenty to know which is best. NordVPN and ExpressVPN are our top recommendations - both sitting near the top of our streaming VPN chart, thanks to their speed, reliability, and ease of use.
Once you've subscribed to and installed your VPN of choice on the device you want to use to access ITV Hub, here's what you need to do:
- Open your VPN and choose a server based in the UK
- Go to the ITV Hub website or app on the same device - it should treat you as if you were in the UK
- If you haven't done so already, make sure you sign up for an ITV Hub account to watch. You'll need to put in a valid email address, date of birth and a UK postcode. Then you should be able to sign in as normal
If for some reason it doesn't work, try switching to a different UK server in the VPN - streaming platforms like ITV Hub try to block known VPN IP addresses, so you might need to try a couple of different servers before you find one that works.
It's also worth noting that if you have an ad blocker on, ITV Hub might block that - and since some VPNs have built-in ad-blocking, you might need to turn off that part of the software. Luckily there are other ways to skip ads on ITV Hub.