If you’re a streamer, you probably know of NENT’s ViaPlay, the channel that has over 1.459 million subscribers. The subscription-based service boasts a wide selection of premium sports content, series, movies, and live television. However, the service region-locked and restricted to Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. This comes as bad news to those ex-pats living abroad and whoever is interested in what the channel has to offer. Well, that won’t be the case anymore as we’re here to help. This how you can watch ViaPlay anywhere in the world.
ViaPlay – Nordic to the Core
ViaPlay has become very popular around the world, not just in the countries where it’s available. However, just like many streaming services, the channel restricts its access to select countries. Even in those regions, the content library varies.
This is called geo-restriction or geo-blocking, where a service/website limits/restricts access to its content based on an individual’s geographical location. You see, the geo-blocking process works by using geolocation techniques, such as examining your IP address to determine your location.
If you don’t reside within the channel’s area of coverage, you’ll be instantly blocked. To access ViaPlay, you must have an IP address inside the aforementioned countries. If not, the following geo-error message will appear:
“Ledsen! Där du befinner dig just nu kan du inte se det här innehållet.”
Now we don’t speak Swedish, but that’s what Google Translate is here for. We know that this is a location error and what it represents, but to translate exactly, the error states: “Where you are right now, you cannot see this content.”
That’s exactly why we came up with this guide in the first place. We’re here to help you bypass the regional restrictions imposed on ViaPlay and this is exactly what we’re going to do next.
ViaPlay Goes Global
ViaPlay isn’t the only streaming service that blocks its content outside the supported regions. However, it’s our main topic for today and we’re going to show you how to unblock it in your country.
The channel requires specific IP addresses to operate, so a change is yours is all that’s needed. The best and most effective way to do so is by using a Virtual Private Network. Commonly known as a VPN, it’s a cybersecurity tool that enables you to reroute your internet data through dedicated servers in a country of your choosing.
Once you establish a connection, the VPN encrypts your data (enhanced security) and masks your IP address (more privacy). As it cloaks your IP, it assigns you a temporary one in the country where the server is located, giving you full access to any restricted content in the region.
For example, if you connect to a server in Denmark, you’ll receive a Danish IP address. As a result, you can access ViaPlay no matter where you reside.
ViaPlay Anywhere – The Steps
Now that know how a VPN works and what it does, let’s show you how you can unblock ViaPlay anywhere in the world:
- First, subscribe to a VPN service. During our research, we found that ExpressVPN is the top provider for unblocking content with blazing fast speed.
- Next, download and install the VPN application on your device. If it’s ExpressVPN you’re using, you’ll find clients on Android, PC, Mac, iOS, and Fire Stick.
- Run the app and sign in with your VPN credentials.
- Open the server list and connect to a server based on the version of ViaPlay you want to use. You have the following options:
- Launch the ViaPlay website or its dedicated app.
- Watch ViaPlay wherever you are.
While we assess a certain VPN, we take into consideration a lot of evaluation factors to determine whether it’s credible to use or not. During our tests, ExpressVPN showed excellent results in terms of speed, security, privacy, and unblocking capabilities.
The service has servers in 94 countries, including the ones mentioned above. While we tried to stream ViaPlay, the video was in its best quality. We did not witness any buffering issue or resolution drop no matter how far the server is from our physical location.
If you want to give ExpressVPN a try, sign up for their service as they offer a 30-day refund policy in case you change your mind later on. If that’s the case, you can settle for any of the following top alternatives.
Watch ViaPlay Via Kodi
The ViaPlay App and website aren’t the only ways you access the channel. If you’re a Kodi user, we bring you good news. You can find an official ViaPlay add-on on the platform. What’s more, is that you can easily install it without any issue.
Here’s how you can get the ViaPlay add-on on your Kodi:
- Run the Kodi App.
- Head to Kodi Add-ons.
- Next, open My Add-Ons, followed by Install from Repository.
- Choose Kodi Add-on Repository.
- Select Video Add-ons.
- Click the ViaPlay Add-on.
- Click on the Install Button on the next screen.
- Head back to your Kodi Home Screen. Run the ViaPlay channel.
- Log in with your account if you have one. (If not, subscribe to ViaPlay).
- Watch ViaPlay using Kodi.
Before we move on, you should know that the add-on is also subject to geo-restrictions. While using the Kodi application, your VPN should be present as well. So, connect to a server in Denmark or any of the countries where ViaPlay is available so that you would be able to stream it.
ViaPlay Device Compatibility
ViaPlay is a popular channel. This popularity didn’t just come out of nowhere. It’s the content and the device compatibility it offers. You have to know what devices support the app, otherwise, what’s the point of unblocking it, if you don’t have the device to run it.
- Apple TV
- PlayStation 3/4
- Xbox 360/One
- Samsung Smart TV
A channel’s main attraction tool is its content and ViaPlay is full of premium titles to navigate through. Here’s a few of them to get you started:
- Grey’s Anatomy
- Criminal Minds
- Paradise Hotel
- Unga Mammor
- The Office
- The Vampire Diaries
- Family Guy
- Chicago Fire
- Baby Daddy
- South Park
- Innan vi dör
- The Chi
- The Oath
- Ray Donovan
- UEFA Champions League
- Premier League
- Formula 1
- PGA European Tour
ViaPlay Anywhere – Final Words
ViaPlay is one of the best premium entertainment services that are only available for viewers who live in the Nordic region. However, once you’re done with this guide, you’ll be able to stream it anywhere in the world.
All you have to do is use a VPN to spoof your location and appear to be accessing the service straight from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, or Norway. After that, ViaPlay is all yours wherever you may be. If you have any more questions, drop us a line or two in the comments below.