Instructions: Watch German TV channels in Spain. It's that simple!
Licensed mathematician, internationally active in the field of network technologyISP since 1996. Father of 4 daughters and personally committed for years to education and the right to unconditional privacy in digital media. Many of my readers are temporarily in Spain and still want to be able to receive German TV in Spain via the Internet. The geographical barriers that are applied hinder this. However, these TV portal locks can be easily circumvented and thus provide even more comfort when watching TV. How this is possible, I describe in the following instructions.
German TV station lockouts, bypass from Spain.
Broadcasters are obliged to restrict the users of broadcasts for copyright reasons. This means that even when broadcasting via the Internet, care must be taken to ensure that the viewers are located within their own country (Germany, Switzerland, Austria). The "IP address" of the users is analysed and compared with a database containing approximate location data. If this check shows that the user wants to watch TV outside his own country, for example German TV in Spain, then the transmission of the programme is refused.
Use a different "IP address
The "IP address" is a recognition feature that every user of the Internet receives from the Internet provider he uses and which is recognizable for every website.) Through a VPN service, however, it is also possible to use an IP address that is assigned to a VPN provider. This is done by the device connecting directly to a "VPN server" via a VPN connection (encrypted data channel) and using the Internet via this server. This means that the user who wants to watch TV in Spain, as in the example, will henceforth use the IP address of the VPN server. Most VPN providers have locations in several countries, from which the user can choose himself.
How can you use VPN services for TV abroad?
Three easy ways how you can use TV channels or German video portals directly on a PC, tablet or even your own TV set:
1. VPN on PC + mobile devices
Solution: In this case you ONLY need to buy a VPN service. My recommendation is this service: VyprVPN (This service bypasses the geographical barriers for all German TV channels and video portals!
2. VPN to TV with Android TV box or FireTV Stick
You can use a VPN service on a TV stick like amazon FireTV or Android TV devices that are connected to the TV. (Link: solution: In this case you need a FireTV device that you can connect to the TV and a VPN service that supports it.
3. VPN directly on the SmartTV device
You can use your SmartTV directly by adding a VPN wifi router to your network. (Link: solution: In this case you connect a VPN router directly in your network BEFORE your SmartTV and need a VPN service that supports the use of routers.
Is the use of a VPN to bypass geographical barriers to watch German TV in Spain illegal?
No. The agreements between the rights owners and the TV broadcasters do not make it illegal for users to circumvent these blocks. In short, it is the responsibility of the TV stations to restrict access, the users themselves have no obligation to do so. Should this not be done for technical reasons or should users circumvent these restrictions, this does not imply any breach of law or any illegal action on the part of the users. Of course, this also includes when you see DAZN, Netflix, Sky and others abroad. Therefore it is completely legal to use a VPN to watch German TV in Spain.
Which VPN service should I use for German TV in Spain?
The question is of course relevant, since not every VPN provider has corresponding locations to choose from, or the required software for the end device is missing, or the speed is simply too low. Therefore you have to make a good comparison when making your choice. In the following I have compiled the "best VPN for TV viewers". These have a cheap tariff, the necessary software for all common devices and of course also sufficiently fast VPN servers. With these VPNs it should be no problem anymore to watch German TV in Spain.
German TV in Spain - video portals help with the use
Watching German TV in Spain is still impossible in Germany because of complicated copyright agreements, but it is already very popular in Switzerland. TV video portals, like "cable TV providers", broadcast a large number of "German-language TV channels", and of course LIVE and around the clock. Some of the Swiss providers are available free of charge and only require a "Swiss IP address" to be used. In addition, there is usually the possibility of viewing recordings of TV broadcasts or even a limited period of time retroactively. So this means that you can also watch the morning film in the evening. The whole thing goes back up to 14 days. This is an enormous advantage for each individual user, because TV is no longer "linear" in time but adapts itself to its own time conceptions. In order to use these Swiss TV portals, you need a Swiss IP address, which can also be used by the VPN services mentioned above.
Important note on registration:
With the two portals mentioned, you can watch TV in Spain, for example. However, they offer you the full scope for use ONLY if you create an account there. If you do not use a "Swiss IP address" (already during the account creation via a VPN service) then you will only be able to use this service with restrictions or not at all! Both portals offer a free and also affordable tariff for use . The free ones are mostly limited to the maximum usage of the service per month. Affordable tariffs offer not only unlimited use, but also additional recording of broadcasts or other advantages. Both services can also be used free of charge!
You can also use many portals and VPN directly on the TV set to watch German TV in Spain
zattoo.com also offers apps for Amazon FireTV and Android TV boxes. This allows you to use a VPN service directly on your TV set and connect to another location - German, Austrian or Swiss TV. (You can also turn the tables and watch Spanish TV in Germany, if you like. If you have a Swiss IP address, you can also use zattoo.com for free and have convenient access to all the German-language TV channels available. You need an Amazon FireTV or a TV box based on Android. - Android TV Boxes are usually available at any well-stocked electronics store. (Pay attention to at least 2GB Ram memory, 4k resolution and the processor S912 which should be installed)