The iTV Player add-on for Kodi gives you a way to tune into a handful of different British iTV channels. There’s one catch, though: if you travel outside the UK, geographical internet blocks will get in your way.
We found an easy way to hop over iTV’s geo-blocks and access its channels from anywhere. Read on to discover how you can use iTV Player while traveling abroad and find out:
- How to install the iTV Player add-on for Kodi
- What the iTV Player add-on looks like and how it works
- Why iTV’s website is better than than its add-on
- How the iTV Player add-on compares to BBC iPlayer
Before you can use the iTV Player add-on, you’ll need to download and install Kodi. Kodi is available on Mac, Windows, Android and many other platforms.
You’ll also need:
- An internet connection
- A Kodi compatible operating system
- An UK TV licence
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- 1 Prerequisites
- 2 Before we Proceed
- 3 How to Install iTV Player on Kodi
- 4 A Geo-block Fix for iTV
- 5 What Can You Do With the iTV Add-on?
- 6 How to watch iTV via the iTV website
- 7 The iTV Add-on Vs. the iTV Website
- 8 The iTV Add-on Vs. BBC iPlayer Add-on
Before we Proceed
We highly recommend using a VPN when using Kodi. Kodi users have been known to receive copyright infringement notices for streaming movies, sports, and TV shows through various addons. If you would like to keep your streaming habits private, our recommendation is IPVanish - a complete privacy solution for Kodi users. It's also worth noting that purchasing a 12 month subscription will give you two months free.
How to Install iTV Player on Kodi
The iTV Player is an unofficial add-on, so you’ll need to connect to an unofficial add-on repository called Noobs and Nerds to install it.
Step 1: Download the Noobs and Nerds repository
Hop over to the Noobs and Nerds portal and download noobsandnerds Repo (2.3.0).zip.
Once you’ve downloaded the Noobs and Nerds zip file, open Kodi and click Add-ons from the side menu. Then, select the box icon.
Next, click Install from zip file and open noobsandnerds Repo (2.3.0).zip.
Step 2: Install iTV Player
Click Install from repository → Noobs and Nerds → Video add-ons → iTV Player and then select Install.
A Geo-block Fix for iTV
If you try to use iTV while travelling outside the UK, nothing will happen when you try to open a live channel or an on-demand video via the iTV add-on. The channel will briefly try to load, and then you’ll see a “playback failed” error message.
The problem isn’t that there’s something wrong with the iTV add-on. The issue is that you’re being geo-blocked by iTV’s servers.
You can get access to the iTV add-on from anywhere by using a VPN. Our recommendation for the best Kodi VPN is IPVanish.
Here’s a step-by-step view of everything you need to do jump over iTV’s geo-block with IPVanish.
Step 1: Sign up for IPVanish
Prices start at $4.87 USD per month.
Step 2: Download the IPVanish program
Download the IPVanish program from the IPVanish site by clicking “Apps.” The IPVanish website will automatically redirect you to the version of the IPVanish program that’s compatible with your computer.
IPVanish works with Windows, macOS, Android and Amazon Fire TV.
Step 3: Install IPVanish
You don’t need to make any changes to the default options when installing IPVanish. Just keep clicking next, and the installer will take care of the rest.
Step 4: Open IPVanish and log in
Once you’ve logged into the IPVanish program using your IPVanish username and password, your screen will look like this:
Step 5: Turn on obfuscation mode
Navigate to Settings → Connection. Then, choose PPTP from the drop down menu and check the Obfuscate VPN traffic box. This step is required. Without it, you will likely get blocked by iTV.
Step 6: Select a UK server and click connect
Any UK server will suffice. Once the IPVanish program connects, your screen will look like this:
What Can You Do With the iTV Add-on?
There are two main things you can do with iTV for Kodi: catch up with recently broadcast shows and tune into live feeds of various iTV channels.
You can get live feeds of iTV 1, 2, 3 and 4 though the iTV add-on, plus iTVBe, CITV and Events/Sports.
All 7 channels worked just fine when I tried them out to see what was on.
Through iTV1, you can watch dramas like Coronation Street and Emmerdale as well as news programs like iTV Evening News 1830 and This Morning.
iTV2 seems to have more American programs compared to iTV1. Tune in to catch shows like American Dad!, The Ellen Degeneres Show and Family Guy.
iTV is all about murder mysteries, classic dramas and movies. A repeat of an older mystery show was on when I tuned in. Top programs on iTV3 include 3 shows that have the word “heart” included in the title: Heartbeat, Where the Heart Is and Wild at Heart.
iTV4 is like a British version of Spike TV – its programming primarily targets men. Pull up this channel when you’re in the mood to watch sports, action movies and situation comedies.
If you like reality shows, iTVBe is the channel for you. Its popular programs include titles like Cake Wars, Buying and Selling and The Real Housewives of Cheshire.
The CITV tagline is: “For kids, by kids.” Its menu of programs includes Mr. Bean: the Animated Series and Powderpuff Girls.
iTV Sport broadcasts live soccer games, horse races, the Rugby World Cup, the French Open Tennis finals and various car championship races.
On-demand TV shows
In addition to live TV feeds, the iTV add-on also links to a small selection of recently broadcast TV shows.
There are two ways you can browse iTV’s on-demand content. You can either browse through category folders or scroll through a giant alphabetical list of shows. There’s no search feature available, unfortunately.
The categories folder sorts on-demand content into 8 different folders: children, comedy, entertainment, drama & soaps, factual, films, news and sports.
If you’d rather just scroll through a long alphabetical list of shows, click the shows folder. Here’s what it looks like:
How to watch iTV via the iTV website
Before you can use the iTV website to watch TV, you have to fill out this form and create an account:
Once you’re logged in, you can select a channel and start watching TV – but you’ll run into this error message if you’re travelling outside the UK:
With IPVanish activated, you can get full access to the iTV website from anywhere.
Just use the exact same work-around that you used to access iTV feeds via the iTV Kodi add-on. Log into IPVanish, select a UK server and turn on obfuscation mode – then smash the big green connect button.
With IPVanish on, you won’t get the geo-block error message and you can flip channels via the bar on the top of the webpage.
The iTV Add-on Vs. the iTV Website
In my opinion, if you plan on watching iTV on your desktop or laptop computer, the iTV website is a much better option compared to the iTV add-on.
As mentioned above, the quality of the video feeds seems to be better when you watch iTV via the iTV website.
Additionally, you have access to far more information about what you’re watching on the iTV site. The interface tells you the name of the show you’re watching on the bottom of the screen, and if you want to know more about it you can follow the link for plot info and other details. You can’t do any of that on the iTV Kodi add-on.
Another thing I like about the iTV website is that it tells you what’s on next. You can even use this handy TV guide to find out what’s playing on all the channels without having to flip around:
Why even bother with the iTV add-on?
The only real reason to use the iTV Player add-on instead of the iTV website to watch iTV is if you use a set-top box instead of a laptop or desktop to run Kodi.
A set-top box is a mini-computer that hooks directly up to your living room TV. The most popular set-top boxes run Android, so all you need to do to install Kodi is download the Kodi app from Google Play.
Set-top boxes are great at playing apps, but their internet browsers aren’t so great because the lack of a mouse and keyboard makes them tricky to use.
One of the best Kodi-compatible set-top boxes out there right now is Nvidia Shield. It looks kind of like an Xbox game console:
In reality, though, Nvidia Shield is more like a suped-up Android phone. If you plug a Nvidia Shield (or any Android powered Kodi box) into your TV set, you can use it to play the Android app version of Kodi and other Android apps.
The iTV Add-on Vs. BBC iPlayer Add-on
Like iTV, the BBC provides live feeds of its channels through its website. There’s also a Kodi add-on in the official Kodi repository called iPlayer WWW that you can use to access BBC content.
As with the iTV add-on, if you happen to be travelling outside of the UK, you’ll need to connect to IPVanish before you use iPlayer WWW. Otherwise, you’ll be greeted with this message when you attempt to open a stream:
Once you’re connected to a UK VPN server, you’ll be able to stream just fine.
Both iTV and iPlayer WWW are excellent live TV add-ons, but I do think that the iPlayer WWW add-on is better overall. The main reason: iPlayer WWW has far more content. Instead of 7 channels, you get 31.
Live TV feeds you can get via iPlayer WWW include all of the following BBC channels:
BBC 1, 2 and 4, CBeebies, BBC News Channel, BBC Parliament, Alba, S4C, BBC One London, BBC One Scotland, BBC Two Northern Ireland, BBC Two Wales, BBC Two England, BBC One Cambridge, BBC One, Channel Islands, BBC One East, BBC One East Midlands, BBC One East Yorkshire, BBC One North East, BBC One North West, BBC One Oxford, BBC One South, BBC One South East, BBC One South West, BBC One West Midlands and BBC One Yorks.
BBC’s iPlayer WWW add-on also has far more on-demand content compared to iTV’s add-on.
Since both the iPlayer WWW and iTV add-ons are free, why not get both?
How to get the iPlayer WWW add-on
Because iPlayer WWW is in the official Kodi repository, you don’t have to connect to a 3rd party repository to download and install it.
Just open Kodi, then navigate to Add-ons → box icon → Install from repository → Kodi Add-on repository → Video Add-ons → iPlayer WWW → Install