The government is cracking down on censorship laws, making it impossible to access hundreds of websites. The government blocks are also interfering with Kodi add-ons.
Worry no more, as this article will teach you, step-by-step, how to unblock Kodi add-ons in the UK. All of them.
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- 1 What’s stopping you?
- 2 The Best VPN
- 3 How to Unblock Kodi on British Telecommunications (BT)
- 4 How to Unblock Kodi on Virgin Media
- 5 How to Unblock Kodi on Sky Broadband
- 6 How to Unblock Kodi on Talk Talk
- 7 How to Set Up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to Bypass U.K.’s Internet Censor
- 8 Getting Started With IPVanish
What’s stopping you?
There are two levels of censorship at play, each of which contribute to problems with Kodi. The good news is, they can both be removed by following the steps below.
The first kind of block is a “parental control” setting which is automatically enabled by your ISP. While all four major players in the British telecom market use parental blocks, they are easily removed.
The second kind of block is installed at a macro level by the British government. If you removed the first level of blocks but are still having trouble accessing the content you wish to view, it is time to install a VPN.
Read on to find out how how to remove both kinds of blocks and gain full access to all that Kodi has to offer.
The Best VPN
The best VPN for getting rid of Kodi blocks is IPVanish, a favourite of the Kodi community. IPVanish will encrypt your internet connection, ensuring that what you watch through Kodi remains private while simultaneously circumventing any ISP censorship. Here are some of its other features:
How to Unblock Kodi on British Telecommunications (BT)
Smart Setup is BT’s online set-up wizard. It is the interface through which you manage all your BT Broadband features and services on the devices you connect to your BT Hub.
1. Open any web browser on a device which is connected to your Hub, and type 192.168.1.254 in the address bar. Your Hub manager will open.
2. Click Smart Setup
3. Enter the admin password. The default password will be found on your Hub settings card on the back of your Hub. If you have changed your Hub password and can’t remember it, use the password override feature to create a new password without losing your personal Hub settings and configuration.
4. Click the “On/off” button to turn Smart Setup on or off
5. Remember once you make any changes you’ll need to save them. Click Save
For additional help (or if you’re running on BT Home Hub 4 or 5) follow this link.
If you are still having trouble accessing Kodi content after following the steps listed above, sign up with IPVanish to bypass the UK government block.
How to Unblock Kodi on Virgin Media
Virgin’s automatically enabled censor is called Web Safe, and it’s easy to turn off.
1. Register or sign in to virginmedia.com/myvirginmedia with your primary My Virgin Media username and password.
2. Click on My Apps
3. Click on Web Safe
4. Click Settings.
You will be presented with the option of keeping or turning off both Virus Safe and Child Safe. Turn off both, as Virus Safe disables many plug-ins and websites that are crucial to streaming content on Kodi. Although turning off ‘Virus Safe’ may sound unappealing, you’ll be no worse off than our neighbours across the Atlantic in the U.S. and Canada in terms of network security.
For additional help, reference this video.
This should enable most of the features of Kodi which you are accustomed to using.
How to Unblock Kodi on Sky Broadband
Sky has installed a censorship tool called the Sky Broadband Shield, which flags many of the sites Kodi add-ons rely upon as malicious. Therefore, it is important that you completely disable the Shield, and not just set the age rating to 18 across all devices.
To do this, follow these steps:
2. Once you’ve signed in, scroll down the page and select Switch off.
Allow 15 minutes for changes to take effect.
How to Unblock Kodi on Talk Talk
As a Talk Talk customer, you have free access to their HomeSafe and SuperSafe software. Both can interfere with the functioning of Kodi, so if you have not yet installed either, don’t. If you have, and are looking to remove them, follow these steps:
1. Go to https://myaccountholding.talktalk.co.uk/ and log in using your Talk Talk username and password. If their website is down, call the service number and request for HomeSafe and SuperSafe to be turned off for your network service.
2. Once you’ve entered your My Account, select Extras & Offers from the menu at the top of the page. You’ll see this screen below.
3. Simply click off for all three features, and allow a few minutes for changes to take effect.
If you have followed these steps, and your Kodi add-ons are still malfunctioning, follow this comprehensive guide to circumvent the U.K.’s nationwide Internet censor.
How to Set Up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to Bypass U.K.’s Internet Censor
If you’ve followed Step 1, but Kodi is still unable to stream your favourite shows and movies this is because you are trying to access content hosted on websites which the government has deemed malicious. “Malicious” sites are blocked at the national level.
Short of leaving the United Kingdom, the only way to circumvent these UK ISP blocks on Kodi is to set up a Virtual Private Network, or VPN for short.
What is a VPN?
A VPN extends a private network across a public network or internet. It enables users with access to the VPN to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network.
Once you’re connected to a VPN, your device is hosted on that private network, and connects to the Internet through a proxy server – a sort of gateway between the VPN and the web.
Why do I need a VPN?
There are many benefits of having a VPN, including security and privacy.
A VPN will allow you to trick the Internet into thinking that we are accessing its content from a place outside of the U.K. In this way, you will be able to circumvent all government imposed censors which are in place when accessing the Internet from a server hosted in the U.K.
Essentially, once you set up and connect to a VPN with a proxy server located outside of the U.K., you will be able to stream content on Kodi as if you were accessing the application from the United States, or any other country with lax internet legislation.
How do I set up a VPN?
Although there are countless guides on the web on how to do this, buyers beware!
If you choose to connect to a public VPN, you will provide the owner and regulator of that network (a complete stranger) with your bandwidth usage. That person will be able to view all data that leaves and enters your bandwidth, and even control how much access you have to the proxy server and therefore to the Internet. Skilled hackers may be able to de-encrypt your personal information that passes through public VPN’s, leading to severe consequences in your personal and professional life.
That being said, there are many companies offering secure, trustworthy VPN service. The one we would like to recommend is IPVanish.
They provide secure access to proxy servers which they host and maintain, and also encrypt all data that enters and leaves your bandwidth. As long as you don’t attract the interest of the SIS, no one will be able to access or control your bandwidth. Their rates start as low as 5 £ per month.
Once you’ve set up a secure VPN, Kodi and all of its add-ons will function as intended!
Getting Started With IPVanish
The technology behind IPVanish is so advanced that even communist censors in China can’t stop it.
Here’s a step-by-step view of everything you need to do jump over the UK government’s internet blocks 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 obfuscation mode switched on, the government will be able to tell that you’re using a VPN and may be able to block access to certain sites.
Step 6: Select a UK server and click connect
Any server located outside the UK will suffice. Once the IPVanish program connects, your screen will look like this:
The green graph represents the amount of data transferred between your computer and IPVanish’s server.
Optional: Get the IPVanish App
If you’re running Kodi on an Android-powered set-top TV box, just download the IPVanish app and log into a UK server before you open a Kodi add-on.