How to Watch the FA Cup Semi-Final Live from Outside the UK?

Updated on: 1 March 2019
Updated on: 1 March 2019

The FA Cup Semi-Final is right around the corner, and there’s little time left to prepare for the upcoming matches. On the 6th and 7th of April, you’ll have the chance to jump into the middle of one epic vagina brawl.

And it’s only fitting that you’ll need a UK IP for the BBC iPlayer streaming service.

And if, strangely enough, you’re not a tea-sipping Brit or if you’re just abroad on business, the issue seems real enough. Normally, you can say goodbye from a live stream with the FA Cup Semi-Final.

Fortunately, there’s hope in store for everyone out there. Except for sovereign citizens and anti-vax people. No hope for them. But for this particular problem, the answer is simple – VPNs.

If you need to have a UK IP in order for this to work, then all you have to do is connect to a VPN server located in the UK, and use the IP you’re provided with. Done deal, you’re now more than able to connect to BBC iPlayer and watch live the FA Cup Semi-Final.

No free VPNs though. Unless you want to get three kinds of cancer and some nasty STDs, that is. Really now, what else is free on this world that is good for anything other than wiping your ass with it?

Not VPNs anyway. So, if the freebies aren’t an option, that what should you do? Good question. And the answer is – premium VPNs. Ideally, you should look towards the very best on the market, since you’ll have the assurance that you’ll get quality services.

Take a look at the following VPNs and why they’re so good.

1. Best VPNs for watching the FA Cup Semi-Final live from outside the UK

If we’re going to do this, we need the best of the best. No second-measures, and no half-assed efforts. For this gig, we don’t need any fuck-ups, but the best in the biz.



I know, you should have seen it coming. After all, NordVPN is the number one online security provider. Period. Whether you’re interested in hiding your dubious online activities from your wife or anyone else, planning on downloading a few truckloads of Bambi Hentai, or just streaming any sports event, NordVPN has you covered.

Just take a look at these crazy specs:

All-around military-grade security coupled with NSA-approved encryption protocols (the AES-256-bit cipher). No hackers are ever going to put a dent in your cyber-shield. Turn it on and smell the sweet whiff of freedom. Online freedom that is.

Quantum speeds, and this doesn’t just sound badass. It also goes the extra way and actually does something for a change. It turns you into a cyber-Flash. 4K and Ultra HD movies on Netflix? Sure, fire away. Live soccer events? Can’t wait.

Nothing, and I do mean it literally, nothing can even make a NordVPN server slow-down in terms of online content. What you see is what you can access (instantly).

Enlist the aid of the professional and golden-rated customer support that’s going to silk wear gloves when taking care of your needs. With affection, care, knowledge, and a zealous attitude, they’ll solve all your problems. Before you even know you have one.

Yeah, you might get a call from a staff member with instructions on how to solve the connection problem you’re going to have in 10 minutes from now. They’re just that good.

An extremely easy to use VPN client that’s literally showing you what to do, where to click, where to look, and it might even remind you to breathe if you forgot to while being in absolute awe. The top reviewers out there have said that NordVPN’s client is the best-looking and most proficient one among all others.

Pricing. By now, you might be willing to sell your kidneys and send your wife into slavery just to get a shot at trying NordVPN. But, just because they’re so good, they aren’t going to ask for that. For a handful of bucks, $11.95 to be more exact, the monthly subscription is yours.

Consider longer subscriptions and you’ll receive a discount, and it’s not just for show. You’ll actually end up paying less money this way.



ExpressVPN comes in the second place, but make no mistake, this online security provider is just as professional as NordVPN. With the exception of some security inconveniences, everything else is at its absolute best.

Just take a look for yourself:

Exponentially more server locations than NordVPN. ExpressVPN has servers in 94 countries, and 148 independent locations around the world. The SmartDNS feature is retrofitted with super-sonic technologies and access to the worldwide mainframe of the internet. Turn any geo-blocking attempt into mush at the press of a button.

All-around excellent security and privacy features with the exception that the no-logging policy lacks in a few things. In the fact that it does keep some logs, albeit non-intrusive or dangerous ones. Still, the fact remains that this is not a true zero no-logging policy.

Speed-wise, let’s just call it what it is. ExpressVPN has many more high-speeds servers that NordVPN. This means that you’ll have plenty more chances to get to 500 Mbps. And if this doesn’t shock you, I don’t know what will.

The average online security provider will only provide you with 30-40 Mbps or around 70 Mbps on its best days. If the server’s located in a backwater country at the edges of the known world, then expect around 10 Mbps at the very maximum.

24/7 customer support – ExpressVPN was the first one to implement this concept in the VPN industry. Naturally, theirs is the best and most professional out there. If you’re nice enough, you might turn the call into a Hotline experience.

Slightly higher prices, but still in an acceptable range. The difference isn’t too big between the two leading VPNs in this sense. ExpressVPN just demands a little more appreciation from your part.

$12.95 per month for a one-month subscription, $9.99 per month for a 6-month subscription or $6.67 per month for a 15-month subscription


IPVanish has to be placed in third place, and there was no deliberation here at all. By far, no one is more qualified to be ranked as third place in the list for best VPNs in the world.

The name is suggestive enough. Nothing is impossible for this US-based VPN, as you’ll get to see:

Excellent security and encryption protocols that are almost as good as those of NordVPN and ExpressVPN. With the exception of it being based in the US, which is the very opposite of trustworthy, everything else is golden.

The US is a part of the 14-Eyes Surveillance Alliance, so any VPN with its headquarters in Trump Land tends to be highly criticized and avoided.

True no-logging policy – IPVanish stakes its whole reputation on the line here. If anyone ever finds out about your activities or gets access to your personal data while the VPN is working, then they’ll take the blame entirely. But that’s not going to happen. Because they don’t keep any logs at all. Ever.

Very good speeds that can get up to 200 Mbps on the high-speed servers, and if your ISP is generous enough with the bandwidth. Other than that, IPVanish will deliver supreme performance, and it hasn’t disappointed until now

Customer support – there’s a 24/7 live chat in effect that’s just as good as the extensive FAQ articles you have at your disposal on the official website. The staff team is very responsive, and you’ll get a solution to your problems in no time

The VPN client, however, isn’t all that up-to-date with the modern aesthetics concepts. At the very least, it’s less good-looking than its upgraded NordVPN and ExpressVPN peers. In terms of functionality, you’ll have to spend some time learning the drills before getting used to it.

Pricing – this is where IPVanish truly shines. It’s like this is an economical VPN used only for dark days. Considering the level of quality they provide, their prices are very accessible. You’ll be left wide-eyed, with your mouth wide open, staring at those incredibly low prices. And you’re going to make use of this opportunity.

2. About the FA Cup Semi-Final between the 6th and 7th of April

Whichever team you support, know that on the 6th and 7th of April, you’ll be able to show your love live, on BBC iPlayer. Connect with one of the aforementioned VPNs, and you’ll have a UK IP ready for you.

Let the games begin, and have fun watching the semifinals.

Written by: Bogdan Patru

Author, creative writer, and tech-geek. Bogdan has followed his passion for the digital world ever since he got his hands of his first pc. After years of accumulating knowledge and experience, the good Samaritan in him whispered him one day about the virtue of sharing that knowledge with those who needed it. It was 2014 when that idea would grow into a life-defining passion. One that keeps driving him to this day.

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