The most popular TV channel in Switzerland is probably SRG SSR. The channel was founded back in 1931 and it has its headquarter in Bern. And in days when almost everything is financed by commercials, SRG SSR still gets 70% of its income from license fees. Another great thing with SRG SSR is that they have their SRF Player, in which you can see the most popular programs after it was originally aired, and also see the SRF Player live stream. But, how to watch SRF Player from outside Switzerland?
If you are located outside Switzerland and try to watch SRF, you will most likely get an error message looking something very much like this one.
The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation is using something you might have heard of as a geo-block, making it almost impossible for people located outside the borders of Switzerland to watch these programs online. Luckily there is a solution, and if you keep on reading, you will find it!
Watch SRF / SRG SSR from outside Switzerland
To watch this Swiss TV channel from abroad you will need to get yourself a Swiss IP address. That might sound advanced to people with little computer and Internet knowledge, but luckily it is very easy and quick to get such an IP address. This article is written from outside Switzerland, so the error message on the screenshot above is a very real one, but the next picture is just as real, a picture as we watch House of Cards on SRF Player from outside Switzerland.
How do you watch SRF from abroad?
What did we do to watch SRF? We used a VPN connection. a VPN connects your computer or mobile device to a server in Switzerland, and when the connection is setup, you will find yourself surfing with a local Swiss IP address, which will remove the earlier mentioned geographical limitations, which again will make it possible for you to watch SRF Player from abroad. As we made the screenshot and tried it ourselves, we used the VPN provider HideMyAss, which has IP addresses and servers in Switzerland, making it easy, quick and cheap to get yourself an IP address in Switzerland.
Follow these simple steps to watch SRG SSR
- Sign up for the HideMyAss VPN service.
- Download their VPN client.
- Connect to a server in Switzerland.
- Restart your browser.
- Visit the SRF Player and enjoy the show!
We hope this information will help you, and maybe you will find it especially enjoyable during live sports events which are broadcasted live in the SRF Player, or as you watch The Voice or other great programs broadcasted by SRG SSR.
If you have questions or comments, feel free to use the comment field!