You might know her as X23 in Logan, but on November 3rd, 2019, the whole world will see her as Lyra Belacqua in the new show His Dark Materials. Dafne Keen will star in the new BBC/HBO show, which promises to be a hit in the UK and the US. However, these are the only regions where people can see it as HBO and BBC iPlayer are only available in these countries. Well, not for long. This is a help guide, and a solution is exactly what you’ll be getting. Here’s how you can watch His Dark Materials in the USA, Australia, NZ, or anywhere else outside the United Kingdom.
First, let’s set things clear. His Dark Material is a BBC production, and it will air on November 3rd, 2019, on BBC iPlayer in the UK. However, there’s another player in town that’s distributing the show in the US as well.
As good as this may sound, you should know that anyone outside the US or UK cannot watch the show due to geo-restrictions. The channels broadcasting the new hit series apply geo-blocking, which is a mechanism that restricts a user’s access based on their geographical location.
These streaming services can determine your actual location by examining your IP address. If you don’t have a “US or UK” IP, you’re not streaming anything. It’s fine. I’m here to help you out. We’ll be talking about the solutions later on in this article. But first, we should shed some light on the channels broadcasting the show and the problem you’ll be facing. So, here we go.
BBC iPlayer (UK)
Since it’s a BBC production, it’s quite obvious which streaming platform will be airing the show. BBC iPlayer allows you to watch content from a vast majority of the BBC’s TV show output from the last 30 days.
This rule doesn’t apply to every show. You’ll find programs that last in the channel’s catalog for much longer than that.
Did I mention that it’s totally free? But you must create an account and then all the BBC streaming goods are yours. Now, let’s talk about the unfortunate news.
The service is only available in the United Kingdom. It will block your access if your traffic is coming from abroad. Here’s the geo-error message you get:
“BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues.”
In this guide, I’ll help you get the channel in your regions, don’t fret. In case you didn’t know, analysts estimate 65 million people regularly access the service from outside the UK, and you’ll be one of them. Once you’re done with this guide, you’ll be able to stream His Dark Materials live on Mac, iOS, Roku, PC, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation, Apple TV, Xbox, Android, and Chromecast.
In the United States, the show will air one day after it does in the UK. To be more exact, you’ll stream the show on HBO on November 4th, 2019.
HBO has two methods you can use to watch its content, HBO Go and HBO Now. Both services grant you full access to HBO’s catalog.
However, access to the services differ. HBO Go requires a cable subscription to one of the US’ cable providers. That includes Xfinity, Horizon, Spectrum, DISH, DirecTV, and more.
As for HBO Now, you’re only required to pay a $14.99 monthly fee, and you’re ready to stream. It’s a standalone service that has more than 5 million paying subscribers. Join them, and you’ll be watching His Dark Materials live on the following platforms:
Amazon Fire TV
Samsung Smart TV
Just like BBC iPlayer, HBO is only available to those residing in the United States. If you don’t have a US IP address (Living abroad), your access will be terminated almost instantly. There’s also a geo-error message that pops up once you try to stream the channel’s content overseas. I’m going to show you the one you get with HBO Go as an example. Here’s how it looks like:
“Not in service area. HBO Go is only supported in the U.S and certain U.S territories.”
As I mentioned, I’m here to help you with this issue. So, read the next part and learn how to unblock both services so you could watch His Dark Materials live anywhere.
His Dark Material – The Compass Points Everywhere
To access the channels outside their respective regions, you need to mask your own location and appear to be browsing the web from theirs. To do so, there’s an internet tool that can change your IP to another one valid in a country of your choosing.
That, of course, is based on the server you connect to. Once the connection is established, your data will flow through a private tunnel to the server you chose, encrypting it in the process. As a result, you’ll be completely safe from cyber attacks and prying eyes that are looming around on the World Wide Web.
Another benefit of a VPN is that it cloaks your IP address and assigns you one in the country where the server is based. For example, if you connect to a server in the US, you’ll receive an American IP address. Consequently, you’ll be able to access HBO and other US streaming services no matter where you are.
You can do the same in BBC iPlayer’s case but by connecting to a server in the United Kingdom.
Here’s what you need to do:
First, sign up with a VPN provider. In case you don’t know what to choose, I highly recommend ExpressVPN.
Download and install their VPN application on your Android, iOS, PC, Mac, or Fire Stick.
Open the application and sign in with your VPN credentials.
Connect to a server based on the channel you chose to watch the show on:
US server for HBO.
UK server for BBC iPlayer.
Launch your channel’s official website or its dedicated application.
Stream His Dark Materials live anywhere.
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A VPN Alternative – Unlocator’s Blazing Fast Speeds
VPNs will cause a drop in your connection once the encryption takes place. In this case, you can settle for an alternative, Smart DNS proxy. This service doesn’t encrypt your data, which means there won’t be any added security.
It’s only there to bypass regional restrictions, not more. Smart DNS reroutes the parts in your traffic responsible for showcasing your current location. No encryption or IP address change takes place. So, here’s how you can configure it.
First, sign up with Unlocator. You get a free 7-day trial.
On their website, check the setup guides. You’ll be able to configure their Smart DNS feature on PC, Mac, Android, iOS, Chromecast, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, PlayStation, Xbox, and more. Just pick the right guide for your device and you’re done.
Finally, you can stream His Dark Materials anywhere.
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His Dark Materials – Inside The Golden Compass
Those of you who are familiar with the 2017 adaptation of the books “The Golden Compass” are the most excited to see this one. The new show, His Dark Materials, is going to continue the story fans were left with back in 2007.
The series will show a world where a war is brewing between an authoritarian Church and those who resist it. If you’re familiar with The Golden Compass, you should know that it’s a world where every person has their own shapeshifting, animal-shaped companion, a manifestation of their soul.
Logan’s Dafne Keen will take on the role of Lyra Belacqua, a girl who grows up as an orphan in Oxford. As the days pass, children start vanishing, including her best friend Roger.
Lyra then embarks on a journey to the Arctic to find him and she discovers a conspiracy involving her world’s domineering Church. Oh, did I mention that X-23 isn’t the only mutant in the movie? There’s Professor X himself (James McAvoy) also in the new series, taking the role of Lord Asriel.
BBC and HBO unveiled a new trailer for their upcoming TV series. Here it is:
Stream His Dark Materials Anywhere – Final Thoughts
The Golden Compass is making its way to your small screens in the form of His Dark Materials courtesy of HBO, BBC One and New Line Cinema.
Now, wherever you are, you can stream the show’s premiere live using a Virtual Private Network. If you need anything, or just want to chitchat about the series, hit me up in the comment section below.