YouTube TV is a live TV and on-demand streaming service by Google. It is one of the most popular streaming services today. Despite being launched in 2017, the streaming giant became the number 1 choice for cord-cutters with over 85+ channels. YouTube TV is a great alternative to cable TV with applications available for Apple TV, Smart TVs, and Amazon Firestick.
As amazing as all that sounds, for viewers in Australia, YouTube TV is geo-blocked and is only available inside the United States. Due to content distribution rights and deals with broadcasters, YouTube TV doesn’t offer its services outside the US.
Fortunately, you can use a virtual private network (VPN) to watch YouTube from abroad in Australia. If you are looking for details, you can check out this quick guide on how to watch YouTube TV in Australia.
Why is YouTube TV not available in Australia?
YouTube TV doesn’t have the right to offer its content anywhere outside the US. The platform has over 85+ American TV channels that can only be streamed inside the United States. That is why, when you try to watch it in Australia, it can detect your IP address and block access.
YouTube TV uses IP detection technology to determine visitors’ IP addresses and allow or block content accordingly. This is where a VPN comes in. With a VPN, you can easily connect to a US server, and it will change your IP to America. Now, with this new IP, you can watch YouTube TV on Firestick in Australia.
It will trick YouTube TV into thinking that you are located somewhere inside the US when in reality, you are in Australia.
Can you download the YouTube TV app on Amazon Firestick in Australia?
Yes, you can download the YouTube TV app on Firestick from the Amazon Store. In 2017 the app was removed from Firestick platforms due to a falling out between Google and Amazon, but it came back in 2019.
Now, YouTube TV is officially available on Amazon App Store, and you can download it in Australia using a VPN to watch Live TV online.
How to Install YouTube TV app on Firestick in Australia
Follow these steps to download the official YouTube TV app on your Amazon Firestick in Australia:
- Install a VPN on your Firestick to bypass geo-blocking on YouTube TV.
- Turn on your Firestick.
- From the home window, select Search > Find.
- Type YouTube TV > click the app and choose option Get.
- Click Download and wait for the app to finish downloading.
- Once downloaded, open the app.
- Sign in and enjoy.
Now you can enjoy YouTube TV on your Firestick from Australia. Keep in mind that to watch on-demand content and Live TV, you will need to sign up for YouTube TV. Luckily, it offers a 14-day free trial, so you can use it for free for 14 days and enjoy.
What channels are offered by YouTube TV?
YouTube TV has a long list of TV channels offered to viewers. Here is the lineup of currently offered channels:
YouTube TV Sports Channels
- MLB Network
- LA Football Club
- Seattle Sounders FC
- ESPN 2
- Fox Sports
- Big Ten Network
- Golf Channel
- CBS Sports Network
- YES Network
YouTube TV Lifestyle Channels
- Food Network
- Nat Geo
- Travel Channel
YouTube TV News Channels
- BBC World News
- Fox Business
- Fox News
- Local Now
- BBC America
- ABC News Live
YouTube TV Entertainment Channels
- Sundance TV
- Paramount Network
- MTV Classic
- Comedy Central
- Adult Swim
YouTube TV Kids Channels
- Universal Kids
- Nick Jr.
- Disney Junior
- Cartoon Network
- Disney Channel
- Disney XD
Apart from these channels, YouTube TV also offers a couple of popular channels as Add-ons. These include:
- HBO Max
- Fox Soccer Plus
Is watching YouTube TV in Australia (outside the US) Illegal?
No, watching YouTube TV in Australia or anywhere outside the US is not considered illegal. It is perfectly legal to unblock YouTube TV with a VPN and stream it on your Amazon Firestick or other devices in Australia.
Using a VPN is only considered illegal if you use it to commit illegal acts like crime, theft, downloading and distributing copyrighted material, etc. It is perfectly legal to use a VPN in Australia for streaming.
With a VPN service, you can virtually connect to any server location you want and access other geo-blocked channels and platforms on your Amazon Fire TV Stick. Some popular streaming services that viewers from Australia can enjoy using a VPN are:
- Hulu (only available in US and Japan)
- HBO Max (available in the US, Latin America, and a few European countries)
- EPIX (only available in the USA)
- Peacock TV (only available in the US)
- Sling TV (only available in the US)
- NBC (only available in the US)
- BBC iPlayer (only available in the K)
- ThreeNow (only available in New Zealand)
YouTube offers more than 85 channels of news, live sports, entertainment, lifestyle, and more. You can now watch YouTube TV in Australia using a VPN on your Firestick device by downloading its official app. YouTube TV also offers a 14-day free trial, so you can try the streaming service before buying.