ZDF Livestream

ZDF.de is a German TV channel, and on their website, you can find great content. The best is of course the icon in the upper right corner of the website where you can press and watch the ZDF Live stream.

I am writing this article from outside Germany and the problem is that as I click the “Das ZDF im Livestream” button to watch I do not actually get to see the live content, but instead I get this boring error message.

ZDF error message
Diese Sendung kann Ihnen leider wegen rechlicher Beschränkungen nicht angeboten werden. Wir bitten um Ihr Verständnis.

To bypass this error message and get the chance to watch the ZDF live stream from abroad, just like I want to at the moment I am writing this article, you need to make ZDF believe that you are located in Germany, something that can be done by getting yourself a German IP address. To show how this works I have a subscription myself with the VPN provider ExpressVPN, Here are the steps I am taking to get rid of the error message and watch ZDF.de online instead!

Steps to watch ZDF.de from abroad

  1. Get yourself an ExpressVPN subscription (if you do not already have one). When you have purchased a subscription, download their VPN client to your computer, phone, tablet, or TV.
  2. Open the ExpressVPN client and connect to a server in Germany.
  3. Restart your browser and visit ZDF.de again.
  4. Press the watch live stream button and it should now be working.
I am watching ZDF from abroad
I am watching ZDF from abroad

Here you can see a screenshot taken by me after following the steps mentioned earlier, and I am now watching ZDF.de from outside Germany. It is very simple and very efficient. And, using this technology and VPN service provided by ExpressVPN you can also get yourself a Netflix account in Germany, or watch popular TV channels such as NBC from Germany.

So, go ahead and visit the ExpressVPN website and get ready to watch the ZDF.de live stream from wherever you are in the world!

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For your information, it is good to know that ZDF is a brilliant channel also because they broadcast lots of cool sports events and make them available online in their live stream. This is valid for Champions League matches, events happening during the Winter Olympics, and other big and important happenings.