Is it possible to watch ZDF/ARD online in Ireland? I live here, but would love to watch German TV, and especially the upcoming FIFA World Cup on ZDF/ARD. Can that be done from abroad?
That is a brilliant question, and the answer to your question is yes. It can be done, but you need to trick around a bit. The upcoming FIFA World Cup will be broadcasted in Ireland as well, so you can watch the matches on Irish TV, but if you want to watch them on German TV (which is understandable as you cheer for Germany), you will need to give the ZDF/ARD website the impression that you are in Germany.
To do so, you will need to make the ZDF/ARD website believe that you are in Germany. The best way to do so is by using a VPN service. Such a service will let you connect to a server in Germany, which will result in you getting a German IP address, which again will make you able to watch German TV online in Ireland.
For this purpose, I recommend using the VPN services of IPVanish. That is an American VPN service with servers all across the world, also in Germany. Sign up, connect to a server in Germany, and you are good to go.
If you later move back to Germany and miss Irish TV, you can also use IPVanish to get an Irish IP address, in order to stream RTE and other Irish TV channels from abroad.