Access ESPN Outside The US
WatchESPN is a must have app for any American sports fan. Not just a fan of American sports, but an American that loves sports of any kind. There's simply no other way to get access to content like
- ESPN Deportes
- Goal Line/Buzzer Beater
To get Sports Center you'll have to download a separate app, but you don't need to pay for a membership for that one.
And the bad news is that all of this content is not available outside the US. Even if you are a paying member of WatchESPN, you still can't access the site outside of this country. I'm not sure if it's restrictions from advertisers, to protect the content from being recorded and redistributed, or just to save bandwidth for those in the US.
Whatever the reason, this is quite common with streaming services, and you see the same policies for Hulu, Netflix, and even non-US sites blocking users outside their own countries.
How To Get ESPN Outside The US
First off, you'll need a subscription to the service. For US citizens, this process is simple – just use your US based credit card after you activate the software I show you below. For non-US people, you'll have to experiment. I haven't tried this yet, but very often companies like this won't accept non-US credit cards.
Netflix doesn't care, and also accepts PayPal. Hulu does care, and will not allow you to sign up with foreign credit cards. I'm not sure about ESPN. If you try, let us know how it goes.
The next step is that you have to get a bit of software called a VPN. Yes, this is going to cost you a few dollars, but it's not expensive. VPN services charge a monthly subscription fee for access to the software, usually about $10 per month, or sometimes cheaper if you sign up for 6-12 months in advance.
What's A VPN?
A VPN can be used for a bunch of different things including privacy and security. Worried about getting hacked? Use a VPN. Worried about the NSA spying on you? Use a VPN.
But for streaming blocked TV, they are useful too. The privacy and security features they use actually change the IP of your phone, tablet, or computer, meaning that websites now think you are in a different place.
You can be in Japan, connect to a US VPN server, and websites will think you are in the US. The same goes for any country in the world. You can be in the US, connect to a Japanese server, and they'll think you're in Japan.
What's The Best One for WatchESPN?
It's tough to say because things like your internet speed, your device and OS, as well as your actual location can affect the performance of the VPN. I do have a top 5 list you can check out.
My Top rated VPN is one called VyprVPN. The reason I like them is that they have very solid software, and have great apps for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows. This makes installing and using the VPN very easy for novice users.
I've also had great experience with their VPN speeds and customer service. You can read my full review of VyprVPN to see prices and other features that come included in your subscription. Yes, they have US servers so you can watch ESPN outside the US.
If you end up trying this out, come back and let us know how it goes. Every users's VPN experience is different, so I try to keep up with which services are performing well so I can make sure my recommendations are up to date.
Have fun, and enjoy your streaming sports!