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How to Watch Your Favorite Sports From Any Country

Watching live sports has definitely become a lot easier and more widely accessible in the recent years. Only a decade ago, basically the only way that you could keep up with a live sports event is if you glued yourself to a television set. Nowadays, with the help of streaming websites and easy-to-use, intuitive apps, you can follow live sports on your PC, your tablet and even your smartphone – and best of all, you can do it anywhere.

Well, almost anywhere actually. The problem is that some of these streaming websites, such as Fox Sports, offer their service exclusively to citizens of the US. If you’re located outside the States, or if you just want to watch some sports while you’re on vacation, this can be a problem. And it’s not just Fox Sports, either; streaming services such as Pandora, Hulu and even Netflix have adopted certain geoblocking policies that completely prevent you from connecting to their services from a number of countries. So if you happen to be browsing from one of these countries, you’re going to find it impossible to access these websites in any conventional manner.

Introducing The VPN

If your favorite streaming service has blocked access from your location, fret not, for there is an easy way that you can bypass this blockade. Since your streaming website of choice primarily uses your IP address in order to learn your location, all you have to do is set up a virtual private network (or VPN as it’s commonly abbreviated) on your device. If you haven’t heard of VPNs before, we’ll briefly explain how they work. When you browse the Internet conventionally, your computer directly connects to the server of the website you’re accessing. This server then gets access to some information about your PC, such as your IP address.

When using a VPN, your device actually first connects to your VPN server, receives a new IP address in doing so, and then it connects to the website. The new IP address that you’ve received will tell the website only about the location of your VPN server, instead of your own – and that means that the website thinks that you’re actually browsing from your VPN’s location.

Are VPNs Safe?

Short answer: Yes, most of the time. Long answer: It depends on the VPN. A lot of people are rightfully concerned about their online security and privacy these days, so it’s very important that your VPN of choice doesn’t compromise any of them.  The crucial thing to look out for here is to find a VPN provider that does not log your traffic.

A great VPN service like ExpressVPN or IPVanish will never log your Internet activity, and will provide you wih a secure connection. On the other hand, there are a lot of free VPNs that claim to have a zero log policy, but instead keep extensive logs of your traffic that they can even potentially sell to third parties.

Lag and Buffering Problems

Another concern tied with using VPNs is the connection speed that you get. If your connection isn’t fast enough, you’re going to be experiencing lag and buffering issues when streaming sports, which can get real annoying really fast. When you connect to a website’s server directly, your speed depends on a number of factors, most notably the speed of your connection itself and the speed of the server’s connection. When using a VPN, two more important factors come into play: The distance from your VPN to your location (and the location of your server) and the actual speed of the VPN server.

This means that you need to pick a VPN that’s as close to your location as possible, and one that doesn’t limit your speed and bandwidth while browsing.  Most VPN servers these days offer pretty amazing speeds, so this isn’t that much of a problem as long as you pick a good provider.

Summary

Hopefully, you now know all you need in order to pick the best VPN for your streaming needs and access any and all sports streaming websites you desire. As we already mentioned, the priority is to choose a VPN that won’t slow down your connection, and that can provide you with a server close to your actual location. Once you do you’re all set, and all you have to do is fire up Fox Sports or WatchESPN and tune into your favorite event. Have fun!

Adam Ferraresi is 23 years old, but he first became interested in writing when he was in high school. Today he’s a successful web developer living in Dallas, Texas, and one of the most trusted writers at wefollowtech.com. In his free time, he’s an avid mountain climber and enjoys playing basketball with his friends.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Right. I think the closest fix one can get is to pick all three locations that are close to each other. The vpn user, the vpn server and the location. In my case, i use ivacy to pick the server closest to my location (Kansas City), or to my state if it’s not available in my state. What i found out is that adjacent countries like Canada, Mexico and others don’t really reduce the ping. Of course there is a reduction when i’m trying to ping to the other end of the globe but for routine sports streaming, vpns are okay.

  2. Bypassing geo-restrictions or simply unblocking any site you want is really one of the benefits of having a vpn, and I admit that I can’t start roaming the web without connecting to one and its a must have when it comes to streaming shows for games and such. I did enjoy watching the National hockey league with my FrootVPN, by the way.

  3. Nice article and it is well said that it is very important to choose correct VPN provider because of service quality and integrity of provider itself. I would recommend Traceless VPN, they are not mainstream provider and that allows them to provide truly anonymous service and quality is even better than the rest.

  4. Hey, Adam.Yeah I can’t miss out on football, even when i’m out. That’s when they can come in really handy. I’ve been using ivacy myself. Lucky for me i can choose from various servers so speed usually, is never an issue.

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