How to watch US TV/Cable Outside the US: Stream American TV abroad
If you’re not physically on US soil, but still want to watch Cable, fear not. Here we explain How to watch US Cable/TV outside the US.
See also: Which VPNs still work with BBC iPlayer?
How to watch US TV/Cable Outside the US
Let’s face it. America has the best TV in the world – even if most of it is plagued by ads. Luckily, thanks to VPNs and online-only cable providers, anyone in the world can now watch US TV too.
To get started, there are only two things you need. First is a VPN that lets you spoof your IP address to look like you’re connecting to the internet from somewhere in the US.
Next, you need a subscription to a cable provider that lets you stream live and catch-up TV online. We recommend Fubo.TV.
When you have these two things, you can watch American Cable from anywhere in the world.
- Sign up to a VPN provider with fast servers in the US (PureVPN)
- Subscribe to a cable provider that lets you watch live and catch-up TV online (Fubo.TV).
See also: How to watch BBC iPlayer Abroad.
How to watch US TV/Cable Outside the US: VPN
Pretty much all online TV is now geo-restricted. This means you won’t be able to watch content online if you’re not in the country where the TV was originally broadcast.
VPNs offer a great workaround for this problem.
VPNs work by encrypting your data and then decrypting it a country and server of your choice. This keeps your data secure and also lets you spoof your location. This means you can use a VPN to get around a TV-provider’s geo-blocked content.
There are several good VPNs that let you watch US TV and cable outside the US – see below for our top three.
How to watch US TV/Cable Outside the US: Cable subscription
Getting a subscription to a cable TV provider is a little tricky if you’re not a US resident. Most cable company’s require customers to have a physical address in the US before allowing them to sign up for a TV package.
Fubo.TV is different.
This is a cable TV service that is online-only and only requires a generic Zip Code for sign up. After that, users can stream 75 channels of live sports, TV shows and movies. All in HD.
You can get your first month for only $19.99 by clicking here.
Note: You’ll need to have your VPN connection to a server in the US before signing up.
3 BEST VPNs to watch US TV/Cable Outside the US
PureVPN is a fast and reliable VPN provider with dedicated apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Amazon Fire TV Stick. It’s easy-to-use and works perfectly with Fubo.tv.
The reason we’ve ranked PureVPN as the best way to watch US TV/Cable Outside the US due to its dedicated IP option (see NordVPN below). While Fubo.TV is not currently blacklisting shared VPN servers from accessing its content, that’s the way the industry is heading. To futureproof yourself against this, we suggest buying a dedicated IP, which will never get blacklisted, from PureVPN for an extra $1.99/month.
*Buy with “Dedicated US IP” for guaranteed access.
NordVPN represents a great way to watch US TV/Cable Outside the US. It has the most servers in the US of any VPN provider, meaning you’re guaranteed a fast connection.
However, the one downside is that TV providers such as Netflix, and BBC iPlayer in the UK, have started blocking its servers. NordVPN is almost a victim of its own success. Because so many people use its servers to watch content in different locations, it makes its servers easy to spot and blacklist.
NordVPN combats this with Cat and Mouse tactics. When one of its IPs is blacklisted it opens a new one. The result is effective, but it does mean you sometimes have to cycle through several different servers before you find one that works.
If you’re willing to do this. NordVPN is a great all-round VPN provider. It offers fast speeds and a massive range of servers in other countries.
IP Vanish is similar to NordVPN. It used to regularly rank in the Top 3 VPNs for a number of different purposes. Its popularity has meant it’s also been one of the first VPNs to be blacklisted.
Fast forward to today, and IPVanish is on the right track. We’ve been in contact with the press team and they assured us a long-term fix is being worked on. In the meantime, IPVanish is playing the same game of Cat and Mouse with the BBC as NordVPN.
The kicker for IPVanish is that it offers a dedicated Amazon Fire Stick app.