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How to Watch ESPN+ in Canada

Do you want to watch ESPN+ in Canada so that you no longer have to go through untrustworthy sites to watch your favorite sports or so that you can see your friends play their college matches? You aren’t the only one. ESPN+ is currently only available in the US, meaning that people all over the world search for a solution.

In this guide, we are going through the entire process of getting ESPN+ in Canada, including registration which isn’t as easy as a standard registration due to a need for an American card.

Creating an ESPN+ Account to Watch ESPN+ in Canada

Before you even create an ESPN+ account you will need to fool ESPN+ into thinking that you are in the US which we’ll talk about in the next step if you want to get into that, but we wanted to mention this aspect first as it’s the most important step and for some a barrier between being able to watch ESPN+ in Canada or not.

To create an ESPN+ account just like with Hulu in Canada which we covered how to set up before, you need an American issued card.

Both ESPN+ and Hulu use the same verification techniques for making sure that you are watching in supported countries. 

How do you get an American card to watch ESPN+ in Canada? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Travel to the US and get an American issued card there.
  2. Ask someone that lives in the US that you know, if you can use their card or if they can share their account with you.
  3. Order a prepaid card issued in the US.
  4. Get a virtual prepaid card issued in the US.

In our recent post about ESPN+ in the UK, we mentioned that Revolut, even though not American, does work with ESPN+ and Hulu. The issue is that Revolut isn’t yet available in Canada. With that said, due to your location to the US, it should be relatively easy for you find either a prepaid or virtual card that will allow you to watch ESPN+ in Canda, with some quick Google searches.

Other than that, apart from the part that you also need to fool ESPN+ into thinking that you are in the US, registration for ESPN+ is just like registration for any other platform.

Fooling ESPN+ Into Thinking That You Are in the Us to Watch ESPN+ in Canada

How do you fool ESPN+

By using a VPN.

What’s a VPN service? It’s a way for you to change your internet location to be somewhere else in the world without moving. That means that you can unblock entertainment that isn’t accessible to you and that the data you are transmitting or receiving stays encrypted.

With a “but..”

Thre are two vital things that a VPN service must be able to do for you to be able to watch ESPN+ in Canada.

  1. It needs to be able to work all the time while you are watching ESPN+ as if it stops working just for a few moments, ESPN+ will figure out that you aren’t in the US.
  2. ESPN+ must be supported. Connecting to an American server, unfortunately, does not automatically mean that you will be able to access ESPN+. And the same applies to Hulu and American Netflix. We’ll explain why below.

See, a standard VPN server can be detected by services such as ESPN+. And since they can be detected, whether ESPN wants to or not, it needs to take some measures to prevent users using a VPN from accessing ESPN+. Otherwise, ESPN could be breaking contracts that are signed for rights to show ESPN+ content only in the US. 

A great example of why that makes sense is BT Sports in the UK. They paid £1.2 billion for exclusive rights to the Champions League in the UK. Why should somebody pay a lot of money for a BT Sports subscription if they can just access the Premier League on ESPN+ for $4.99 per month? That’s why VPN services often don’t work with entertainment platforms.

That’s something that PrivateVPN has been tackling. If you compare us to most other VPN providers, you will notice that they have thousands of servers. We don’t, and for some people, that might be a problem, but when it comes to entertainment, it’s the quality of the servers that matters which is why we support all the top platforms mentioned previously and many more that you can find out about on our blog.

PrivateVPN? It’s not free, but neither is any other service that will let you watch ESPN+. It does come with a 7-day risk-free trial though. A trial that is the simplest trial you will ever sign up for. Just provide your email and your password.

And after your trial is finished, it’s the best-valued service you can get for entertainment, and our customers agree, but once again, if you were to disagree, you do have that 7-day risk-free trial.

Things to Know About ESPN+ in Canada

PrivateVPN, just like all other VPN services, doesn’t work on platforms that don’t support VPN services such as Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, or smart TVs. What can you do in that situation? You can either get a Fire TV Stick that supports services like PrivateVPN, or you can otherwise install a VPN on your router which isn’t ideal for many reasons but is an option if you really need to watch ESPN+ in Canada on the likes of your Apple TV. And we do have guides around installing VPN on your router on our site.

The other thing that we didn’t mention about ESPN+ in Canada? That you won’t get access to ESPN channels directly. ESPN+ still offers an incredible amount of value with its subscription service and offers just about all of its content there, but you need to be aware that it won’t offer you the exact ESPN channels if that’s what you are after. That’s because for that you need to have a TV subscription in the US. 

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Written by Michael Smolski.