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How to Watch ESPN Online Outside of the US (Step-By-Step)

Do you want to watch ESPN online outside of the US? We can help you with that. But unlike other guides, we’ll also warn you that it’s not as easy as just fooling ESPN into thinking that you are in the US. 

We’re going to explain why that is below while providing some great alternatives. And then walk you through how to watch ESPN online outside of the US, step by step.

Why It’s Not Practical for Most to Watch ESPN Online Outside of the US

If you don’t live in the US, you don’t have a TV provider in the US, which means that you won’t get access to ESPN channels. 

ESPN+? It will still let you access incredible matches, sports documentaries, and a lot of college sports, but if something isn’t played on ESPN+, you need to have a TV subscription to access it which is why many people will find watching ESPN online outside of the US limiting.

Which is why for many DAZN, and particularly Canadian DAZN will be the best option for many. It doesn’t have a lot of what ESPN+ has, but it also has a lot that ESPN+ doesn’t with focus on professional leagues over college leagues. And there's a free trial for it to see if you like it.

DAZN or ESPN+? It really depends on your sports needs. If you love American leagues, ESPN+ is the place for that, but Canadian DAZN will offer you the likes of NFL anyway, while also offering top Europe leagues in football including the Champions League.

Either way, on our blog, we have guides about how to unblock both, and many other entertainment platforms too.

How to Watch ESPN Online Outside of the US

There are 2 steps to doing so. 

  1. Create an account using an American card if you don’t already have one.
  2. Fool ESPN into thinking that you are in the US.

We’ll walk you through how to do it even if you don’t currently have an American card.

Creating an ESPN+ Account to Watch ESPN Online Outside of the US

If you already have an American card, you can naturally skip this part. The same of course applies if you already have an ESPN+ account.

If you don’t? 

It’s going to be the easiest for you in Europe.


As for some reason, the UK-based Revolut works both with Hulu and ESPN. We tried both the premium, metal, and virtual cards they offer, and for some reason, they work.

Will that always be the case? We don’t know. But for now, Revolut works.

ESPN guides don’t ever mention the need for an American card. That’s because most people writing these guides don’t actually walk through the steps required to sign up on a service. At PrivateVPN, we do that because we want to solve your issues, whether it’s safety-wise or entertainment-wise.

A premium Revolut account will get you access to virtual cards right away. And the best thing? That since it’s an online bank, it’s far easier to set up than a standard bank. It only takes a few minutes.

We aren’t affiliated with Revolut in any way, and if we come across any other bank that makes it easy to sign up on ESPN, we will mention them too. For us, it’s just about solving your issue fully, and Revolut does that for customers in Europe and some other regions.

If Revolut ever stops working for this for some reason, reach out to us so that we know and can help others that are trying to watch ESPN outside of the US.

Don’t live in Europe or want an alternative? Sure.

  1. Ask someone with an American issued card if they could create an account for you. Offer to share it if needed.
  2. Ask someone in the US to share an account with you. Offer to pay for it if needed.
  3. Get a prepaid card issued in the US.
  4. Get a virtual prepaid card issued in the US.

Step 3 and 4? 

It will take some Google research to find the right company for your region. It’s not impossible but more complicated than just using Revolut.

Of course, before you even register, to watch ESPN online outside of the US, you need to fool ESPN into thinking that you are in the US. We’ll walk through that below.

How to Fool ESPN to Watch ESPN Online Outside of the US

ESPN+ must think that you are in the US.

And for that, you need a VPN.

VPN services allow you to change your location virtually. In this instance, you can watch ESPN online outside of the US, with ESPN thinking that you are in the US if you connect to the right American server.

See, ESPN won’t work with all American servers. The same applies to Hulu and American Netflix. Entertainment platforms have to make efforts to prevent VPN services from working as otherwise, they are breaking agreement with companies as they are letting you watch something outside of the US.

That’s why using the right VPN for entertainment is so important. PrivateVPN? It doesn’t have thousands of servers all over the world. It does have servers all over the world, but instead, we focus on quality and making sure that all the servers we have are of value to you. That’s why we support the most Netflix regions on the market; meanwhile, some VPN companies have thousands of servers more.

Is PrivateVPN the only service that will allow you to watch ESPN online outside of the US? It’s not. There are a few others too. We do however offer a 7-day risk-free trial so that you can try it out for yourselves and after that? Well, our customers love us for the value we provide. Oh, and we do also work with the likes of Hulu, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, HBO, and many more which you can read about on our blog.

That’s How to Watch ESPN Online Outside of the US

If you want to watch ESPN online outside of the US, what we mentioned in this guide is essential for that, but depending on what device you want to watch ESPN online on, you might have issues as while the ESPN app is available in app stores worldwide, VPN services aren’t supported on every platform out there.

Devices such as Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku don’t support VPN services at all. What can you do if your device doesn’t support VPN services? You can install a VPN on a router. It’s not going to be convenient at all, and you are just better off getting the likes of Amazon Fire TV Stick, but it is an option that we cover on our site.

Written by Michael Smolski.