How to Get Sling TV in Canada
Updated: February 1, 2017
* This Solution STILL WORKS to get Sling TV in Canada *
- Start with setting up a VPN account
- Install the VPN software onto the device(s) you want to watch Sling TV in Canada on
- Open the VPN software and connect to a US-based server location
- Login to existing Sling TV account or signup if you have not already done so
- Enjoy Sling TV in Canada
How to get Sling TV in Canada in more detail:
Being sent to Canada for three months on a project is not how I planned to start the year. But the nature of my job means I have to be willing to go away at short notice. Problem is, try as I might, I am not a culture vulture and sightseeing keeps me amused for a few days, not a few months.
I am a sports fan (sorry Canada, not hockey) and a TV buff though, and I immediately looked on this time as a great opportunity to catch up on all those shows I have been meaning to watch but never got round to.
I get all this from my Sling TV package. It a new over the top service with all the best cable channels, and all the best sports networks available direct to my laptop. They have also added HBO recently and since then I have been hooked.
The only problem is, it a US service, and not available over the border. I knew this because I tried to watch basketball on a weekend trip with my girlfriend to Toronto. But I figured there was always a way. And it didn’t take me long to find the perfect solution to my dilemma. A VPN.
Why is Sling TV not Available in Canada?
Before I explain how you can use a VPN to watch Sling TV in Canada, let me briefly tell you why it is not available there in the first place.
Sling TV is an American service and they hold the rights to broadcast and stream the channels on their service within the USA. However, they do not hold the rights to broadcast the channels, or the programs on those channels, overseas.
This means that even existing American subscribers to the service are not entitled to view the content overseas, even somewhere as close by as Canada, because other broadcasters will hold rights to the same content there.
So how do they stop subscribers from accessing their services when they leave the USA? The answer is by using a fairly simple technique known as geo-blocking.
How is Sling TV Blocking Access in Canada?
Geo-blocking works a bit like the doorman in the headquarters of a major business. It checks your credentials to see if you are allowed in.
In this instance, your security pass is something known as yout IP Address. This is a set of data which every internet users transmits to each and every site they visit whilst online. It contains various pieces of information, including a pretty accurate geographic location of where you are logging on from.
The geo-blocking technology reads the IP Address, and if it states that you are located outside the USA, Sling TV will simply block your access to their service.
The only way to get around this, is to change your IP Address to show that you are in the USA. This is where the VPN comes in as it channels all your online activity via an external server, and it is the IP Address of that server which the sites you visit can see. So if that server is located in the USA, Sling TV will let you use their service.
How to Use a VPN to Watch Sling TV in Canada
Step 1: Sign up for VPN
If you have read this far, you are no doubt keen to find out exactly how to use a VPN to make Sling TV work in Canada. I will now explain, and as I noted at the top of this article, I will use ExpressVPN to illustrate how it is done.
So first you will need to visit the ExpressVPN website (see the various links on this page). Once there you will need to choose which of their various subscription packages is the right one for you. Click on your preference and you will be diverted to the payment processing page.
Making your payment is a straightforward process and ExpressVPN accept numerous different payment methods.
Don’t forget, if you are not completely satisfied, ExpressVPN offer a money-back guarantee.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN
After your payment has been processed and you have confirmed your account via an email they send you, you will be invited to download and install the ExpressVPN software. Be sure to download the right software for your device and platform, as ExpressVPN can be used on a wide variety of different machines.
Step 3: Connect to US-based Server on VPN
After your software has successfully downloaded and been installed it should open automatically. You will then be invited to choose which server you would like to connect to. Select on of the various US-based server on offer (it doesn’t matter which) and then wait for a few moments while you are connected.
Here is how the process looks on my mobile Android device:
Step 4: Setup Sling TV Account
Then, if you already have a Sling TV account, all you have to do is log in and you can use the service as usual.
If you don’t have an account, you will need to visit their website and register. This is again a simple process, and Sling TV accept a variety of payment methods.
Follow their on screen instructions closely and before you know it you will be able to enjoy all of the excellent channels on offer.
And with ExpressVPN on your machine, you should not have no trouble enjoying Sling TV in Canada, and indeed anywhere else you might find yourself travelling.
As I noted at the top, ExpressVPN is the provider I think is best suited to this purpose. Of course there are others available, and if you don’t like the look of ExpressVPN, see my other top 5 VPNs for watching Sling TV in Canada below.
Feel free to leave any comments or tips you may have in the comment section below. It is always good to hear from users who are putting this guide into practice and benefitting from it.