How to Listen to Sirius Online
Updated: January 23, 2016
If you haven’t heard of Sirius online radio before, most people would assume that you know nothing about American culture, you are one of these modern-day fools who think that radio is something best consigned to the past, or perhaps that you have been living in a cave.
I am British but have spent time living in the US and was just blown away by the scope and variety of what Sirius has to offer. They have the best talk radio, with 65 different streams of entertainment, news, and sport. There are even more music streams, 69 in total, including one for every music genre you can think of, and plenty more that you can’t.
It has some of the biggest names in the world hosting shows. The ultimate shock-jock Howard Stern calls Sirius his home. Other presenters have included Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, and Tony Hawk. They have commentary on all the big US Sports, plus plenty of smaller and overseas ones too. There is literally something you will want to listen to on all the time.
When I moved back to the UK, I was desperate to keep on listening. (Sorry BBC, but you can’t hold a candle to these guys!) You can therefore imagine my frustration to find out Sirius s only available in the USA. Fortunately, as I work in the IT sector, it didn’t take me long to figure out how to listen to Sirius online using a VPN. And if you want to know how you can listen to the world’s best online radio network, regardless of where you are in the world, keep on reading.
Why is Sirius not Available online everywhere?
Sirius is a US online radio company. While they broadcast many of their own shows, much of their content requires them to hold broadcasting rights. As a US network, they only hold the rights to broadcast this content in the USA.
Therefore, if Sirius was made available internationally, they would be in breach of those rights agreements. Therefore, Sirius uses something called geo-blocking to ensure that users outside the USA are unable to listen to their content.
How is Sirius blocking access to users online?
Geo-blocking works a bit like a bouncer at a nightclub. Everyone who visits the Sirius website will transmit their IP Address. This includes various bits of information including your geographic location. The geo-blocking technology can therefore determine whether or not you are in the UK, and if the answer is no, it will not let you in.
Unlike a stubborn nightclub bounder though, geo-blocking can be got around pretty quickly using a VPN. A VPN allows you to route all your online activity via an external server, and it is the IP Address of this server which Sirius will see. Therefore, if that server is located in the USA, you can listen to Sirius, regardless of where you are.
If that sounds too easy, don’t worry. There really is nothing more to it than that, and if you read on I will show you precisely how it’s done.
How to Use a VPN to Listen to Sirius Online
Step 1: Sign up for VPN
To start with, you will need to sign up for a VPN. My recommendation is BufferedVPN and you can visit their website by clicking any of the links on this page.
Once there you can choose from the various subscriber packages on offer. Make your choice and you will be diverted to the payments page. Don’t worry, there is a 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not completely happy.
Once you have made your payment you will be sent an email to confirm your account set-up. Click on the link, and you are ready to go.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN
Then you will need to download and install the BufferedVPN software. You can do this simply enough by choosing the right operating system from the menu, which you can see below. As long as you choose the right one, all you have to do is follow the onscreen instructions and the software will only take a few moments to be on your system.
Step 3: Connect to US-based Server on VPN
You will then need to connect to one of the many US servers available. It is best to pick the one nearest to where you actually are to ensure the fastest speeds available, but any US-based one should be ok to listen to Sirius.
Make your pick and then wait a few moments while BufferedVPN establishes a connection.
Step 4: Setup a Sirius Account
Sirius is a subscription service, so if you don’t already have an account you will need to sign up for one. At present, an online-only subscription is available for just $14.99 a month, an payment can be made with international cards, so it shouldn’t be a problem to set up an account over a VPN from abroad.
Follow their easy-to-understand process, and you will soon be ready to listen.
So there you are. You can now listen to Sirius online from anywhere in the world. For the sort of bargain prices, they charge, it really is a great deal, and some of the shows are really unmissable. I have got all my friends hooked on Sirius now, and if you are not sure whether to give it a go or not, trust me, you won’t regret it.
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