Updated: May 12, 2017
* This Solution STILL WORKS to watch Eurosport in USA *
- Start by getting a VPN account
- Then install the VPN software onto the device(s) you want to watch Eurosport in USA on
- Open the VPN software and connect to a UK-based server
- Next, login to your Eurosport account or sign up for one if you don't have one
- Enjoy Eurosport in USA
How to watch Eurosport in USA
in more detail:
Being a UK native, there were certain TV channels that I grew up with and thus developed a real affinity towards it as a network I always inevitably sat down to enjoy regularly.
So when I moved out the USA earlier last year for work, I was super pleased to know that most of my favourite European TV channels offered online access to their media - Eurosport included.
Once settled into my NYC apartment and with some time to kill, I went ahead and navigated to the Eurosport online channel and got ready to catch up on the latest events thereon... only to be presented with the following message:
I couldn't believe it. My afternoon of nostalgic, homeland-connecting viewing was blocked! However, what Eurosport didn't know was that I am not the type to back down so easily. I was going to find a solution for how to watch Eurosport in USA locations if it would take me the entire day.
Luckily, it only took me a few hours of researching to determine the very best solution for this. As a result, I wanted to quickly write up this guide on how you can do it do. Enjoy!
Why is Eurosport Not Available in USA?
Before jumping straight to the solution, it's worthwhile to understand how I got to it. This means quickly running throughout the "why" and "how" Eurosport has such blocks on its service for USA users.
So, why? Well, this comes down to licensing rights. Specifically the fact that Eurosport has to purchase individual licensing rights for each video it offers on the service, per country. This means that in order to allow you to watch that video you currently cannot watch from the USA on the site; Eurosport would have to buy licensing rights to offer it in the USA (even though they will have already bought licensing rights for each of the other countries in Europe, which is a lot of investment).
You can see now that Eurosport simply don't want to spend the large amounts on USA licensing rights to offer their service therein. This results in the service having to block access from users like myself, located in the USA.
How is Eurosport Blocking Access in USA?
Now onto the "how".
I checked out a bunch of online resources to help me figure out the actual process Eurosport use on their service that allows them to accurately deny and grant access to users instantaneously.
What I discovered was that "geo-blocking" is the process used. This geo-blocking works by checking the current IP address of every single user the moment they arrive on the service; determining the user location from said IP address; then granting/blocking access based on this instantly.
This means that if you're located in the USA, when you head to the Eurosport website to access the media therein, your current IP address will instantly tell Eurosport that you're located in the USA, and thus you will be blocked right away.
So by somehow being able to change your IP address from your real USA location to a European IP address, this would make the Eurosport service "believe" that your IP address (and thus location) is not in the USA, but instead in Europe, and you'll get instant access to whatever media on the service you want.
Thanks to many super smart and forward-thinking techie people, there are actually a few different options available that let you change your IP address to any location you want to "appear" in. However, by far the best of these options is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
How to Use a VPN to Watch Eurosport in USA
Step 1: Sign up for VPN
I went ahead and reviewed a bunch of the best VPN service providers available nowadays and settled on using ExpressVPN for this solution. Thus I'll use it as the example as I walk you through the quick setup steps ahead.
Head to ExpressVPN's website, select the plan that fits your needs and budget best, choose a payment option then confirm your account setup details in the email sent out to you:
With your new account confirmed, the next step is to get the VPN software downloaded and installed onto the device(s) you plan to watch Eurosport in USA locations through...
Step 2: Download & Install VPN
This process requires essentially zero technical expertise (or even knowledge), so have no fears. Simply head to the "download area" -- which you will be given a direct link to in the account confirmation email you received.
In this area, you'll see the various different direct software download links available to you. Basically any device you would ever consider watching Eurosport from is VPN compatible.
For me, I downloaded the VPN software onto my Macbook, then navigated to the app store on my iPhone and downloaded then installed the app in just a few seconds.
Step 3: Connect to UK-based Server on VPN
With the VPN software installed on your device, all that's left for you to is open it up and get connected!
This is the all important part in the process, as the location you choose to connect to the VPN on will be the location your IP address will change to reflect. So you want to make sure to join a European location that definitely gets access to Eurosport's online service, e.g. the UK.
To show how simple this connection process is, here are some screenshots from my Macbook:
And here's a quick look at me connecting through my Android smartphone device:
Step 4: Setup Eurosport Account and Watch
If you are using Eurosport for the first time, then you may need to sign up for the service. The last time I checked this wasn't necessary, but if so -- then simply go ahead and create an account for yourself. Do this while connected to the UK-based VPN just to be extra sure you will get through the process in full.
Otherwise, once you've connected to the European-based VPN server, you will now have full access to all the Eurosport service. Enjoy!
So there you have it -- a super quick and simply guide on how to watch Eurosport in USA locations that takes you no more than 5 minutes to get setup.
Should you want to choose a different VPN service provider than the one I used for this, go ahead and check out the top five ones I personally reviewed and found to be more than capable and fairly priced for this solution:
Thanks for checking out the guide and hopefully now you are watching a completely unblocked Eurosport from your USA location without any issues at all. If you have any questions or feedback at all, go ahead and let me know in the comments section below.