How to Watch WWE Network in Canada
Updated: November 10, 2016
- Start with setting up a VPN account
- Next step is to download and install the VPN software to your device
- Open the VPN software up and connect to a US based server location
- Once connected go to the WWE Network and you will be able to login to your existing subscription or create a new account if you haven't already
- Enjoy watching the WWE Network in Canada
How to watch WWE Network in Canada in more detail:
WWE Network is a brilliant way to stay up to date with, and catch all the latest live shows of, epic WWE entertainment. As soon as the WWE Network was launched, I was psyched to be able to have access to all the sport's latest fights and shows from my laptop and smartphone anywhere in the US.
When I took a quick trip over to Vancouver some time ago, I was eager not to miss a particularly exciting match-up on the WWE Network while I was over there, so was sure to take my laptop with me and leave a gap in my schedule to watch the show on my WWE Network account.
However, although I was able to access my WWE Network account in Vancouver, I was denied access to the main event. No! Why was this happening?
After doing some research I discovered that although WWE Network is available in Canada, it is not the same as the US WWE Network version, which means that many of the awesome content is simply blocked from accessing if you are physically located outside the US.
I was frustrated at having to deal with a "Lite" version of my WWE Network account just because I was a few hours outside the US in Canada, especially since I was still paying for the full "US WWE Network" version. So, being the type of person to no admit defeat; I decided to try to find a solution for how to watch WWE Network in Canada once and for all, so I would never have this issue again.
And I found a solution! Thus, I wanted to quickly write up this simple guide explaining my solution so you can use it, too.
Why is US WWE Network Not Available in Canada?
So to best understand how I came to the solution I did in this guide, it helps to know why WWE Network in Canada does not get the full US WWE Network version.
After a big of researching I determined that this essentially comes down to licensing rights that the WWE Network agrees upon for each piece of media it offers on the channel. Specifically, when purchasing licensing rights for each piece of media, these are purchased on a country by country basis.
This means the WWE Network buys rights to license all content in the US, but only pays additional licensing rights on some content for Canada also. This results in the "Lite" version of WWE Network that users accessing the channel get offered therein.
I would assume that this is because of the WWE Network not seeing enough return on investment (i.e. number of viewers) to make it worth them offering the same level of content that US based users get, in Canada, because the WWE Network is not as popular in Canada as within the US.
How is US WWE Network Blocking Access in Canada?
Before we go into the quick setup guide below, I want to explain exactly how the WWE Network offers different versions of the channel to users based on their physical location. Understanding this makes it very clear as to why the solution I lay out below is so effective.
Basically the WWE Network uses a process known as "geo-blocking", which works by checking the physical location of each and every user that accesses the channel at that moment and then denies or allows access to whatever content the user is trying to watch based on where they are located.
How does the channel determine the location of every single user every time they access the channel? By checking the IP address of each user every time. You see, when you are connected to the internet, your device is given a unique IP address through the server that your internet is connecting through. So whether you are connected to your home internet, your local cafe's WiFi or your work/school intranet -- each connection gives you a unique IP address that tells the WWE Network the location of the server you are connected to at that moment.
What this means is that if you can actually change your IP address to make your location "appear" in a different location, like, within the US, then you will get full access to the US version of WWE Network without having to actually physically be in the US.
And by far the most effective and secure way to do this is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). By using a VPN, whatever internet connection you make is done through a private server of your choice, rather than through the nearest server to your location, which changes your IP address to whatever the server location you choose is.
This is turn tell the WWE Network that you are "located" in whatever location you choose to connect to the VPN through. So how do you setup a VPN to watch the US WWE Network in Canada? Let's do this now!
How to Use a VPN to Watch US WWE Network in Canada
Step 1: Sign up for VPN
There are a massive amount of different VPN providers available nowadays, each offering different levels of server and price ranges. So I went ahead and checked out the highest-rated providers around and narrowed down my choice to ExpressVPN. It just offered me the best best value for my small budget.
So, using ExpressVPN as the example for this quick setup walkthrough, your first step is to go to the ExpressVPN website then choose the plan that suits your needs best.
As you'll see, you are given a 30 day money back guarantee when you first sign up for ExpressVPN, which is great as this means you can cancel your account within the first month and get a full refund, should you want to try out another VPN provider.
Once you've confirmed your account setup, the next step is to download and install the VPN software onto whatever device(s) you watch WWE Network on.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN
Downloading and installing the software is very simple and quick. In your confirmation email you will receive a direct link to the download area of the ExpressVPN website. So click this then choose the download link for whatever device you are currently using, and the download will begin automatically.
In this download area you will see that basically every device you would ever want to watch the WWE Network on is compatible with the VPN software, which is super helpful:
After you've downloaded the software it will go through the installation process automatically, prompting you to just click "yes" a few times. This whole process takes less than 1 minute.
Step 3: Connect to US-based Server on VPN
After you have successfully installed the VPN software, you want to go ahead and open it up and then choose a server location that is within the US.
This is the important part for getting US WWE Network in Canada, since by choosing a US-based server location on your VPN, you will effectively change your IP address to a US one, and this will make WWE Network see your location as "within the US" -- and you'll get full access.
As an example, here is my Macbook connecting to a US-based (New York) server location on the ExpressVPN software:
Step 4: Setup US WWE Network Account & Enjoy
Once you are connected, you will have successfully changed you Canadian "location" to appear within the US. Good job! Now all that you need to do is sign up for a US WWE Network account, if you have not already.
This process is straight forward, and just requires you to use a valid US address and zip code, which you can find by simply performing a Google search. There are also a bunch of free tools that generate valid US zip codes for you.
If you already have a US WWE Network account, like I do, then you can just login to the service and you'll have access to the full US WWE Network in Canada. Enjoy!
So there you have it -- a super quick walkthrough of my simple solution on how to watch WWE Network in Canada effectively by using a VPN to change your IP address accordingly.
I mentioned that I reviewed a whole bunch of different VPN providers for this solution, so to give you some more choice, here are the top five VPN providers I narrowed down my choice to:
Any and all of these VPN providers will work, so check them out and choose the one that suits you best.
If you have any questions at all on this guide, then let me know in the comments section below. I'm happy to help!