How to Watch ESPN + Outside the US

Content Verification Date: March 17, 2024

The Quick Guide to Unblock ESPN Plus

  1. Create an Unlocator account
  2. Configure your device to use Unlocator Smart DNS or VPN
  3. Go to the website of ESPN Plus or use their app if supported.
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Please note that in order to unblock ESPN Plus using Smart DNS, you will need to log in to your Unlocator account. Then go to 'Regions' and find ESPN Plus. Then make sure the setting is set to ESPN Plus and click save.
Unblock ESPN Plus

ESPN + is a subscription-based spin-off from the regular ESPN. With ESPN + you don’t need a cable subscription to watch but instead a regular subscription that you can create on their website. Access to ESPN + is restricted outside the US. If you want to sign up for ESPN + and stream while outside the US then you need to use Unlocator Smart DNS or VPN.

Watch ESPN + Outside the US With Smart DNS

If you try to use ESPN + while outside the US then you will see the following error: ESPN+ is not available in your country due to content rights issues. What happens is that ESPN + will detect your location via the IP address of your device. An IP address is a unique number that you get from your Internet provider. It will give away your location i seconds. If you use Unlocator Smart DNS then we will make sure that ESPN + does not see your real IP.

To get started with Unlocator Smart DNS you need to sign up for Unlocator. From then on you have to configure your device to use the service by following the setup guides. The process is really simple and all steps are well documented.

The great thing about Unlocator Smart DNS is that all other websites and services will continue to work as they normally do. The Smart DNS lives up to its name as it will change location on a per-site basis. So all the major streaming services will always see you in the location needed to get access to the stream.

MLB and ESPN + use the same streaming network. Since we send MLB location checks outside the US to avoid blackouts, it breaks access to ESPN+. In order to change that, you need to log in to your Unlocator account and go to region settings and set MLB/ESPN+ region to the US. This breaks MLB blackout unblocking but gives you access to ESPN+. You can always change back.
Keep in mind that Unlocator only unblocks ESPN+ for users outside the US. You cannot use Unlocator to bypass blackout restrictions imposed on ESPN+.

Use VPN to Unblock ESPN + Outside the US

Smart DNS is not the only method for unblocking. You can also use our VPN network to access ESPN + when abroad. In fact, this is one of the most popular methods used by many of our traveling users. Not only because it’s easy to use but also because VPN adds additional security, which is needed when traveling. If you are connected to public WiFi at hotels, airports, cafes, restaurants, conferences, and the likes then you are at risk of having your private data stolen.

It’s a well-known fact that public networks are unsafe when not connected to VPN. Any data sent over public networks can be intercepted if not encrypted. This is why it’s important to always use a VPN when you are using such networks.

When using VPN then your data connection is encrypted and routed via the server of your choice. In the case of ESPN + you would select a US server within the VPN app. Speaking of apps they are available for Android, iOS, Mac or Windows

A Selection of ESPN + Shows

There is a lot of content available to stream from ESPN +. Much of the content is what you would expect to see if you have a regular ESPN cable subscription. Additionally, ESPN + has some original shows like:

  • The Detail
  • In The Crease
  • Quest for the Stanley Cup]
  • Last Train to Russia
  • Year One
  • MLS Rewind
  • I’ll Take That Bet
  • Ariel and the Bad Guy
  • The Fantasy Show
  • Always Late with Katie Nolan

The Following List of Devices Work With Unlocator Smart DNS and ESPN Plus

For a full list of compatibility between Unlocator Smart DNS, channels and devices please see our Channels & Devices Page