Today I'm looking at how you can watch NBC Sports in the UK or anywhere else in the world outside the US for that matter.
The first thing to understand is it's impossible to watch NBC Sports in the UK or anywhere else outside the US unless you have access to the login details of someone with a US cable subscription, ie; your own.
If you've previously used the NBC Sports website live streaming service known as Live Extra then you'll know the massive wealth of sports content available.
Not only do they show Premiership Football games which will be of interest to UK residents but they also show a huge amount of US sports naturally. They have everything including NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, Soccer, Nascar, Golf, College Basketball (NCAA BK), Motorsports, Olympic sports and more.
If you're outside the US in the UK for example then when you visit the NBC Sports website and try to access Live Extra you'll be blocked from viewing. This applies if you're travelling, on business, an expat, backpacking or whatever, if you're outside the US then technically you're blocked from watching.
The good news is there is a really simple work around and I'm going to show you how.
How to watch NBC Sports in the UK
When you visit the NBC Sports website outside the US rather than being able to stream sports live you're met with a screen like the one below.
This is pretty disappointing if you're outside the US and want to catch-up with your favourite sports.
The solution is to sign up for a product called a VPN. A VPN is a service that costs between $5-10 (£4-7) per month and allows you to virtually reside in another country.
Basically you can spoof your location and if you're in the UK for example then you can make it appear as if you're in the US.
With a VPN the NBC Sports website sees you're in the US and streams you any of the sports you want to watch.
Where to get a VPN
VPN services sound really technical but in actual fact, they're not. They're simply a piece of software you download to your computer or app for your phone or tablet.
The purpose of a VPN is to protect your privacy and with tons of security incidents online in recent years more and more people are signing up to them.
This means there is a huge choice available now and it can be confusing knowing which one to sign up to. I've been testing various VPN services to find the best for watching NBC Sports and found IPVanish to be the fastest but the following three will all make good choices to watch NBC Sports in the UK or anywhere else outside the US.
Simply click one of the names above to visit the provider's website, sign up and then continue reading below.
What to do next
Once you've signed up to a VPN provider above you'll be provided with links to download their software. If you already have the NBC Sports app on your phone or tablet then you can install the VPN app, however, it's best to view on a desktop or laptop.
If you didn't get links for the software then visit your provider's website and you'll be able to download it there. For example on the IPVanish website it can be found under “VPN Software“.
Once you've downloaded and installed the software all you need to do is connect to a server in the United States. Once connected visit the NBC Sports website like normal and view as you would in the US.
Below I've listed the way you can do this on the three recommended VPN providers from above.
- Launch the IPVanish Software
- Click Server Selection.
- Click US Media or Gaming.
The software will now make connection, all you need to do when it is connected is visit the NBC Sports website, login and go to Live Extra. You can watch any sport available.
- Launch the StrongVPN software.
- Select a United States location from the options window.
- Press Connect.
The StrongVPN software takes care of connection for you. Once it's connected you can visit the NBC Sports website and watch.
- Launch the ExpressVPN software.
- Press Select Another Location.
- Press United States.
- Select a United States location.
The ExpressVPN software will make connection. When it has connected visit the NBC Sports website.
It's as simple as that, all you need to do now is kick back your feet and watch whatever sport you enjoy!