How to watch the 2016 Centennial Copa America online

2016 Centennial Copa America

The Centennial Copa America otherwise known as Copa América Centenario takes place between June 3rd and June 26th, 2016 in the United States.

If you’re interested in watching this football competition made up mostly of South American teams with a selection of Central and North American countries taking part then it can be difficult.

It’s increasingly difficult to watch in the UK or Europe because most of the live streams will take place on South American TV stations that are unavailable outside their intended country. In fact, if you live in the UK or most European countries there are no TV stations at all showing the Centennial Copa America.

The good news is there are a handful of countries showing the tournament that also have online live streams.

The bad news is these live streams are only officially available in the country they’re intended for. However, no need to worry as there is a simple solution to bypass the geographical restrictions in place and watch the 2016 Centennial Copa America online from anywhere in the world.

How to watch the 2016 Centennial Copa America online

Surprisingly the best place to watch online is the German TV network RAN.de who will be showing the tournament live. If you live in Germany then it’s simply a case of visiting their site directly.

If you’re outside Germany and you visit the site then you’ll be stopped with a warning similar to the following.

ZDF blocked

Basically the message above is informing you that RAN.de isn’t available outside Germany.

So if you want to watch Centennial Copa America outside of Germany what’s the solution?

The solution is to sign up for a service called a VPN or Virtual Private Network. A Virtual Private Network allows you to protect your privacy and disguise your location. When you visit the RAN.de website it checks where you’re located and if they see you’re outside Germany then it blocks you.

With a VPN you can appear as if you are in Germany and so you won’t get blocked.

I’ve been testing many different VPN services to find out which is the best to unblock RAN.de and have made some suggestions below.

Best VPN to watch Centennial Copa America

If you quickly search Google or other search engines for VPN services then it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the choice available especially if you’re new to the VPN world.

It’s important that the VPN service you sign-up to has a German “server” as this is what will enable you to watch the Centennial Copa America. It’s also important that it’s a quality service with fast connections otherwise you’ll be plagued with buffering and stuttering and that’s the last thing you want if one of the teams are about to score a goal.

After countless tests I’ve found the following three providers to be the best options to watch Centennial Copa America online from anywhere.

  1. IPVanish
  2. StrongVPN
  3. ExpressVPN

All you need to do is click one of the provider names above to visit their site and sign-up then continue reading below where I’ll show you how to use the VPN service to watch the Centennial Copa America 2016 anywhere in the world.

How to use the VPN to watch

All three recommend providers above have software for both PC and Mac. In this example below I’m using IPVanish but apart from the layout of the software the process is the same.

  1. Firstly download the IPVanish software from VPN Software.
  2. Install and Run it.
  3. Click Server Selection.
  4. In the search box type “Germany“.
  5. Next to the German flag change the option to OpenVPN (UDP).
  6. Select the top most option and press Connect.
IPVanish Australia

This is an Australian example, but you will choose Germany.

The IPVanish software will make connection to Germany that shouldn’t take any longer than 30 seconds.

Once the software has connected you’re now virtually in Germany. All that is left to do now is visit RAN.de website and stream the matches live.

If you signed up to ExpressVPN then it’s also possible to connect to Colombia and watch live on CaracolTV.

Centennial Copa America 2016 Fixtures

You can download the full match schedule using this link or check the table below.

Friday, June 3
6:30 PM ETUnited States vs ColombiaLevi’s Stadium
Saturday, June 4
4:30 PM ETHaiti vs PeruCenturyLink Field
5:00 PM ETCosta Rica vs ParaguayOrlando Citrus Bowl
7:00 PM ETBrazil vs EcuadorRose Bowl
Sunday, June 5
4:00 PM ETJamaica vs VenezuelaSoldier Field
5:00 PM ETMexico vs UruguayUniversity of Phoenix Stadium
Monday, June 6
7:00 PM ETArgentina vs ChileLevi’s Stadium
7:30 PM ETPanama vs BoliviaOrlando Citrus Bowl
Tuesday, June 7
7:00 PM ETUnited States vs Costa RicaSoldier Field
7:30 PM ETColombia vs ParaguayRose Bowl
Wednesday, June 8
7:00 PM ETEcuador vs PeruUniversity of Phoenix Stadium
7:30 PM ETBrazil vs HaitiOrlando Citrus Bowl
Thursday, June 9
7:00 PM ETMexico vs JamaicaRose Bowl
7:30 PM ETUruguay vs VenezuelaLincoln Financial Field
Friday, June 10
7:00 PM ETChile vs BoliviaGillette Stadium
8:30 PM ETArgentina vs PanamaSoldier Field
Saturday, June 11
7:00 PM ETUnited States vs ParaguayLincoln Financial Field
8:00 PM ETColombia vs Costa RicaNRG Stadium
Sunday, June 12
6:30 PM ETEcuador vs HaitiMetLife Stadium
8:30 PM ETBrazil vs PeruGillette Stadium
Monday, June 13
7:00 PM ETMexico vs VenezuelaNRG Stadium
7:00 PM ETUruguay vs JamaicaLevi’s Stadium
Tuesday, June 14
7:00 PM ETArgentina vs BoliviaCenturyLink Field
8:00 PM ETChile vs PanamaLincoln Financial Field
Thursday, June 16 – Quarterfinals
9:30 PM ET1A vs 2B – Match #25CenturyLink Field
Friday, June 17 – Quarterfinals
8:00 PM ET1B vs 2A – Match #26MetLife Stadium
Saturday, June 18 – Quarterfinals
7:00 PM ET1D vs 2C – Match #27Gillette Stadium
10:00 PM ET1C vs 2D – Match #28Levi’s Stadium
Tuesday, June 21 – Semifinals
9:00 PM ETWinner of Match #25 vs Winner of Match #27NRG Stadium
Wednesday, June 22 – Semifinals
8:00 PM ETWinner of Match #26 vs Winner of Match #28Soldier Field
Saturday, June 25 – Third Place
8:00 PM ETTBDUniversity of Phoenix Stadium
Sunday, June 26 – Copa America Centenario Final
8:00 PM ETTBDMetLife Stadium

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