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The Best VPNs to watch the UEFA Champions League
The most prestigious tournament in all of club soccer, the UEFA Champions League separates the great clubs from the legendary ones. The top teams from each country’s premier league meet and battle it out for the title of Europe’s top football club.
This year the final will be held in Lyon on May 16th, 2018, but along the way you’ll have the opportunity to catch no shortage of world-class matches—as long as you’re set up to catch the broadcasts.
The best way to make sure you don’t miss any of the games is to get set up with a Virtual Private Network (VPN), so let’s take a look at how it works.
What’s a VPN?
A VPN masks your computer’s IP in order to allow you to surf the web on servers across the world, allowing you to access content that may be blocked in your location. This can be a real boon to anyone concerned about online eavesdropping, but it’s also a great tool to have at your disposal if you’re looking to access TV broadcasts from other countries.
In other words, in your country you may have to pay for a special broadcast package in order to access the same Champions League games which are shown for free in another country. With a VPN, you can connect to a server in that country and stream the game for free.
Most VPN companies also allow you to use the service on multiple devices at the same time, so you can hook up different games on different devices at your house, for a truly immersive soccer experience. Also, due to the high-level security measures used by VPN companies, you can stream with the knowledge that you’re not left unprotected.
How to Watch the Champions League with a VPN?
Once you’ve signed up for a VPN service, take a minute to find a broadcaster that is showing the games online. Look at which country they’re located in, and then with your VPN, find a server in that country and connect. Once you’re up and running, go to the website where the broadcaster streams the game, and start rolling.
Now, if the site requires payment for streaming, the VPN won’t help you get around that. Still, these paid streams tend to be very reliable and with the number of games you can watch the price level is fair. Here are a few examples of paid streaming services:
- United States: Fox Soccer 2go ($19.99 per month, access to all 145 Champions League games and Bundesliga and European League games)
- Sling TV: (also in US) Starts at $20 per month, and comes with dozens of other US TV channels included.
- United Kingdom: BT Sport (Starts at 24.99 BPS per month, with a large number of possible upgrades and options to combine with broadband service)
You can continue to look for other free sites in locales across the world, here’s a short list:
- United States: FuboTV
- Australia: SBS
- Russia: MatchTV
Which VPN Service is Best?
The best VPN service for you depends somewhat on your budget and which features are most important to you, but here’s some industry leaders that can definitely get the job done.
- Great speed and 99.9% average uptime
- Servers in 136 cities in 94 countries keep things moving smoothly
- 24/7 customer service by email and live chat
- Only 3 simultaneous connections at a time
- More expensive than some competitors
ExpressVPN promises 99% uptime and the company makes use of servers in 94 countries so whichever locale you’re streaming from you’re more likely to have a smooth connection.
Two drawbacks for ExpressVPN are the fact that it only lets you have 3 simultaneous connections or less, and the price - $12.95 - is a bit higher than that of some competitors. On the other hand, if you sign up for a 12-month plan it’s only $6.67 month, and chances are you’re not going to want to stream more than 3 games at the same time anyway.
|1 Year (+3 Free Months)||$6.67/month|
The service is also noted for being very easy to use, and the company provides users with reliable service by email and live chat 24/7.
- Up to 6 simultaneous connections
- One-click installation
- Simple and easy to use
- Live customer support 24/7
- Other companies get better marks for speed
- You can only get the best prices if you sign up for 3 years.
Every VPN service can get you set up to stream the Champions League, but with NordVPN, security is a top priority as well.
The company says that it’s security is the same used by the US military, and while we can’t confirm or deny that, the company does vow that its security protocols can also block you from visiting dangerous websites and scan for all types of online threats to your devices.
It's a general rule of thumb that as the security gets tighter the speed slows down some and NordVPN doesn't get the best ratings in the industry for speed. Still, the company offers an affordable, easy to install VPN with solid performance and security that should ease some concerns you may have about streaming.
Setup is also quite easy, and once you’re up and streaming, you can use NordVPN on up to 6 devices at the same time.
- Rated fastest VPN on the market by PCWorld
- 2,500+ global server locations so streaming less-likely to get interrupted
- High-level security and encryption
- Collects data about the websites you visit
- No live chat customer support
What NordVPN is for security, Hotspot Shield is for speed. The VPN was rated the fastest in the market by PCWorld, largely due to the more than 2,500 server locations it uses across the globe, and the company’s data-compression methods.
The one-month plan is pretty steep at $12.99, but if you sign up for a year plan it comes out to only $5.99 per month. The company states that all plans come with a 45-day money-back guarantee.
The company also states that it uses a simple “one-click connection” and the interface is quite easy even for a novice to use. If you’re highly concerned about data and privacy though, the company does aggregate data on its users, though it says all of it is kept anonymous.
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Fast and user-friendly
- Switch servers anytime you want
- No 24/7 customer support
- Not strictly no-logging
You can get up and running watching the matches on 5 simultaneous connections on CyberGhost, which uses more than 1,000 servers, and promises to keep your stream smooth and uninterrupted no matter where you’re streaming from.
If you ever get a slowdown in your service, you can instantly change to other servers and do so by way of an interface that is quite simple to use. You can also access customer service 24/7.
At $11.99, the one-month plan isn’t the cheapest on the market, but if you sign up for a year it drops down to $5.99, and for a 2-year plan its only $3.50 per month.
- Up to 6 simultaneous connections
- Live support 24/7
- No logging
- Less servers than some other providers
High performance at an affordable price is the modus operandi of PrivateVPN, which is also a great way to run a football club. On PrivateVPN you can sign up for a monthly plan at $6.57 or a year plan at only $2.88 per month.
For that price you get a VPN that you can stream the UEFA Champions League with on 6 simultaneous connections at the same time, making it an even better bargain.
The company also states that customers are protected by some of the best security measures in the industry, as well as a strict no-logging policy.
The Bottom Line
With a VPN you’re no longer captive to your local service provider and you have the ability to seek out free streams across the world. The plans are affordable, the performance is better than ever, and now it's just a matter of picking the one that works best for you.