The Ashes will give England a chance to even the series at 32 wins each with five draws. They have their work cut out for them as Australia has back to back victories in the last two cricket series. The 2019 series will be held in England so perhaps home field advantage will give them the edge to even things up this year. The first matches will take place on August 1-5 with the final matches bring held on September 12-16 in London. Watch all the excitement from anywhere in the world with a VPN.
The Ashes will be held across several venues in the United Kingdom. Let’s take a look at the host venue for each set of matches.
- Test 1 – Edgbaston, Birmingham – August 1 to 5
- Test 2 – Lord’s, London – August 14 to 18
- Test 3 – Headingley, Leeds – August 22 to 26
- Test 4 – Old Trafford, Manchester – September 4 to 8
- Test 5 – The Oval, London – September 12 to 16
As you might guess given the popularity of cricket on the world stage, there will be some large broadcasters covering the event. If you are currently outside the viewing area I would suggest using a VPN to sign up for a Sky Sports Pass from NOW TV. They offer daily passes for £6.99 or weekly passes for £10.99. I would recommend getting week passes to watch The Ashes. You will still need to connect to a VPN in the UK to watch Sky Sports coverage of The Ashes. Otherwise you will be geo-blocked.
In addition to watching The Ashes on Sky Sports, you can also listen to coverage on BBC Radio 5 in the UK and ABC Radio in Australia. Channel 5 will provide daily highlights during the event. For those old school Internet users you can also get text coverage from the BBC Sport website and ESPN Cricinfo. Australian viewers can catch all the action on the Nine Network. Aussie fans can also download the Cricket Australia Live mobile app for iOS or Android. You can get coverage through the app for $4.99 a day or $29.99 a year. In this case you would need an annual subscription to enjoy The Ashes series.
Best VPNs to Unblock The Ashes
First you will want to find a reliable VPN service. In this case you will want one with fast VPN servers in the United Kingdom or Australia. There are a few VPNs to choose from. Here are some of our favorites.
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How to Use a VPN to Watch The Ashes
I’ll use ExpressVPN for the example of how to use a VPN service to stream The Ashes. First you’ll want to download the VPN client. ExpressVPN offers free client software for Windows, Mac and Linux. In addition to free apps for iOS and Android.
Now that you’ve had a chance to download and install the software it’s time to connect. Launch the ExpressVPN client and select a server location. We’ll walk you through step by step using their Windows client.
- Select a server location. For Sky Sports Pass coverage, you must use a server in the UK. As we mentioned, that is because you would be geo-blocked outside of the region. Because of that, you can see we chose a server in London.
- We recommend you select OpenVPN (TCP) or (UDP). For streaming videos from sites like YouTube, we use OpenVPN (UDP) because its faster than TCP. They also support PPTP, L2TP, and SSTP. We still recommend OpenVPN UDP for the best mix of speed and privacy protection.
- Click the big round connect button. After a few seconds, you’ll see the shield around the button turn green. There will also be a message letting you know the “VPN is ON”
- You now have an IP address in the UK, as far as anyone can tell online. As such, you can reach any site as if you were sitting there. The same would be true if you connected to a server in a different region.
That’s all there is to it. Now that you have an IP address from the ExpressVPN server in the United Kingdom, you can browse the Internet as if you were actually there. The same is true from any country. Connect to a server in the United Kingdom to watch Sky Sports or Australia to watch coverage in that region.
As you can probably tell by now a good VPN opens access to content around the world. If you live outside the United States the service can help you access popular services like Netflix, Hulu and Pandora. You still need an account for services like Netflix but the VPN will help you watch US television shows and movies on Netflix as if you were sitting in the United States or any other region you would like to access.
Enjoy all the excitement of 2019 The Ashes, and see if England can even up the series. Please share this post with your friends so they can enjoy the cricket series from anywhere in the world with a VPN. Follow us @VPNFan for the latest deals and guides.