Would you like to watch The Ashes on BT Sports from outside the UK?
Our guide shows how to avoid broadcast geo-blocks in any country. Don’t miss an over of cricket across any of the five test matches starting the 23rd November 2017 to the 8th of January 2018.
Who’s Streaming The Ashes in 2017?
- CA in Australia
- BT Sports in The UK
- Sony Entertainment Television (SET) in India
- ABC Radio and Cricket Australia handle Radio coverage across all five Tests.
BT Sports and Sony are pay-TV broadcasters and require a login account for their streaming apps. Australia’s Free to Air streaming channel ‘9Now’ have decided not to stream the 2017 Ashes.
Cricket Australia are streaming The Ashes. Plans range from $29AUD for the 5 Tests or $5.99 a day. Optus customers also get access via the CA website. (more info)
Service Provider Comparison
|AU Servers||SYD,MEL||SYD, MEL||SYD, MEL|
|UK Servers||London, Berkshire, Chessington, |
|London, Glasgow, Donkey Town||London, Maidenhead, Leicester, Gosport|
|Features||Easy to setup software, very reliable network||Easy to Setup|
Many software options
|Money Back||30 Days||30 Days||7 Days|
|Pricing||$8.32 monthly||$6.69 monthly||$2.45 monthly|
Best VPN for Streaming The Ashes Live
#1 – ExpressVPN
Our recommended VPN for watching the Ashes coverage on BT Sports is Express VPN.
If you prefer British commentary of The Ashes, BT Sports is available by following these steps:
- Sign up with ExpressVPN
- Select their London, Berkshire, Chessington, Kent, or Maidenhead server
- Select protocol: L2TP – IPsec
- Connect your PC, Mac or Phone
- Open the BT Sports app on your phone or tablet
In our testing, ExpressVPN achieved the fastest streaming performance, which is the most important feature when judging a VPN provider for watching sports (who wants the Test Match buffering every few minutes)
- Express VPN also provide consistent network availability. In other words, their network rarely drops offline or slows down with too many clients connected at the same time.
- Works well with Sky Go. For clients who also enjoy watching Sky English Premier League action, it’s the perfect VPN provider in Australia.
- Servers in Sydney and Melbourne for Channel 9
- Servers in London, Berkshire, Chessington, Kent, or Maidenhead for BT Sports
#2 – HideMyAss
Another VPN provider which handles video streaming really well is HideMyAss. HMA has been around for years and built an extremely reliable high-performance network.
- Streams video really well
- Rarely causes buffering or offline error messages
- Servers in Sydney and Melbourne for Channel 9
- Servers in London, Glasgow, or Donkey Town
How to Stream the Action in China
China’s high-tech firewall causes havoc with most VPN providers, causing network connection issues streaming BT Sports and Channel 9. We recommended using the VyprVPN ‘Pro’ service, it’s been the most reliable Virtual Private network service for access outside of China.
- VyprVPN have designed a proprietary protocol ‘Chameleon,’ which has been the most consistent VPN service capable of working through the China Internet filtering systems. **Vypr’s basic service doesn’t support Chameleon.**
- In our experience, Vypr rarely drops offline in China, with most other providers often experiencing outages as the China firewall detects their services and blocks users.
- VyprVPN provides a Perth server, in addition to Sydney and Melbourne
- Servers in London
Ashes Test Fixture Dates
23–27 November 2017
The Gabba, Brisbane
2–6 December 2017 (D/N)
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
14–18 December 2017
WACA Ground, Perth
26–30 December 2017
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
4–8 January 2018
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
How Do I Improve Video Streaming on My Devices?
There are a few steps you can take to improve the viewing experience of sport, that can make the difference between watching your favorite innings during the Aussie summer or not.
- Attempt streaming BT or Channel 9 via your VPN connection before The Ashes start. Ideally, before you leave Australia or The UK. Our preferred VPN suppliers include a money back guarantee so if you experience technical issue you can either ask for your money back or work with their support staff to fix any problems. Ask for a refund and try one another recommended provider.
- If you’re using a MacBook, or Laptop with a Network (Ethernet) port use a wired port where possible! WiFi networks, especially in crowded areas like cricket grounds, add additional latency, which is sometimes enough to cause dropouts and buffering while steaming.
- Use WiFi rather than a local mobile carrier. You probably wouldn’t use a Telco carrier anyway, due to data limits. 4G connections can handle SET and BT Sports, but 3G, GSM or CDMA networks will cause a frustrating experience.
Enjoy watching The Ashes from Thailand, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Canada, or anywhere overseas!