There are plenty of streaming services available for sports fans who prefer the world of applications over being at the mercy of TV scheduling. Apps like ESPN Go and Fox Sports Go provide a wide range of content for fans, but unfortunately are only available to stream alongside very expensive cable packages. This is bad news for cord-cutters, people looking to free themselves from the financially restrictive hold of these cable packages.
If one is to look at the major US-based streaming sports services, they may think they are completely out of luck without the inconvenience of a pricey cable bill. However, this is not the case. In times like these, one has to learn to look internationally. If you do so, you will discover there are indeed alternatives like beIN Sports.
What is beIN Sports?
Formerly Al Jazeera Sport, beIN Sports is a rebranded version of the athletics channels that Al Jazeera had broadcast across the Middle East and North Africa. While based in the Middle East, beIN Sports has two English language channels (HD11 and HD12), and access to Fox Sports and NBA.
The English language beIN Sports channels broadcast sports as diverse as soccer, golf, Formula One racing, track and field, boxing, and tennis. And if you are a fan of Motorcross, beIN Sports is the way to go, as the service is the sole broadcaster of FIM Motorcross in the United States. A full schedule of events can be read here.
On top of all of this, the aforementioned Fox Sports and NBA are thrown into the deal. For $130 a year, $13 a month, or a $6 daily pass, you will have access to a world of sports. All packages provide a connection to all beIN Sports Connect channels. Compared to most cable TV deals and the amount of content that beIN Sports can offer viewers, this is certainly a very good deal.
Available Content on beIN Sports
- Soccer – Barclays Premier League, MLS, Scottish Premier League, English League One, Swiss Super League, Beach Soccer Mundialito, LFP, Serie A, Ligue 1, and more…
- Tennis – ATP World Tour, WTA Tour, Australian Open
- Track and Field – IAAF Diamond League
- Basketball – NBA, FIBA Americans
- Other Sports – Cricket, Volleyball, Boxing, Swimming, and much more.
Unblock beIN Sports from Outside the Middle East
However, like most good things, there is a bit of a catch. The paid-subscription version of beIN Sports, which is also available via an app for TV and mobile streaming, is only available in the Middle East. Specifically, BeIN sports strreaming subscriptions are only available in Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine (including the Gaza Strip and the West Bank), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
If you are in the US or UK or anywhere else in the world that is outside of the Middle East, you are not out of luck for subscribing to BeInSports Online. The way to solve this problem and unblock beIN Sports is to simply use a VPN service, or Virtual Private Network, with servers in one or many of these countries. A VPN service is a subscription-based service that allows you to access geographically restricted material by accessing international servers to make the IP of your device appear as if it is in another country.
Using a VPN service like HideMyAss, with server locations in Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia or IPVanish, with servers in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, would allow you to have your computer, smartphone, appear as if it was in the Middle East, and therefore able to unblock beIN Sports from anywhere in the world.
Unblock beIN Sports on Multiple Devices with a FlashRouter
To get the most out of your VPN service and beIN Sports subscription, your best bet is to use it alongside a FlashRouter.
A FlashRouter adds VPN integration to access your VPN subscription on any device connected. This is available becasuse all FlashRouters devices are upgraded or “flashed” with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacing the under-performing firmware that routers typically arrive off the shelf. These new firmwares boost the power, speed, versatility, and overall functionality of the router, while also offering the ability to work directly with a VPN service.
Popular FlashRouters for streaming video include the powerful Asus RT-AC68U DD-WRT FlashRouter, the perfect router for a large home or a high number of connected devices. Comparatively, the Netgear WNDR4000 DD-WRT FlashRouter is a mid-range router that can support high quality streaming, with its powerful processor. On the economy end, the Cisco Linksys E2500 TomatoUSB offers Dual Band wireless at an affordable price.
As devices like the iPad, Samsung Smart TV, and iPhone do not have native VPN support, the only way to use them with a VPN, and therefore unblock beIN Sports, would be by having the devices connected to a FlashRouter network. Creating a FlashRouter network doesn’t mean to have to replace your current setup, either. You can have two setups working simultaneously in a dual router setup, one for a connection to your ISP and one for a connection to the VPN service.