How to watch outside of France



Chris, a UK-born media connoisseur, is an expert in watching international TV. Known as "The Global Screen Wanderer", he has travelled extensively across the globe with long stints away from home. With over 10 years of experience he has become the go-to guru for streaming content from home and abroad.

In this guide I’m going to show you how to watch outside of France.

French is undoubtedly one of the most popular and widely spoken languages in the world. From France to Martinique and from Canada to Cameroon there are plenty of places that speak French either as the main language or a second language.

Watch outside of France map

French is also one of the most popular second languages to learn so if you’re wanting to watch French TV then the best place is to look online.

One of the best French speaking services online is and today I’m going to show you how you can watch watch outside of France in any country in the world.

How to watch outside of France

If you visit the website outside of France then you’ll be blocked from viewing. To get around this block you’ll need to use a program called a VPN or to give it its full name, a Virtual Private Network.

VPN services are mainly used to protect a users privacy online and one of the privacy protecting features is to allow you to disguise your online location and appear as if you’re in another location.

So let’s say you’re in the United States, with a VPN you can appear as if you’re in France and watch whereas without one you would be blocked.

VPN services are available from a huge range of companies. The critical feature you’re looking for is the speed of their service because you’re going to be streaming video over long distances and the further physically you are from France the more important this becomes.

I’ve put together a list of three VPN providers I’ve tested to watch outside of France and all have performed extremely well plus are competitively priced. I use ExpressVPN on a regular basis but take a look at all three and sign up to the one that you think sounds best for yourself.

  1. ExpressVPN – Recommended
  2. IPVanish
  3. NordVPN

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What to do once you’ve signed up

After you’ve chosen a provider and signed up to their service you need to download and install their software.

All three providers have software for Windows and Mac computers and also apps for Android and iOS.

I’m going to concentrate on desktop systems and in the example below I’ll take you through the process with ExpressVPN but the process is extremely similar with the other two providers and when using a mobile or tablet too.

  • First download the ExpressVPN software from their website.
  • Install the software.
  • Double click the desktop icon to launch the software.
  • Press Choose Location on the left side of the window.
  • Press France.
  • Press Connect.
ExpressVPN France

ExpressVPN let’s you watch 6Play

Once the ExpressVPN software or software of another provider has connected there is nothing more to do. All you need to do now is visit the 6Play website.

When you’ve finished watching 6play you can simply disconnect from the VPN. You can reconnect as many times as you want so you aren’t limited to what you can watch on 6play.

Why can’t I watch without a VPN?

If you’ve tried to watch outside of France you’ll know you’re blocked with a big stop message similar to the one below. Blocked

The reason you’re blocked is your internet connection. Every internet connection is assigned a unique identifier known as an IP Address. It’s made up of a set of numbers and tells everything where to go and who requested what. One of the things about an IP Address is it gives your location away.

So when you visit it looks at your IP Address and can determine that you’re outside of France.

When you use a VPN you assume the IP Address of another country, in this case France. So when you visit while connected to a VPN it only sees the French IP of the VPN service and not your real IP thus allowing you to watch anywhere in the world.

If you get stuck or have any questions please feel free to post in our comments section and we’ll do our best to help you out.

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