How to watch FXNow outside the USA
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.
I wanted to know how to watch FXNow outside the USA after a friend of mine introduced me to the series Archer while in the UK.
So after discovering an easy way to do this I’ve put together this little guide to help you.
OK, I know, Archer is a few years old and I’m embarrassed that I haven’t seen it before but now I have, I’m hooked. The friend who introduced me to Archer showed me it on Netflix but unfortunately I don’t have a Netflix account so it got me wondering how I can watch Archer without Netflix and then I came across the FXNow / FXNetworks website.
FXNow or FXNetworks is a US website that carries an exciting array of shows. Some currently on air are:
- The People V. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
- It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
- Man Seeking Woman
- and more!
So keep on reading below and I’ll show you how to watch FXNow outside the USA online.
How to watch FXNow outside the USA
The first thing you’ll need is your login and password to your basic cable package. There are hundreds of networks accepted so there is a good chance yours is available.
If you try to directly login to FXNow outside the USA then you’ll be stopped because streaming is only allowed from with the US and you’ll see a message similar to this one below.
The FXNow website knows you’re outside the US because of your IP Address.
An IP Address is a unique set of numbers that help the internet function. When you visit a website it helps the site know who requested it and where to send it. Unfortunately even though IP Addresses are critical to the function of the internet they also give your location away.
So congratulations if you’ve guessed already, the solution to watching FXNow outside the USA is to get yourself a US IP Address.
How do I get a US IP Address?
You’re probably wondering how that is even possible? The good news is it’s extremely simple and possible by using a tiny piece of software or app called a VPN.
A VPN is a privacy tool that encryptions your internet connection so no pesky hackers can snoop on what you’re doing, a sideline of this is it also allows you to disguise your current online location and appear as if you’re somewhere else.
When using a VPN you can appear in the US and so FXNow will stream you any show or movie you want to watch where ever you are in the world.
Where can I get a VPN?
VPN services are sold by thousands of different companies all over the world.
A decent service should cost you around US$10 per month but will be as low as $6 if you sign up for an annual package. If you’re outside the US for longer than a month then it’s worthwhile considering the annual service as you can save around 40%.
Not all VPN providers are created equally and some are better than others. When you’re wanting to watch FXNow outside the USA then it involves streaming video over large distances from the US to where ever you are. Due to this, you need a VPN service that is fast.
I’ve been testing a selection of VPN providers over the past few weeks with FXNow and found ExpressVPN to be the best. I suffered no buffering or delays. I’ve put together a list of my three favorite choices.
I recommend ExpressVPN because they’ve got a 30-day money back guarantee. They also give you 3-months free if you sign up for a year saving you 49% off the standard price.
All you need to do is click one of the VPN providers names above, sign-up and then continue reading below and I’ll show you just how easy it is to watch FXNow outside the USA with a VPN.
How to use a VPN to watch FXNow
Once you’ve signed up to a provider of your choice you’ll either be given or have chosen a login and password.
The first thing to do is download the software or app from your provider’s website for the device you want to use.
You can make use of the apps for Android and iOS but for the best viewing experience, I recommend watching on a PC or Mac.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed either their software or app simply launch it and then choose the US option and press connect.
Below I’ll show you a step-by-step guide to using ExpressVPN on a Windows/Mac system but the process is the same with the other providers too.
- Visit the ExpressVPN website by clicking here and sign-up.
- Press Products.
- Download the correct software or app for your device.
- Open the downloaded software or app and login/activate it.
- Click Selected Location.
- Click United States
- The software or will now make connection and within 15 seconds or so you’ll be connected.
Now that you’re connected any website you visit thinks you’re in the United States. The only thing left to do is visit the FXNow website. You’ll now be able to watch any of the FXNetworks shows including FX, FXX and FXM. You’ll also be able to stream all the available series and movies.
As well as FXNow / FXNetworks you can use the same VPN package to access other US services like Hulu, Netflix, CBS, NBC, HBO Go and more. Take a look around our website to find more uses for the same VPN service.