How to watch TVA outside Canada in 5 easy steps



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 you can watch TVA outside Canada from any country in the world. No need to worry either, this guide is completely beginner-friendly.

If you’re French-Canadian, French or just love French language TV then TVA from Canada is one of the best online streaming services.

Unfortunately like most online TV streaming services is restricted. It’s restricted to being watched from within Canada only. If you’re outside Canada then you’ll be blocked from watching.

Below I’m going to show you how you can unblock TVA outside Canada and watch from anywhere in the world.

Why is TVA blocked in the first place?

Like most TV services, TVA is blocked outside Canada.

If you’re a French-speaking Canadian travelling outside Canada you’ll be blocked with a message that says “Ce contenu n’est pas disponible dans votre pays.”.

This translates to the content is not available in your country.

The reason is obvious, it’s intended to be watched within Canada only. But what can you do if you’re outside Canada and you want to watch TVA?

Well, the solution is to get yourself an app called a VPN. A VPN is a legal privacy tool that allows you to change your online location and appear somewhere else.

So if you’re in America, France, the UK or anywhere else in the world you can make it look as if you’re in Canada. The result is, TVA is unblocked and you can watch anywhere in the world.

My recommended VPN service to watch TVA outside Canada is ExpressVPN but below I’ll explain in more details and show you the 5 simple steps you need to take to watch TVA outside Canada.

How to watch TVA outside Canada Step-by-Step

To watch TVA outside Canada you’re going to need to get a VPN service.

These cost a few dollars per month and are always charged in US Dollars. There are hundreds of VPN services out there so it can be difficult to find a reliable one that isn’t too slow or doesn’t buffer.

I’ve been testing a range with TVA and my favourite is ExpressVPN, however all three of these providers worked well:

  1. ExpressVPN
  2. IPVanish
  3. NordVPN

All you need to do is choose one, it really doesn’t matter which.

Below in my example I’m using ExpressVPN but they all work much the same so just follow the steps below regardless of which VPN provider you selected in the end.

  1. Visit the ExpressVPN website by clicking here and sign up for their service.
  2. Once signed up go to the Products section of their website and download the app for your device type.
  3. Install the app and open it. Then login with your account details.
  4. Press Choose Location, then All, then Americas then click on Canada.
  5. The app should connect for you but if not press Connect.
  6. Once the app has connected head over to

ExpressVPN Canada

You can now watch any live or catch-up content on TVA as if you were at home in Canada. It doesn’t matter where in the world you really are. The entire website is now unblocked.

When you’ve finished watching TVA just disconnect from the VPN app. You can reconnect whenever you want and as many times as you want as long as you still have a valid subscription to the VPN service you signed up with.

You can also use the same VPN service to watch other content from Canada such as CBC or Bravo.

Are VPN services legal?

A VPN seems like magic so you might be wondering if they’re legal.

You’ll be pleased to know that VPN services and apps are 100% legal in almost every country in the world.

Their original purpose is to help you protect your privacy online. They disguise what you’re doing and also disguise your location. This lets you use the internet without anyone tracking you or snooping on what you’re doing.

Not only does a VPN allow you to watch TVA outside Canada anywhere in the world but it also helps you protect your online privacy making your overall internet usage safer.

How does a VPN allow TVA to work?

When you connect to the internet your connection gives away your physical location.

When you’re in Canada and you visit the TVA website it knows you’re in Canada and so lets you watch whatever you want.

When you go outside Canada the TVA website knows this and as they only have the rights to broadcast in Canada and want to restrict it to Canadian residents then it blocks you.

A VPN works by passing your data through a middle-man. Let’s say for example you’re in America. When you connect to the VPN and request to watch TVA that request is first passed to a computer owned by the VPN company known as a ‘Server’.

That server is located in Canada.

The server then passes the request onto TVA but the TVA website only sees the request from the VPN server in Canada, it doesn’t see your request from America.

TVA pass back the video you want to watch to the server in Canada owned by the VPN company. The VPN server then passes this back to you.

The best thing about this process is it’s almost instant so you don’t even know it’s happening. Once you’ve connected on the VPN app everything is automatically done for you.

Recap: How to watch TVA outside Canada

So you want to watch TVA outside Canada?

To do this you’ll need to get an app called a VPN from a VPN provider. There are hundreds to choose from but the one I tested and recommend is ExpressVPN.

You can get ExpressVPN by clicking the button below. Once you’ve signed up simply download their app and install it. Open the app, login and then connect to Canada as detailed earlier in this guide.

Once the VPN has connected it’s simply a case of visiting the TVA website or using the TVA app as you would normally back home in Canada.

What’s your favourite TV show on TVA? or where have you been watching from? I would love to know so why not let me know in the comments section below.

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