The 2020 Winter X Games take place from Thursday, January 23 to Sunday, January 26. Consisting of various skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobile events, it will be held in Aspen, Colorado for the 19th consecutive year. Luckily, you don’t need to miss a minute of the action, even if you’re outside of the US. Find out how you can live stream the Winter X Games from anywhere in the world with the help of a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Please keep in mind that we’ll only be recommending official sources for watching the Winter X Games online. This is an increasingly popular sporting event so unlicensed streams are inevitable. However, we don’t recommend the use of unofficial sources due to their low resolution and frequent lag. What’s more, they’re notoriously unreliable as they can be taken offline for copyright violation. There are multiple ways to watch the Winter X Games for free anyway, so you don’t need to waste time on unauthorized streams.
The Winter X Games will mostly be shown on region-locked platforms. If you’re traveling abroad, you’ll likely need a VPN in order to unblock the content for live streaming and connect to your usual home streaming services.
How to watch Winter X Games online: Live stream with a VPN
First time using a VPN? The good news is that it’s easy to set up a VPN to watch the Winter X Games online from abroad. All you need to do is follow these simple step-by-step instructions:
Here’s how to live stream Winter X Games 2020 online from anywhere:
- First, sign up with a VPN service. We recommend ExpressVPN. However, CyberGhost and NordVPN offer great value for money and strong unblocking ability.
- Next, download and install a VPN app or browser extension, making sure it’s the correct version for your device.
- Open the VPN app and connect to a server in the USA to get a US IP address. You can then unblock the likes of ESPN and live stream the Winter X Games outside the US.
- Clear your browser’s cache and cookies. This helps websites forget your actual IP address and location. They should then accept the new IP address of the VPN.
- Go to your preferred streaming service and select a live stream (you may need to sign in or register for an account beforehand). The content should now be unblocked.
The Winter X Games will broadcast live which means it’s a good idea to test your VPN ahead of time. This reduces the risk of missing out on the action due to technical issues. It also gives you enough time to contact your VPN’s customer support for further guidance.
How to live stream Winter X Games on US TV
The X Games is hosted, produced, and broadcast by ESPN. However, this isn’t available for free. Fortunately, you can watch the Winter X Games for free on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. What’s more, you don’t need an account for any of these social media services in order to watch the live streams.
While some of the social media live streams will be available globally, only US viewers will be able to watch all of the events. So if you’re traveling abroad (outside the US), you’ll need to connect to a US server. It’s also important to note that a small number of countries will not have access to global streams. This includes France, Germany, and the UK. Again, connecting to a server in another country via a VPN is your best bet in such cases.
If you have a US cable TV subscription, you can watch the Winter X Games live on ESPN as well as on ABC. It’s also possible to watch ESPN and ABC cable-free via the following streaming services: AT&T TV Now ($65 USD/month), Hulu with Live TV ($54.99/month), and YouTube TV ($49.99/month). These services include free trials but you’ll need a US IP address to unblock them abroad. ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee which means you can try it risk-free and receive a full refund if you’re not satisfied.
Where else can I watch Winter X Games 2020 online?
The Winter X Games will be shown in a number of countries worldwide. If your country isn’t listed below, take a look at the X Games “how to watch” article for further information.
TSN will air the Winter X Games in Canada. A TSN subscription costs $4.99 CAD per day or $19.99 monthly. This coverage will be region-locked and only available in Canada. However, you can unblock it abroad by using a VPN. Simply connect to a server in Canada and you’ll have a Canadian IP address and be able to browse as if you’re based in that location.
One way to watch the Winter X Games in the UK is to get ESPN via BT Sport. If you don’t want to have to commit to a BT Broadband or BT TV package, you can purchase a BT Sport Monthly Pass. This contract-free option costs £25 a month and grants you unlimited access to BT Sport via the various apps. BT Sport content is only available in the UK and Ireland so you’ll need a UK IP address from a VPN to unblock it abroad.
The Winter X Games will, according to the X Games website, be shown in Australia on 7mate which holds the free-to-air broadcasting rights. You don’t need to sign up for an account in order to watch although an Australian IP address is needed due to geographic restrictions.
The Winter X Games will also be available on ESPN Australia. This channel is available via Foxtel, Fetch, and Kayo Sports. If you don’t have a Foxtel subscription, you have the contract-free option of Foxtel Now. The base subscription costs $25 AUD monthly though the sports package costs a further $29 per month. A monthly Kayo Sports subscription costs $25 AUD per month. Fetch TV subscription prices vary based on whether you purchase a Fetch box outright or subscribe via your broadband provider. However, ESPN is classed as a premium channel and is a further $6 per month as part of the Vibe channel pack.
What should I know about the Winter X Games?
The inaugural Winter X Games took place in 1995 in Stowe, Vermont. However, the 2020 Winter X Games will be the 19th consecutive occasion in which the event will take place at Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen. All sport competitions are free and open to the public. Skiing and snowboarding events include Big Air, Slopestyle, and Superpipe while Snowmobile events include Freestyle, Speed & Style, and Snocross and Snocross Adaptive. The Winter X Games will include musical performances by Alesso, Bazzi, Illenium, and Rae Sremmurd.