Live stream the week’s top sports events with a VPN

Updated: April 17, 2024

Week of April 15 (Marathons, NBA Playoffs, NHL Postseason)

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In this space, you’ll find information on the best sports events streaming each week, get some context for the action, and find out how to stream it all securely and in blazing-fast HD.

How to watch live sports with a VPN

No matter your allegiance, we know you want to watch your team in blazing-fast HD, free of buffering and content-based throttling from your ISP, school, or office network. To live sports securely with ExpressVPN, just follow these easy steps:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location that matches the broadcaster you want to watch. For example, American sports fans can connect to a U.S. server to securely watch the coverage carried by U.S. streaming services.
  3. Head to your preferred streaming platform, such as Sling TV, Hulu, Fubo, YouTube TV, ESPN+, or DirecTV Stream.
  4. Tune in to the action!

Can I use a VPN to watch sports from another country?

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Marathons: Boston Marathon and London Marathon

Two marathons in one week? Sign us up! Well, maybe not, as we’d rather comfortably watch the Boston Marathon and London Marathon with our ExpressVPN subscription. Evans Chebet looks to become only the fifth athlete in history to win three consecutive Boston Marathons.

Viewing schedule:

Boston Marathon begins Monday, April 15, at 8:30 a.m. ET / 1:30 p.m BST

London Marathon begins Sunday, April 21, at 8:30 a.m. local time / 3:30 a.m. ET

Our favorite way to watch with a VPN: A YouTube TV subscription grants U.S. viewers access to ESPN, which will air the Boston Marathon. Those in select U.S. regions, including the Boston area, can watch the live feed on local news affiliates. United Kingdom residents can watch the Boston Marathon on Eurosport, and they can live stream the London Marathon for free on BBC iPlayer.

MLB: Astros vs. Braves

Major League Baseball’s pitching injury epidemic has struck the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves in recent weeks, sending Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez, and Spencer Strider to the injured list. Although we expect both teams to survive the rash of ailments and play postseason ball come October, we’ll see if this week’s three-game set is indeed a World Series preview. Check out our MLB page for a complete list of nationally-televised games to watch.

Viewing schedule:

Astros vs. Braves – Tuesday, April 16, 8:10 p.m. ET / 1:10 a.m. BST

Braves vs. Rangers – Friday, April 19, 7:20 p.m. ET / 12:20 a.m. BST

Giants vs. Diamondbacks – Friday, April 19, 10:15 p.m. ET / 3:15 a.m. BST

Dodgers vs. Mets – Saturday, April 20, 4:05 p.m. ET / 9:05 p.m. BST

Our favorite way to watch with a VPN: MLB.TV International is back for 2024, and it remains the best way to watch every game without worrying about blackouts. Fubo and DirecTV Stream each offer select regional sports networks, MLB Network, and a free trial! Additionally, AppleTV+ will exclusively air Friday’s AstrosBraves and GiantsDiamondbacks games, though fans can still hear the radio feed through

NBA: Play-In Tournament and Playoffs

The road to the NBA Finals officially enters its next chapter Tuesday night, as LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers headline the eight teams competing in the Play-In Tournament. Saturday brings us playoff basketball proper as Jayson Tatum‘s Boston Celtics, Nikola Jokić’s Denver Nuggets, and more teams set their eyes on capturing the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Check out our NBA hub for more info on this year’s postseason!

Viewing schedule:

Play-In Tournament coverage begins Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 a.m. BST

NBA Playoffs begin Saturday, April 20, at TBD

Our favorite way to watch with a VPN: NBA League Pass International will have full coverage of every NBA postseason game through the Finals. U.S. residents should catch the action on YouTube TV or DirecTV Stream, which offer free trials and every channel airing NBA playoff games.

NHL Playoffs

If the NBA playoffs aren’t enough for you, how about hitting the ice for the NHL postseason? Hart Memorial Trophy favorite Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche seek their fourth title in team history, though they may need to hold off Connor McDavid‘s dangerous Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference. Back East, can anyone stop Matthew Tkachuk and the Florida Panthers, who hope to reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the second straight year?

Viewing schedule:

NHL Playoffs begin Saturday, April 20, at TBD

Our favorite way to watch with a VPN: Canadian hockey fans can watch select NHL playoff games for free on CBC Gem. United Kingdom residents can tune into every playoff game on Viaplay. Those in the U.S. should stick with YouTube TV or DirecTV Stream, which will have every channel airing postseason games through the Stanley Cup Finals.

Cycling: Liège–Bastogne–Liège

A stellar spring for cycling fans continues Sunday when the annual Liège–Bastogne–Liège occurs in Belgium. Will Remco Evenepoel become the first rider since Eddy Merckx (1971-73) to win the event in three consecutive years?

Viewing schedule:

Liège–Bastogne–Liège begins Sunday, April 21, at 8:45 a.m. local time / 2:45 a.m. ET

Our favorite way to watch with a VPN: Users in select regions, including Australia (SBS), Belgium (RTBF), France (France TV), and Switzerland (Play SRF) can live stream the 2024 Liège–Bastogne–Liège for free. U.S. residents can watch the race on Peacock.

ExpressVPN is a VPN service not intended to be used as a means of copyright circumvention. Please read the ExpressVPN Terms of Service and your content provider’s Terms of Use for more details.

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