Anyone with an Xbox already knows this, but it bears repeating: Microsoft's gaming console is good for so much more than just playing games. It's also one hell of a streaming video system. That doesn't just mean on-demand video like Netflix, either. It's also great for live TV.
And that brings us to this weekend's highlight: UFC 246 on ESPN+ Pay-Per-View, which will stream just fine on an Xbox. All you need is an ESPN account, and to buy the fight. (And an Xbox, which if you're reading this we'll assume you've procured by now.)
The fight, of course, has a few important details, too. The fighters? Conor Freaking McGregor, and Donald "Cowboy" Cerone. The date? Saturday, Jan. 18. Time: 10 p.m. Pacific. Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
That's the really important stuff. Still need more, though? Read on for everything you need to know about watching UFC 246 on your Xbox.
ESPN+ on Xbox
It's McGregor vs. Cowboy in UFC 246
This is the first UFC event of the year, and it should be one of the biggest, with Conor McGregor taking on Cowboy in Las Vegas. And an Xbox is a great way to watch it.
How to watch UFC 246 on Xbox
- Open ESPN Xbox One app.
- Select the "ESPN+" tab on the top right corner.
- Scroll down and you should see a giant banner for the UFC 246 fight on Saturday.
- If you don't see the banner, scroll down further past "Live" and "Top On Demand" to the dedicated "Get Ready for UFC 246" section.
- The first banner should take you directly to the fight.
- If you haven't bought the fight yet, you it'll asked you to purchase an annual plan..
How much does UFC 246 pay-per-view cost?
UFC 246 is available exclusively on ESPN+. You've got a few options here, though — especially if you don't yet have an ESPN+ subscription — so pay attention if you're looking to save a little money.
- If you're not yet an ESPN+ subscriber, the best deal by far is to get UFC 246 and a year of ESPN+ service for just $79.99. That'll save you 25 percent compared to if you were to get them separately.
- If you're paying for ESPN+ on a monthly basis, you can also upgrade to that $79.99 deal, which includes a year of ESPN+ as well as the UFC 246 PPV event.
- If you're a current annual ESPN+ subscriber (or just want to get the UFC 246 PPV event on its own) it'll run you $59.99.
How to watch UFC 246 outside the U.S. with a VPN
Technically speaking, you can only watch UFC Pay-Per-View events from within the United States. But if you're living outside of the U.S., a solid VPN should be able to take are of you. That's because a VPN can make it appear that your computer is inside the United States. (Or, more accurately, it tunnels your internet traffic through a server within the U.S., which is the same sort of thing.
This is where it can get a little tricky, though. If you're going to be watching via a phone or a computer, it's just a matter of firing up a VPN and going from there.
If you're trying to use a VPN with your Xbox in order to watch UFC 246, you're going to need to do it at the network level, and not just the device level. So you're going to need to have a router that supports VPNs internally.
As far as which VPN to use to watch UFC 246? May we recommend:
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Making out-of-country viewing easy
ExpressVPN has all the things you want from a VPN, if you need one to watch UFC 246. It's got multiple pricing plans. It's got servers in 94 countries. And it has apps for all the platforms, which makes setup a breeze. Fight on!
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