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 includes live TV on ESPN+.
And that brings us to this weekend's highlight: UFC 248 on ESPN+ Pay-Per-View, which will stream just fine on an Xbox. All you need is an ESPN account, and to purchase the fight. (And an Xbox, which if you're reading this we'll assume you've procured by now.)
To repeat: To watch UFC 248 on Xbox, you'll need a subscription to ESPN+, and you'll need to purchase the fight. You can do both at the same time, though, which will save you a little money in the long run.
A few things you need to know about the fight itself, too: It's Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya defending his middleweight title against Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero. The Main Event will get going at 10 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, March 7. (OK, in all likelihood it'll be a little later, but that's when it's scheduled for.)
That's the really important stuff. Still need more, though? Read on for everything you need to know about watching UFC 248 on your Xbox.
ESPN+ on Xbox
It's Adesanya vs. Romero in UFC 248
It's the March edition of the UFC monthly Pay-Per-View, and they've got two title matches. See Adesanya vs. Romero and Weili vs. Jędrzejczyk.
How to watch UFC 248 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 248 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 248" 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 248 pay-per-view cost?
UFC 248 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 248 and a year of ESPN+ service for just $84.98. 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 $84.98 deal, which includes a year of ESPN+ as well as the UFC 248 PPV event.
- If you're a current annual ESPN+ subscriber (or just want to get the UFC 248 PPV event on its own) it'll run you $64.99.
How to watch UFC 248 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 248, 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 248? May we recommend:
VPN for UFC 248
Making out-of-country viewing easy
ExpressVPN has all the things you want from a VPN, if you need one to watch UFC 248. 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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