One TV channel has been building up quite a reputation ever since some significant changes were happening on November 1, 2018. The parent company was combining Crave movies, HBO and The Movie Network and making them available in one place.
This was an exciting day, but with one slight downside. The company in question is Bell Media, and the streaming service is CraveTV, and they are both geo-blocked firmly inside Canada.
The good news is, there is something we can do about it, and lovers of good TV can watch CraveTV Canada over the border and bypassing the geo-restrictions that are in place.
What is Special About CraveTV?
This on-demand streaming service that gives exclusive access to some of the biggest Hollywood movies and TV shows from HBO Showtime, The Movie Network and as well as their own Crave original series.
Now you can easily watch popular favorites and the critically acclaimed, The Handmaids Tale, and Star Trek Discovery.
Bell Canada has pulled out all the stops and come up with something which is comparable to Netflix, albeit possibly on a smaller scale.
The one advantage is it might be a little easier to access for viewers outside Canada than Netflix is when outside the USA.
Crave TV shows deliver dramas, comedy series such as South Park and the Big Bang Theory, plus Letterkenney which can keep viewers giggling for hours.
The streaming service often has highlights, and one of the most recent is the new season of Ray Donovan and Killing Eve among many others.
How to Access CraveTV
If the depth of what Bell Canada delivers isn’t enough, they make the service accessible on plenty of devices.
It is possible to sign up for Crave direct, and then you can view content on your TV with the VOD service. It is also available on smartphones and tablets using either of the CraveTV app or FibeTV app which is available, and even on your computer.
Full device support for the apps is as follows:
- Apple and Samsung Smart TV
- Amazon FireStick
- iOS and Android
- Game consoles
- Most web browsers supported
How to Watch CraveTV Outside Canada
Crave is a subscription service but it is worth it for the 11,000 hours of TV shows and movies that are available. Here is a rundown of the cost before we look how you can access the streaming channels.
There are two packages available and the first being the basic. This offers lots of TV channels and shows, Showtime series and Crave specials. This is $9.99 per month.
If you go for the larger package, this is Crave + HBO and movies in one package and is $19.98 per month. If you pay annually, you get 12 months for the price of 10.
Because Crave is geo-blocked for the USA and anywhere else outside Canada, you will need a VPN for the sign-up procedure and to access any of the content. You might be able to sign up without a VPN, but Crave checks IP addresses so it might block you.
Here are the signing up steps you need to follow for Crave TV. They assume you already have a VPN in place before starting.
- Makes sure your VPN client software is connected and set to Canada
- Head to the CraveTV and click the sign in button
- You see two boxes asking how you subscribed, ignore these and click the sign-up text underneath. (You get one month free)
- Next, you are asked your email address, then to enter and verify a password
- Select the monthly option or the annual subscription and click continue
- Select add-ons (only HBO + movies can be included)
- Add card details or gift card redemption and click continue – Fill in personal information attached to the card used.
Using the Best VPN to Access CraveTV
In case you don’t already have a VPN in place to access Crave TV, the best option for accessing VOD services is ExpressVPN. Not all VPN’s deliver the same feature set, download speeds or military grade encryption as this VPN, so it is not worth trawling through others just to say they are not suitable.
Before showing how easy it is to sign up for this VPN, we should say it supports all the mobile devices the Crave apps work on and many more besides. It can also be installed on routers in your home, so all devices are protected and out of sight.
This means no NSA is snooping or knocking on the door if you view any copyright-protected content. Your connection is as safe and secure as it could be.
Without going into too much detail of this VPN, here is the straightforward sign-up procedure:
- Open your browser and navigate to the Express – VPN website.
- Click the Get Express – VPN button
- Select a subscription plan
- Enter your email address
- Select a payment method – credit card, PayPal, Bitcoin, and many more
- Set up your password
- You will receive an email with details about your subscription.
- Click the link in the email to download your ExpressVPN app.
- Copy the activation code
- Install the app
- Enter the activation code
As soon as you have done this, your system or device is already protected with no further setup VPN steps required.
Once you have done this, all you need to do is select the drop-down menu in the VPN app and change the server location to Canada (this makes it appear as if you are in Canada).
Head to the Crave website to start browsing if you are on your PC/ Mac, or open the Crave app on your other devices and log in with your Crave account details if asked.
You can now start watching movies, TV episodes or any of the other countless hours of streaming content this new VOD service offers.