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How To Watch US and Canadian Shows in Mexico

A question that gets emailed a lot is, “how can I watch my favorite TV shows in English in Mexico?”

There are several ways you can watch any of your favorite TV in Mexico.

Cable TV

If you hire a service like TotalPlay or Izzi, they have good internet and cable tv which you can program for English language. For example,  I have TotalPlay, which has about 250 channels, including a movie package.  Some channels are in English, and some are in other languages like Spanish, German, Italian, French. 

News shows like Fox, CNN, and BBC are available.  Many of the movies are in English.  And the weekly shows like Animal Planet, History Channel, A & E, TLC, FX, Warner, ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL Network, Golf Channel, National Geographic, etc.… We pay about $30 a month and that includes fiber optic internet and cable TV.

Getting A VPN Is Important

The first thing you need to know about watching shows in Mexico from the U.S. or Canada is you’ll need to get a VPN.

A VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and is essentially a remote server you connect your device to that tells companies like Netflix, Roku, USTVnow and such that you are connected to a server in the U.S. or Canada and therefor you are allowed to watch whatever show is local to that country.

I recommend Nord VPN for its reliability and cost. Prices are as low as $3 a month, and I have found it to be the best option for platforms like Amazon and Netflix (which are incredibly good at detecting VPNs).

USTVNOW To Watch TV in English in Mexico

Platforms like have most US TV channels, including network news like ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and CNN. This was created for military people stationed overseas but can be used by ex-pats to watch TV in English in Mexico. 

Some of the channels are free, or they have two subscription options. One includes a DVR to record your favorite shows so you can watch them later.


Roku is a great way to get access to your favorite shows too. Some of the programs are subscription-based.  You’ll need a TV with an HDMI cable port, then hook up the Roku to your TV for easy access to various English shows. I use Roku to get access to Netflix and Youtube and watch TV in English in Mexico.

You can buy a Roku on Amazon in Mexico, so you can even wait until you’re settled in and get it delivered to your door. Hassle-Free. It costs around $40 USD.


The Amazon Fire Stick will give you access to all the Amazon Prime movies, music, and tv shows.  It also can be connected with your NetFlix account, Hulu,Pandora, all US TV channels including sports. With a Fire Stick, you’ll have instant access to 200,000 movies and TV shows, and more. 

Bring an Amazon Fire Stick with you when you move to Mexico, or you can also buy it on Amazon Mexico when you arrive. (although buying it on Amazon Mexico will be slightly more expensive at around $55 USD vs. $40 USD)There is no monthly fee unless the channel you want to watch has one.

Bottom line, there are many different ways to get access to English TV shows, movies, sports, and news when you live in Mexico, So you won’t have to give up watching TV or movies when you move to Mexico!

If you’ve been wondering what your life would be like living in Mexico, the “Quick Guide to LIVING IN MEXICO” Is a must in your resources.

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments what type of VPN you like most and if you found this to be helpful.

Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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  1. Gregor says

    This is a great article but it doesnt say I need a VPN along with the Firerstick? Do I?

    • Mariana Lange says

      It depends. If you want to watch local Mexican shows on your firestick, you won’t need a VPN. However, if you are planning to watch U.S. or Canadian shows with your firestick, you will need to have a VPN. Hope this answers your question!

  2. Robert Bartholomew says

    Do you only supply TV or is internet and landline phone available too

    • Mariana Lange says

      I do not supply internet or TV. I think you may have me confused. The article is talking about apps and ways to watch TV in Mexico, but these are not services I offer.
      Hope this helps!


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