August is going to be an action-packed month for sports fans, especially fans of cricket and hockey. The two major upcoming sports events in August are England vs. India cricket test match and 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup.

August's most important sports events to watch online - England vs. India cricket

England vs. India cricket test match

The schedule for the events will be as follows:

  • Aug 1 to Aug 5, 3:30 PM, England vs India, 1st Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham
  • Aug 9 to Aug 13, 3:30 PM, England vs India, 2nd Test at Lords, London

The channels broadcasting the England vs. India cricket test match and their respective regions are as follows:

  • India & Subcontinent: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, SONY TEN 1, SONY TEN 3
  • UK: Sky Sports Cricket
  • Australia: Fox Sports
  • South Africa: SuperSport
  • Canada: ATN Cricket Plus (Asian Television Network)
  • USA: Willow TV
  • Malaysia: Astro Cricket HD
  • MENA: OSN Sports Cricket HD
  • Singapore: Star Cricket
  • Bangladesh: Gazi TV (GTV)

2018 Women's Hockey World Cup

The fixtures for the 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup are as follows:

  • Pool A
    • July 22
      • 11am | China 0-3 Italy
      • 5pm | Netherlands vs South Korea
    • July 27
      • 6pm | China vs Netherlands
      • 8pm | South Korea vs Italy
    • July 29
      • 11am | South Korea vs China
      • 1pm | Netherlands vs Italy
  • Pool B
    • July 21
      • 2pm | England 1-1 India
      • 6pm | United States vs Ireland
    • July 25
      • 8pm | United States vs England
    • July 26
      • 2pm | India vs Ireland
    • July 29
      • 5pm | India vs United States
      • 7pm | England vs Ireland
  • Pool C
    • July 21
      • 11am | Germany 3-1 South Africa
    • July 22
      • 1pm | Argentina 5-1 Spain
    • July 25
      • 6pm | Germany vs Argentina
    • July 26
      • 12pm | Spain vs South Africa
    • July 28
      • 12pm | Spain vs Germany
      • 2pm | Argentina vs South Africa
  • Pool D
    • July 21
      • 8pm | Australia 3-2 Japan
    • July 22
      • 8pm | New Zealand vs Belgium
    • July 24
      • 12am | Japan vs New Zealand
      • 2pm | Australia vs Belgium
    • July 28
      • 6pm | Japan vs Belgium
      • 8pm | New Zealand vs Australia
  • Knockout Stages
    • Play-offs | July 30/31
    • Quarter-finals | August 1/2
    • Semi-finals | August 4
  • Final | August 5

BT Sport will broadcast the 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup.

Watching the August sports events from anywhere in the world using a VPN

Sports streaming services make available to users more content than they can consume in a lifetime. However, depending on the location from which an Internet user tries to access the sports streaming service, a portion of the content may not be available for viewing. The programming available to users varies from one region or country to another because the England vs. India cricket test match and 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup can only be viewed on streaming services that have been licensed to do so.

The organizations that own the rights to the sports events license the rights based on geography, meaning that a streaming service has to acquire the rights to air the content on a territory-by-territory basis. It is for this reason that the England vs. India cricket test match and 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup is only available in certain countries.

The streaming service determines the location of a user by checking their IP address. When a user with an IP address from a blocked region or country attempts to access Geo-restricted content on the streaming service, an error message is displayed.

Thankfully, you can still watch the England vs. India cricket test match and 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup with a VPN, which reroutes all your Internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel between your device and remote servers managed by the VPN provider. As a result, neither your network nor your ISP—not even the network administrator—can see the data inside the encrypted tunnel, meaning they can’t monitor your Internet traffic.

Furthermore, since you’re connecting to the Internet through the VPN server, the websites you visit can only see the IP address of the server, so you can trick the streaming service that you’re accessing it from a region where the sports events are available. In simple terms, a powerful VPN enables you to watch the England vs. India cricket test match and 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup from anywhere in the world.

Choosing the right VPN service to watch the August sports events

Needless to say, performance is the number one priority when choosing a provider to watch the England vs. India cricket test match and 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup. You want a connection that is fast and reliable to avoid any buffering. To achieve this, give preference to services that have a larger global server network.

Other than performance, it’s advisable to get a service with intuitive native apps for all devices. It’s also important to ensure that the service offers powerful privacy and security features.

Below is a list of our top recommended VPNs for watching the England vs. India cricket test match and 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup.

  1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN has servers in 145+ cities in 94 countries, and it was among the fastest in our tests. It has native clients for Mac, Windows and Linux. However, it’s in mobile apps that it truly excels, with highly intuitive apps for Android, iOS and Blackberry. The installation instructions are available for other devices. These clients are particularly nifty as they automatically connect to the fastest server to give you the best speeds while watching the England vs. India cricket test match and 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup.

Security-wise, the provider offers a kill switch and automatic or manual selection of security protocols, which include L2TP/IPSec, OpenVPN, SSTP and PPTP. You also get zero-knowledge DNS, 256-bit encryption and no logging of your network traffic.

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ExpressVPN is expensive, though. But for many, it’s worth the price. It offers a 30-day no-hassle money-back guarantee with its price plans, which include:

  • 15 months (includes 3 free months): $6.67/mo billed $99.95 first 15 months and 12 months thereafter
  • 1 month: $12.95/mo billed $12.95 every month
  • 6 months: $9.99/mo billed $59.95 every 6 months
  1. NordVPN

Streaming is one of the main areas of focus for NordVPN. This is clearly seen in the company’s use of its secure proxy service Smart Play, which allows the website to get around Geo-restrictions imposed by content streaming services. All apps by this provider have the feature enabled by default so that requests by users are rerouted through the right VPN server. Therefore, in addition to being able to watch England vs. India cricket test match and 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup, you can also access Netflix and over 400 other streaming services.

When testing, we found NordVPN’s speeds to be above-average and the consistency impressive, even though latency was higher over longer distances. You get to choose from over 4,000 servers worldwide.

In terms of security, this Panama-based provider performs remarkably. Your data is tunneled through two servers and encrypted twice with its Double VPN feature, which is accompanied by 256-bit encryption, an automatic kill switch and various security protocols. Other features include Onion over VPN and a dedicated IP address. The provider also has a no-logging policy.

You get a free trial, though it’s not easy to find on the website. There are four subscription plans and each comes with a 30-day no-questions-asked money-back guarantee.

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The price plans are as follows:

  • 1-month plan: $11.95/mo billed $11.95 every month
  • 2-year plan: $3.29/mo billed $79.00 every 2 years
  • 1-year plan: $5.75/mo billed $69.00 every year
  1. VyprVPN

VyprVPN’s is super fast because it owns and operates all the servers in its global network. Its speeds were twice as fast as those of normal non-VPN speeds. You can easily find a reliable connection because the provider has more than 700 servers in more than 70 locations across the globe, meaning that streaming the England vs. India cricket test match and 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup will not be a problem.

Many security features are available, including the company’s proprietary Chameleon protocol, which easily gets around throttling and VPN blocking technology. In addition to that, you also get a wide variety of security protocols, 256-bit encryption, VyprDNS and a NAT firewall. Privacy is favorable, for the most part, though VyprVPN does keep some logs of IPs and connection times.

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You can test the service using its 3-day free trial. Just make sure you make the best of the free trial because the provider doesn’t provide refunds. The price plans are as follows:

  • Premium: $6.67/mo billed annually or $12.95/mo billed monthly
  • Basic: $5.00/mo billed annually or $9.95/mo billed monthly
  1. Buffered VPN

Buffered VPN is especially suitable if you’re planning to watch the England vs. India cricket test match and 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup on a PC. The Hungary-based provider performed exceptionally in our tests for speed. In fact, the latency improved when we used the VPN.

The service has apps for Android, iOS, Mac and Windows, as well as installation instructions for other devices. It claims to keep no logs of user traffic. Furthermore, it offers users a generous money-back guarantee, which is valid as long as you haven’t used more than 10 GB of bandwidth, 100 sessions or 10 hours of time (whichever comes first).

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Like ExpressVPN, Buffered VPN is a bit pricey. The plans are as follows:

  • Monthly: $12.99/mo billed $12.99 every month
  • 13 months (incl. 1 free month): $7.62/mo billed 99.00 for the first 13 months and every 12 months thereafter
  • Bi-annual plan: $9.99/mo billed $59.94 every 6 months
  1. Speedify

If you’re planning to watch the England vs. India cricket test match and 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup on a low-spec device, this is a good VPN to use because latency is low. It’s great for streaming as its ‘channel bonding’ feature joins various connections (fixed broadband, cellular, Wi-Fi) to boost connection speeds.

Its server network is large and it showed satisfactory performance in our speed tests, even when the channel bonding feature was not turned on. Although it has apps for Android, iOS, Mac and Windows, they’re quite basic and don’t have options for advanced VPN users. For security, Speedify uses ChaCha encryption and doesn’t log user network activity.

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In addition to its free 1GB/month free plan, the provider offers a 30-day money-back guarantee for its two subscription plans: $8.99 per month or $44.99 per year.