Knowledge is power in "The Floor", the American version of a gameshow that's already conquered much of Europe over the past 12 months alone. Want a piece of the action? The series airs on Fox on Tuesdays. Americans abroad can watch The Floor from anywhere with a VPN.
The show begins with 81 contestants, each assigned a unique specialist topic, sharing a 9x9 grid on the studio floor. The aim of the game? To seize control of the entire grid by beating opponents at their own game.
To get the ball rolling, a player (A) will be selected at random and asked to choose any contestant to go head-to-head with (B), the only requirement being that they have to be occupying an adjacent square. The duo will then match wits in a timed quiz relating to player B's specialist topic.
Rob Lowe is quizmaster, and whoever loses the duel will leave the game, while the victor will take over their territory and have the option to either continue grabbing land or allow the randomizer to shine the spotlight on somebody else.
There will be incentives to play aggressively, though they ultimately pale in comparison to the $250,000 cash prize. Here's what you need to know to watch "The Floor" from anywhere in the world.
How to watch 'The Floor' from anywhere
Just because Fox and Hulu aren't available everywhere doesn't mean you can't watch "The Floor" if you're away from home. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.
Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN, really shines thanks to its safety, speed and simplicity-to-use. It's also compatible with loads of devices - from iOS and Android to Roku, Apple TV and PlayStations. You'll even get an extra 3 months free if you sign up for a year, or there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you just want to give it a try.
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance, if you're in the U.K. and want to view a U.S. service, you'd select U.S. from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Fire up your website or streaming service of choice and tune in.
How to watch 'The Floor' online in the U.S.
In the U.S., "The Floor" premiered on Tuesday, January 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, with subsequent episodes airing in the same slot weekly.
Episodes are also available to stream the next day on Hulu.
Fox is a local broadcast network that can accessed with one of the best TV antennas or through a cable TV package.
Fubo is a great alternative to a cable package. With the Pro Plan ($74.99 per month), you get over 120 channels, including all the local broadcast networks and top cable brands like AMC, E!, HGTV, FX, ESPN, Syfy and Paramount Network. Get your first month for just $54.99 after a 7-day free trial.
Can you watch 'The Floor' in Canada, the UK or Australia?
As of yet, no plans have been announced to release "The Floor" with Rob Lowe beyond the U.S..
For now, anybody currently abroad from the U.S. can use one of the best VPN services to access their usual streaming service. We recommend ExpressVPN.
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Aatif is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in the UK. He’s written about technology, sport and politics for a wide range of publications including TechRadar, What Hi-Fi?, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, and Newsweek. These days, he focuses mainly on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: live TV and penny-pinching. When he's not attending a top-flight English soccer match, you can find him perfecting his table tennis skills.