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How to watch Die Hard 1 and 2 online this Christmas

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The holiday season is rolling around, so what better way of bringing in some Christmas cheer than with John McClane? Below, we’ve given you a sneaky shortcut on how to watch Die Hard 1 and 2 online so you can get your yippee ki yay marathon started in explosive fashion. So, whether you’re in the US, UK, or Canada, we’ve got you covered – everything from Bruce Willis first showing up in Nakatomi Plaza to the sequel’s Californian craziness is all here.

And, yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Don’t believe me? Find out for yourself: Because knowing how to watch Die Hard 1 and 2 is only half the battle. You have to live it. You have to mentally crawl through the vents alongside McClane and, once you’re done, you should definitely read why Die Hard is absolutely 100% a Christmas movie. And if you're looking to open up your viewing over Christmas, here are the best VPNs for Netflix you can subscribe to.

How to watch Die Hard 1 (US)

The cheapest place to pick up the original Die Hard is through the PlayStation Store. You can rent it for just $2.99. The best all-round deal, though, is through YouTube, Google Play, and on iTunes. No matter your preferred platform, the deal is the same: 4K rental is $3.99 while you can buy it in 4K for $14.99.

How to watch Die Hard 1 (US)

Die Hard is free with Now TV and Sky Go subs, so you can watch Hans Gruber and co. anywhere you want for no extra cost. If you don’t have access to either of those services, though, iTunes is your best bet. It’s the only service for UK users that offers the movie in 4K: £3.49 to rent and an incredible £4.99 to buy. It’s also £4.99 on Google Play, YouTube, and Amazon.

How to watch Die Hard 1 (Canada)

If you want to see the “I have a machine gun” scene in 4K (and of course you do), then head on over to iTunes, YouTube, and Google Play, where you can rent it in the format for $4.99 or buy it for $14.99. The movie is also free for Crave Plus subscribers.

How to watch Die Hard 2 (US)

If you’re a subscriber to Cinemax’s subscription service Max Go then you don’t pay a single cent. It’s free for as long as you subscribe. Elsewhere, you’ve got Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, and Google Play offering rentals for $3.99. If you want to buy it outright, that’s $14.99.

How to watch Die Hard 2 (UK)

Both the PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store have the cheapest rentals (£2.49) if you want a quick dose of Die Hard 2. To buy, you’re best off going to Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes as it’s only £5.99.

How to watch Die Hard 2 (Canada)

Crave Plus users also get this free, but you can rent and buy from the usual suspects: YouTube and Google Play. It’s $4.99 to rent and $14.99 to buy.

How to watch Die Hard 1 and 2 online in other regions

If you’re in Australia, Apple should be your go-to destination for both Die Hard 1 and 2. The original Die Hard is in 4K on iTunes, and is $4.99 to rent and $7.99 to buy.

For Die Hard 2, you get an even sweeter deal with iTunes: it’s still $4.99 to rent but only $5.99 to buy.

How to watch Die Hard 1 and 2 online via VPN

You might be looking at some of the prices above and wanting a cheaper deal on your region’s version of Die Hard. There’s an easy way to get around that region roadblock. Watching via VPN has never been easier: installing the software allows you to trick your ISP into thinking it’s in another country, opening up that country’s library of movies (and most importantly, prices) to you. 

So, if something is cheaper on Apple in the UK, for example, and you’re on the East Coast of America, simply fire up the VPN, set your server location to London, Manchester, or any number of UK cities and away you go. It really is that simple.

Best VPN to watch Die Hard 1 and 2 online

If you’re mindful of security and want a secure, long-term option, Nord VPN is going to be the best VPN for you. At only $3 a month if you sign up for 3 years, the service also boasts 2048-bit encryption, oodles of servers to choose from and, best of all, a 30-day money back guarantee if you’re not happy with the service.

If you want something a little cheaper but just as reliable, Vypr VPN is worth a shot. It’s only $5 a month if you sign up for 12 months and, whether you’re streaming or downloading, it’s going to be equally fast for you. Even better, you get a three-day trial so you can dip your toe in the VPN water before committing outright.

For a great all-rounder, try Express VPN. It’s available to use via PC, Mac, iOS, and Android and comes at a decent price. It's one of the most reliable VPNs, it doesn’t track any of your usage and its ease-of-use makes it the best option for VPN newbies.

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