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Most of the blocks, bans and filters online are based on your location. It’s slightly ironic that the internet was meant to bring us all together, yet most of the world’s media sites are working out ways they can block people from different locations.
Anyway the vast majority of these sites simply look up your IP address when you connect before deciding if you watch or not. So for example to watch CTV the Canadian broadcaster, you’ll have to be based in Canada or connect from a Canadian IP address. They may be close but it actually can be quite difficult to learn how to watch Canadian TV in the US, even when you’re just across the border!
Unfortunately it’s difficult to control your real address as this is assigned to you when you connect to the internet by your ISP. Although it will sometimes vary, it will always be linked to the country you are connecting from. However if your address is not registered as a Canadian one then you can forget being able to watch Canadian TV online live streaming, it simply won’t happen.
Fortunately, you can hide your real IP address by connecting via an intermediary – often known as a proxy or VPN server. So for example if you want to know how to watch Canadian TV from anywhere you just need to use a Canadian based server.
How to Watch Canadian TV in USA
Anyway the easiest way to see how it’s done is to watch this short video.
That’s all there is to it. Using a program like Identity Cloaker means you can swap your IP address with a click of the mouse whenever you like. Switch to a Canadian one for CTV, then back to a US address for Hulu followed by a British IP address for the wonderful BBC iPlayer.
If you want to do it for free, you’ll need to find a free Canadian proxy you can use and modify your browser settings to use it instead. It’s not hard to do but unfortunately it’s difficult to find the servers, proxies and VPN servers are very expensive things to run.
You can try it out by using the Identity Cloaker trial account – 10 days of CTV, Iplayer, Hulu or whatever you need to check it works for a few dollars – for the price of a coffee and sandwich you’ll be impressed I’m sure!
2020 Update and How to Watch CBC Online in USA
Over the years since this post was first written there have been some changes in how you can access online content in different countries, especially for some reason Canadian TV channels. There are a few issues, including many sites blocking well known proxy IP addresses and instigating other counter measures to enforce their geo-blocking.
Some of these are methods which do stop you using proxies for example when the site requires validation of your cable subscription/viewer number. Of course, no proxy will enable you to bypass this, although if you do have a friend or acquaintance in Canada who will lend you theirs it’s certainly solvable. Other sites have made access subscription only removing their free content and introducing a paid plan only.
This means that there are some Canadian TV sites which can be difficult to access from the USA or anywhere outside Canada. However plenty do still work and a decent VPN like Identity Cloaker will still allow access to many. For example I’ve just double checked CBC and that still works fine although you do have to now create a free account to watch on CBC Gem. This is very easy to do and all you need is to input a valid Canadian postcode into your details, there are plenty of sites who can produce this or just copy a valid Canadian address from somewhere. Much of their content is only available on their premium subscription although you can upgrade to this if you’re using a VPN to access.
It is important to check whether the TV stations you need are available online and whether their accessible with your chosen VPN. Identity Cloaker does have plenty of Canadian servers so doesn’t get blocked easily but if you’re trying to access a site which is restricted by cable account numbers it won’t actually help you on it’s own. Service in other countries for the most still work fine, certainly all the UK ones like the BBC iPlayer still stream perfectly with Identity Cloaker, although many VPN providers are indeed blocked.
So check the trial first or on whatever VPN service you select, there’s still loads of Canadian TV channels easily accessible from the USA or the rest of the world, but it’s best to check first.