How to Watch Community Online When You are Overseas
By Paul Liu
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Community is a situational comedy television series that premiered on NBC in September’ 2009. The series was developed by Dan Harmon and is renowned for its use of pop culture references and meta humor. Community has received wide critical acclaim (Metacritic score of 81 for season 3) as well as gained a cult-like following over the last few years. Due to its immense popularity, NBC renewed the series for a fifth season in 2013.
Community Plot And Storyline
Jeff Winger (played by Joel McHale) stars as a lawyer who is suspended from practice after it is discovered that he had lied about his bachelor’s degree. Jeff is forced to join a community college and forms a study group with a millionaire, a single mother, a film student, a former drug addict and a former quarter-back. Despite having diverse set of backgrounds, the members form a tightly knit group and start working together. Each member has his/her own personality traits that contribute to the show’s distinctive style of humor.
Community is telecast on Thursday nights at 8 P.M. on the NBC network. The series is also available for online viewing through the official NBC portal (nbc.com/community/) but the online availability of the show is restricted just to US residents. When US expats and tourists try to watch the latest episodes of Community from outside US, they come across the message – “We’re sorry, but the clip you selected isn’t available from your location. Please select another clip”.
How NBC Blocks Access To Community And How To Bypass Such Location Based Restrictions
NBC has partnered with several content providers to distribute the Community series outside United States (City Channel in Canada, ProSieben in Germany, Viva and Sony Entertainment Channel in UK and Comedy Central in Netherlands). Due to the content sharing terms signed by NBC and its partners, the channel is not allowed to broadcast the show outside the US region. To enforce these rules, NBC scans the IP address of people visiting its portal and only allows US residents (viewers with a US IP address) to watch the show’s episodes online.
In order to watch the latest episodes of Community TV series outside US, you need to change your IP address to a US based IP by using an IP changing service. There are several proxies and VPN solutions available online that can provide you with a US IP address at very affordable rates. However, it is much better to use a VPN to unlock NBC shows since VPNs deliver ultra-fast speeds and unmatched privacy that shields your true IP address and location at all times.
How To Unlock Full Episodes of Community From Outside US With A VPN
Step 1: Subscribe to an unlimited speed and bandwidth VPN service that provides IP addresses from USA. For unlocking Community episodes from abroad, we recommend signing up with Kepard, Private Internet Access, HIDEIPVPN, Overplay or StrongVPN since these providers are renowned for their excellent VPN service.
Step 2: Configure the service on your mobile device or computer by creating a new network connection. For Windows based systems, it is often possible to set up the service through custom VPN software. However, not all VPN vendors offer proprietary clients for all VPN protocols so you may need to configure the service manually even for Windows based systems.
Step 3: Save the changes to finalize the new connection details. Depending on whether you installed software on your machine, you may also need to reboot the system. Also, you should close and restart the NBC app installed on your mobile device so that it can connect to the NBC website by using the new connection details.
Step 4: Double click on the desktop icon of the VPN connection or tap on its Connection name on your mobile screen. Depending on your location and internet speed, it could take few minutes for the service to establish a connection with the VPN server.
Step 5: Switch to a US based VPN server if the default server of the service is not located within the country. This step is optional if you configured the service manually but for custom installations, you must verify the location of your IP address before visiting the NBC website. In case the default server of your VPN vendor is from a different country then you must browse through the available VPN servers and switch to a US server located closest to your present location in order to get the best possible streaming speeds.
Step 6: Visit the Community page on the NBC website through the browser or the NBC app. Click on different episode titles to verify that you are able to watch the videos without facing any location based constraints. For unlocking the episodes through a Smartphone or a tablet, you also need to close and restart the NBC app after changing your IP address. Congratulations, you have successfully unblocked full episodes of Community TV series from every corner of the world.