How to Watch “Parenthood” Online Outside of the USA
By Paul Liu
Friday, October 25th, 2013
Parenthood is a popular family drama and comedy television series which premiered in March’ 2010. The series is based on Ron Howard’s 1989 film of the same name and was developed by Jason Katims for the NBC network. Parenthood has garnered an extremely positive response from the audience as well as critics (IMDB rating of 7.1 and Metacritic score of 78 for season 4). The series has also won Television Academy Honors, PRISM and Young Artist awards for its past seasons and was renewed for its sixth season in 2013.
Parenthood Plot And Storyline
Parenthood is set in San Francisco and Berkeley, California and revolves around the Braverman family. Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia star as Zeek and Camille Braverman, the patriarch and matriarch of the family who have kept their marriage intact for 46 years. The Braverman family has expanded to 3 generations and includes the eldest son Adam (Peter Krause) and his family, daughter Sarah (Lauren Graham) and her kids, second son Crosby (Dax Shepard) and his family as well as their youngest daughter Julia and her family. The series explores the challenges faced by the big family and how they deal with them.
Parenthood is telecast on Thursday nights at 10 P.M. on the NBC channel. The latest episodes of the series can also be viewed online through the NBC portal (nbc.com/parenthood). However, the availability of online episodes is restricted only within USA due to content licensing restrictions. International visitors as well as US expats and tourists come across the message – “We’re sorry, but the clip you selected isn’t available from your location. Please select another clip” whenever they try to access the series episodes from an overseas location.
How NBC Blocks Access To Parenthood And What Can Be Done About It
NBC has to prevent international visitors (people with non-US IP address) from watching Parenthood’s episodes online since it has signed content sharing terms with other broadcasters which explicitly forbid the channel from broadcasting the show outside US. To honor the agreements, NBC checks the IP address of its visitors and redirects international visitors to the “Content Unavailable” page while allowing visitors with a US IP address to watch the show’s episode online.
If you want to watch the latest episodes of Parenthood from another country then you need to switch to a US IP address by using an IP changing service. There are hundreds of VPN and proxy vendors that can provide you a US IP address at very affordable rates. However, you must make sure that you subscribe to a reliable VPN service to unlock streaming services online since most proxies are not able to deliver high speeds and may even leak your true IP address and location to providers like NBC.
How To Watch The Latest Episodes of Parenthood Online With A VPN
Step 1: Choose a VPN service that provides US based IP addresses. For unlocking Parenthood episodes and other exclusive videos, we recommend that you check out the unrestricted speed/bandwidth plans from Overplay, StrongVPN, Kepard, HideMyAss or VyprVPN. These vendors are well-known in the market for the quality of their service and deliver IP addresses from multiple US cities.
Step 2: Configure the service on your computer or mobile device by creating a new network (VPN) connection. For Windows based systems, it may even be possible to setup the service through custom VPN software but you must keep in mind that not every VPN company offers proprietary VPN solution to subscribers.
Step 3: Save the network connection details and restart the system if it is necessary. In case of mobile devices, you also need to close and restart the NBC app so that it can use the VPN connection to connect to the NBC website.
Step 4: After the connection details are saved successfully, click on the desktop icon of the service or tap on the Connect option on your mobile screen to establish a connection with the VPN server.
Step 5: Verify that you IP address has changed to a US IP by visiting an IP checking service. Most big VPN providers have servers in multiple countries so it is indeed possible that the default server of the service may not be located within United States. If this happens to be the case, switch to a US server manually by browsing through the list of available VPN servers and choosing a US server that is located nearest to your current location as your VPN server.
Step 6: Visit the official page of Parenthood on the NBC website and click on episode titles in order to watch the videos. To unblock the episodes on a mobile device, make sure to close and restart the NBC app after changing your IP address. Congratulations, you have successfully unlocked Parenthood from all the locations in the world.