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How to Watch The Tonight Show Outside of the US

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Monday, August 26th, 2013


Are you an expat living overseas? Chances are that most of the shows that you commonly watch like the Tonight Show are geographically unavailable from your country. Not to worry. In this article, we will detail some of the steps that you can take to watch shows like the Tonight Show outside of the US in any country.

The Tonight Show Availability

The Tonight Show (also known as The Tonight Show With Jay Leno or simply Tonight) is an extremely popular late night talk show from America. The show made its debut in 1954 and is one the longest running shows on the American Television. The Tonight Show features a unique mix of entertainment and current events and has been hosted by Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Conan O’Brien in the past. The show has set several broadcasting milestones during its illustrious history which includes visit by the current President of the US as a guest.

The Tonight Show is telecast during the late night slot on the NBC network. The previous and current episodes of the show are also available for online viewing through the official NBC portal. Since the NBC site (and its native app) is not yet functional outside United States, fans of the show cannot watch it from a different country. If people try to watch The Tonight Show from a different location, they will see the message – “We’re sorry, but the clip you selected isn’t available from your location. Please select another clip”. As you can probably imagine, these measures are especially harsh for US expats and travelers since they are not able to watch their favorite talk show from a different country.

How NBC Blocks Access To The Tonight Show And What To Do About It

NBC does not allow people to watch The Tonight Show from outside US since it has signed content sharing agreements with several content providers. To strictly enforce these agreements, NBC scans the location of each and every visitor that visits its website. The location check is done through IP address (which can tell a lot more information about the visitor beside the location) and allows NBC to prevent people from accessing its shows by blocking IP range that is not from US.

In order to watch The Tonight Show from outside US, you need to get a US IP address through a IP changing service. As you might be aware, proxies and VPNs are frequently considered as the best IP changing solutions. However, using a VPN is a far better choice since it provides high speeds required for online streaming and protects your real IP address (and your real location) at all times from content providers like NBC.

How To Watch The Tonight Show From Outside Of US With A VPN

Step 1: Sign up with a VPN service provider that gives a US IP address to its customers. For unlocking The Tonight Show, you can select unrestricted bandwidth and speed subscription offers from VyprVPN, Overplay, StrongVPN, proXPN, and ExpressVPN. These VPN sellers are famous for their US VPN plans and are capable of providing you with exceptional speeds and privacy that is vital for accessing video streaming services such as NBC.

Step 2: Get the VPN software from the VPN provider’s official site and install it according to the instructions provided or configure the VPN service by modifying the network parameters. As far as mobile devices are concerned, there is often no installation required but you need to setup a new VPN service by adding a couple of network parameters.

Step 3: Save the changes and also restart your laptop or computer if needed (not required for mobile devices). For Smartphones and tablets, you simply need to save and apply the new settings and close and restart the NBC app to use the most recent network settings.

Step 4: Launch the VPN service by clicking on the VPN icon or just click on the Connect button to connect to the VPN server.

Step 5: Select a USA based VPN server in case your new IP address is not from US. A large number of VPN service providers own servers in several countries so you would have to select a server from US manually to unlock all the feature of NBC website. Also, if your provider has multiple servers within US, choose a server that is nearest to your current location to get the best streaming speeds.

Step 6: Visit the NBC portal and test whether you are able to watch latest episodes of The Tonight Show. To access the show from Smartphones and tablets, close the NBC native app and restart it. Congratulations, you are now free to watch The Tonight Show from any country in the world.


August 26, 2013
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