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How to Watch Modern Family Outside of the USA

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Saturday, September 14th, 2013


Modern Family is a comedy series that made its Television debut in September, 2009. The series was conceptualized by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan for ABC TV Network. Modern Family has received extremely positive response from the critics and audience and the past seasons of the show have won Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards. The show has been renewed for a fifth season which will premiere from September, 2013.

Modern Family Storyline And Plot

Modern Family tells the story of the challenges faced by three related but very different families. The lead protagonist, Jay Pritchett, is the head of a large family and is trying to adjust with his second wife, Gloria, and her 12 year old son, Manny. Jay’s daughter, Claire, is married to Phil and together they want an open and healthy relationship with their three kids. How the families handle the misunderstandings and culture clashes forms the heart of the story. Unlike other sitcoms, Modern Family is presented in a mockumentary format which adds to the appeal of the show.

Modern Family Availability

Modern Family is usually telecast at 9 P.M. on Wednesdays on the ABC TV Channel. The series is even available for online viewing through the official ABC portal (and the ABC Player). But since the online version of the show is not available outside United States, there is no way expats and travelers can access the show through the ABC portal or ABC Player once they move out of the country. People who try to watch the show from a different country come across the message – “You appear to be outside the United States or its territories. Due to international rights agreements, we only offer this video to viewers located within the United States and its territories”.

How ABC Blocks Access To Modern Family And What Can Be Done About It

ABC has decided to block access to Modern Family since it does not have broadcasting rights for the show outside certain geographical areas. The rights outside US are usually held by other networks due to the content sharing agreements signed between ABC and the content provider. To strictly enforce these agreements, ABC checks the IP address of each and every visitor and only allows people with an American IP to access full episodes and other exclusive videos. People with a non-US IP are simply redirected to the “Content unavailable” message page.

Since the IP address is responsible for revealing your location, you need to change it and get an American IP before accessing the ABC website. It is incredibly easy to change the IP address provided by your ISP through IP changing services like VPNs and proxies. Although proxies are considered user-friendly, VPNs are more suited for accessing streaming services like ABC since they deliver top grade privacy and extremely fast speeds.

How To Unlock Modern Family From Outside the US With A VPN

Step 1: Sign up for a new VPN connection after making sure that the provider you choose offers a US IP address and extremely fast speeds. To unlock Modern Family episodes, we highly recommend signing up with StrongVPNOverplayExpressVPN, and Kepard since these providers are well-known for their US VPN service.

Step 2: After your order is confirmed, you would receive a welcome email from your VPN provider. The welcome email will contain your login credentials as well as details on how to setup the service. The setup usually involves installing a VPN client (on computers) or creating a new VPN connection manually (on computers, tablets, Smartphones and routers).

Step 3: Once the setup is complete, save the new network settings. If you installed the VPN client on your computer, you might have to restart your system for the new settings to take effect. Also, make sure to restart the ABC Player app on your mobile device after saving the connection changes.

Step 4: Establish a connection with the default VPN server through the newly configured VPN service. This can be done by clicking on the VPN connection name that appears in the Start Menu or just by tapping the Connect option on your mobile screen. Don’t panic if the connection is not established instantaneously since the connection time would depend on your net speed and the distance from the VPN server.

Step 5: Make sure that you choose a US based server before you access the ABC website. This can be done by manually selecting a server from US in case the default VPN server offered by your provider is not from America.

Step 6: Browse to the ABC website again and check whether you can watch Modern Family episodes. For accessing the episodes on mobile devices, just close and restart the ABC Player app after you have enabled the VPN service. You are now in a position to watch Modern Family from any country in the world.


September 14, 2013
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