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How to Watch ‘Once Upon a Time’ Online Outside of the US

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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013


Once Upon A Time is a fantasy drama and adventure TV series which premiered on ABC in October’ 2011. The series was developed by writers of Tron: Legacy and Lost, Adam Horowitz along with his partner Edward Kitsis, and is produced by them in conjunction with the ABC Studios. Once Upon A Time has received a favorable response from the critics as well as the audience (IMDB rating of 8 and Metacritic score of 66) and the series was even nominated for multiple awards for its first two seasons. The show has inspired a novel, a graphic novel and a spin-off TV series and was renewed for its third season in 2013.

Once Upon A Time Storyline And Plot

Once Upon A Time takes place in the fictional town of Storybrooke, whose residents are in fact characters from several different fairy tales. The characters were robbed of their memories by a curse and transported to Storybrooke for the rest of their lives by Queen Regina (played by Lana Parrilla), who also acts as the town’s mayor. The town’s hope now lies with Emma Swan (played by Jennifer Morrison), the daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White and a woman with a troubled history, and Henry, her son whom she gave up for adoption more than a decade ago. By a strange twist of fate, Henry was adopted by Regina and Emma is the only one who has the power to lift the curse but first she must believe in the world of fairy tales.

Once Upon A Time Broadcast Schedule And Availability

Once Upon A Time is telecast on Sunday nights at 8 P.M. on the ABC TV channel. The series, along with exclusive photos, trivia, videos and behind the scene action of the show, is also available on the web through the ABC website (abc.go.com/shows/once-upon-a-time). However, due to licensing issues, the show’s online version is available only within US mainland. When US expats or frequent fliers try to watch the show from an overseas location, they come across the “Content Unavailable” 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 Once Upon A Time

ABC has to block international visitors from watching Once Upon A Time online since it has signed content sharing agreements with its partner channels. The sharing agreements allow ABC’s partners to broadcast the show in their respective territories but forbids the ABC channel from broadcasting the series outside America. These restrictions are even applicable for the online edition of the show and forces ABC to scan the IP address of all its visitors and only allow those with a US IP address to watch the series online.

In order to unlock Once Upon A Time from a different country, you must first change your IP address to a US IP. This can be done by using an IP changing service such as a proxy or a Virtual Private Network. While both proxies and VPNs have the capability of changing your IP address, VPNs offer the speed and privacy advantage which is why they are preferred by those who love to watch streaming TV shows and movies online.

How To Unlock Once Upon A Time From Overseas With A VPN

Step 1: Sign up with a dependable VPN service that offers US based IP addresses. For unblocking Once Upon A Time episodes from outside US, we suggest subscribing to VPN plans from LeafyVPN, Kepard, HideMyAss, IPVanish or ExpressVPN since these companies not only offer a reliable VPN service but also allow you to enjoy online streaming shows at very high speeds.

Step 2: The next step is to setup the VPN connection on the device of your choice. You can either opt for configuring the connection manually or setup the service through a custom VPN tool. However, you need to keep in mind that the proprietary VPN tools are not available for all operating systems (especially mobile operating systems).

Step 3: After you have configured the service or installed the client, you must save the changes and reboot the system. For mobile devices, it is also essential to stop the already running ABC Player app and restart it to enable it to use the new connection settings.

Step 4: Start the VPN service by clicking on its desktop icon or by tapping the Connect button visible on your mobile screen. While most VPN connections are instantaneous, the connection time would also depend on the actual distance from the server and the available internet speed.

Step 5: Once the connection has been established, verify that your IP address is from United States by visiting an IP checking website. In case your new IP address is still not from US, you need to switch your VPN server manually by visiting the server status section of your vendor’s website and choosing a US server from the list of available servers. If your VPN vendor has several servers within US, your must choose a US server that is located as close to your real location as possible to enjoy ABC shows at best possible speeds.

Step 6: Visit the ABC portal again and click on Once Upon A Time episode names in order to unlock them. If you wish to unblock the episodes on your mobile device, you need to close and restart the ABC Player app after changing your IP address. You now have the power to unlock the full episodes of Once Upon A Time from any region in the world.


November 20, 2013
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