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How to Watch Raising Hope Online and Unblock It Outside of the US

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Monday, October 7th, 2013


Raising Hope is a situation comedy TV series that made its debut in September’ 2010. The series was created by Greg Garcia for the Fox Network. Raising Hope has garnered positive reviews from the critics and audiences alike (Metacritic score of 75 and IMDB rating of 7.8) and its past seasons have been nominated for Teen Choice, People’s Choice and Emmy awards. The series has been renewed for a fourth season which is set to premier in November’ 2013.

Raising Hope Plot And Storyline

Raising Hope tells the story of Jimmy Chance, who impregnates a girl during a one night stand. The girl is revealed to be a serial killer and is sentenced to death for her crimes. Now Jimmy has to raise her daughter, Hope, alone by taking the help of his family members.

Raising Hope Availability

Raising Hope is usually telecast on Tuesday nights on Fox TV. The show’s episodes are also available for online viewing through the official Fox website (fox.com). However, the online episodes are not available to international viewers due to licensing restrictions. When fans of the series try to access the episodes online from outside US, they are greeted with the message – “The video you are attempting to watch is only available to viewers within the US, US territories, and military bases”. As you can imagine, such restrictions can create huge problems for expats and travelers since they are not able to access their favorite shows once they are out of United States.

How Fox Blocks Access To Raising Hope And What Can Be Done About It?

Fox does not allow international visitors to watch Raising Hope’s episodes online since it does not have rights to telecast the show outside US. The broadcasting rights are held by other networks and content providers (for instance, Global Television Network in Canada, Sky1 in UK and I.Sat in Latin America). To enforce the content sharing agreements online, Fox relies on the IP address of visitors. While people having American IPs are allowed to watch the episodes, visitors having a non-US IP address are redirected to Content Unavailable message page.

In order to watch Raising Hope episodes from abroad, you must mask your location by changing your IP address. There are several IP changing services such as proxies and VPNs available that allow you to do this and get a US IP address at very affordable rates. While both proxies and VPNs can provide US based IP addresses, VPNs generally have the speed and privacy advantage which is why they are preferred for unlocking streaming services online.

How To Unlock Raising Hope Episodes From Outside US With A VPN?

Step 1: Get a subscription from a VPN vendor that provides US IP addresses. For unlocking Raising Hope episodes, we recommend checking the VPN plans from HideMyAss,  ExpressVPNKepard, VyprVPN or IPVanish since these companies deliver excellent speeds and provide IP addresses from several US states.

Step 2: Create a new VPN connection and specify the connection parameters supplied by your VPN company. For computers, you also have the option to install the custom client provided by your vendor but such applications are usually not available for mobile devices like Smartphones and tablets.

Step 3: Save the new network settings and restart the computer if it is recommended by your VPN provider. For mobile devices, it is usually enough to save the changes but you must also close and restart the official Fox app in order to unlock the features available on Fox website.

Step 4: Test the connection by clicking on the VPN icon (or tapping Connect option on mobile devices). The connection time would depend on the distance between the server location and your present city as well as the speed provided by your current ISP so wait for few minutes while the service locates and connects to its default server.

Step 5: Check your new IP address once the connection is established. If the IP is not from US then search for a US based server on your provider’s site and use it as your VPN server. Since most VPN companies have servers at multiple locations, you might need to change the server manually if the default server is not from United States.

Step 6: Visit the Fox website again and click on Raising Hope episode names in order to unlock them. To access the episodes through your mobile device, remember to close and restart the Fox app after you have changed the IP address. Congratulations, you can now watch Raising Hope episodes from any location in the world.


October 7, 2013
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