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How to Watch ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Online Outside of the US

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Sunday, November 17th, 2013


So You Think You Can Dance is a dance competition reality TV series that airs on the Fox Channel. The series made its debut in July’ 2005 and it is the flagship program of the So You Think You Can Dance television franchise. The show was developed by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe for the US audience but after its initial success, the series was adapted into local versions in 25 different countries. So You Think You Can Dance has got a great response from the viewers and the series has even won Outstanding Choreography Emmy award seven times. The tenth season of the show wrapped up in September’2013 but Fox has already renewed the series for an eleventh season which will air in 2014.

So You Think You Can Dance Plot and Premise

A typical season of So You Think You Can Dance starts with open auditions that are held in several US cities. During the auditions, the aspiring contestants get a chance to showcase their dancing skills. Upon selection, the judges may ask the constants to undergo further rounds of auditions to test their capability to adapt to different dancing styles. After several rounds of auditions, about 20 contestants are selected for the final phase of the competition. During the final round, the contestants compete for judge’s input and audience votes by performing solo, duet and group numbers in a variety of styles. In addition, the contestants are expected to master and perform in many different dance styles to avoid elimination. The eventual winner gets the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer” as well as a cash prize of $250,000.

So You Think You Can Dance Broadcast Schedule And Availability

The series is telecast on Tuesday nights at 8 P.M. on the Fox channel. Full episodes of the series along with behind the scene action, exclusive photos and special videos of the show are also available online through the Fox website (fox.com/dance/). However, it not possible for people from outside US to watch the show online due to licensing issues. Even if international visitors, and that includes US expats and tourists who are abroad, try to watch the episodes of the show online, they come across the message – “The videoyou are attempting to watch is only available to viewers within the US, US territories, and militarybases”.

How Fox Blocks Access To So You Think You Can Dance Online?

Fox has tied up with many international content providers to distribute the So You Think You Can Dance series abroad. Due to the content sharing and distribution agreements, Fox is barred from broadcasting the show outside US mainland. To implement the sharing deals online, Fox scans the IP address of its visitors and only permits viewers having a US IP address to watch the series episodes online.

If you are a fan of the series and want to unlock the series from a non-US location, you must subscribe to an IP changing service that allows you to change your local IP address to a US IP. VPNs and proxies are considered to be the best IP changing solutions but VPNs have the edge as far as streaming speeds and privacy is concerned, so they are more suited for unlocking the show from abroad.

How To Unlock So You Think You Can Dance Outside From Overseas With A VPN

Step 1: Join the unlimited speed and bandwidth plan of a VPN service that offers US based IP addresses. If you don’t have any experience with VPN providers, we recommend subscribing to Kepard, Invisible Browsing, LeafyVPN, IPVanish or ExpressVPN since these vendors are committed to deliver a fast and reliable US VPN service.

Step 2: Make a new network connection and configure it as per the details provided by your VPN company. Alternatively, you may check whether your vendor offers its own custom VPN solution and install it on your machine. Most of the well-known VPN providers offer proprietary VPN tools for Windows and Mac but mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones as well as Android Smartphones and tablets require manual setup.

Step 3: Save the connection parameters and apply the new network settings. In case of custom VPN setup, it also becomes essential to reboot the system. If you configured the VPN on your mobile device then make sure to close and restart the Fox app so that it can use the new network connection parameters while connecting to the internet.

Step 4: After the setup is done, test the service by clicking on its desktop icon. The connection is often instantaneous but if you are located far away from the VPN server city or if you have a slow net connection then you must be prepared to wait for few minutes for the connection to materialize.

Step 5: Next, you need to check the location of your new IP address. This is essential because many VPN companies have servers in multiple countries and their default server may or may not be from United States. In case your VPN vendor has placed its default server outside US, browse through the list of available servers and choose the nearest US VPN server as your server of choice.

Step 6: Visit the So You Think You Can Dance page on Fox website and click on episode names to play the videos. In case you are not able to unlock the latest episodes on your mobile device, remember to close and restart the Fox app after switching to a US IP.


November 17, 2013
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