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How to Watch ‘Switched at Birth’ Online Outside of the USA

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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013


Switched At Birth is a family drama series which made its debut in June’ 2011. The series was created by Lizzy Weiss for the ABC Family channel and it is the first mainstream TV series to feature deaf actors and use scenes shot in American Sign Language. Switched At Birth has received a fabulous response from both the critics as well as the audience (Metacritic score of 75 and IMDB rating of 7.2). The series has won Peabody, American Scene, Television Critics Association and Imagen Foundation awards for its first two seasons and its third season is set to air from January’ 2014.

Switched At Birth Plot & Storyline

Bay Kennish is an artistically gifted teenager who grew up in a wealthy suburb of Kansas while Daphne Vasquez is a deaf girl living with her single mother in the poor neighborhood of East Riverside, Missouri. While studying blood types at school, Bay discovers that she is not related to her parents at all and was switched at birth with Daphne. The two families meet and decide to live together for the sake of the girls but coping up with the new reality is not going to be easy either for the girls or for their parents.

Switched At Birth Broadcast Schedule And Availability

Switched At Birth is telecast on Monday nights on the ABC Family channel. The series episodes are also made available online through the official Switched At Birth page on the ABC Family portal (abcfamily.go.com/shows/switched-at-birth). However, the online availability of the show is restricted only within US mainland. When international visitors (with non-US IP address) or even US expats and tourists try to watch the show’s episodes online, they 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 Family Prevents International Viewers From Accessing Switched At Birth Online?

ABC Family blocks Switched At Birth outside US since the channel doesn’t have the rights to broadcast the series outside America. The channel has signed content sharing terms with many international channels and content providers and transferred the international broadcasting right for several shows to them. In order to implement these terms online, ABC Family checks the IP address of all visitors and only allows viewers with a US IP address to access those shows online.

If you want to watch the latest episodes of Switched At Birth from outside United States, you need to use an IP changing solution to prevent ABC Family from detecting your real location. There are several dependable IP changing services such as proxies and VPNs available which can provide you with a US based IP address at a very low price. VPNs have an edge as far as speed and privacy is concerned so they are more suitable for unblocking streaming services such as ABC Family from abroad.

How To Watch Switched At Birth From Overseas With A VPN

Step 1: Subscribe to a VPN service that has one or more servers within United States. In order to unblock Switched At Birth, we recommend subscribing to ExpressVPN, HideMyAss, IPVanish, PureVPN or Private Internet Access since these companies deliver unlimited speeds and bandwidth and offer IP addresses from multiple US cities.

Step 2: When the subscription process is complete, you need to configure the VPN service on your mobile device or computer. It is fairly easy to setup the service manually and depending on your Operating system, you may also have the option to install the proprietary software provided by your vendor.

Step 3: Save the network connection parameters and reboot the system if you installed the VPN client on your machine. As far as Smartphones and tablets are concerned, you must also remember to close and restart the ABC Family app if it is already running so that the app can use the new networking parameters to connect to its website.

Step 4: Connect to the service by double clicking on the VPN desktop icon or by clicking on the Connection name in the start menu. While most VPN connections are instantaneous, the connection time also depends on the internet speed and the distance of the server from your location.

Step 5: Check the location of the IP address allocated to you once you are connected to the service. Most big VPN companies, including the ones listed above, have servers in multiple countries (as well as several cities within those countries) so it is possible that the IP address assigned to you may not be from US. In such an event, you just need to browse through available US servers and choose a server that it located closest to your location as your new VPN server.

Step 6: Visit the Switched At Birth page on the ABC Family portal again and click on the show’s episode names in order to unlock them. In case you still face location related restrictions while using your mobile device, simply close and restart the ABC Family app after switching to US IP address. You should now be able to watch the episodes of Switched At Birth from any location in the world.


November 12, 2013
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