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How to Watch the Big Bang Theory Online and Unblock Outside of the US

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013


The Big Bang Theory is a situation comedy TV series which made its debut in September, 2007. The series was developed by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady for the CBS Network. The Big Bang Theory has received a very good response from the audience (IMDB rating of 8.6) and its past seasons have won Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice awards. The series has been renewed for its seventh season which is set to premiere in September, 2013.

The Big Bang Theory Plot And Storyline

The series is focused around 5 characters that live in Pasadena, California. Five close friends; Leonard Hofstadter, Sheldon Cooper, Howard Wolowitz and Rajesh Koothrappali work at Caltech and spend their time working on geek projects, watching sci-fi movies, playing video games and reading comic books. When an aspiring actress Penny moves into an apartment across Leonard and Sheldon’s room, the geekiness of the four friends is exposed by Penny’s wisdom and social skills. Leonard, who has been unlucky with women, decides to pursue Penny and tries to make her his girlfriend.

The Big Bang Theory Availability

The Big Bang Theory is usually broadcast on Thursday nights on the CBS Network. The past and current season’s episodes are also available for online viewing through the official CBS website (cbs.com). However, the online version of the series is not available outside United States due to licensing restrictions. When expats, travelers and fans of the series from outside US try to watch the latest episodes online, they come across the message – “The video you have requested is not available for your geographic region”.

How CBS Blocks Access To The Big Bang Theory

CBS does not have broadcasting rights for The Big Bang Theory outside the US and to enforce these restrictions, the network has decided to filter visitors according to their locations. While people having a valid US IP address are allowed to watch the episodes, international visitors are redirected to the Content Unavailable page.

It is easy to access The Big Bang Theory episodes from a different country just by changing your IP to a US based IP address. When you change your IP through an IP changing service like a proxy or VPN and try to watch the series episodes, CBS thinks that you are accessing the website from within United States and allows you to proceed ahead. Although proxies are definitely more user friendly, VPNs score high as far as speeds and privacy is concerned so they should be preferred for unlocking CBS shows online.

How To Unlock The Big Bang Theory From Outside Of USA With A VPN

Step 1: Register with a VPN service that offers US based IPs. To unlock The Big Bang Theory, we recommend subscribing to VPN4ALLPureVPNExpressVPN, and VyprVPN since these vendors are renowned for their excellent US based VPN plans.

Step 2: After registering, download and install the software provided by the vendor. You may also create a VPN connection manually by tweaking the network settings of your computer or mobile device. Refer to the installation guidelines provided by your VPN provider so that you choose the correct setup procedure for your device and operating system.

Step 3: After saving the changes, restart the computer if necessary. For mobile devices, it is sufficient to save the changes but you must restart and close the official CBS app so that it uses the latest network configuration while connecting to the CBS website.

Step 4: Connect to the service by tapping the Connect option or clicking the VPN icon on desktop.

Step 5: If the default VPN server is not located in US then you must search for and use a US based server before you access the CBS website. The vendors listed above have servers in several countries so you need to change the server manually in case the default server does not provide a US IP address. If your VPN vendor has more than one VPN server in US then choose a server that is located close to your current location so that you can enjoy the streaming shows with highest possible speeds.

Step 6: Connect to the CBS site again and check if you can watch The Big Bang Theory episodes. For watching the episodes through mobile devices, you must remember to close and restart the CBS app after changing the IP address. You can now enjoy The Big Bang Theory episodes from any country in the world.


October 3, 2013
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