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How to Watch “The Good Wife” Online Outside of the USA

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Saturday, October 26th, 2013


The Good Wife TV series is a political and legal drama that made its debut on the CBS channel in September’ 2009. The series was developed by Robert and Michelle King while Ridley Scott (of Alien fame) acts as one of the executive producers. The Good Wife has received an exceptionally good response from the critics and the viewers (Metacritic score of 86 for season 4 and IMDB rating of 7.7) and the series has even won Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Primetime Emmy awards in the past. CBS has renewed the series for a fifth season and the show is set to make its seasonal debut in September’ 2013.

The Good Wife Storyline And Plot

The show revolves around the life of Alicia Florrick (portrayed by Julianna Margulies) whose life changes for the worse when her husband Peter (Chris Noth) is sent behind bars for a very public corruption and sex scandal. After years of being a dutiful wife and mother, Alicia must not only deal with the public humiliation but also take care of her two kids. Alicia returns to work as a litigator after a period of 13 years to support her family but can she prove herself in the courtroom again?

The Good Wife Availability

The Good Wife series is telecast on Sunday nights at 9 P.M. on the CBS channel. The series episodes can also be viewed online through the show’s official page on the CBS portal (cbs.com/shows/the_good_wife). However, the online episodes of the show are only available to United States residents due to content licensing restrictions. When international viewers, including US tourists and expats settled abroad, try to access the show’s episodes from a non-US location, they just see the message – “The video you have requested is not available for your geographic region”.

How CBS Blocks Access To The Good Wife And How To Deal With Such Restrictions

CBS has tied up with several broadcasters like Global TV in Canada, Network Ten in Australia, TV2 in Denmark, M6 in France and Fox in Germany to distribute The Good Wife internationally. Due to the sharing agreements signed between CBS and other channels, CBS no longer holds the rights to telecast the show outside United States. To honor the agreements, CBS needs to filer the visitors who wish to watch the show’s episodes based on their IP addresses. While visitors with US IP addresses do not face any kind of restriction and are able to watch the latest episodes of the series, international visitors are redirected to the “Content Unavailable” webpage.

Since the IP address plays an important role in disclosing your location to CBS, you need to change it and get a US based IP address to access The Good Wife episodes from an overseas location. In order to change your IP address, you can subscribe to a VPN or a proxy service. Although proxies are definitely cheaper and more user friendly, VPNs offer much higher speeds and protect your real your IP address at all times which makes them more suitable for unlocking online streaming services.

How To Unlock The Good Wife From Outside Of USA With A VPN

Step 1: Sign up with a VPN service that offers unrestricted speed and bandwidth along with US based IP addresses. For unblocking The Good Wife episodes from anywhere, we recommend that you subscribe to VPN plans from ExpressVPN, IPVanish, PureVPN, Kepard or HideMyAss since these providers are renowned for their US VPN plans and reliable VPN service.

Step 2: Setup the service on your favorite device (computer or mobile) by creating a new network connection and tweaking its parameters. Some VPN vendors even provide a custom VPN client for their customers but such proprietary solutions usually work only with Windows.

Step 3: Save and apply the network details. In case you have installed a software on your computer then it may even ask you to reboot the system. For mobile devices, you would also have to close and restart the official CBS app so that it can use the latest network settings.

Step 4: Tap on the Connect option or click on the desktop icon of the VPN service in order to establish a connection with the VPN server. In case your internet speed is slow or you are located far away from the VPN server then you may have to wait for few minutes before the connection is established.

Step 5: Check the location of your new IP address with the help of an IP checking service. While a lot of VPN providers have their default servers in United States, it is indeed possible that the default server of your VPN server may be located in some other region due to the global nature of the business. In such cases, you need to browse through the list of US servers available from your provider and switch to a US server located near your present location to unlock The Good Wife and other US-only shows.

Step 6: Visit the show’s official page on the CBS portal again and click on the latest episode titles in order to unlock them. You should also be able to watch the episodes from your mobile screen by closing and restarting the CBS app after switching to a US IP address. Congratulations, you can now watch the latest episodes of the series from any place on the earth.


October 26, 2013
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