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How to Watch the ‘Shark Tank’ Reality Show Online from Anywhere

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Sunday, November 24th, 2013


Shark Tank is a reality television show which premiered in August’ 2009. The series was developed by Mark Burnett for the ABC Network and produced by One Three Media along with Sony Pictures Television. Shark Tank has received a positive response from the critics as well as the viewers with an IMDB rating of 6.7 and a Metacritic score of 55. ABC decided to renew the series for a fifth season in summer 2013 after which the show made its seasonal debut in September’ 2013.

Shark Tank Plot

Shark Tank portrays the drama and anxiety of the interactions between the investors and budding entrepreneurs live on the air. The series features of a pool of aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for investments for their business ideas or products and a panel of investors (dubbed as sharks) who evaluate their business pitches and decide if they are worth investing. If the sharks like a business pitch then the entrepreneur behind the idea or product has the option of cutting a deal right on the show but if none of the panel members warm up to the idea, the entrepreneur has to return empty-handed.

Shark Tank Broadcast Schedule And Availability

Ever since its inception, Shark Tank has been telecast on Friday nights (8 or 9 P.M.) on the ABC channel. The series episodes are also made available online on the ABC portal (abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank) but their availability is restricted only to those viewers who access the ABC website from a US location. For all other viewers, including US expats and tourists who are abroad, ABC displays 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” whenever they try to watch the series online.

How ABC Blocks Shark Tank Online And What Can You Do About It?

ABC blocks Shark Tank outside US since it does not have the international broadcasting rights for the show. The rights are held by international channels and content providers with whom ABC has signed content sharing agreements to distribute the show abroad. To enforce the content sharing deals online, the channel needs to block international visitors (with non-US IP addresses) from accessing the series online and only allow those people who have a US IP address to access the show’s episodes.

If you wish to access Shark Tank online from an overseas location, you must subscribe to an IP changing solution such as a proxy or a VPN and get a US IP address. Switching to an US IP address is essential to bypass the GEO-IP restrictions set up by ABC and access Shark Tank (as well as other shows) just like you would do from within United States. And while proxies may be cheaper and more user friendly, VPNs deliver very high streaming speeds and top grade privacy which is necessary for accessing ABC (and other streaming services) online.

How To Unlock Shark Tank From Outside US With A VPN

Step 1: Subscribe to an unlimited speed and bandwidth US VPN plan from a reputed VPN provider like PureVPN, HIDEIPVPN, Overplay, BolehVPN or ExpressVPN. While there are hundreds of VPN vendors out there, the above mentioned providers deliver IP addresses from multiple US cities as well as provide very high speeds through their network.

Step 2: Download and install the custom VPN client supplied by your VPN company. If your VPN vendor does not provide a custom client or if you wish to setup the service on your Smartphone or tablet, you also have the option of configuring the service manually by following the detailed setup instructions provided by your VPN provider.

Step 3: Save the VPN connection parameters and reboot your system. For unlocking ABC shows on you mobile device, it is also essential to close and restart the ABC Player app since it would enable the app to use the latest connection settings.

Step 4: After the setup is complete, test the service by clicking on its desktop icon or the Connect option on your mobile device. If you have a slow net connection of if you are located far away from the city of the VPN server, then you will have to wait for some time before the connection gets established.

Step 5: Check whether your new IP address is from Untied States. This step is optional for those who configured the service manually but if you used the custom client provided by your vendor, you need to verify the location of your IP address before accessing the ABC website. In the event the default server of the service is located outside USA and you get a non-US IP address IP address, you must switch to a US server manually by checking the list of available VPN servers and choosing a US server from the list as your VPN server of choice.

Step 6: Visit the ABC website through browser or app and click on Shark Tank episode names to unlock them. For viewing the episodes through your mobile device, do not forget to stop and restart the ABC Player app after you have got a US IP address. You should now be able to watch the full episodes of Shark Tank from virtually any corner of the planet.


November 24, 2013
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