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How to Watch ‘Wipeout’ the Reality Game Show From Anywhere

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Monday, November 25th, 2013


Wipeout is a reality game show which premiered on the ABC channel in June’ 2008. The series was created by Matt Kunitz and Scott Larsen and is distributed by Endemol USA. Although Wipeout has garnered mixed reviews from the critics, the response from the audience has been much more positive (IMDB rating of 6.5). The series has been adapted into local versions in several different countries and the show has even inspired a video game. The sixth season of the series aired from May-September’ 2013 during which the show crossed the 100 episode milestone.

Wipeout Plot

Wipeout is referred to as the largest obstacle course in the world. Each episode of Wipeout consists of a bunch of contestants who try to clear a giant obstacle course in the hope of winning $50,000 cash prize. The obstacles and challenges appearing on the show may appear silly but they do require fitness, coordination and quick thinking skills otherwise the contestants can get eliminated within no time. The antics of the contestants are accompanied by some really funny commentary from the hosts John Henson and John Anderson.

Wipeout Broadcast Schedule And Availability

Wipeout is telecast on Thursday nights on the ABC channel. The latest episodes of the show can also be viewed online by visiting the Wipeout page on the official ABC website (abc.go.com/shows/wipeout). However, because of content licensing restrictions, the online episodes are not available to those who live outside USA. When international viewers try to access Wipeout online, they just see the “Content Unavailable” 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”. This is indeed a bad news for US expats and frequent fliers since they are barred from accessing Wipeout (and other shows) due to their current location.

Why ABC Blocks Wipeout And How To Bypass Such Restrictions?

ABC has partnered with many international content providers to distribute Wipeout outside America (for instance, City Channel in Canada, Nine Network in Australia, RTL5 in Netherlands, Watch Channel in UK and so on). As a part of content sharing agreements signed between ABC and its partner channels, the network is barred from broadcasting the show outside United States. To enforce these restrictions online, ABC checks the IP address of its visitors and only allows those who have a US IP address to watch the episodes of Wipeout online.

If you are a fan of Wipeout and wish to access its episodes from an international location, you must switch to a US IP address by making use of an IP changing service. Thanks to the innovations in the networking technology, nowadays it is easy to change IP in as little as one click by subscribing to IP changing solutions like proxies and Virtual Private Networks. And although proxies are considerably cheaper and more popular, only VPNs can deliver ultra fast speeds and enhanced security that is so vital for unlocking IP restricted streaming services.

How To Unlock Wipeout From Abroad With A VPN

Step 1: The first step is to subscribe to an unlimited speed and bandwidth US VPN plan. To unlock Wipeout from an overseas location, we suggest subscribing to PureVPNHIDEIPVPN, LeafyVPN, HideMyAss or Private Internet Access since these companies offer great speeds through their VPN server network.

Step 2: Next, setup the service on the device of your choice (Smartphone, tablet, computer or router). This can be done either by downloading and installing the custom client provided by the VPN vendor or by creating a new VPN connection manually.

Step 3: Save the new connection details and restart your machine. In order to unlock ABC shows from a mobile device, you must also close and restart the ABC Player app installed on your Smartphone or tablet so that the app can connect to the ABC portal with the new connection settings.

Step 4: Connect to the newly configured VPN service by clicking on VPN connection name in the Start menu or by tapping the Connect button located next to the Connection name on your mobile device. It is likely that the connection may not be instantaneous since the time required to connect would depend on your location and current internet speed.

Step 5: After the connection is successful, it is time to verify the location of your new IP address. Visit an IP checking website and confirm that you have an US IP address before visiting the ABC portal. If you get a non-US IP address from your VPN provider, you can get a US IP address by going through the list of available servers and switching to a US server located nearest to your address.

Step 6: Open the Wipeout page on the ABC website again and click on its episode names in order to unlock the videos. Also, remember to close and restart the ABC Player after changing your IP to unlock the episodes on your Smartphone or tablet. Congratulations, you can now enjoy the full episodes of Wipeout regardless of your current location.


November 25, 2013
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