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How to Watching Dancing With The Stars Online from Outside of the USA

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Friday, October 18th, 2013


Dancing With The Stars is an interactive dance competition based reality show that airs on ABC. The show, which made its debut in June’ 2005, is the American version of the popular BBC Worldwide TV series “Strictly Come Dancing”. Dancing With The Stars is hosted by Emmy award winning host Tom Bergeron along with Brooke Burke Charvet. The show was recently renewed for its seventeenth season which is all set to make premiere in Fall 2013.

Dancing With The Stars Plot

Dancing With The Stars contestants consist of popular celebrities who team up with professional dancers and compete against other couples to win audience votes and judges’ points. The past seasons have included celebrity contestants from diverse set of professions such as supermodels, teenage-heartthrobs, actors, singers and even astronauts and Olympic athletes. Every week the couple receiving the lowest total of audience votes and judges’ points gets eliminated until the final wining couple emerges.

Dancing With The Stars Availability

Dancing With The Stars is usually telecast on Monday nights on the ABC TV channel. The show’s latest episodes are also available for online viewing through the ABC site (abc.go.com) and ABC Player mobile app. The Dancing With The Stars page on the ABC site also features exclusive photos, biographies of contestants, trivia, discussion boards and extra videos that are not available anywhere else. However, the online version of the show is only available to United States based viewers due to content licensing restrictions. International visitors, including travelers and expats, would 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” whenever they try to access the series’ latest episodes from a non-US country.

How ABC Blocks Dancing With The Stars Online

ABC cannot broadcast Dancing With The Stars series outside United States since the international broadcasting rights of the show are held by other TV channels and content providers. To implement these restrictions online, ABC relies on the IP address of the visitors visiting its portal. While people with a US IP address are allowed to watch Dancing With The Stars videos and full episodes, visitors having a non-US IP are redirected to “Content Unavailable” page.

To unlock Dancing With The Stars from abroad, you need to get an IP address from US so that ABC allows you to access the series videos and full episodes. This can be done by using an IP changing service such as a proxy or a Virtual Private Network. While proxies are cheap and easy to use, they are unreliable as far as speed and privacy is concerned so it is much better to use a VPN to unlock streaming shows online.

How To Unlock Dancing With The Stars From Abroad With A VPN

Step 1: Subscribe to a VPN plan from a vendor that provides US based IP addresses. To unlock Dancing With The Stars from anywhere, check the unrestricted bandwidth and high speed plans from ExpressVPN, Kepard, HideMyAss, IPVanish and PureVPN since these companies are renowned for their US VPN service.

Step 2: Create a totally new VPN connection and configure its parameters as per the instructions provided by your VPN company. For Windows based computers, it is often possible to install a custom VPN client that can be setup within minutes.

Step 3: After the setup is done, save the new network parameters. You might also need to reboot your system if it is explicitly mentioned by your VPN company. Also, remember to close and restart the ABC Player app on your mobile device so that it can use the latest VPN configuration.

Step 4: Connect to the VPN service by clicking on the desktop VPN icon or by tapping on the Connect option located next to VPN Connection name. Depending on your current city and ISP speed, it could take few minutes for the VPN to establish a connection with its default server.

Step 5: Remember to choose a US based VPN server if the default server happens to be from a non-US country. Most reputed VPN providers have servers in several countries so it is essential to switch to a US server manually for unlocking the ABC streaming service. Also, if your VPN vendor has servers in several US cities then you must choose a server nearest to your geographical location in order to get the best streaming speeds.

Step 6: Visit the ABC website again and click on Dancing With The Stars episode titles to unlock them. In order to unlock the series episodes from your mobile device, close and restart the ABC Player app after changing your IP address. Congratulations, you can now watch Dancing With The Stars episodes from all the countries in the world.


October 18, 2013
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