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How to Watch ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Online from Outside of the US

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Sunday, November 17th, 2013


American Ninja Warrior is a live-action sports competition series that premiered in December’ 2009. The series is a spin-off of the Japanese TV series Sasuke and is billed as “USA’s Toughest competition”. American Ninja Warrior has received an extremely positive response from the audience with an IMDB rating of 6.3. NBC renewed the series for a fifth season in 2013 and the channel will also air a special USA vs Japan edition of the show during the fall season.

American Ninja Warrior Plot

American Ninja Warrior kicks-off with a regional competition that is held in several US cities. The top 100 contestants then travel to Las Vegas to participate in the final stage of the show. The final stage comprises of physically demanding activities as well as an obstacle course which the contestants attempt to clear in order to win the grand prize of $500,000. During the first three seasons, the top 10 contestants of the show also traveled to Japan to participate in the Sasuke competition but from the fourth season, the Japanese section of the competition was moved to Las Vegas itself.

American Ninja Warrior Availability

During its first three seasons, American Ninja Warrior was telecast exclusively on the G4 TV channel (owned by NBC). However, since its fourth season, the series is telecast both on G4 and NBC channels. The series is also available online through the NBC portal (nbc.com/american-ninja-warrior) but the online availability is restricted only within certain countries (such as United States). If you try to watch the series from a location where it is not available, you will come across the message – “We’re sorry, but the clip you selected isn’t available from your location. Please select another clip”.

How NBC Blocks Access To American Ninja Warrior

NBC has tied up with many content providers to distribute American Ninja Warrior throughout the world. Due to the content sharing terms agreed upon by NBC and its partners, the channel can only broadcast the show within specific locations (such as United States). To enforce these rules, NBC checks the IP address of all the visitors and only allows viewers from certain locations to watch the show online.

In order to watch American Ninja Warrior online from a location where it is not available, you need to change your IP address so that the GEO-IP based restrictions are no longer applicable for you. This can be done by using an IP changing service such as a proxy or a Virtual Private Network. Although proxies are more user friendly, it is advisable to use a VPN to unblock NBC shows since VPNs deliver premium speeds and unbreachable privacy that is usually not available through proxies.

How To Unlock American Ninja Warrior From Anywhere With A VPN

Step 1: Get a VPN subscription from a renowned provider like ExpressVPN, VPN4ALL, Kepard, HIDEIPVPN or HideMyAss. These providers not only deliver a fast and dependable VPN service but also provide IP addresses from several countries (including United States).

Step 2: Create a new network (or VPN) connection and input the connection parameters supplied to you by your VPN company. In case your VPN vendor provides a custom client, you also have the option to configure the service by installing the software on your machine.

Step 3: After the setup is complete, save the changes and also restart the system (required for custom installations). As far as mobile devices are concerned, it is essential to close and then restart the NBC app so that it can connect to the NBC site with new network parameters.

Step 4: Initiate the VPN connection by double clicking on VPN’s desktop icon or by tapping the Connect option located next to the VPN connection name on mobile devices. The connection time is usually dependent on the internet speed and the distance of the server so you may have to wait for few minutes if you have a slow connection or if you are located far away from the VPN server.

Step 5: Once the connection is established, check whether your new IP address is from United States. In case the default server of the vendor is located in some other country, you may not be able to watch American Ninja Warrior videos online. In such an event, it is recommended that you switch to a US VPN server by choosing a US based server manually from the list of available VPN servers.

Step 6: Visit the NBC site again and click on American Ninja Warrior videos in order to unlock them. To unlock the videos through a mobile device, remember to close and restart the NBC app after you have changed your IP address. Congratulations, you should now be able to watch American Ninja Warrior videos from all the countries in the world.


November 17, 2013
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