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How to Watch “Big Brother” Online Outside of the USA

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Thursday, October 31st, 2013


Big Brother is a reality gaming show that premiered on the CBS channel in July’ 2000. The show is based on the Dutch television series of the same name which was developed by the media tycoon John de Mol. The Big Brother series has proven to be extremely popular with the viewers and the show has even inspired three spin-off series. The show has completed 15 seasons so far and the series has already been renewed for its sixteenth season which is set to air in summer’ 2014.

Big Brother Plot and Premise

The series is held in the “Big Brother” house where a group of strangers (known as HouseGuests) are locked for 3 months. The contestants do not have any contact with the outside world and their activities are under constant surveillance through dozens of cameras installed within the house. The HouseGuests participate in various tasks and must avoid elimination in order to win the grand prize of $500,000. The contestants are eliminated every week by voting each other off and the last HouseGuest to remain in the house wins the prize.

Big Brother Availability

Big Brother is telecast exclusively on the CBS channel. The show’s episodes and the live feed of the series is also available online through the CBS portal (cbs.com/shows/big_brother/). However, the online version of the series is available only to US residents due to content licensing restrictions. Fans of the show who are located abroad, including US expats and tourists, would see the message – “Thevideo youhave requestedis notavailable foryour geographicregion” whenever they try to access the show’s episodes or live feed from an overseas location.

How CBS Blocks Access To Big Brother Online

CBS does not allow non-US viewers to watch Big Brother online since it has partnered with many channels and content providers to distribute the show outside US. Due to the content sharing agreements signed between the channel and its partners, CBS needs to scan the IP address of viewers who wish to watch the show’s episodes online and only allow people having US IPs to watch the episodes. International visitors (viewers with a non-US IP address) cannot watch the episodes or live feed of the show and are instead redirected to the “Content Unavailable” page.

Since CBS relies on the IP address to determine location, it is easy to bypass such location based restrictions by switching to a US IP address. It is easy to get an IP address from any country (including United States) by subscribing to an IP changing service like a proxy or a VPN. Even though proxies are considered more user friendly, VPNs deliver the speed and privacy required to unlock online streaming services at affordable rates.

How To Unlock Big Brother From Abroad With A VPN

Step 1: Sign up with a VPN vendor that provides a US VPN service. For unlocking Big Brother, we recommend that you check out the unlimited bandwidth and speed plans from HideMyAss, Kepard, IPVanish, ExpressVPN and StrongVPN. These vendors are famous for their dependable VPN service and they can provide IP addresses from several US cities.

Step 2: If your VPN vendor provides proprietary VPN software then you must download and install it on your machine otherwise you need to configure the service manually. It is quite simple to configure the service on a computer or a mobile device but you must follow the instructions provided by your VPN provider.

Step 3: Save the networking changes once the configuration is complete. In case you installed the software on your computer then you might even have to reboot your system for the networking changes to take effect. As far as mobile devices like tablets and Smartphones are concerned, just remember to close and restart the CBS app after you have saved the network changes.

Step 4: Start the VPN service by double clicking on its icon or tapping the Connect option on your mobile screen.

Step 5: Once you are connected to the VPN server, check whether the IP address assigned to you is from United States. If you configured the service manually then the service would automatically connect to the US based server that you specified during the configuration process. However, in case you connect to the service through the proprietary VPN software then it is possible that the service may connect to its default VPN server which may not be from USA. In such cases, you need to look for and switch to a US based server manually so that you can unlock US specific services such as CBS.

Step 6: Visit the CBS site through browser or app and click/tap on Big Brother episode names or live feed. For mobile devices, remember to close and restart the CBS app after you have changed your IP address through the VPN. You should now be able to watch all the videos (episodes and live feed) of the Big Brother show regardless of your location.


October 31, 2013
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