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How to Watch “Hawaii Five-0” Online When Overseas

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Saturday, November 2nd, 2013


Hawaii Five-0 is a police procedural and drama TV series that premiered on CBS in September’ 2010. The series is based on the 1968-80 TV series of the same name and was developed by Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Hawaii Five-0 has received a favorable reception from the critics and the viewers (IMDB rating of 7.1 and Metacritic score of 65) and the series even won “Favorite New TV Drama” award at the People’s Choice Awards’ 2011. The popularity of the show led CBS to renew the TV series for its fourth season in 2013.

Hawaii Five-0 Storyline and Plot

Since Hawaii doesn’t have a state police force, its Governor has set a special task force “Five-0” to tackle serious crimes happening on the islands. The task force is headed by Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), a former Reserve Naval officer who returned to Oahu to find his father’s killer. Steve is joined by Danny ‘Danno’ Williams (Scott Caan), Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly) and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park) and together they deal with a host of crimes including organized crime and terrorism.

Hawaii Five-0 Availability

Hawaii Five-0 is telecast exclusively on the CBS channel. During its first 3 seasons, the show was telecast on Monday nights at 10 P.M. but for the fourth season the series was moved to Friday 9 P.M. slot. The show’s episodes are also available online to US residents through the CBS portal (cbs.com/shows/hawaii_five_0). International visitors, including US expats and tourists located abroad, come across the message “The video you have requested is not available for your geographic region” whenever they try to access Hawaii Five-0’s episodes from overseas.

How CBS Blocks Hawaii Five-0 From Abroad

CBS has partnered with several international content providers (including Global TV and NTV from Canada) to distribute the Hawaii Five-0 series outside US. Due to the content sharing agreements signed between CBS and its partners, CBS is not allowed to broadcast the show outside United States. To honor these agreements, CBS checks the IP address of its viewers and allows only those having a US IP address to watch the show’s full episodes.

Since CBS determines the location of its visitors through IP address, it is easy to bypass such restrictions by switching to a US based IP address. While there are hundreds of proxy and VPN providers that can provide you with a US IP, it is better to use a reliable VPN service to unlock Hawaii Five-0 from abroad due to the speed and privacy advantages that are associated with such services.

How To Unlock Hawaii Five-0 From Outside USA With A VPN

Step 1: Subscribe to a US VPN plan from a renowned vendor such as HideMyAss, IPVanish, ExpressVPN, StrongVPN or Kepard. These VPN providers deliver a dependable and fast VPN service and offer IP addresses from several US cities.

Step 2: After the registration is complete, create a new VPN connection on your Smartphone, tablet or laptop by following the instructions provided by your vendor. If you want to configure a VPN connection on a Windows based system then it might also be possible to install a custom VPN client if your vendor provides it.

Step 3: Save the network changes and then apply them. For Smartphones and tablets, it is also necessary to close and restart the CBS app so that it can use the latest network configuration. In addition, a system restart might be necessary for computers especially if you installed the software provided by your vendor.

Step 4: Tap on the Connect option on your mobile screen or click on the VPN Connection name through the Start menu to connect to the service. The connection time usually depends on the ISP speed and your current location so be patient while the service locates and connects to the VPN server.

Step 5: Check whether the IP address allocated to you is from United States. If your VPN provider has servers at multiple locations then it is possible that the default VPN server of the service is located outside United States. If this is indeed the case then you must choose a US based server manually in order to unlock Hawaii Five-0 episodes on your system. While selecting a US based VPN server, you must also remember to choose a server that is located nearest to your current location so that you get the best streaming speeds.

Step 6: Visit the CBS portal again and click on Hawaii Five-0 episode titles to unlock them. If you want to watch the episodes through your Smartphone or tablet then you must also remember to close and restart the CBS app after switching to a US IP address. Congratulations, you have unlocked Hawaii Five-0 successfully from all corners of the world.


November 2, 2013
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