How to watch CBS in the UK

CBS is an American TV station that airs some of the most popular US series. For fans of series such as Two and Half Men, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, 2 Broke Girls and more it is the go to network for what can be classed as some of the best drama and sitcoms that the US produces. Many of the shows that are produced for or shown on CBS are ones that make it around the world and are shown in the UK, Europe, Australia and further afield. As is always the case they first air in the US and then slowly dissipate around the world at a pace set by both CBS and your local television networks.

For many this can mean series of their favourite show can be a whole season behind what the US are seeing, for the lucky ones you may just be a few episodes behind but the simple fact is regardless of where you are outside the US including the UK you will never be getting the very latest episode of your favourite show at the same time as the US is. Another factor to consider is not all shows make it to the UK and even less may make it to the country of your location. There are a variety of reasons why not all CBS shows make it outside the US, some are not popular enough or wouldn’t be popular enough in the target country (ie; your location) and others for various legal reasons would not be eligible to be broadcast elsewhere.

Those of you who find yourself searching out these great shows that you can’t receive in your own country there is a solution and if you want to keep up with the latest episodes of shows such as Two and a Half Men when they’re originally aired rather than waiting for them to be broadcast locally then I have the ideal solution for you.

When you visit the CBS website and attempt to access any show available when you’re outside the US you’re greeted with a screen similar to the one below which informs you that the video is not available in your geographic region.

CBS Blocked Video

The way to solve this problem is to sign up to a service such as one provided by IPVanish which offers a service called a Virtual Private Network, its shortened name being VPN. The reason CBS won’t allow you to stream their shows is because you’re outside the US and the way they know this is by your internet connection as it gives away the physical country that you’re in. When using a VPN service with a few touches of your mouse button or taps on your tablet or mobile screen you can make connection to a server in the United States, this masks your internet connection and makes the CBS website think that you are in the US which then allows you to stream the shows or videos that you wish.

The beauty of this is once you’ve got yourself a VPN package you can watch as many shows as you wish through your range of devices. Streaming video requires a fast connection so any kind of “free” service wouldn’t be suitable for this purpose. Premium VPN providers such as our three recommendations below will be most suitable for your needs because they have reliable connections that won’t suffer from buffering which would ruin your watching enjoyment.

  1. IPVanish
  2. Overplay
  3. ExpressVPN

Use of a VPN is a totally legal system and they are used by millions of people daily to protect their privacy on public wi-fi systems. A sort of side feature of this is the ability to watch streaming video from around the world that is usually restricted to a certain country. It wasn’t their original intended use but is more of a by-product of a security system which encrypts users internet connections. The main use of them is to secure your information from hackers when using wi-fi in public areas like coffee shops which can be open to people snooping on your internet connection and seeing what you’re getting up to. With this in mind you get the bonus of being able to watch CBS outside the US while also safeguarding your personal internet use from outsiders.