How to watch CBC Player outside Canada



Chris, a UK-born media connoisseur, is an expert in watching international TV. Known as "The Global Screen Wanderer", he has travelled extensively across the globe with long stints away from home. With over 10 years of experience he has become the go-to guru for streaming content from home and abroad.

CBC is one of the biggest broadcasters in Canada and if you want to watch CBC Player outside Canada you’ll likely have been disappointed to have heard a message telling you that the content isn’t available.

Like many broadcasters if you travel outside the intended region of the service they block you from accessing and CBC is no exception.

But don’t worry, in this guide I’ll show you how you can watch CBC Player outside Canada!

CBC has plenty of great shows such as The Fire Within and Coronation Street but it also shows lots of winter sports that just aren’t available elsewhere and if you’re Canadian and travelling or living outside Canada then having access to TV shows from home can be comforting.

Even if you’re not Canadian at all and just want to watch CBC then I’ve got the solution for you.

Luckily there is a way to watch CBC Player outside Canada and in this guide I’m going to walk you through the really simple steps to achieve this.

Why am I blocked from watching CBC?

You’re probably wondering why you’re even blocking from watching CBC Player outside Canada in the first place. This all comes down to rights agreements that CBC have, but the technical way you’re blocked is all down to your internet connection.

When you connect to the internet you’re assigned a unique identifier known as an IP Address. Unfortunately for you this very IP Address allows CBC Player to determine your location.

So if for example you’re in the UK then CBC Player knows this and blocks you.

Thankfully there is a way to obtain an IP Address from another country and use it wherever you are. For the purpose of watching CBC Player you need a Canadian IP Address and this can be achieved by using an app called a VPN.

Keep reading and I’ll show you where to get one and how to use it.

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How to watch CBC Player outside Canada

The term VPN sounds more technical and scary than it is. Basically it is a small program that runs on your computer or app for your tablet or phone that takes away any set-up or complicated use. Within 1 to 2 clicks you’re connected and able to watch CBC Player outside Canada.

A good VPN service should cost you around CAD$7 – $12 per month and will be cheaper if you take longer than a month package. For example with ExpressVPN you can save 49% off the monthly price if you sign up for 12-months.

VPN services are offered by hundreds of companies and through my testing I’ve come to the conclusion that the following three providers are best suited to the job of watching CBC Player outside Canada. It’s important that they have a Canadian “server” which all three providers do and that they’re also fast because you’ll be streaming video.

Just click on one of the provider’s names below to visit their site. I use ExpressVPN personally but feel free to look around.

  1. ExpressVPN – Most Popular
  2. IPVanish
  3. NordVPN

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What to do once you’ve signed up

Now you’ve signed up all you simply need to do is download the software or app for your system or device.

Once downloaded and installed connect to the Canadian option and then visit the CBC Player website or open their app.

Below is an example of using ExpressVPN on a Windows PC but both NordVPN and IPVanish are pretty much similar and using the mobile app is even easier so it’s hard to go wrong.

If you do get stuck please post in the comments section and I’ll be glad to help you.

  1. Download and install the ExpressVPN software from the Products area of their website.
  2. Double click the desktop icon to run it.
  3. Select Choose Location and then select All, Americas and Canada.
  4. Press Connect.
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Watch CBC Player outside Canada with ExpressVPN.

Once you’ve connected just visit the CBC Player website. After you’ve finished watching then just click disconnect on the VPN software and your connection returns to normal.

VPN services are completely legal and there are no additional costs apart from the VPN subscription. You can watch for as long as you want, how often you want and also connect and disconnect whenever you wish.

You can also use the same VPN subscription to watch broadcasters from elsewhere like BBC iPlayer from the UK or US Netflix. Take a look around our site to find out what other uses you can use the service for.

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