PBS or the Public Broadcasting Service is one of the most well known American public broadcasters. With a huge amount of online content that can be streamed at any time of the day it is no wonder that the PBS website is ranked the 317th most popular in the United States.
Wanting to watch PBS overseas outside of the United States is something that many Americans abroad and overseas viewers aim to achieve and if you like period dramas such as Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall, Mr Selfridge and the many other popular British dramas plus a whole host of other great content then it’s understandable why you would want to find a way. In our guide we’ll show you how with a simple service called a VPN.
What is a VPN and why will it help me?
When you’re outside the US your internet connection gives away your location. It does this by something called an IP Address.
It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling, living abroad or not even a US citizen. So if you try to watch something like Antiques Roadshow, PBS Newshour, Chefsteps or one of the many other shows available on the PBS website you’ll be informed that the content isn’t available with a message such as
We’re sorry, but this video is not available in your region due to right restrictions.
A VPN allows you to disguise your location by assigning you a new IP Address. If you want to watch PBS overseas then we want to assign ourselves an IP Address from the United States.
How do I get a VPN and how to watch PBS overseas?
There are thousands of VPN providers around the world, some good, some bad. One we’ve come to rely on for watching PBS and other services is IPVanish. They’re one of the biggest VPN providers in the world and the only true tier-1 VPN service in the world. What this means is they’re fast and for viewing video overseas speed counts, without it you’d be stuck with buffering and slow playback ruining your enjoyment and no one likes buffering!
Sign-up is incredibly simple, just visit the IPVanish Sign-Up page. Register for an account and then download their provided software.
You can download software for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android so every system is covered. Once you’ve done that connect to one of their US Servers or their “US Media or Gaming” option and then head over to PBS.org
It really is that simple. When you’ve watched a show on PBS and finished you simply disconnect and use the internet like normal.
You can connect and disconnect whenever you please and also use the service on more than one device at a time. The benefits don’t stop at watching PBS overseas because you can use the same service to access other US content such as Hulu and even content from other countries such as the United Kingdom’s BBC iPlayer.
So now you know how to watch PBS overseas, what are you waiting for? A whole wealth of content is available for you to watch no matter where you may find yourself in the world.