How to watch CNN outside the United States



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If you’re an American, then you’ll no doubt have heard about CNN, but more specifically, CNN Go. You probably have the app downloaded on your phones and tablets already.

The problem is, if you are living or travelling outside of the US, then you won’t be able to use the app or their website directly while you’re abroad due to the restrictions CNN places on the app.

Fortunately for you, you’ve stumbled upon this article.

By the time you’ve finished this article, you’ll know how to unblock CNN Go so that you can watch it outside of the US from anywhere in the world.

There are three different methods that I’ll be covering. Each one will unblock CNN Go, it’s just a case of finding out which option is best suited to your needs.

Enough chit chat. Let’s get down to the good stuff so you can get your fix of the latest news and current affairs.

Method 1: Using a VPN

Great for watching on a Phone, Tablet, Laptop, Desktop or Amazon Fire TV.

A VPN app such as the highly-rated ExpressVPN can be used to unblock CNN Go and all of the content that you couldn’t access while you’re overseas.

This is suitable for phones, tablets, laptops, regular computers, Amazon Fire TV devices and a few others.

Setting up a VPN app is straightforward. Follow the steps below to start streaming CNN.

  1. Visit the ExpressVPN website and click “Get ExpressVPN”, then select a VPN package and follow the on-screen steps to complete your purchase.
  2. Download the ExpressVPN dedicated app to your device. Then log in using your email and password or the activation code.
  3. Click ‘Selected Server‘ and choose the United States. (You can drill down to pick a specific city if you wish).
  4. Click the Connect button. After 10 seconds, a connection will be made.
  5. Log in to your usual cable subscription to stream CNN Go. You’ll now be able to access the site completely unrestricted no matter where you are in the world.
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Method 2: Using a VPN router

Great for watching on a Phone, Tablet, Laptop, Desktop, Amazon Fire TV, Smart TV, Roku, Playstation & Xbox.

Using a hardware VPN router such as Invizbox 2 to unblock CNN Go is great if you want to watch on a physical TV or another device that doesn’t support VPN apps.

It will also work on all other devices like laptops, phones, tablets, desktop computers and more. You can connect more than one device at a time and stream simultaneously.

  1. Visit the Invizbox website and click “order now”.
  2. Select the Invizbox 2 and then select which package you’d like to order. (The 2-year package is the most cost-effective).
  3. Next, complete the required information and complete the purchase.
  4. Once your device arrives, plug it into the power source and wait for the LED to turn red.
  5. Connect your Invizbox to your router using the Ethernet cable. Then wait for the LED to turn green.
  6. Download the Invizbox admin app or visit the admin panel described in the instructions. Then log in using your username and password.
  7. Follow the instructions to create a new United States hotspot.
  8. Connect to the Invizbox like you would connect to your Wi-Fi.

Black InvizBox 2 device

Now you’ll be able to stream CNN Go from all of your devices.

Method 3: Using a Smart DNS router

Great for watching on a Phone, Tablet, Laptop, Desktop, Amazon Fire TV, Smart TV, Roku, Playstation & Xbox.

The third option is to use a Smart DNS router like the StreamLocator.

This will cover all types of devices, including Smart TV’s that don’t support VPN apps, phones, tablets, laptops and most other devices.

  1. Visit the StreamLocator site and click “Order Now”, then purchase the product.
  2. When it arrives, visit the set up page as described in the instructions.
  3. Connect your home router to the StreamLocator device using an Ethernet cable. Then plug it into the power supply.
  4. Wait for the lights to turn green.
  5. On the set up webpage (mentioned in step 2), enter the information requested and follow the steps on the page to activate your product.
  6. Once set up, you need to connect your device to the StreamLocator Smart DNS router via ethernet or Wi-Fi and you’re good to go.

StreamLocator will now unblock CNN Go from outside of the US.

How do these devices work?

Each of the above solutions is simply a different method to do the same thing, get you watching CNN overseas.

How they each do this is slightly different, which I’ll explain below.


A VPN app such as ExpressVPN works by sending your internet data through a connection in another region. By doing so, it helps you trick websites and apps such as CNN Go into thinking you’re in another location.

You can select a connection point from ExpressVPN’s huge server network that covers over 94 countries worldwide.

They have apps for most devices, such as Android, macOS, iOS, and Windows.

ExpressVPN is the cheapest out of all the options, with prices from $6.49 per month.

There are other providers of VPN apps. Some others to consider include NordVPN and CyberGhost. You’re free to choose.

Invizbox 2

Invizbox 2 is the hardware version of a VPN app.

While it provides all of the benefits that ExpressVPN offers, such as high security, it does come with a higher price than the ExpressVPN app.

Costing between $137-276, depending on what package you choose. (This price includes the monthly subscription to their VPN service).

They also work with almost all devices that aren’t supported by ExpressVPN such as Smart TVs, Roku, Apple TV and many more.

It’s also possible to use them with all the devices that ExpressVPN covers.


StreamLocator works by using DNS to unblock restricted websites. This method is completely lossless, meaning it loses no download speed in the process. This is great for video streaming.

However, StreamLocator is somewhat in the middle of ExpressVPN and Invizbox 2.

While StreamLocator offers a cheaper price point when compared to Invizbox 2, it is still more expensive than ExpressVPN. It also has a higher on-going monthly cost.

It also doesn’t offer the same security that a VPN offers, so if you want something that will protect your data, you’re better off looking at ExpressVPN or Invizbox 2.

Just like Invizbox, StreamLocator works with any device such as Smart TV, Apple TV, Roku and all the devices covered by the ExpressVPN app.

The biggest benefit is it’s the easiest to use.


If you want to watch CNN Go outside of the US, you’ll need one of the three services mentioned above.

  1. ExpressVPN – VPN app
  2. Invizbox 2 – VPN router
  3. StreamLocator – Smart DNS router

ExpressVPN is the leader out of the three with its super-fast speeds, a large network of servers, and strong security. Plus, not to forget they’re the most cost effective.

The Invizbox 2 is a great contender, it offers all of the things that ExpressVPN offers but has a much more expensive price point. However, it does cover devices that ExpressVPN won’t work with, like regular TVs.

StreamLocator sits somewhere in the middle of the other two, while it offers a cheaper price point that Invizbox 2, it can’t compete with ExpressVPN and doesn’t protect your data like a VPN does.

Overall, ExpressVPN will provide you with everything you need to unblock CNN Go from outside the US securely.

Whichever you choose, enjoy streaming CNN where you are.

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