My planned trip to Walt Disney World resort in Florida was an exciting experience, until I realized that following a refreshing visit to the Magic Kingdom Park or the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, I had to sit down in the hotel room needing to find out how to watch CBC in the United States.
And, yes, despite all the video streaming platforms and mobile video apps that surround us, you cannot watch Hockey Night in Canada in the United States the easy way.
You may be luckier if you live in the Northern United States where cable companies offer CBC TV on their networks. Yet as a whole, the CBC does not distribute its TV programing such as CBC Sports to foreign broadcasters or to streaming companies such as Netflix, as CBC explains on their official website.
I decided to compile a short guide on how to watch CBC in the United States using a VPN so that you don’t have to go through the pain that I did.
How to Watch CBC in the US or Anywhere Else in the World?
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, or CBC, is restricting access to TV shows by looking up your IP address and preventing you from streaming the service if you’re located outside Canada.
Basically, you have two options to access CBC content from outside the country: You can use either a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service or Smart DNS proxies to make your way to the CBC servers.
As a whole, both methods work but I would always bet on a reliable VPN service as it offers better privacy and faster streaming speeds.
You can also use a VPN to access sites like Netflix, Vudu, Crackle, WWE Network, Hulu Plus, and Pandora, which is an added advantage.
In regard to hardware, a VPN can deliver your preferred CBC shows to your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad or Android device but you’ll need to set up a VPN-enabled router if the device does not have a VPN.
For its part, Smart DNS does not require extra software to work and you can use it on Android devices or as well as on iPhone, iPad, Playstation, Xbox, Smart TVs, PC, and Mac computers.
Using a public Wi-Fi in your hotel will not do the trick with Smart DNS – you’ll need a VPN.
Watching CBC Using a VPN
Watching CBC Using Smart DNS
What to Watch on CBC Using Your VPN?
As one may expect, CBC has a show for any age and viewer taste.
I personally prefer live sports and documentaries but they have great sitcoms, dramas, live shows as well as national and market news programs.
If you check the TV show ratings by Media in Canada, you’ll find that CBC’s most popular programs in 2020 are Murdoch Mysteries, Rick Mercer Report, and Frankie Drake Mysteries.
Nonetheless, you can use the CBC app to watch other great shows such as:
Other shows worth watching include titles such as the comedies Workin’ Moms, Kim’s Convenience as well as dramas like Anne with an E.
Sports fans can enjoy live streaming of games ranging from cricket through football and hockey, to soccer, and many more.
Not having access to services you like and use daily is a frustrating experience, I know. But now you are able to access and watch your favorite programs and shows on the website of CBC, or through their Gem application, by taking advantage of a VPN service or a Smart DNS proxy.
I would strongly recommend using the NordVPN to watch CBC outside Canada since a VPN encrypts your connection, thus protecting your privacy. It also allows you to select servers in Canada, which you need for accessing CBC TV, but also servers in other countries should you need access to another restricted service.
My experience shows that while some free VPNs will do the job of unlocking CBC content for watching outside Canada, it is not worth the risk. What I mean is that a free VPN might sell your personal data and browsing history to a third party or expose you to even more severe risks.
With reputable VPN providers offering their service packages for as low as $4-6 a month, with an annual plan, I would opt for a paid VPN service if you’re watching CBC in the United States habitually.