How to Watch ABC in Canada
Updated: February 25, 2016
- Start by getting a VPN account setup
- Install the VPN software onto your device
- Open VPN software then connect to US-based server location
- Sign into your ABC subscription or create account if you don't have one already
- Enjoy ABC in Canada
How to watch ABC in Canada in more detail:
Over the years I have been a regular visitor to Canada and grown quite fond of the place. Being born and raised in upstate New York, it was quite usual to hop across the border to visit Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.
In more recent times I was living in New York City, but when the opportunity to spend a few months in Montreal for work came up, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world. Of course times have changed since my youth, and it is only when you are deprived of modern luxuries that you realize how much more dependent we are on them these days.
It was not until I arrived in Montreal, that I came to realize it was not going to be straightforward to indulge my US TV habits here. I rely on online streaming services in NYC anyway, and had just assumed that I would still be able to get my fix of Modern Family and Agent Carter in Montreal too. Wrong!
It was a dilemma, until another US guy working on the same project introduced me to a remarkable easy way to circumnavigate the problem through using a VPN.
Why is ABC not Available in Canada?
If you have ever tried to log into ABCs online streaming service from Canada, you will know that you are greeted with an error message telling you that you are unable to view their programs because of international rights reasons.
This is because the rights to TV shows are sold to different broadcasters in different countries, and whilst ABC may have the right to show a program in the USA, it almost certainly doesn’t own the rights to show the same program in Canada, or indeed anywhere else.
Rights owners are not best pleased if you broadcast their show in an area where you don’t have the rights to do so, and this means that ABC have to find a way to stop users watching their online streaming services overseas. And they do using something called geo-blocking.
How is ABC Blocking Access in Canada?
Geo-blocking is a technology which works by analyzing your IP Address. This is a set of data every internet users transmits to every site or online service they visit. It contains various bit of information, but the piece that the geo-blocking technology is looking at is your geographic location.
If your IP Address tells ABC you are not in the USA, they will automatically block you from using their service. And there is not a lot you can do about that, unless you can change your IP Address.
This is where a VPN comes in, because it reroutes your online activity through an external server, and the final site you visit sees that IP Address and not your original one. If this IP Address says you are in the USA, you can use ABC online streaming services.
And if you keep on reading I will explain exactly how to do it. It’s much easier than it might sound.
How to Use a VPN to Watch ABC in Canada
Step 1: Sign up for VPN
To use a VPN, you will first have to sign up for one. My VPN of choice is ExpressVPN and I will use that to illustrate this article. So first you have to visit their website, which you can do by following any of the links in this article.
Once there you can choose which of their subscription packages you want to sign up for. All are pretty reasonably priced. Click on your chosen one and you will be taken to the payment processing page. Here you can follow the step-by-step instructions to pay using the method of your choice. If you are worried about the price, ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee so if you are not completely happy with the service, you will not lose a cent.
After you have completed payment, you will have to confirm your account via an email, and you will then be invited to download the software.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN
Next you can download and install the software. Choose your device and operating system from the list below and if the installation doesn’t kick-in automatically, follow the simple onscreen instructions.
Step 3: Connect to US-based Server on VPN
After the installation has finished, the last thing you will need to do is choose the server you wish to connect to. This will need to be a US-based server if you want to watch ABC, but there are a few to choose from and it doesn’t matter which you go for.
You will then have to wait a few moments whilst ExpressVPN connects, and then you are ready to go.
Step 4: Setup an ABC Account
All that’s left is to visit the ABC website and log-in. This should now work exactly as it does in the USA.
If you don’t have an ABC account to log into, you will need to set one up. To do this, you will need a US Cable connection, but this can be secured from overseas, ither via a helpful US-based firend, or one of the many online services which can assist you. A quick google search will bring you up plenty of suggestions.
Once you have set up your account, you are all set to watch as much ABC programmes as you like.
So there you have it. A simple step-by-step guide to watching ABC in Canada. I hope it helps you out and brings you as much pleasure as it did me.
If you have any comments or thoughts, please do leave them in the comment box below. It’s always good to hear how people find my guide, and if there have been any changes to the process.
I prefer ExpressVPN for watching ABC in Canada but of course other VPNs are available, and if you are not so keen on ExpressVPN, you can see my pick of the Top 5 below.