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After more than ten years on our screen, Modern Family aired its last episode on April 8 2019. The iconic comedy series won’t disappear, though. The dry, documentary-style delivery of the groundbreaking show ensures it will still keep entertaining fans the world over through reruns.
Modern Family changed the attitudes of Americans and the viewing public the world over. By integrating a gay couple into a family structure and showing an apparently age-mismatched older American with a hot Latina wife who genuinely seemed to love each other, the comedy challenged stereotypes. The calm manner in which the show exposed prejudices and presented reasonable counter-arguments released social tensions in the viewing population and gave everyone the courage to discuss issues rationally.
The series ran to eleven seasons, with a total of 250 episodes. Amazingly, all of the original cast remained with the show, with the younger actors growing up before the eyes of the viewers.
Modern Family is an ABC production. The ABC website shows some episodes of season 11, but not all. It lists five episodes of the season. So, if you missed out on the whole season, or if you want to binge-watch all of Modern Family from season one episode one right up to the finale, you will need to look elsewhere.
The availability of Modern Family online has changed drastically over recent years. Until 2013, only ABC had the show. During that year, the company started to sell the rerun rights to the show. These went to USA Network, Fox, and a number of local stations in the USA.
USA Network has a TV viewing app for mobile devices, set-top boxes, and Xbox consoles. However, in order to watch, you will need to log in with your cable TV provider passkey.
It is possible to watch Modern Family through Hulu and YouTube TV – both subscription streaming services. iTunes and Vudu rent or sell the digital videos of the show. The service on Hulu is just a pass-through of ABC, so you won’t be able to access any more episodes than those available on the ABC website. You also won’t be able to access any videos through Hulu if you are outside the United States.
DIRECTV shows all seasons, including season 11, but not all of those are available to watch online at the DIRECTV website. Only those who have a home TV package with DIRECTV can access streaming videos at the service’s website.
In all cases, those streaming services in the USA that have Modern Family in their libraries, only allow the videos to play in browsers that are located in the USA. They will not respond to requests for Modern Family that arrive from outside the country.
Modern Family is shown by Sky One in the UK, Star World in India, Fox in Sweden, and yes Comedy in Israel. In Canada, Citytv has the rights to show the first ten seasons and also got the syndication distribution rights for Canada for the entire franchise. The company didn’t pick up the right to premier the final season of Modern Family in Canada, though. That went to Global.
Citytv has all of its episodes available on its website. However, viewers have to log in with their cable TV network identifier, so those who don’t have a cable TV package that includes Citytv are locked out. The website will also block access to Modern Family videos to anyone who is not located in Canada even if they can provide the necessary cable TV service proof.
The Global TV website only shows the last-aired episode of Modern Family and blocks access to anyone outside Canada. The video is free to watch, though and doesn’t require a login.
Sky One is part of the Sky entertainment group, which is owned by Disney. The Sky channels can be watched online for free at Sky Go by those who already pay for a home Sky entertainment package. The Sky family also includes Now TV, which is exactly the same as Sky Go, but is paid for direct and is not linked to a home cable or satellite package.
Some advice sites on the web will tell you that Netflix shows Modern Family in some of its European libraries. However, I have checked this for myself and found that it isn’t true. Netflix doesn’t have the series anywhere.
Online video service, Lightbox in New Zealand has seasons one to ten available and Fox8 has the right to broadcast Modern Family in Australia. Fox8 is a cable and satellite TV service and home subscribers get to access entertainment, including modern Family online through Foxtel Go. Those who don’t want a home entertainment system, but just want to watch Foxtel programming online can subscribe to Foxtel Now in order to watch Modern Family in Australia. Videos on Lightbox can’t be accessed from outside New Zealand and none of the Foxtel online services will deliver video streams to browsers outside of Australia.
While the series is still recent, it is very difficult to get access to Modern Family episodes without signing up for a home TV package or a paid streaming video service. The easiest way to get to watch Modern Family episodes online is to opt for the episodes available at ABC. Here’s how.
If you subscribe to a home TV package with online access or a video streaming service that includes Modern Family, you won’t be able to watch online when you go out of your home country unless you use a VPN and connect through a server in your country. In those cases, follow the instructions above, but select a VPN location in your country and surf to the website of your video streaming service instead of to the ABC website.
Rick and Morty airs on Adult Swim, the evening incarnation of Cartoon Network. Adult Swim has its own website and streams its output live in a simulcast with its TV service. This should be great news for those who don’t have a TV package at home or want to watch Rick and Morty while away from home. However, there is a catch. You can only watch the Adult Swim stream if you have Adult Swim on your home cable package and you are in the United States.
The Rick and Morty cartoon show was developed from an aminated short that parodied the 80s hit movie, Back to the Future. The series is now in its fourth season and Adult Swim has contracted the producers of Rick and Morty for 70 new episodes spread over an unspecified number of seasons. That includes the current season’s episode count of 10. So there is likely to be at least another six seasons after season four.
Adult Swim is available on all basic cable packages and Rick and Morty is one of the channel’s star attractions. So, you can watch Rick and Morty at home on your TV if you have cable. If you don’t subscribe to cable you have a problem. As stated above, you can only watch Rick and Morty online in the USA if you have a home cable TV package. The Adult Swim website only shows Rick and Morty as part of its live streaming service. So, if you missed an episode, you can’t catch up at the official Adult Swim website.
YouTubeTV does show Rick and Morty online in the USA even if you don’t have a cable TV subscription.
The availability of Rick and Morty outside the USA presents other streaming opportunities that enable you to watch any episode.
Seasons one to three are available on Netflix in a number of countries, including the UK and Australia. Those past season reruns are available within the USA on Hulu. The current season is shown on E4 in the United Kingdom. The E4 season is in near-synch with the episode releases in the USA. Unfortunately, Channel 4’s online version, All 4 does not include Rick and Morty episodes in its library, but you can watch E4 live through the All 4 website and catch the latest episodes. When the series is running, past episodes are available on the All 4 website for a limited period.
The French video streaming service Molotov TV has an Adults Swim and Toonami package for €2.99 per month. However, Molotov TV blocks access from the USA and you would have to watch Rick and Morty in French there. The German TV channel TNT Comedy shows Rick and Morty in German and it only has seasons one to three. Comedy Central shows Rick and Morty throughout Central and Eastern Europe, but it doesn’t show the series on its national websites in those regions.
In Russia, two streaming services have the rights to broadcast Rick and Morty. 2x2 has the first showing rights, so that is where you would go to watch the latest episodes. The show is accessed as part of a subscription service. For the Rick and Morty back catalog in Russia, you would need to go to KinoPoisk. This also charges a fee to view content.
TBS shows Rick and Morty in Spanish throughout Latin America, except for Brazil where it is broadcast in Portuguese.
All of the streaming services that show Rick and Morty run access restrictions. Apart from the subscription requirement that most of these streaming services charge, they also impose location access restrictions. These blocks prevent anyone from outside of the country from accessing videos on that site. While most streaming services only cover one country, Netflix is a little different because it will buy the rights to broadcast a show in many countries. However, that does not mean that you can watch Rick and Morty in any country through Netflix.
A VPN includes you in a remote network. While the VPN is active on your device, all internet requests will go out from that network’s gateway. That means they arrive at the destination with the VPN network’s home address on them and not yours. Subscribers to VPN services get a choice of location servers in many countries, so it is possible to fool the location checks on video streaming services by picking the right country. So, if you are blocked from watching a video on a US streaming service because you are not in the USA, you just connect to a VPN network in the USA first. Then you will be allowed to access videos.
You have lots of options to watch Rick and Morty because it is shown in many different countries. However, in most cases, you need a subscription in order to watch the show. A VPN can get around the location blocks on video streaming sites, but it can’t break you into a subscription service without paying.
Schitt's Creek has just completed its sixth and final season. The successful Canadian comedy first aired in January 2015 on CBC. It was created by Eugene and Dan Levy, the father and son team that also starred as two of the show’s four main characters. The first four seasons ran to 13 episodes each, while seasons five and six each extended to 14 episodes. That means there are 79 individual Schitt’s Creek videos out there to stream online. You just have to find them.
The plot of Schitt’s Creek follows a bankrupt former-millionaire family as they try to rebuild their fortunes with their only remaining asset, a backwater settlement in the middle of nowhere. The family’s pretentious expectations are excellently amplified by award-winning actress Catherine O’Hara, who camps it up as the artsy former actress. Moira Rose struggles to cope with the realities of life without a cushion of money.
Although the wealthy Rose family are hilariously out of touch, their contacts and experience generally help them to struggle through. The comedy’s scripts exploit the cultural isolation of the family, while also sometimes letting them triumph when they find a way to keep their heads above water.
Canada’s state-owned broadcaster, CBC has stuck with Schitt’s Creek from its inception all the way through to its final season. That has given the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation a rich archive of Schitt’s Creek episodes. All of the Schitt’s Creek videos can be accessed on the CBC website by any member of the public as long as they are in Canada.
US network Pop TV owns the first broadcast rights in the USA. This small TV network was bought up by CBS Viacom and is now available to more than 67 million households in the USA through cable TV networks. Schitt’s Creek is the channel’s headlining program and has won Pop TV awards in the industry. All six seasons are available for online viewing at the Pop TV website.
Most cable TV channels make visitors to their websites enter proof of their qualifying cable subscriptions before allowing access to videos on their sites. Pop TV does this with the episodes of the sixth season of Schitt’s Creek but places no requirements on access to the episodes of the previous five seasons. However, there is one access block: only people who are physically located in the USA can watch. In fact, the entire Pop TV website will not load in browsers that are detected to be outside the United States.
The annoying cable TV login requirement to watch the latest series through Pop TV can be bypassed. The TV station also channels Schitt’s Creek through its Roku service, which is called PopNow. This route does not include the cable TV access block. All Schitt’s Creek seasons are available on Hulu and they can also be accessed on YouTube TV and fubo TV, which are subscription streaming services that are only available in the USA. Amazon and iTunes sell access to episodes as streaming video packages.
Netflix has seasons one to five available on its US service. These seasons are also available from Netflix in the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, and Japan.
So, if you want to watch the latest season of Schitt’s Creek without paying and you are in Canada, go to the CBC website; if you are in the USA, access PopNow on Roku. If you are outside of those countries you will have a problem. Even if you are a Canadian citizen, you can’t get access to any video streams on the CBC website if you are outside of Canada at the time. Similarly, Pop TV won’t give you access even through Roku if you are not in the United States.
Fortunately, there is a way that you can seem to be in Canada or the United States no matter where you really are in the world. This is possible because if a system called a “virtual private network,” or VPN. A VPN is a form of “proxy,” which means that it acts on behalf of other computers. When a user connects to a VPN service all internet traffic channels through the VPN, arriving at the target web server with the VPN server’s IP address on it as the point of origin. Video streaming servers check the physical location associated with each IP address and that’s how they know who to block.
All VPN subscription services have several servers in different countries around the world. The user has an app, which is called a client and that establishes a connection to the selected VPN server. So, in order to get access to Schitt’s Creek on the CBC website, you just have to select a server in Canada when firing up the VPN. To get PopNow on Roku to give you access, select a VPN server in the USA.
The easiest way to watch Schitt’s Creek for free from anywhere in the world is through the CBC website. Here’s how to do it.
VPNs are very easy to use. There are many available but very few are any good. We have created a list of the best VPNs for access to Schitt’s Creek so you don’t waste time and money with services that don’t work.
The Mandalorian is a Star Wars spin-off. The title refers to the inhabitants of the planet Mandalore; specifically, the show is about the exploits of one Mandalorian, called Din Djarin. Star Wars fans first encountered this nationality in The Empire Strikes Back in the character Boba Fett and now his compatriot, Djarin takes the limelight in the new Disney+ show.
Din Djarin is a bounty hunter and the theme of The Mandalorian is that of a space Western. The first season of The Mandalorian was part of the Disney+ launch line up in November 2019. A second season is already under production and will premier in October 2020.
Disney hasn’t struck any deals to sell the broadcast rights to The Mandalorian, so it seems that the company intends to keep the series only available on Disney+. The Disney+ streaming service began operations broadcasting to US-based subscribers over the internet in November 2019. The service has gradually rolled out to other countries and is now also available in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Channel Islands, Germany, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Although access requires a subscription payment and a user account, paying for the service is not the only requirement to be able to watch video at Disney+. The subscriber can’t get cross-border access but is able to watch the local video library when in a country where Disney+ is also available. That means that a Disney+ account holder in the USA, has to watch the service of Austria if he goes there. However, the Disney+ website is able to read the settings of each person’s browser and account, so the language that the site displays and the default playback language is adjusted according to those factors. That means an American watching in Austria will see the site and watch videos in English and not in German.
Those with a Disney+ subscription that go to a country where Disney+ is not offered will not be able to log into the website.
In many countries, the Disney+ service launched a lot later – the most recent batch went live in March 2020. In those countries, The Mandalorian is still being scheduled with weekly episodes. In the USA, the series has already run through the entire schedule and so can be watched on catchup as a boxed set. This is also the case with most Disney+ programming, which is just the US schedule, re-edited for local censorship requirements in each country.
If you live in the USA but travel abroad, you are going to notice that, in those other countries that have the Disney+ service, the library of videos is not as long and many series don’t have all of the episodes that are available back home. For those who subscribe in other countries, getting access to the US version is much better. You don’t have to wait each week for the next episode of the Mandalorian because you can watch all eight episodes in a row.
No matter which country you signed up in, if you go to a country that doesn’t have the service, you won’t be able to watch and your subscription will still be ticking down even though you aren’t able to benefit from it.
A VPN makes it seem that you are part of a remote network. All internet access passes through the gateway of that network. Most VPN services give customers a choice of network location. So, when you choose a VPN server in the USA, all websites and internet services will treat your requests as though you are in the USA.
Therefore, by using a VPN and connecting to a US server, that American traveler in Austria will be able to access the video library available back home and not the smaller, Austrian version. VPNs are easy to use and it is possible to switch from one server to another with just the click of a button. This gives each VPN user a world of options when it comes to watching entertainment online.
When you sign up for Disney+, you have the option of paying with your bank card, Paypal, or with a gift voucher. It is better to pay with your bank card because international accessibility is automatically included with that payment method. Americans paying with Paypal or a gift voucher have to contact customer support when traveling in order to get the account active in other countries. That process can take 10 days before international access is allowed.
There are lots of VPNs available. However, they all charge by subscription and you have to pay upfront. You get a better deal with longer subscription cycles. However, if you sign up for a VPN and then find out that it doesn’t work with Disney+, you’ve wasted your money.
It is very likely that you will pick a VPN that doesn’t work with Disney+. This is because the streaming service doesn’t only check the origin of each request for a video, it also scans for VPNs and blocks them. There are very few VPNs that can actually fool the detection system of Disney+.
You will find that there are free VPNs. However, those are completely useless and are not capable of bypassing the location restrictions of Disney+. This is why we have put together a list of the five best VPNs for Disney+.
The British motor vehicle review show, Top Gear, has been running for decades. This BBC mainstay first aired in 1977 and through a format revamp in 2002, is still going strong to this day. It is now the most widely-watch factual TV show in the world, with re-broadcasting occurring in 212 countries.
The show doesn’t export around the world in its original format. It needs to be dubbed or subtitled for foreign-language markets and its content has to be checked and edited to ensure that it complies with the legal requirements of each jurisdiction.
The presenter most closely associated with the show is grumpy hothead, Jeremy Clarkson. Other past presenters include Friends star, Matt LeBlanc. Today, the show still achieves top ratings and is up to season 28, led by Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and former cricketer Freddy Flintoff.
As Top Gear is a BBC show, the BBC iPlayer is the place to go in order to watch the show live or to stream previous episodes on catch up. The library of the iPlayer currently makes seasons 24 to 28 available online.
The BBC iPlayer is free to access. However, videos will only play when requested by web users who are located in the UK. The accessor also has to set up an account and be the owner of a TV license.
The UK TV licensing system is going through a lot of controversy at the moment and many people have chosen to opt-out of the system. Such people would be severely fined if they get caught accessing the BBC iPlayer. So, many people have difficulties in accessing Top Gear online through the BBC.
Netflix also carries old episodes of Top Gear. These are the classic seasons of the show that feature firebrand Jeremy Clarkson, who fell out with his BBC producers and walked over to Amazon Prime, where he now makes The Grand Tour.
Netflix carries seasons 7 to 26, so the binge-watching opportunities of this library are epic. However, if you don’t have a Netflix subscription and you would rather watch the show anonymously on the BBC iPlayer, there is a solution.
A VPN can get you into the BBC iPlayer without them knowing who you are or where you are. So, if you are not in the UK, you can make it seem that you are by accessing the BBC website through a VPN server that is in the UK. When you first turn the VPN client on, you need to choose a server to connect to. The VPN system that you join will give you a list of server locations, so you need to make sure you choose a location in the UK to get full access to the iPlayer.
If you are an anti-TV license protester that lives in the UK, you can still access the BBC iPlayer without the BBC finding out who you are. By using a VPN, your connection is untraceable.
Access to the iPlayer requires an account. However, this is free to set up. You will need an email address to which you have access because the account set up process requires email verification. However, you can create a free online email account with Outlook, Yahoo, or Mail.com in order to satisfy this requirement without having to use your regular email address. You will need to give a valid postcode in the UK. However, just search for any business in the UK and give the postcode you see in their address. Once the account is set up and you have verified your email address, you will be asked whether you have a TV license. Just lie and click the Yes button.
You might not be able to watch a video on the BBC iPlayer site because the BBC has recently tightened up its access detection systems. The next section of this guide will explain how to deal with that problem.
The BBC iPlayer doesn’t just block access from outside the UK. It also scans incoming requests for signs of VPN protection and it blocks any of those access attempts. Very few VPNs can actually get into the BBC iPlayer.
You might find a free VPN. However, your chances of getting into the BBC iPlayer with it are very slim. You need a top quality VPN that has detection avoidance measures. The fact that people waste time and money signing up for VPNs that can’t get into the BBC iPlayer is the inspiration behind this guide. Check out our list of recommended VPNs for the BBC iPlayer so that you can get in and watch Top Gear anonymously from anywhere in the world.
Even very good VPNs sometimes get detected by the BBC iPlayer. If this happens. Close the BBC tab in your browser, disconnect the VPN, reconnect the VPN and open a new tab and go to the BBC iPlayer site again.