Country Music TV is the go to place for fans of Country Music, but if you try to watch the videos on the site from outside the US you will be disappointed. CMT does not allow streaming beyond the US so if you wish to watch videos from CMT you need to use the trick described in this article.
Due to licensing agreements CMT can’t distribute their content to all every corner of the world. This would piss of local rights holders, so if you access a video from outside the US you will see the following message: “Sorry, we’re unable to offer this video to users in your region”.
The problem is that CMT can detect your location via your IP-address. This is a number that you inherit from your Internet Service Provider and it is a dead give away of your location. In order to stream CMT you need an American IP-address.
Exchanging you normal IP-address for an American one is very easy. Simply connect your computer to a so-called Virtual Private Network (VPN) with a server in the US and your computer will inherit an American IP-address from the server.
Don’t worry about the setup as it is very simple and you don’t need any technical skills. What you need is an account with a VPN provider with a server in the US. I use Unlocator as they have great speeds and prices. Once signed up simply install their application on your Mac or PC and then select a server in the US and connect. You will now see the app doing all the hard work connecting to the server and 5-10 seconds later you will see a green light indicating you are now connected to server. This is all you have to do and you can now visit the CMT website once again and it will detect you as located in the US and you can now stream whatever you like from the site. Pretty smart right?
This is a must for any Country fan living outside the US as CMT is the go to place for Country Music and related content.
It is worth mentioning that you can use this trick to unblock many other sites apart from CMT. Any site that uses so-called geo blocking to restrict access can be unblocked with this method. So a VPN is a pretty good companion for anyone who wants to experience a hassle free Internet experience.
Lastly your data connection becomes encrypted when using VPN so you will become much safer when surfing over Wi-Fi connections.
Anyhow that is all there is to it if you want to watch CMT from outside the US. If you are a Country Fan it is well worth the small time investment.