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How to get American TV Channels Online in Canada

Have you ever wondered how your tech savvy (read: nerdy) Canadian friends have access to streaming American television on their laptop, mobile device, or video game console?

If you’ve been thinking about cutting the cord with cable television, this tip is for you.

How to stream US television online

Most US streaming TV websites are blocked outside of the United States. This means that if you’re in Canada and the TV show you want to watch online is not carried by a Canadian provider, you’re out of luck.

Some websites that only allow US viewers are Hulu, ABC, CBS, and MTV. Although Netflix works quite well in Canada, it boasts a larger television and movie catalogue when streamed from within the geographic USA region.

Free and paid solutions

The key to watching US TV online from Canada is simple; Trick the desired website into thinking you’re located in the United States.

You can do this a number of ways; a VPN, a web proxy, or a US-based DNS. For this article, we’re going to focus on the latter because it’s free, and it’s incredibly easy to setup.

Welcome to ZenMate

ZenMate allows you to view premium American website content from Canada and abroad for free, by utilizing a US-based DNS.

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Just download it from the Chrome app store if you use Chrome browser, if not; ZenMate is cross-browser and you can find a plugin for other popular browsers on their website.