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How To Watch ABC’s Live Stream From Any Location

By Steph Myers / November 17, 2016 / Tags: ,

Here’s how to watch ABC live online from any city in the US — not just the “available areas.”

Watch ABC live online from any city

Want to watch ABC’s live stream, but don’t live in one of the few areas where it’s available? Then read on. You can get access to the ABC live stream from anywhere — and in time for the American Music Awards on ABC this Sunday. Here’s what to do.

STEP 1) Get a 30-day trial of ExpressVPN

The ABC live stream is currently only available in the following areas: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco.

To watch the ABC live stream from any city — either on ABC.com or with the Watch ABC app — you need to bypass their location detectors. The way to do this is with a VPN. A VPN will route your connection through a secure server, thus “tricking” ABC.com or the Watch ABC app into thinking you’re in an approved area to watch its live stream.

As long as you’re connected through a VPN, you can gain instant, unlimited access to live stream all of ABC’s programming. Note that you will still need to log in with your TV provider. This is a workaround for the live stream location restrictions only.

Unblock content with ExpressVPN

Services like ExpressVPN let users bypass location restrictions on websites like ABC.

ExpressVPN is a great VPN to test out because it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. It’s a favorite for streaming TV because it delivers a five-star service all around. It is extremely fast (other VPNs can slow your connection to a maddening crawl), super easy, works on any device, and — even better — just works with no hassle.

Using a VPN has many benefits. First, it’s not only ABC’s live stream you get access to. ExpressVPN works to unblock virtually every website in the world: NBC, CBS, FOX, plus tons of free UK TV channels like the BBC and ITV. It also unblocks Netflix, and other streaming services (Amazon Video, Hulu, Sling TV) so you can watch while abroad. And it’s great for streaming live sports on sites and services around the world. A VPN also prevents ISP throttling. And it’s a highly recommended online privacy and security tool to prevent data theft, spying, and tracking. More about how a VPN works and what you can do with it.

There are some good free VPNs out there, like TunnelBear. But they won’t work to unblock ABC because you can’t choose a city to connect to. You can only choose by country. So you’ll need a VPN with more location options, like ExpressVPN. To get the best deal on ExpressVPN, pick the 12-month plan ($8.32/month) when you sign up for your trial.

STEP 2) Download the ExpressVPN app

After you sign up for a 30-day trial, download the ExpressVPN app for the device (or devices) you want to use to watch the ABC live stream. They have great apps for every device: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, etc.

ExpressVPN apps for every device

STEP 3) Connect to an ExpressVPN server

Now, use the ExpressVPN app to connect to a secure server. The best servers to use to unblock ABC’s live stream: Los Angeles – 3, Washington DC – 2, and New Jersey – 3.

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[If you’re wondering why DC and Jersey, when those aren’t available areas for the ABC live stream, I wondered too and asked ExpressVPN’s tech support. (They’re available 24/7 if you have any questions.) Unfortunately, the answer was too technical for me. Short version: they just work. Good enough.]

STEP 4) Start watching ABC’s live stream

Voila! You can now live stream all your favorite ABC shows, sports, and specials. After you connect to an ExpressVPN server, go to abc.go.com/watch-live, or launch the Watch ABC app, and start enjoying the live stream. You’ll immediately have unlimited access after you sign in with your TV provider.

Some tips: Clear the cookies on your device/computer after you connect to an ExpressVPN server. If you have any location services on your device, disable those.

Hopefully, ABC will make their live stream available in more cities, and soon. But, until then, this workaround is a simple solution. I hope you enjoy watching ABC online as much as I do.

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