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Published on July 17th, 2012 | by Sharilyn Johnson

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How to watch Viacom programming online during DirecTV dispute

Americans who regularly get their favorite Viacom comedies online are out of luck – at least until DirectTV and Viacom end their contract dispute – but not all is lost.

We here in Canada know what it’s like to be blocked from watching something online.  Our sympathies. So here’s what you’re going to do, America:

If you want to watch shows like the Daily Show, Colbert Report, South Park, etc., you can view them on the Comedy Network website, which is our quaint little version of Comedy Central.  But first, you’ll need something called a VPN.  Why?  Because the site knows you’re a dirty Yankee, and we don’t care for your type north of the border. (Sorry.)

You can get a Canadian VPN for just a couple bucks from sites like WorldVPN or HideIPVPN, just two of many similar services out there.  Any legit VPN service will let you use PayPal, and get you set up pretty much instantly.

Just make sure you get a Canadian VPN, which will make your IP appear to be Canadian.  Run the program, visit the Comedy Network, and enjoy the most recent episodes (no archive; we still can’t have nice things).

Be aware that the Comedy Network isn’t quite as prompt as Comedy Central, so it could be mid-morning Eastern time before you see the latest episode.

Enjoy.  And please tell your media powerhouses to stop treating you so horribly.


About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.



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