How to watch CBS outside the USA? (updated June 2022)

CBS is one of the leading TV channels in the world, and they have some of the most popular TV series in their register. CBS currently sends my personal favorite Elementary and together with tons of other series episodes can be seen live on the web page of CBS. But, how can you watch these series online from outside the USA?

CBS does not only show Elementary episodes on their website. In addition to Elementary you can see recent episodes of TV shows like Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Bull, Star Trek Discovery, Survivor, FBI,The Job, CSI: NY, CSI, Big Brother, The Amazing Race, 60 Minutes, 2 Broke Girls, 28 Hours Mystery, Person of Interest, Two and a Half Men, Undercover Boss, Mike and Molly, Vegas, Unforgettable and more. However, if you try to watch them from outside the USA you will get the following error message.

These instructions can also be followed if you want to enjoy CBS All Access from outside the United States. We are updating the article regularly to make sure all the information is up to date and working!

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Error message if you try to watch CBS abroad…

It is time to get rid of the error message and start watching CBS instead. This is how to do it.

Watch CBS overseas

The solution to our problem is to get an IP address in the USA. As soon as you get an American IP address, you will look like someone residing in the USA to CBS, and they will allow you to watch all the geographically locked content. The best way to get an IP address in the USA is to use a VPN service such as ExpressVPN or PureVPN. You only pay some dollars a month to use these, and they will let you download software with which you will easily connect your computer to one of their servers in the USA. Once connected you will surf the Internet with an IP address in the USA and you will be able to watch CBS online from outside the USA.

Both services are identical, meaning that it is almost the same which one you decide to use. You can later use both services to get access to American Netflix in addition.

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ExpressVPN is an amazing VPN service that will let you unblock hundreds of other streaming sites in addition to CBS All Access. They have a 30-day full refund policy, and if you use the link above to sign up, you will even get three months of usage for free as a gift if you buy their 12-month subscription. ExpressVPN is the best VPN provider on the market if you want to get access to several Netflix regions, which will make you get access to lots of movies and TV shows on Netflix that you cannot currently stream in your present region.


PureVPN is another great VPN provider. They have a 31-day full refund policy, and with a subscription, to PureVPN you can actually use it at 5 different devices at the same time. They have servers in almost 100 nations, making it ideal if you want to unblock websites in all sorts of nations across the world. They have made it very easy to stream content in their application as you can choose something they call streaming mode and pick the channel you want to watch. You will then automatically connect to a server that works with the streaming service you are interested in, and you will be ready to stream your favorite TV networks and streaming platforms right away.

If you want to sign up for CBS All Access from abroad, but have trouble doing so because of a payment error (you get an error occurred message as you try to sign up), read the following instructions to find out how you can sign up for CBS All Access from abroad.

Short instructions on how to pay for CBS All Access outside the United States

Do you have trouble actually paying for your CBS subscription or do you have trouble creating a CBS account? You are not the only one. Here you can find two methods that will help you sign up for CBS All Access abroad without an American payment card or address.

1. Pay for CBS All Access using your Android device

To get this working, you need to have the VPN application of either PureVPN or ExpressVPN installed on your device. Connect to a server in the United States. Now it is time to manually download the CBS application from here. Install the application (you need to allow installations from unknown sources) and run the application.

Inside the application, you can sign up for CBS All Access and pay using the payment card attached to your Google Play account (it doesn’t have to be issued in the United States).

2. Pay for CBS All Access using a gift card

This might be considered an easier option, at least if you do not have an Android device nearby. Stay connected to the VPN server in the United States, and visit the following site to buy a CBS Gift Card. As you get the gift card, copy the coupon code and visit Here you can redeem your gift card, and create a brand new account. Make sure to register with a random address in the United States in the process.

3. Pay for CBS using a US issued payment card

This is a brilliant option for those who want to get a real american payment card issued in the USA. It is a digital card, but it works will all services in the USA requiring you to pay with a card issued in the USA. You can read more about it here.

This stuff works!

We are writing this article from Europe, so the first screenshot is showing the error message was a real and authentic error message. Now comes a new screenshot showing what the Elementary episode looks like after connecting to a server in the USA with ExpressVPN.

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We are watching Elementary on CBS online from Europe with ExpressVPN
Watching God Friended me on CBS abroad
Watching God Friended me on CBS abroad

Want to try yourself? Visit the ExpressVPN and the PureVPN website to give it a try.

A video tutorial showing how to watch CBS abroad

You have read our instructions on how to watch CBS abroad above. But, would you like to see how it is done in real life using ExpressVPN? Take a look at the following video in which you show how you can unblock and stream CBS All Access outside the United States using the VPN services of ExpressVPN.

What is a VPN connection?

A VPN connecting is a connection creating a “tunnel” between your computer and a computer somewhere else in the world. If your goal is the get an American IP address you will, therefore, create such a tunnel between your computer and a server in the USA. Once the tunnel has been made (as you connect to the server) all your traffic on the Internet will be encrypted and it will look to all websites and servers as it origins from the server you are connected to in the USA and not like from your computer at your current location.

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