Watch CBS and CBS All Access from abroad

Would you like to watch CBS from abroad? Watch CBS All Access from overseas? FInd out how to watch all your favorite CBS shows in the US from abroad. And find out how to pay for CBS All Access without an American Card.

CBS is a broadcast television network, also known by the name Columbia Broadcasting System. They are one of the leading broadcasting networks in the world and they do produce some of the best shows in the world, and some of my big favorites are first aired on CBS.

CBS has a great website and they also have a service called CBS All Access, giving you access to full seasons of their TV programs, meaning that you can easily catch up on episodes you did not watch live and so on. Even without CBS All Access you can gain access to quite a big number of episodes, but for the real fun to start, you better get yourself a subscription to CBS All Access, which is free for the first seven days.

But, what will happen if you visit and try to watch for example an episode of Elementary while located overseas, in Europe?

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Platform error code 403 watching CBS online

Do the screenshot above look familiar to you? If you try to watch CBS online from outside the US you will get such error message because CBS is not really available overseas, it is only meant to be available for people located in the USA. The question is therefore what you can do to get access to CBS All Access and just CBS online from Europe and from Asia, Africa, and other continents because you do not want to lose out on your favorite Big Bang Theory episode, an NCIS episode or maybe a Person of Interest episode?

Watch CBS All Access from abroad

If you want to watch CBS from abroad you should simply do the following. Click the ExpressVPN button and visit their website and sign up for their services. Download their program/client to your computer, phone or tablet, connect to a server in the USA and you are good to go. And as a bonus, you will also get access to American Netflix, Hulu and much more with your ExpressVPN subscription.

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It sounds easy and it really is easy. Just try it, and in less than five minutes you will see that it is working. And, if you are not satisfied they do have a 30-day full refund policy. I am using this myself to watch CBS in Europe and it is really smooth, so I can warmly recommend it!

Besides the chance to stream CBS from abroad, American Netflix abroad, Hulu abroad and so, you can also watch BBC in the UK abroad, NRK in Norway from abroad, Rai in Italy from abroad, ZDF in Germany from abroad and so much more!

Have fun watching CBS (All Access) from abroad, and if you have comments or questions, just write!

Watch CBS from abroad

I am watching Bang Theory on CBS from abroad using PureVPN

How to pay for CBS All Access without an American Card?

I had a real tough time actually subscribing to CBS All Acess. They have a very strict policy when it comes to payment methods, meaning that you need to own an American Payment Card registered with an actual address in the USA, and your account needs to be registered on the same address, and I have got a feeling that you need to actually be located with an IP address in that city as well for this to actually work. Sounds hard, doesn’t it? How can you fix it?

There are three solutions as far as I see it.

  • If you have an American Apple ID with a card connected to it, you can use this to subscribe to CBS All Access. But, that is probably hard as you again need an American payment card with your Apple ID. Now comes the easier version.
  • Download the CBS app to your Android phone. You can find it in the American Google Play Store. Use the PureVPN app to get an American IP address. Then enter Settings – Applications – Google Play Store – Storage. Delete data. Now return and open Google Play Store again and download the CBS App. Inside the app you can sign up for CBS All Access, but you can use the payment card used with your Google account, and this doesn’t have to be an American payment card, and thus you can sign up.
  • You can use an American Prepaid Card as described in the following article.

Hope this will work for you. If you have comments or questions, just write a comment!

15 thoughts on “Watch CBS and CBS All Access from abroad

  1. Jorge Martinez

    Is it possible to have a test of cbs All Access in Honduras to be cartain about your promotion? If possible, let me know of an specific time during weekends.

    1. Christine Wilson Post author

      They have a 1 month free trial for CBS All Access at the moment. The discount code is fallaccess. You will still need a VPN in order to get an American IP address which is needed for you to watch CBS from abroad!

  2. Annette Schousboe

    Do you now how to fix it with an iphone? (pay for CBS all access without an American Card)
    I have an American VPN and have downloaded CBS app

    1. Christine Wilson Post author

      At the moment I do not have a payment option for CBS All Access and iPhone, but come back in a few days because I have a method that I will try in a few days from now, just have to wait a bit more before I can actually give it a try… So will write an article then if it works 🙂

  3. Christine Wilson Post author

    Just wanted to say that the PureVPN screenshot above is a bit out of date, but the method itself still works like a sweet dream! If you have any further questions related to streaming CBS from abroad, just write your comment beneath here.

  4. Frtiz

    How can I get the CBS application to my Android device? Which application do I need, because I have found several apps? Why can’t I find any of the real CBS apps in Google Play Store? I have managed to sign up and I can stream CBS on my laptop abroad, but I would really want to stream it on my mobile device as well.

    1. Christine Wilson Post author

      There is an Android app named CBS All Access, but personally I strongly dislike it. You should rather get CBS Full Episodes and Live TV, and you can download it manually from here

      Download the .apk file and install it. To install it you need to accept programs from unknown sources. Once you have it installed just open it, and you should be ready to stream your favorite CBS content wherever you might be in the world. If you have trouble, just write a comment!

      Ps: The reason that you cannot find the app, is that the CBS app is only available to people with a US Google account.

  5. Sheldon

    I have a PureVPN subscription, but I still get the error message that I am not allowed to stream CBS abroad… Can you help me out?

    1. Christine Wilson Post author

      You should just try some other server or contact the PureVPN support team. Can not test it for you right now, but will try to test it myself within shortly, so that I can give you some exact examples of PureVPN servers that work when you try to stream CBS from abroad.

    2. Christine Wilson Post author

      I have just updated the article and I now recommend using the VPN provider ExpressVPN. I know for sure that it works, they have a much better refund policy, and they even give you access to American Netflix and other services!

  6. Jason

    Don’t you think you should update these pictures? They are so old, and so out of date, I have trouble believing that the content of the article itself is updated. If you keep it fresh and update it, and actually give these methods a try, I would love to follow your instructions to watch CBS overseas.

  7. jimmy

    hey sheldon. maybe you can try another server. if that doesn’t work, check out their support. if that doesn’t work either try using another vpn service like ivacy or nord. most of them are on black friday sale anyways.

  8. Richard


    I would like to subscribe to CBS Full Access, but the thing is, I don’t live in the US, I need to enter a Zip code in the US, I could use an address generator, but I would not like to do that preferabbly.. Anyone have another idea?

    Kind regards


    1. Christine Wilson Post author

      Why don’t you want to use an address generator? You could register at Shipito for a virtual address in the USA and use that address as well!

  9. Christine Wilson Post author

    Just tested CBS All Access now with ExpressVPN to make sure that the instructions that are given here work, and yes, they do! If you look for a way to stream CBS All Access from abroad, follow these instructions. I use them all the time to watch my favorite shows which currently are Kevin Can Wait, Big Bang Theory and Scorpion. Enjoy!


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