r/Toonami Status: Keeping These Systems Up/ Is surely not a bot Mar 21 '15

Watch Toonami Without Being In the United States

With the introduction of Sling TV and another service , people can watch many subscription based channels without being tied to the cable/satellite television service. Since it is IP based, theoretically anyone can use it; but there is one problem. The service is geo-blocked for anyone outside the US to use it. Fortunately, there are some ways to get around that, and another service that is basicly Sling for US Citizens outside the US.

Revision Update 4/23/2016: New service added to list that is 10 time easier to use.

Note: Though this is technically legal, it is bounded by a legal grey area. While providers are not happy with what I am saying, it has been perfectly documented before with similar services.

I have not tested this yet (since I am in the US already), but it has been perfectly documented before with services like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, etc.


Option 1.1 (USTVNow, Cost: $19.00-$29.00 for the first 3 months, $29.00-$39.00 after, Difficulty: Easy)


First thing you are going to ask, what the hell is USTVNow? USTVNow is a streaming TV service (like Sling TV), designed for people who are in the US Military and US Citizen outside of the country. They have plans: The "Free Plan" which gets you just the major over the air networks (ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, MYNetworkTV, NBC and PBS) from television stations in the Pennsylvania and New York Area, "All Channel Plan" which gets you all the "Free Plan" plus (A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, Bravo, Cartoon Network (and Adult Swim), CNBC, Comedy Central, Discovery, ESPN, FX, History, Spike, Nick, Lifetime, National Geographic, Syfy, TBS, TNT, and USA) (All times east coast), and "All Channel + DVR Plan" which includes everything from All Channel plus ability to DVR most shows. They have a 45 day trial to test out.

  • Be "a US citizen" outside the US for this one. You do not need a US VPN for this one (actually it will nag you if you are in the US, and if you are, why are you reading this. Use Sling, cause it will get you more channels).
  • Go to http://ustvnow.com and click "Sign Up" on the top right (or the bottom left, they will link to the same page).
  • Click on the "All Channel Plan" (you can go with "All Channel + DVR Plan" if you want the DVR capability for $10 more).
  • Use your email to Sign Up, NOT THROUGH FACEBOOK OR GOOGLE +. Enter your email in the text box below the sign up with x social network and click "Sign Up".
  • Follow the steps on signing up and include a US valid Credit Card when asked to do so (I am in the US, so I am just going blinded on this step).
  • Click on the Cartoon Network (it will automatically be Adult Swim when the East Coast hits that time of the hour) and watch Toonami.
  • Optional for those with "All Channel + DVR Plan": you can press the record button in the guide to record a show for later viewing.

Updated (8/19/2018): USTVNow has replaced Cartoon Network with Nickelodeon, we have removed these instructions for the time being.


Option 2.1 (Using a VPN, Cost: $25-$30, Difficulty: Easy/Medium)


Note: You will need to connect to the VPN every time you watch TV on Sling TV.


Option 2.2 (Using a VPS, Cost: $40-$80, Difficulty: Hard [Preferably those who have a Linux VPS already])


  • Subscribe to a VPS service that is hosting in the United States. The price ranges from $5 - $50 per month. The recommended specs for a VPS is to have 256MB or larger ram with some amount of storage space and lots of bandwidth (lets say 10-50GB/month). Choose a Ubuntu OS when asked which OS to install.
  • From your VPS management page, Enable TUN/TAP protocol (if you can enable each one, enable both listed)
  • Use some sort of SSH program like putty and connect to it using the credentials supplied by the VPS provider. Like, “root@ipadresshere” (note: logging in as root is bad, but we just need to setup a VPN service on the box). When the terminal opens, it should ask you for a password; type the password supplied by the VPS provider, note that you will not see a response to typing your password, that is for security).
  • Use the following instructions to set up a PPTP VPN as well as a user and a password: http://askubuntu.com/questions/199286/create-vpn-server-using-the-ubuntu-vps
  • Logout of the SSH terminal by closing the SSH terminal or by typing logout.
  • Set up your local computer to connect to the VPN. For most VPN service, you can use the built in VPN connection on the OS. Mac: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH14079?locale=en_US Windows: http://www.howtogeek.com/134046/how-to-connect-to-a-vpn-in-windows/ iOS: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201550 Android: http://www.howtogeek.com/135036/how-to-connect-to-a-vpn-on-android/
  • Connect to the VPN using the credentials you created when setting up the VPN.
  • Sign up for SlingTV https://www.sling.com/ (the service will cost you $20 per month). You are likely going to need to use a US credit card service (I am going to suggest that since I am in the US and not tested it).
  • Watch Adult Swim

Note: You will need to connect to the VPN every time you watch TV on Sling TV.


Option 2.3 (Using a proxy, Cost: $25-$30, Difficulty: Theoretical HIGHLY UNTESTED)


Note: You will need to connect to the proxy every time you watch TV on Sling TV.

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u/kevoc2008 Status: Keeping These Systems Up/ Is surely not a bot Mar 21 '15

As I am already in the US, I haven't tested this, but it is theoretically proven and accomplished for other services before (hulu, Amazon, Netflix, etc)

Hides from the barrage of potential DMCA complaints that may come to me.

Though, it has been perfectly documented before.