How To: Watch Comedy Central Videos From Canada

UPDATE 05/2012: If this isn’t working for you anymore, you might want to try this new method.

UPDATE: Some visitors are reporting that this works for Hulu as well.

The relationship between Comedy Central and Canada’s Comedy Network is the worst example of what can happen when rights owners assert copyright on the internet, based on national borders. If you are not aware – like Hulu, TV.com and others – Comedy Central videos will not play in Canada, but it’s worse. ComedyCentral.comthe entire domain – is unavailable to Canadian IPs! When you try visit it, you are redirected to comedynetwork.ca.

I found a workaround to this buried in a comment thread on reddit. Firefox users only:

For Canadian viewers, if you are using firefox, install the following addon:
http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/967
then:

1) In Firefox, Go to tools->modify headers
2) From the drop down box on the left select add
3) Then enter: “X-Forwarded-For” in the first input box without the quotation marks
4) Enter: “12.13.14.15” in the second input box without the quotation marks
5) Leave the last input box empty, and save the filter, and enable it
http://imgur.com/Feb4.png

6) Click the ‘Configuration’ tab on the right then proceed to check the ‘always on’ button.

Close the Modify Headers box and it should work.

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Works like a charm!

  • Sebastian

    This is so easy and it works! Thank you SO much. Works with Colbert Nation videos too =)

  • Sebastian

    This is so easy and it works! Thank you SO much. Works with Colbert Nation videos too =)

  • Sebastian

    This is so easy and it works! Thank you SO much. Works with Colbert Nation videos too =)

  • Ryan

    worked great – thanks!

  • Ryan

    worked great – thanks!

  • Ryan

    worked great – thanks!

  • roger

    works for me in uk too! thank you 🙂

  • roger

    works for me in uk too! thank you 🙂

  • roger

    works for me in uk too! thank you 🙂

  • oh man! I read this comment on Reddit a while back at an Internet cafe, and haven’t been able to find it since!

  • oh man! I read this comment on Reddit a while back at an Internet cafe, and haven’t been able to find it since!

  • oh man! I read this comment on Reddit a while back at an Internet cafe, and haven’t been able to find it since!

  • Jessica

    YOU TOTALLY SAVE MY BORING DAYS IN CANADA… thanks that was very helpful ! God bless you !

    Love you !..hehehe =op

  • Jessica

    YOU TOTALLY SAVE MY BORING DAYS IN CANADA… thanks that was very helpful ! God bless you !

    Love you !..hehehe =op

  • Silver

    Works great for comedy central. Though not so much for Hulu. Thanks for the solution anyway!

  • Silver

    Works great for comedy central. Though not so much for Hulu. Thanks for the solution anyway!

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  • Not only is Comedy Central not available in Canada, it appears that Comedy Network is not available in the US! I just tried the link from here in Massachusetts and got told “You are not authorized to view this page” and “IP address of the client has been rejected.”

    That is really creepy.

  • ohryan

    Yeah, that actually makes a lot of sense. The stupid rights agreements go both ways.

  • You have made me a happy, happy girl.

    Two thumbs way up!

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  • jkmyoung

    Simple but effective! Thanks, this works both for personal browsing and work related items!

  • Anonyman

    It's ridiculous that we even have to resort to this. Australia's comedy channel isn't blocked in Canada, neither are UK channels like BBC (who just give you an option to choose the international page of your choice, or the regular UK version).

    The fascists at Comedy Central and The Comedy Network should get together with Hitler and Stalin and go take a little communist holiday in North Korea, instead of trying to censor the internet to serve their own greed.

  • Krystina

    You rock

    Thank you!!!

  • ohryan

    You're very welcome.

  • The Soda Bandit

    works for adult swim too

  • You have no idea (or maybe you do) how good this news is. THANK YOU.

    Fracking Comedy Central.

  • Anonymous

    Glad to help! I’m a little surprised this hole is still open after all this time.

  • Came across it via a commenter’s suggestion at Ed Brayton’s Dispatches from the Culture Wars. I’ve been looking for something like this for many months; proxies never worked. This was a godsend. ★

  • Anonymous

    cool beans.

  • Anonymouse

    Strangely enough – this still doesn’t work for me

  • No

    Does not work. Tried with many american IPs. This simply does not work.

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  • Sonicwater

    WOW!!! you fuckin ROCK!!!!!!

  • Oogaloo

    First off, I know nothing of Firefox. I have downloaded it & installed. I have save this modify header file “xpi”. I can not open it. I look in my Firefox “tools” & i do not see “modify headers. Can someone help please
    Doug

  • Oogaloo

    OK I am part way there. BUt I do not have the “configuration” button at the bottom.

  • Dannyd

    thanks DUDE!!! your a god

  • Todbot

    Hey, in options there is a box you can check “always on”. I think we’re using a newer version of FF.

  • Thank you times a million! (Im watching Hulu now 😀

  • Alex Folland

    Anyone who can’t get this to work should read http://xkcd.com/627/

    Thanks for this! It works wonderfully.

  • Sepasi Amir

    Not Hulu, but TV Land. Those shows from Hulu that links to TV LAND – like Boston Legal – will work but nothing inside the Hulu site.
    If anybody provides cure for this one too …

  • Jimb

    I love you

  • John

    big help thx. this stuff was especially annoying with mac

  • cyrus

    Dude you rock 😀 thank you so much

  • stephenbiss1

    http://imgur.com/Feb4.png
    is showing as no longer available

  • Jason

    Thank you

  • thank you! if people in Australia want to try this..it works 😉

  • Anon

    THANK YOU!
    It also works for me on the MTV USA sites.

  • Lukas Kalvaitis

    Works here in B.C. – Yay!

  • jaelsilk

    I have been extremely grateful for this for a long time and thanks so much but much to my dismay this stopped working today. I am not redirected, I get to the site but when I try to open a video the message “This Content is Unavailable From Your Location” comes up. I have re-modified the header, restarted Firefox, to no avail. Anyone else have this and know of another fix?

  • Thelategreat777

    new friefoxes have a couple different things about them.  Under tools you go to web designer, modify headers should show up after you highlight that.  then it’s basically the same except i have to click a “start” button in the top left of the box. 

  • cyrus

    Dude they just figured it out and disabled it 🙁 can you fix it please?

  • Desmor

    I have 9.0.1 and http://i.imgur.com/Feb4.png id longer available

  • Rob

    Now that they’ve decided to be jerks about this, and have screwed the workaround, we need a new method.  Any ideas?

  • :(

    I think they disabled it! 🙁 Do you have any other ways to get past it?

  • ohryan

    Yup, I just posted about a new method that should work (thought I haven’t tested it on Hulu or Comedy Central yet): http://ohryan.ca/blog/2012/05/02/watching-us-netflix-in-canada-now-easier-than-ever/

  • Powner

    Mother of god it actually worked… thank you so much

  • guest

    watch this explanation:http://youtu.be/bV8rdpF1qZs

  • SethCovey

    If CC resorts to this kind of crap then comedians like Key and Peele shouldn’t make some of their contents exclusive to such companies.