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!

60 thoughts on “How To: Watch Comedy Central Videos From Canada

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

    Love you !..hehehe =op

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

    Love you !..hehehe =op

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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. ★

  7. 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

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

  9. 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 …

  10. 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?

  11. 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. 

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

  13. 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/

  14. 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.

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