As music fans around the globe know, the 2019 Grammys are upon us. In only a couple of weeks (and a few days), on February 10, Sunday, the Staples Center in Los Angeles will host all the stars and starlets of contemporary pop.
Will we see and hear Cardi B get her very first Grammy for the massive Invasion of Privacy album? Or will Childish Gambino take it with This Is America? Everyone has their favorites for each of the 84 categories but who is to say where the glory will land on the night. I suppose we’ll all just have to watch, won’t we?
Consequently, that’s the question we’re here to answer: how to watch the 2019 Grammy Awards?
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As always in entertainment-content-related situations, we envy the good people of the US – they get to watch every cool thing as it happens! The Grammys are no exception: if you’re in the US, you can just watch it live on CBS or stream it online via CBS All Access (the first week is free!).
For the rest of us, feeding the eyeballs is a bit of a hustle – but don’t worry, where there’s a will, there’s a way. The name of that way is VPN or Smart DNS, both of which will get you where you need to be. Before elaborating on the “how?”, however, let’s touch on the “why?”
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The bane of chill Sundays – geo-blocking
You see, there are these people who would have us bored. They’re called “copyright owners.” Due to various copyright agreements, content streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, or, in this case, CBS All Access, are forced to restrict access based on the user’s location. And since a lot of the popular content (and many of the popular content platforms) comes from the US, usually it’s restricted to people within the US.
But fans of the Grammys won’t give up that easily and indeed there’s no reason to. The way content is blocked has to do with your IP address, which is the way a host server determines your location. If you could change your IP address, you could change your location in the digital realm.
VPN is the cure
Changing an IP address is exactly what a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is good at. In basic terms, a user would get a VPN subscription, download an app for whatever platform they’re using (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, etc.), log in, and connect to a VPN server in the US. Once that happens, all the traffic goes through that VPN server and CBS will see the IP address of that VPN server, which is in the US.
Of course, content platforms are wise to this and they do block VPN servers as quickly as they manage. However, it’s mostly a losing battle – some of the better VPN services out there will reliably let you watch the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Some of the best VPN services to unlock Grammy Awards Stream:
Don’t want CBS All Access? There are other ways to get where you’re going!
While you can only stream the 2019 Grammy Awards on CBS, there are several ways you can access CBS itself. Some of these may be more convenient because they offer more than just CBS and sometimes have more appealing deals.
Here are some of them:
- Hulu Live TV – costs $40 a month and includes lots of channels. However, what channels are available depends on your US ZIP code, or rather, the ZIP code associated with your VPN-given IP address. You can check what channels are available for a ZIP code here.
- FuboTV – the first month is also $40 a month, rising to $45 afterward. FuboTV focuses on sports TV and includes CBS in many areas.
- Youtube TV – yet again, $40 dollars a month and includes CBS in some ZIP codes.
- PlayStation Vue – a more expensive choice, PlayStation Vue is $45 a month but has lots of nice features. CBS is available in many US ZIP codes but you can check which ones here.
- DirecTV Now – the basic plan is $40 dollars a month and offers CBS, again depending on the US ZIP code.
We will be updating this article as the 2019 Grammys draw nearer, so check back to see if there are any better ways of watching your favorite musicians live!