How to watch The Daily Show and The Colbert Report in Australia


August 14, 2011 12:32 PM

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

Update 25 Nov 2015 – this loophole that allowed the old method to work has now been closed. So here’s the new method below.

  1. Create a free TunnelBear account:
    https://www.tunnelbear.com/bear/account#/signup
  2. Install the TunnelBear extension for Google Chrome.
  3. In Chrome, turn on the extension and then visit the video page.
  4. As soon as the video starts playing, turn off the extension so that you don’t use up your free monthly bandwidth allowance of 500MB.

Old method below for reference only

If you are a fan of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report living in Australia, you can either watch it by subscribing to Foxtel or you can watch the clips online after it has aired on Foxtel. This was a fair situation I thought. But this appears to have changed. Now, you can only catch the shows on Foxtel – the online clips are no longer available to Australian fans and from what I read on the show’s forums, to all fans outside of the United States.

This is not the first time that it has happened either. It does not make sense that they would do this once, reverted back to the status quo and then revoke access again. What has changed? They are not saying. Currently the thread on the forum about this issue runs 15 pages long.

“Video unavailable from your location”? – The Daily Show Forum.

However a fan had posted a good workaround on page 3. And this is it:

  1. Use Firefox and install an add-on called “Modify Headers“.
  2. Using the add-on, add a header of “X-Forwarded-For” with a value of “12.13.14.15″ or any IP that you know is an IP address in the US.
  3. Set the add-on to be “Always on” in the Options.
    On the Firebox button (big orange one) click on Options – Add-On Bar, then click on the Modify Headers icon in the Add-On Bar (bottom-left corner) and select “Start”. (thanks to helpful comment from Annoyed below)

And say goodbye to this … :)

The Daily Show - video unavailable in your location

The Colbert Report - video unavailable in your location

20 thoughts on “How to watch The Daily Show and The Colbert Report in Australia

  1. Lisa

    Is it just me, or has this stopped working? I watched a full episode of Colbert last night, but today when I went to watch another the add played, followed by a black screen. I used the Firefox Hola unblocker on Hulu instead.

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  2. Patti

    I tried downloading the add-on so that I can watch The Colbert Report, but I can’t see anything or find whether it has actually downloaded. Have tried 3 times. Followed directions carefully!

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        1. mooiness Post author

          I don’t know what to say but it still works for me.

          I’m on FF 29.0.1 currently, and the link for the addon is still the same as above:
          https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/modify-headers/

          With the new FF, the Modify Headers icon will appear to the right of the search/address bars in the top-right corner of the browser.

          Unless you have the Addon Bar (Restored) addon:
          https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/the-addon-bar/

          in which case it will appear in the bottom left or right of the addon bar.

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  3. Lisa

    I’ve been using your solution for a couple of years now, and it’s fab! Would you know whether there’s an app that works like this for and Android device?

    BTW – my outage (don’t know why) in May 2013 was brief, and I’ve been back up and watching the Comedy Channel ever since.

    Lisa

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    1. mooiness Post author

      Hi Lisa.

      There’s Firefox for Android but they don’t seem to have the same plugin available for it. So I guess we will have to stick with our computers for now.

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