When it comes to online streaming sites, the United States has its fair share of options. We’re the home of Netflix Instant, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime, among many others, so it seems fair to say that we have to no call to complain about a lack of streaming material.
But our neighbors to the north have something we don’t have; something we are most certainly envious of, and that something is…
CTV: Canada’s Best Source for Online TV
CTV has been a standby in Canadian households going back a long ways, and they’ve done a more than admirable job adjusting to the changing ways in which we get our television. Since being one of the first Canadian broadcast networks, CTV has since modernized to become one of the cornerstone of Canadian television content. There are…
CTV’s American Favorites
That’s right. Late night shows on CTV include
- Late Night Talk Shows: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan, and The Daily Show,
- Daytime Talk Shows: Bethenny, Live! With Kelly and Michael, and Dr. Phil,
- Beloved dramas and sitcoms like Orphan Black, Two and a Half Men, and Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
But that’s not all you can get streaming on CTV.
CTV’s Popular Web Exclusives
CTV users have access to web exclusives. Lots of them.
From the thrilling espionage-fueled charge of Guidestones, to the additional world-building of Arrow: Blood Rush, CTV: Extend gives TV fans the opportunity to get even more out of their favorite shows by loading them up with all the extras they can consume.
Watch CTV Outside of Canada with a VPN
But there’s a problem, at least for those outside of Canada: CTV is only available online within Canada.
No worries, though; it’s an easy enough problem to circumvent. All you need to do is subscribe to a VPN.
A VPN service is a subscription-based service designed to protect your online identity and allow you greater online freedom. VPNs accomplish the former by tunneling all of your internet activity through encrypted servers that are set up all over the world, safeguarding them from hackers, identity thieves, and the nosy folks at the NSA.
As for the internet freedom part – and this is the part that really comes in handy for streaming geographically restricted material – VPNs allow you to trick your computer into thinking that you’re somewhere that you’re not. When you log in to your VPN, you’re given the option of choosing your encrypted server. Once you choose the server, you’re assigned a new IP address that comes from the server’s location.
So if you’re in the United States, and you want to watch CTV, all you have to do is log in to your VPN, choose a Canadian server, and voila! Your computer will be have as though it’s in Canada. It’s that simple.
At FlashRouters, we’re affiliated with so many VPNs that we had to go ahead and make an official supported provider list, and any VPN service providers on that list are absolutely recommended. That said, if you’re looking for the best VPNs for Canadian servers, our top recommendations are HideMyAss, IPVanish, and EarthVPN.
Enjoy CTV with a FlashRouter
As the video above explains, the best way to experience CTV, and any streaming media, is with the high-performance power of a FlashRouter on your side.
Our DD-WRT and Tomato routers give users a networking experience they could only dream of. With a FlashRouter on your side, you can access advanced security options, extend your wireless range, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated, which particularly comes in handy when you partake in a lot of streaming media.
But the best part about it is that you can even improve your VPN experience.
That photo is an illustration of our popular dual router setup, which helps users improve their VPN usage. All you have to do is hold on to your old router, and now you can use it as a dedicated local router while using your powerful new FlashRouter as your dedicated VPN router.
If you’re subscribed to a VPN on our official supported provider list, we’ll send your FlashRouter ready to work with your VPN subscription right out of the box!
Best Routers for Unnblocking & Watching CTV
We don’t like playing favorites around here, and ordinarily we’d just tell you to take a look at our best DD-WRT routers of 2014 list and pick out whatever seems right for you, but we’ll give you a few recommendations anyway…
If you want a complete overhaul of your network, a full-scale amplification of your current network’s speed and power, then you can’t go wrong with the Asus RT-AC66U Tomato FlashRouter. If that’s a little too intense of a change, than one of our sleek, excellent, economy models, like the Linksys E12oo DD-WRT or the E2500 Tomato may be just what you need.
But if it’s the best of the best you want, the grandaddy of them all, then you go with the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter, or you go home.