There’s little doubt which was the most important TV station for me a few years ago, it was something called CBeebies! I’m sure that it is for many parents who slowly become reliant on the various shows which pre-school children absolutely love. What’s more parents feel better as the programmes really are of the highest quality.
It was launched in 2002, packed full of characters who by now are global superstars. Remember this motley bunch – I can guarantee anyone who’s had kids in the last twenty years will know them.
However although many parents including me find them really annoying, educationalists are always praising the Tellytubbies and indeed most of the shows on the CBeebies channel. The whole ethos of the channel is to develop a safe, playful environment for children whilst giving them the chance to develop their emotional and cognitive skills too. There is little doubt that CBeebies have provided some of the highest quality, educational programmes for kids this century.
What’s more, unlike many children’s channels there are no advertising breaks at all. It sounds trivial but these can be a real challenge for parents when they’re stuffed full of toys and adverts targeted at youngsters. This is because the BBC is a public broadcaster currently funded by the UK TV license.
The only real drawback is that partly because of this funding model, the CBeebies channel and all the BBC’s online site is only available in the United Kingdom. Which makes it inaccessible for those of who spend a lot of time in the USA or indeed anywhere in the world. Unless you’re super organised and can download loads of shows if you go to the UK, you’re going to miss out! yet of course, this is the internet and there is always some sort of workaround!
How to Watch CBeebies in the USA
The block is implemented because the BBC site looks up your IP address when you visit. So the fix actually involves taking control of your IP address and hiding your real location from such snooping behavior.
All you need is an inexpensive VPN which can be installed on all your devices and enabled when required. This video will demonstrate how to hide your true location and allow you to watch all of the BBC plus any other UK only site you might want.
There’s a very good children’s channel on the ITV Hub too which is the UK’s main commercial TV station. You will get some advertising there, but the rules on how much are fairly strict in the UK so they’re not too bad.
The link for the VPN demonstrated in the video is here – Nord VPN Discount Page, although some other VPNs work pretty well with the BBC too.