This Is Us season 5 is set to premiere on October 27 at 9 PM EST (6 PM PST) on NBC. Like previous seasons, season 5 was scheduled to air in September. However, it was delayed to November 10 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, season 5 has been pushed forward again and will soon kick off with a new two-hour premiere episode.
If you’re trying to watch This Is Us abroad (outside the US), the following message will be shown:
“Sorry, this video is not available from your location.”
That’s because NBC content is region-locked and only available in the US. However, there’s no need to worry! We’ll explain how you can use a VPN to unblock NBC and live stream This Is Us season 5 abroad.
Please note that we’ll only be recommending official sources for watching This Is Us live online. While there’s sure to be plenty of unlicensed streams, we don’t recommend these for a couple of reasons. The first is that they’re typically low quality which may impact your enjoyment of the show. Secondly, you may find that the unauthorized stream you’re watching is taken down without any prior warning. There’s a number of ways you can watch This Is Us season 5 online. As such, there’s no need for any unofficial (and unreliable!) streams.
This Is Us season 5 will only be shown on region-locked platforms. This means you’ll need a VPN to watch abroad via your regular home streaming services.
How to watch This Is Us season 5 live online
Unblocking NBC to watch This Is Us season 5 is simple enough, even if you’re new to using a VPN. All you have to do is follow the steps laid out below:
Here’s how to watch This Is Us season 5 online from anywhere:
- First, sign up with a VPN service that unblocks NBC. We recommend ExpressVPN but NordVPN and Surfshark are high quality, great value alternatives.
- Download and install the VPN app or browser extension for your device (the device from which you want to watch This Is Us season 5 on NBC).
- Open the VPN app or browser extension and connect to a server in the US in order to get a US IP address. This will allow you to unblock NBC even if you’re abroad.
- Go to NBC and sign in with your US TV provider. If you don’t have cable TV, you can access NBC via select streaming services (we’ll cover these in detail later).
- Select the NBC live stream – it should be unblocked! If not, clear your web browser cookies. You could also try another US server in case the one you’re using is blacklisted. Alternatively, contact your VPN’s customer support for further assistance.
How to watch This Is Us season 5 on US TV
This Is Us season 5 is available on NBC. If you’re located in the US and have cable TV, you can watch This Is Us season 5 live online without a VPN (though we still recommend you use a VPN for increased privacy). You have the choice of live streaming via NBC’s website or apps.
Signing in with your cable provider only requires you to enter your cable email address or username and password. Note that cable TV sign-in is only required for live streaming on NBC. It’s possible to watch This Is Us season 5 on catch-up without signing in (but you’ll still need a VPN).
If you don’t have cable TV, you can still watch NBC live via a number of popular streaming services. This includes AT&T TV Now ($55 USD/month), FuboTV ($64.99/month), Hulu with Live TV ($54.99/month), Sling TV ($30/month), and YouTube TV ($64.99/month).
All of the above services are geo-restricted. This means you’ll need a VPN connected to a US server in order to watch from abroad. ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it with each, absolutely risk-free.
Where else can I watch This Is Us online?
This Is Us season 5 will premiere on NBC which means you may have to wait a while to watch it anywhere else. However, there are a few options should you wish to catch up on seasons 1 to 4:
Viewers in the UK can watch This Is Us seasons 1-4 on Amazon Prime. This costs £7.99 per month or £79.00 annually. However, there is the option of a 30-day free trial. Alternatively, you can purchase individual episodes from £2.49 or a full season from £19.99. Note that a UK IP address is required to stream Amazon Prime Video from abroad (outside the UK).
Netflix Canada is the only region of Netflix to have regular updates of This Is Us. At the time of writing seasons 1-4 are all available on the platform. Indeed, previous seasons were all added in September of each year. As such, we can expect This Is Us season 5 to arrive on Netflix Canada in the near future.
Netflix Canada subscriptions start from $9.99 CAD per month. However, a 30-day free trial is offered to new customers. Netflix is difficult to unblock, so If you want to watch Netflix Canada abroad, you’ll need a suitable VPN with servers in Canada.
The main place to watch This Is Us in Australia is Network 10. If you’re in Australia, you can watch season 4 of This Is Us via Network 10’s online catch-up service, 10play. What’s more, you can watch live and on-demand for free. There’s also a paid, ad-free option ($9.99 AUD/month) that provides access to new shows before they premiere on Network 10. The 10 play website is geo-restricted which means you’ll need an Australian IP address to unblock it abroad.
Can I use a free VPN to watch This Is Us season 5?
Unfortunately, This Is Us season 5 will only be broadcast on NBC to start with. It may be several months before it comes to any other platform. NBC content is region-locked which means many free VPNs will struggle to unblock it. Indeed, most free VPNs struggle to get around the geographic restrictions of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Besides, free VPNs aren’t well suited to live streaming. The slow server speeds and frequent buffering make it difficult to watch anything (for instance, season 5 of This Is Us) without interruption.
It’s not just performance issues that plague free VPNs. Once you’ve tried a quality paid VPN, you’ll notice just how few features free VPNs offer. While having multiple simultaneous connections or 24/7 live chat support may not be essential for you, you should aim to have a VPN that offers a high level of security. This should include encryption, a kill switch, and a strict no-logs policy. Few free VPNs offer all of these. Indeed, some free VPNs compromise your online security by tracking your data (and your browsing history) and selling it.
What can we expect from This Is Us season 5?
Sadly, there will only be one more season of This Is Us after this coming season. In season 5, we’ll see the show tackle some of the issues that have been at the forefront of 2020. In particular, it will address the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Black Lives Matter. We can also expect less of a focus on Jack in an attempt to zero in on the storylines of other characters. This includes Rebecca’s past, Randall and Kevin’s fractured relationship, and difficult times for Kate.
Which cast members are returning for This Is Us season 5?
All of the key cast members will be returning for This Is Us season 5. This includes the likes of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), Rebecca (Mandy Moore), Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Kate (Chrissy Metz), and Kevin (Justin Hartley).