How to watch 53rd CMA Awards online free with a VPN (1)

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards will air live on Wednesday, November 13 at 8 PM EST and 7 PM CST. It will also air at 8 PM PST but this won’t be a live broadcast. Below, we’ll explain how you can watch the CMA Awards 2019 online for free. You can also find out the best VPNs to use in order to watch the event from anywhere in the world.

We’ll only be recommending official sources for watching the CMA Awards 2019. Unauthorized streams are common but run the risk of being taken offline for copyright infringement. You’ll likely also find them to be of inferior quality with low-resolution video as well as excessive amounts of buffering and lag. You can watch the CMA Awards online for free though, so there’s no need to waste time on unreliable, unofficial sources.

The CMA Awards will only be shown on region-locked platforms. This means you’ll need a VPN in order to live stream the event from abroad.

How to watch the CMA Awards 2019 online free

In order to watch the CMA Awards online for free, you’ll need to set up a VPN. Don’t worry if you’ve never used a VPN before, it’s very simple and we’ll take you through it step-by-step.

Here’s how to watch the CMA Awards 2019 online free from anywhere:

  1. Sign up with a quality VPN service. We recommend ExpressVPN. However, CyberGhost and NordVPN are also excellent at unblocking and offer excellent value.
  2. Next, download and install the appropriate VPN app or browser extension for the device from which you want to watch the CMA Awards.
  3. Open your VPN app or browser extension and connect to a server in Australia. This will provide you an Australian IP address, which allows you to unblock 9GEM’s 9Now streaming platform abroad.
  4. Go to 9Now and sign up for a free account, providing the personal details requested (including an Australian postal code – any will do). Select a live stream which should now be unblocked.
  5. Still having trouble? Try clearing your browser’s cache and cookies. You could also connect to another server in case the IP address you’re using has been blacklisted.

We recommend you check your VPN works with 9Now (or any other platform) in advance of the CMA Awards. This gives you time to contact your VPN’s customer support for further guidance if necessary. It also reduces the risk of you missing out on the event’s live stream.

How to watch the CMA Awards 2019 free on Australian TV

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The only way to watch the CMA Awards 2019 online for free without cable is on 9GEM. You can live stream the Australian free-to-air channel via its 9Now online platform. Note that in order to watch live, you’ll have to sign up for a free account. This requires you to provide your email address and create a password. You’ll also need to enter your name, date of birth, and postcode (any Australian postal code will do).

In order to watch the live simulcast of the CMA Awards on 9Now, you’ll need to connect to a VPN server in Australia. The reason for this is that 9Now content is region-locked and only available in Australia. You can try ExpressVPN with 9Now risk-free thanks to the VPN’s 30-day money-back guarantee. If you’re unsatisfied, you can claim a full refund as long as you’re still within the 30-day period.

Where else can I watch the CMA Awards online?

While there are a number of other ways to watch the CMA Awards online, all require you to have cable TV or pay a monthly subscription fee. Furthermore, some are shown on repeat rather than being broadcast live. If you don’t see your country listed below, take a look at this list of international broadcasts:


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The CMA Awards have been broadcast by ABC since 2006. Watching live requires you to sign in with your cable TV provider. However, if you don’t have a cable TV subscription, you also have the option of watching via the following streaming services: AT&T TV (from $59.99 USD/month), Hulu ($44.99/month), and YouTube TV ($49.99/month).

While ABC is also available on PlayStation Vue, please keep in mind that the service is due to close in January 2020. It’s also worth knowing that ABC content is geo-blocked and only available in the US. You can watch it abroad by obtaining a US IP address via a VPN.


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There will be a live simulcast of the CMA Awards 2019 on CTV2. However, you’ll have to sign in with your cable TV provider in order to watch the event live. Furthermore, geographic restrictions are in place which means you can’t watch from abroad without connecting to a server in Canada.


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The main option for watching the CMA Awards on UK TV is on BBC Four. However, it’s important to know that this will only be a 1-hour airing on November 22, over a week after the event takes place. You can live stream BBC Four via BBC iPlayer. While this is free, it does require the creation of an account. In particular, you’ll need to provide your email address, date of birth, and postcode (any UK postal code is accepted). Due to the fact that BBC iPlayer content is geo-restricted, you’ll need a UK IP address to watch it outside the UK.

What should I know about the 53rd CMA Awards?

The 53rd Country Music Association Awards will be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Also known as the CMA Awards, the event will be hosted by Carrie Underwood. It will also feature special guests including Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

The CMA Awards are voted on by 7,400 members of the Country Music Association. This includes music executives, artists, and musicians. Some of the event’s awards include ‘Entertainer of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Music Video of the Year’, and ‘New Artist of the Year’. You can find the full list of awards nominees on the official CMA Awards website.