How to watch Survivor island of the idols live online

Survivor: Island of the Idols – season 39 will premiere on September 25 at 8 PM EST on CBS. However, the problem is that CBS content is region-locked and only available in the US. Try live streaming from abroad and you’ll encounter the following message:

Oops! This video isn’t available in your region.”

Read on to find out how to unblock CBS and watch Survivor season 39 live online with a VPN.

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Keep in mind that we’re only recommending official sources for live streaming Survivor season 39 online. While there are bound to be unlicensed streams for this popular American reality series, they simply aren’t worth your time. Unauthorized streams are frequently taken offline for copyright violation. What’s more, the poor resolution and performance may well spoil your enjoyment of Survivor season 39. Don’t worry, we’ll show you a number of ways you can watch Survivor live online, with or without cable.

Survivor is only available on region-locked websites and streaming services. This means you’ll need a VPN to watch Survivor season 39 abroad (outside the US).

How to watch Survivor: Island of the Idols live online

Now for the fun part! Here’s how to watch Survivor: Island of the Idols live online, even if you’re outside the US:

Here’s how to watch Survivor Season 39 abroad (outside the US)

  1. The first step is to sign up with a suitable VPN service. We recommend ExpressVPN. However, NordVPN and CyberGhost are also excellent options for unblocking CBS abroad.
  2. Next, download and install one of the VPN’s apps. All of the VPNs recommended above offer a wide range of apps as well as Chrome and Firefox browser extensions.
  3. Open the VPN app (or browser extension) and connect to a server in the US. In doing so, you’ll receive a US IP address for unblocking CBS abroad.
  4. Go to CBS and sign in with your cable provider. If you don’t have cable TV, you can still live stream CBS abroad with a CBS All Access account. Alternatively, you can watch CBS outside the US via popular streaming services (we’ll explore these later).
  5. Select the CBS live stream to test your VPN. The content should now be unblocked! If not, try clearing your browser’s cache and cookies. Other potential solutions are connecting to another US server or contacting your VPN’s customer support.

How to watch Survivor season 39 live on US TV

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If you’re in the US and have a cable TV subscription, you can watch Survivor season 39 live online at no additional cost. While some CBS shows are available to watch for free on-demand, all Survivor content requires a CBS All Access account (this is also required for watching CBS live online).

CBS All Access plans are available for $5.99 USD with limited commercials or $9.99 for no ads and the option to download videos for offline viewing. Both plans include 1 week of CBS All Access for free. It’s worth knowing that you can also watch CBS via the following streaming services: AT&T TV Now ($50 USD/month), FuboTV ($54.99/month), Hulu with Live TV ($44.99/month), PlayStation Vue ($49.99/month), and YouTube TV ($49.99/month).

All of the above popular streaming services offer free trials. Whether you opt for CBS All Access or a streaming service, you’ll need a US IP address in order to watch from abroad. Fortunately, ExpressVPN includes a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can try it out with all of the above services, risk-free.

Where else can I watch Survivor season 39 live online?

Unfortunately, there aren’t many options when it comes to watching Survivor live online. Aside from CBS, Survivor season 39 is only available in one other country via a single broadcaster:


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The upcoming 39th season of Survivor will air on Global in Canada. In order to watch live, you’ll need to sign in with a TV provider. However, you can watch new episodes on-demand for the first seven days after broadcast without signing in. If you’re outside Canada, you’ll have to connect to a Canadian server via a VPN as content on the platform is geo-blocked. By having a Canadian IP address, you can watch Survivor season 39 online.

Can I use a free VPN to watch Survivor season 39?

While a free VPN may be tempting, we strongly recommend against using one. Most people find that such services offer very few servers, limiting the potential to unblock websites and services in other countries. Worst still, the high number of users places a heavy load on the limited number of servers, resulting in poor performance. This is particularly noticeable when live streaming. You’ll also find that many free VPNs can’t unblock the likes of CBS or Hulu.

It’s important to approach any free VPN with a degree of suspicion. After all, free VPNs are businesses and have to make money one way or another. Unfortunately, this may mean tracking your online activity and selling the data to third parties without your knowledge. You may also find yourself spammed with ads or have your device infected with malware. For this reason, we only recommend the best paid VPNs that actually protect your privacy.

What can we expect from Survivor season 39?

Survivor first premiered in 2000 and is still going strong as it heads into its 39th season. The new season is called Survivor: Island of the Idols. A 90-minute episode titled “I Vote You Out and That’s It” will premiere on September 25, 2019. Filming for season 39 took place from March to April 2019 with this being the seventh consecutive season to be filmed in Fiji.

Returning to the game as mentors and living on the Island of Idols will be Sandra Diaz-Twine (winner of Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains) and “Boston Rob” Mariano (winner of Survivor: Redemption Island). The 20 contestants in Season 39 include Tom Laidlaw, a retired NHL defenceman, Elizabeth Beisel, an Olympic swimmer, and Ronnie Bardah, a professional poker player.