Season 20 of The Voice is fast approaching. This year, it’ll begin on Monday, March 1 at 5 PM PST / 8 PM EST. Obviously, due to the ongoing pandemic, things will be slightly different this year, (for instance, there’s no audience and all of the judges will follow social distancing rules). Other than a few minor changes, though, the show promises to be the same as ever.
We’ll only be recommending official sources in this guide. Although it’s possible to find unlicensed streams for almost any event online, we strongly advise against their use. Even if you ignore the copyright issues they present, these unauthorized streams are almost always low-quality, low-resolution, and prone to being taken down partway through.
The Voice season 20 will only air on geo-blocked services. As such, you’ll need a VPN to stream it on your usual home services while traveling abroad.
How to watch The Voice US online with a VPN
VPNs change your IP address, allowing you to access geo-blocked services from outside of their intended broadcast areas. Even if you’ve never used a VPN before, there’s nothing to worry about; just follow our step-by-step guide to watching NBC’s The Voice.
Here’s how to watch The Voice (US) online from anywhere:
- Decide which VPN service you’d like to use. We recommend NordVPN but you may also want to consider Surfshark and ExpressVPN, two high-quality alternatives.
- Download and install the VPN software. There will be a few different versions, so make sure you select the correct one for your operating system.
- Choose one of the streaming sources we discuss below.
- Connect to one of your VPN’s servers in the appropriate location. For example, you’d use a US server for NBC.
- Try loading a video from your chosen source. It should start almost immediately. Note: you may have to refresh the page before you see any changes.
We recommend using the above steps to test your VPN before The Voice actually begins. This way, you’ll know in advance if something isn’t working properly and will have plenty of time to get advice from your VPN’s customer support team.
How can I watch The Voice live on US TV?
There’s only one way to watch the 20th season of The Voice online: you can stream it live on NBC. Cable TV subscribers can simply log into the website and start watching right away. Don’t have cable? No problem: you can also sign in with an AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, or Sling TV subscription.
NBC currently allows you to watch the five most-recent episodes on-demand for free. This isn’t the ideal way to watch since you’d have to wait a little longer, but if you don’t have cable, it’s not the worst option.
If you’re a US resident who’s currently traveling abroad, you’ll be able to watch using one of your VPN’s American servers. Still don’t have a VPN? NordVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, meaning you can try it risk-free. If you’re unsatisfied, simply cancel to get a full refund.
Where else can I stream The Voice season 20?
Unfortunately, there’s only one other country showing The Voice USA season 20. Below, we’ll explain how to stream the new series in Canada.
Canadian viewers can watch the American version of The Voice live on CTV at the same time that it’s shown in the US. Don’t worry about missing it, either, since CTV adds the show to its on-demand library the following day. Note, however, that you will have to sign in with your Canadian cable provider credentials before you can stream anything.
No registration or payment is required to stream CTV content live. However, only viewers in Canada (or those connected to a Canadian server) are able to watch.
How can I watch international versions of The Voice online?
While the US version of The Voice is the most popular, it’s by no means the only one available. In fact, more than 15 countries have their own regional variant. Below, we’ll explain where you can watch your country’s iteration of The Voice.
- UK: Watch season 10 for free on ITV Hub.
- France: Watch season 10 free of charge on TF1.
- Australia: Season 9 set to air on free-to-watch Channel Nine in 2021
- Germany: Stream the tenth season for free on ProSieben.
We’ve covered some of the most popular regional variants of The Voice above, but there are just too many to mention individually. If your country isn’t listed, you can find suitable local sources in the list of The Voice-franchise shows.
The Voice: FAQs
Can I use a free VPN to watch The Voice?
You might be tempted to use a free VPN, but they often introduce more problems than they solve. First of all, free VPNs usually have fewer servers than premium services, yet more users. This leads to network slowdowns, and in practical terms, you’ll likely experience choppy playback and long buffering times when streaming. In an attempt to mitigate this, some free services have instituted monthly data limits. Far from solving the problem, however, this simply makes these VPNs unsuitable as a long-term streaming solution.
How can a free VPN service afford to operate? Simply, it’s because you’re paying for it, albeit indirectly. Most free VPNs inject ads into the web pages you visit, but some go even further. By storing tracking cookies on your device, it can see exactly what you do online, even after you’ve disconnected from the VPN. This enables the service provider to record a wealth of consumer data that can then be sold to third parties without your knowledge.
It’s not just your personal privacy that’s at risk, but your system security too. A 2016 study of free VPNs for Android found that dozens never actually encrypted any user traffic whatsoever. This doesn’t even take into account the 38% of surveyed apps that attempted to install malware on the user’s device. A well-known service doesn’t guarantee you’re safe either, as shown by the Hola botnet controversy. To stay as safe as possible online, we recommend using a reliable VPN service that puts its customers’ privacy first.
How does The Voice work?
If you’ve seen a talent show-style series before, you’ll probably know what to expect from The Voice. Aspiring singers apply to the show and take part in an open audition. If they’re good enough, they’ll then do a callback audition. Most of this happens off-camera, however. The next stage is called a blind audition, and it’s one of the most exciting parts of the show.
The four judges sit with their back to the contestant and if they like what they hear, can press a button to turn around and invite the performer to their team. If multiple judges turn around, the singer gets to choose whose team they join.
Next, The Voice contestants face off in a series of one-on-one performances. The person who performs best progresses, and the one who doesn’t is eliminated. There’s one caveat: each judge is allowed to “steal” two performers, adding them to their own team and preventing them from being kicked off of the show.
The final stage is where popularity makes all the difference. The one-on-one battles continue, but this time, the viewers are allowed to choose who wins. This continues until there’s just one singer left, at which point they win and are granted a record contract.
Who are The Voice’s Season 20 coaches?
Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, and John Legend will be coaching, just like in previous years. These series veterans will be joined by series alumni, Nick Jonas. Additionally, each coach will have a “battle advisor” this year. These are as follows:
- Team Kelly: Luis Fonsi
- Team Blake: Dan + Shay
- Team John: Brandy
- Team Nick: Darren Criss