If you’ve been missing the likes of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and The Tonight Show since they disappeared off our TV screens here in the UK it’s not time to despair just yet as there is a workaround solution that will let you watch them live online legally and for free on their official websites despite them usually being blocked to UK users. Unfortunately, however, this “trick” doesn’t work on the CBS website for the Late Show With David Letterman.
The workaround will only function with Mozilla Firefox so if you don’t currently have it on your computer you can install it now and then install the Modify Headers add-on from the Mozilla website.
Once the Modify Headers add-on has been installed into Firefox it will want to close & re-open your Firefox window so allow it to do so, then click on the orange Firefox menu tab at the top left corner of the window and choose the Web Developer menu followed by Modify Headers. If you don’t have an orange Firefox menu tab click on Tools in the top menu of Firefox instead.
In the window that appears select Add in the first box then enter “X-Forwarded-For” in the second box (without the quotations) and finally enter “188.8.131.52” in the third box (again, without the quotations). Leave the final box empty and click Add so it gets added to the list.
Once you see it in the list with a green circle next to it this confirms you have entered it successfully.
Make sure the Modify Headers option is switched on – if you have a red face icon with “Stop” written underneath it in the corner of the popup window then it is enabled, and if you have a greyed-out face icon with the word “Start” underneath then it’s disabled & you have to click that to switch it on.
With it enabled close the popup then go to one of the links below to get to the Full Episodes page for your desired show:
If you find it stops working for some reason please make sure Modify Headers is still switched on whilst you’re on the webpage you’re trying to view the video on as sometimes the websites will try to automatically disable it when you browse to the page.