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How to Watch 'South Park: Joining the Panderverse' From Anywhere

Cartman, Stan, Kenny, Kyle and Butters are back. But perhaps not as you know them.

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Kevin Lynch is a London-born, Dublin-based writer and journalist. The author of Steve Jobs: A Biographic Portrait, Kevin is a regular feature writer for a number of tech sites and the former Technology Editor for the Daily Mirror. He has also served as editor of GuinnessWorldRecords.com and has been a member of the judging panel for the BAFTA British Academy Video Game Awards.
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The inhabitants of South Park are back for another special, with Cartman, Stan, Kenny, Kyle and Butters' world set to be turned upside down by the emergence of AI.

Landing ahead of the 27th season of the long-running animated sitcom, which is set to arrive at some point next year, details of what's in store for this streaming exclusive are somewhat scant.

The official synopsis is certainly giving little away, hinting at how artificial intelligence is having a deep impact on the kids from Colorado, while also ominously revealing that: "Cartman's deeply disturbing dreams portend the end of the life he knows and loves."

A short trailer released in the run-up to release suggests that identity politics may be in the firing line, with the five friends appearing to have changed gender, age and race. Don't worry, there are still poop jokes.

Read on to find out how to watch South Park: Joining the Panderverse, no matter where you are in the world.

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When is South Park: Joining the Panderverse released?

This latest special from Matt Stone and Trey Parker is set to be available to stream exclusively via Paramount Plus in the US and Canada from Friday, Oct. 27. UK and Australian viewers have a little longer to wait, with the special dropping on Paramount Plus in both regions the following day. 

How to watch South Park: Joining the Panderverse from anywhere on VPN

So what if you're traveling outside your home country and want to enjoy the show or want an added layer of privacy for streaming? There is an option that doesn't require searching the internet for a sketchy website: You can use a VPN, or virtual private network.

With a VPN, you're able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to South Park. If you find yourself unable to watch locally, a VPN can come in handy. Plus, it's a great idea for when you're traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network and want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.

Most VPNs, like CNET's Editors' Choice, ExpressVPN, make it easy to virtually change your location. Looking for other options? Be sure to check out some of the other great VPN deals.

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ExpressVPN is our current best VPN pick for people who want a reliable and safe VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It's normally $13 per month. But you can save 49% plus get three months of access for free -- the equivalent of $6.67 per month -- if you get an annual subscription. 

Note that ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Watch South Park: Joining the Panderverse in the US, Canada, UK and Australia

Animated comedy fans around the globe will be pleased to hear that this latest South Park special will be available to watch in Australia and the UK and via Paramount Plus, with the one-off episodes being released in those territories a day after its release in the US and Canda on Friday, Oct. 27.

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Paramount Plus has two main subscription plans: Essential for $6 per month ($60 per year if paying annually), and Paramount Plus with Showtime for $12 per month ($120 per year if paying annually). 

The cheaper Essential option has ads for on-demand streaming and lacks live CBS feeds, as well as the ability to download shows to watch offline later. Students may qualify for a 25% discount.

Paramount Plus is priced at £7 a month in the UK, with a free seven-day trial currently on offer. In Canada the service costs $10 CAD a month, while for Australians its priced at $10 AUD per month.

Read our Paramount Plus review.

Tips for streaming South Park: Joining the Panderverse using a VPN

  • With four variables at play -- your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN -- experience and success may vary.
  • If you don't see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the "search for city or country" option.
  • If you're having trouble viewing after you've turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log in to your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs -- like Roku -- don't have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you'll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you're using (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
  • All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a network's app, you'll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, since both devices will appear to be in the correct location. 
  • And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you're using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We normally recommend Brave.