How to watch 1883 online and stream new episodes from anywhere

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The prequel to one of the US' most popular scripted TV series is almost drawing a close as 1883's penultimate episode arrives on streaming services this week. Taking us back to the Dutton's roots prior to the Yellowstone timeline in 1883, this Paramount Plus original is co-created by Taylor Sheridan. Intrigued? Blitz through the episodes so far and find out how to watch 1883 online below with all episodes now exclusively available on Paramount Plus and the first episode free to watch (opens in new tab).

How to watch 1883

Premiered: Sunday, December 19

New episodes: every Sunday

No. of episodes: 10

Director: Taylor Sheridan

FREE stream: 1883 FREE with a Paramount Plus trial (opens in new tab)

Watch anywhere: try a 100% risk-free VPN trial (opens in new tab)

1883 follows James Dutton (Tim McGraw) and Margaret Dutton (Faith Hill), grandparents of Yellowstone's John Dutton, in their search for a better life as they look to escape poverty in Texas.

Isabel May (from Netflix's Alexa & Katie) plays Elsa Dutton, their eldest daughter, while Sam Elliot takes on the role of Shea Brennan, the tough-as-nails cowboy whose job it is to guide the group of families from Texas across the Great Plains. It's all set for an enthralling retelling of Western expansion through the untamed heart of the US to America's promised land.

Marking the halfway point on the Dutton's pilgrimage to Montana, Thomas and Shea mourn in the aftermath of the river crossing, while romance appears to be blossoming for Elsa. Follow our guide below for how to watch 1883, the brand new Yellowstone prequel, online wherever you are.

How to watch 1883 from outside your country

Abroad for business or leisure but want to watch 1883? You won't be able to, due to annoying regional restrictions!

Luckily, there’s an easy solution. Downloading a VPN will allow you to stream the brand new 1883 series on Paramount+ no matter where you are. It's a simple bit of software that changes your IP address, meaning that you can access on-demand content or live TV just as if you were at home.

Use a VPN to watch 1883 from abroad

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Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...

1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN

2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location.

3. Go to the broadcaster's stream - head to your home broadcaster's site or app and watch as if you were at home - so that's Paramount Plus (opens in new tab) for the US.

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How to watch 1883 FREE in the US

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1883 is exclusive to streaming service Paramount Plus (opens in new tab) in the US. The show premiered on Sunday, December 19 with new episodes dropping on the service every Sunday.

If you haven't got Paramount Plus, the great news is that new users can watch 1883 for FREE!

A subscription to Paramount Plus costs just $4.99 a month, but there's a 7-day FREE trial (opens in new tab) available for new subscribers. To get a taste for the series, you can also watch the first episode fore free without even signing up and activating the trial.

Outside of the US? You can take the subscription services you pay for at home with you anywhere - all you’ll need is a reliable VPN (opens in new tab).

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How to watch 1883 FREE in Canada

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It's more of the same in Canada, where 1883 is also exclusive to Paramount Plus (opens in new tab), hitting the streaming service from Sunday, December 19, with new episodes every Sunday.

In the Great White North, a subscription costs CA$5.99 per month, after a 7-day FREE Paramount Plus trial (opens in new tab).

If you're abroad right now, you won't be able to use the streaming services you usually do, but download a VPN (opens in new tab) and you’ll be free to watch your favorite shows wherever you are.

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How to watch 1883 online in Australia

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1883 doesn't yet have a release date in Australia, but the expectation is that it will likely arrive either at the same time or before the end of the year.

You know the score by now - it's coming to Paramount Plus (opens in new tab) Down Under, where a subscription costs AU$8.99 per month after a 7-day FREE trial (opens in new tab).

As detailed above, if you’re abroad you’ll struggle to connect to any of the streaming services you usually use. The solution? Try using a VPN (opens in new tab) as per our guide above.

How can I watch Paramount Plus and what other shows are on it?

The Paramount Plus app is available through Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, Android TV, Android phone and tablet, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Portal TV, PlayStation 4, Samsung TV, Vizio TV, LG TV, Roku, Xbox One and Series X, and Xfinity Flex. 

You can also watch it through your favourite web browser at (opens in new tab).

You can watch on up to three devices simultaneously and create up to six separate profiles for family members. Those with a Premium subscription can download up to 25 shows or movies and watch them offline (in 4K where available) on a mobile device.

Paramount Plus also features new originals and is ideal for fans of all kind of TV shows. It's home to Picard, animated series Prodigy, and Strange New Worlds as well as hits like Kamp Koral, reality TV smash Survivor, and the Rugrats 2021 revival. There's also CBS's live sports action, including the NFL and Champions League, and it will also be the place to watch the Frasier reboot.

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Can I watch 1883 in the UK?

There's no word yet on when 1883 or Yellowstone will air in the UK. 

What we do know, however, is that the plan is for Paramount Plus to hit the UK in 2022 via Sky platforms and the smart money would be on both shows to arrive on the platform at the same time, but, as we say, nothing's confirmed yet.

Dan Sung
How to Watch Editor

Dan is How to Watch Editor at Future. His job is to make sure our readers (and our staff) know how to watch their favourite sports and entertainment online and on TV wherever they go. Dan has worked in tech journalism for over a decade, writing for Tech Digest, Pocket-lint, MSN Tech, Wareable and What Hi-Fi? as well as freelancing for T3, Metro and the Independent. Dan has a keen interest in playing and watching football. He has also written about it for the Observer and FourFourTwo and ghost authored John Toshack's autobiography, Toshack's Way.