Downton Abbey: A New Era is a sequel to the 2019 movie, Downton Abbey. Of course, both films are based on a TV show by the same name. Downton Abbey is a historical drama. The show and the movies are wildly popular, and Simon Curtis replaced Michael Engler, the first movie’s director. As with the first movie, critics and audiences generally gave it positive reviews. Focus Features (part of Universal Studios) released the film on May 20th in the United States, and it goes to NBC’s streaming service Peacock on July 5th. If you are a Downtonian, you can watch it on Peacock, providing you are in the US. You can still watch for those not in the US as long as you connect to a VPN.
Quickstart Guide to Watch Downton Abbey on Peacock Outside US
By following these steps, you can watch this new show from anywhere.
- Sign up for ExpressVPN (includes a 30-day money-back guarantee).
- Download and install the VPN app on the device you wish to stream the show on.
- Launch the app and connect to a server in the United States.
- Open the Peacock app or visit the website and search for Downton Abbey.
- Now, you can enjoy the sequel to the original Downton Abbey movie.
Do I Need a VPN to Watch Downton Abbey: A New Era?
Yes, if you are outside the US. As we mentioned, Universal Stud released this movie in May of 2022 and sent it to Peacock on July 5th. That means Peacock has exclusive rights to this show. Since you can normally only watch this service in the US, you won’t be able to watch it outside the country without taking a few more steps. You need to connect to a VPN to watch it outside the US.
Luckily, ExpressVPN can and will help you solve that problem. You have two options to get past the geo-restrictions. You can either connect to a VPN server in the US or use their MediaStreamer feature. MediaStreamer is a SmartDNS service that will change your IP address, so it matches the ones in the US. It will mask your current IP to help you appear as if you are in the US, so you can access other channels or streaming services that may not be available in your region. The advantage is that you don’t have to battle encryption overhead, and you can also use it on your favorite consoles. That way, you can watch Downton Abbey: A New Era, Downton Abbey, or anything else on the service, unrestricted with a VPN.
More of the story left to tell
Back for another dose of the show, Downton Abbey: A New Era still seems to be able to capture the magic of the original show and movie. Even with the change in directors, Downtonians can’t seem to get enough of the story. A popular rating website gave this film a staggering 86% critical review and an even more staggering 97% audience review. In other words, the film has a higher approval rating than puppies. If you have already seen the movie and are watching it again, it isn’t hard to see why it is so popular.
Let’s take a look at some of the cast members.
- Hugh Bonneville – Robert Crawley
- Laura Carmichael – Lady Edith
- Jim Carter – Charles Carson
- Raquel Cassidy – Phyllis Baxter
- Brendan Coyle – John Bates
- Michelle Dockery – Lady Mary
- Maggie Smith – Violet Crawley