No matter how exciting your vacation is, you’ll probably want some time to relax and unwind. Here are the best tips for how to watch TV while traveling abroad.
Traveling abroad can be the most satisfying and culturally enriching thing you can do. It can also be really tiring.
Sometimes when you are traveling you need some down-time to just put your feet up and catch up with your favorite shows, news or sports from back home.
But if the hotel or apartment you are staying in does not have US TV services, how do you watch TV abroad?
I have covered lots of travel tips on my blog about passports, visas and serious stuff. But what about missing your favorite tv shows? That’s serious too, right?
Well fear not! Read my guide on how to watch TV when you are traveling and you will never have to miss an episode of your favorite show while you are abroad again.
How To Watch TV Abroad
Some TV networks, such as NBC and ABC offer free live streams and catch-up TV, but only to viewers watching in the US.
A few channels may have news feeds that are available in Europe or elsewhere, but as a rule, viewers from outside the US will be blocked.
So if you want to watch American TV live, or catch up with old episodes, you need to find a solution.
Using a VPN Service
A VPN is a virtual private network that allows you to set your IP address to anywhere in the world. So while you might not be in the US, your IP address will indicate that you are.
The advantages of VPNS are that they allow you to subscribe to certain streaming services that require you to be in the US, or access websites where content is blocked overseas.
VPNs are quite easy to set up, but they vary quite a lot in cost.
One of the potential disadvantages of VPNs is that some of the bigger streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix have started to crack down on people watching their services through VPNs. So it might not be a guaranteed way watching US TV online.
There are a number of streaming services available online where you can access US TV content.
However, these sites are not always straightforward. Some streaming services require a subscription, which can vary in cost. You might also need to have an American credit card and an address in the US.
As mentioned above, some of these services are not available through a VPN either, so it is worth checking before you consider subscribing.
Watch Live TV Through a Set Top Box
One of the best ways to watch American TV live is to use a set-top box.
Streaming TV through an IPTV box allows you to watch your favorite shows on any device from any location.
Unlike smart TVs and mobile phones, set-top boxes are specifically designed to stream media. You just hook them up to your chosen device anywhere in the world.
Enjoy Watching US TV Abroad
Now you’ve read about how to watch TV abroad, you can enjoy your travels and still relax at the end of the day with your favorite US TV shows and box sets.
Remember: traveling doesn’t have to mean missing out on your home comforts!
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