Wondering how to watch your favorite streaming services, sports teams and local channels while you’re away from the country? We’ve all been there. Let’s say you’re off to Greece for vacations and there are many reasons why you should visit Greece at least once. The beautiful snowy white homes and the beaches for are enough to keep you there forever!
However, wherever you go, if you’re an avid binge watcher who can’t miss out on their favorite shows, then you will be disappointed to find that the options are limited to local channels only and there is a great chance that you won’t be able to watch your favorite show until you return home.
The good news is it doesn’t matter where you plan to go, ScreenBinge will guide on how to watch any geo restricted channel or streaming service no matter where you are on the planet!
Regardless of where you are, if you really want to stream a platform that is geo-restricted, you will need the help of a VPN service to bypass geo-restrictions and watch geo-locked channels and streaming platforms.
A VPN replaces your IP address with the countries IP address where the streaming service or channels is available and not restricted. This indicates the website that you are accessing from a non-restricted region and hence enables you to access the site.
So whatever it is, American Netflix, Hulu, CBC, Fox, ABC or any other channel that you want to watch but is geo restricted, a VPN is your ultimate companion to watch your favorite shows while travelling.
The best part about a VPN is that while it enables you to access blocked sites, it also encrypts your online activities making your internet usage more secure. Many famous tourist spots have free public Wi-Fi and this attracts cyber criminals to attack your device, but with a VPN you are completely safe.
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Download VPN before Leaving
Yes, this ones an important tip, many countries have different laws regarding the use of a VPN or require registration of your VPN service. For example the use of VPN is completely banned in China while other countries have different rules and regulations regarding the use of a VPN as to what you may or may not use it for.
This way you’ll be sure to have a VPN service and not be worried whether you can download it overseas or not.
Once you’re done connecting to the server of your choice, simply go and visit the site or platform where your favorite TV channel is available. You can even play the movie or show on your phone and cast it on the hotel rooms TV.
Download Videos before Leaving
Many streaming services have introduced the option to download movies or shows directly on your device so you can watch them offline. This comes in handy specially when you’re in a foreign country and using data is really expensive.
Although you must be fully aware of the streaming service’s terms and conditions as some platforms do not let you watch downloaded videos if you play them in geo restricted locations.
So know all about the service you’re going to be using, you don’t want any unpleasant surprises especially when your away from home.
Another situation could be that you’re going someplace where you won’t be able to get internet or internet speeds good enough
Pre downloaded videos can literally be a life saver, if you have a long stop over at the airport or even if you’re on a long road trip. Simply connect to your automobiles screen and take the cinema on the road.
Here is what every streaming service Offers:
Netflix- Well Netflix will not allow you to download all the titles it has on the library, but don’t let that make you frown. Even in this scenario there are tons of titles that you can download on your Netflix app and enjoy watching offline.
Amazon Prime Video Similar to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video does not open up its entire library for you to download but there is still a large collection of movies and shows that you can download and watch on the go!
iTunes you can rent out or buy the episodes of your desired show on iTunes, this is relatively an expensive option but at the end of the day it all comes to how bad you want it.
Google Play just like its rival, you can also rent or purchase seasons, episodes and movies on from the google play store. The same issue as iTunes is with the Google Play store that it’s a pretty expensive option, you really have to be a diehard fan or someone who is bored to death.
Make Sure You Have a Speedy Internet Connection
We all know, how much internet speed is required when it comes to streaming shows and movies, most mid-tier hotels have sluggish internet speeds, just good enough send and receive emails and use a bit of social media sites.
However the scene changes when you use a VPN, internet speeds drop as data is sent to your selected server and then sent back. This requires you to have a good internet speed.
If you are already aware that the internet speeds won’t be good enough for streaming, it is wise to purchase an unlimited Data plan from your cellphone carrier or buy a local sim from the country you are in and subscribe to a plan that suits your needs and fits your budget as well.
International roaming is expensive, therefore it is advised to buy a sim from the country where you are staying in order to stream on 4g or 3g at comparatively cheaper rates than your local carrier prices.
Hopefully these tips will help you in watching your favorite channels while travelling abroad, be it leisure or work. We all need a little time in front of the screen and relax ourselves with a good show to watch.