How to watch TV from home: The Expat Edition
What do you miss from home?
Part of the expat experience is hanging onto a few cherished things from where you call home. For most people it is food. For the rest, it is usually television. Most English speaking expats are from the United States. This post is geared towards them. Whatever it is, you want safe, affordable and reliable options.
You want to watch current movies, series and or live television from the US?
If you want to watch Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, or Amazon from the US, you are going to have to use a VPN. Hulu, for example is completely blocked without a high quality VPN. Netflix and Amazon will allow you to access a country specific version of their service. The reasons for this are many, but first and foremost is that their licensing agreements are limits to specific markets. Peru has quite a lot of current programming from the US. You do need to have a cable or satellite subscription. For live over the air broadcast stations, there is locast.org, a streaming service for US residents. It unfortunately also requires a VPN.
Interested in older programming?
There are a lot of free streaming services now available in the US. All require you to be located in the US. Pluto.tv, Stirr, XUMO, Tubi, IMDB, Vudu, Crackle, and others. Our personal favorite at GringoTaxis is Pluto.TV, check it out and find out why!
Lots of options so, how do you access it?
We’ve mentioned a lot of really cool resources, but not how to access them. To do that, you need access to a Virtual Private Network, or VPN for short. A VPN service is a secure service for expat TV that tricks websites and apps into thinking you are located somewhere within the geographic region of the particular server you connect to, regardless of your actual physical location. Providers hate it and are constantly playing a cat and mouse game with VPN providers.
What service do you recommend? How much does it cost? Are they safe?
We at GringoTaxis recommend ExpressVPN for expat TV, they provide safe and secure services at affordable prices, just like we do when it comes to your transportation needs. ExpressVPN costs about $8 a month based on a 15 month commitment, more for month to month service. VPN providers are generally trustworthy, but always verify by checking independent reviews online. Whatever it is, you want safe, affordable and reliable options. Others to consider: NordVPN.