How to Watch TV While Traveling Abroad: VPN’s

VPN WorldWide

Lets you watch TV while traveling abroad

We don’t watch much TV. In fact if I hadn’t gotten hooked on watching The Office, and now on watching Glee, I don’t think I would have watched any kind of TV (regularly) in the past year and a half. As it is, I’ve seen nearly every episode of The Office, and nearly every episode of Glee.  (Combined total for 5 seasons of The Office and 3 seasons of Glee might be 75 hours total viewing time in the last 3 years.)  They’re both great escape shows from the lotsa’ working we’ve been doing here in Auckland (during the day at the Auckland Council, and at night working on our online business).

When we left the US in October 2009, we kept our NetFlix subscription thinking that it would be good to be able to watch movies while traveling abroad.

But Netflix doesn’t work if it detects you are trying to watch TV online from outside the US.

Hulu doesn’t work if it detects you are trying to watch TV from outside the US.

Netflix is even smart enough to figure out if you’re trying to watch through a proxy server.

So we canceled Netflix.  We feel like we should be able to watch TV online, no matter what country we’re in, but the copyright issues are complex at the moment.

We definitely understand that were it up to Netflix, they would enable everyone with a paying subscription to watch from whenever and wherever.

As it is, we now look for and watch the television shows we can find on various websites online.

But that comes with it’s own challenges.

How do you know

  • the show/episode is labeled right? (i.e. the episode you click on isn’t the one you end up watching)
  • the program is not going to cut out in the middle of you watching?
  • if the site you’re on, which is involved in helping people download television shows, isn’t also going to put something you don’t want on your computer in the process?

And the answer is that you don’t know.

And this is where VPN’s have come in.

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be set up to let you surf through a connection that’s as though you were in the US or UK, while traveling abroad.

This allows you to

  • access Google in China (without Chinese censorship),
  • unblock Skype (in countries that aren’t Skype friendly), and
  • watch TV as though you were sitting in the United States/England/etc.

I’ve recently has a good chat with the owner of VPNWorldWide, who has pointed out some other benefits of using VPNWorldWide’s services (below).

In any case, if you’re a traveler and having trouble watching TV on the Internet while traveling/living abroad, you might want to look into a VPN service like VPN Worldwide.

Open disclaimer: the link to VPN Worldwide is an affiliate link.  If you decide to sign up for VPN’s service, there is the potential that we will be paid for referring you.

We are referring you though because we think this is a good service for watching TV while traveling abroad.

Advantages of VPN Worldwide Service
Unrestricted access  lets you bypass your ISP’s internet restrictions.

Unblock Skype and make cheaper calls
Many mobile network operators block or limit the VoIP internet calls on their Edge or 3G mobile internet connections.  They do this so that their customers will use their phone service for these calls instead.  With VPNWorldwide, you can make VoIP/Skype internet calls on Edge or 3G mobile internet connections.

Data Protection
VPN Worldwide encrypts surfing activity on unprotected public Wi-Fi HotSpots.
It protects your personal data like passwords, card numbers, etc. from being stolen by password sniffers at these Wi-Fi HotSpots like Airports, Hotels, Coffeeshops, etc.

Anonymous Internet Surfing
Every internet service provider is able to monitor what you do on the internet. An ISP is also able to create and store log records about your internet activity. If you don’t trust your internet service provider, you may be afraid about their abuse of these records. With VPN Worldwide you don’t need to be afraid about these log records by non-trusted internet service providers. You simply connect to our VPN servers in the USA or Europe using our secure encrypted tunnel and nobody between you and our servers will be able to monitor your internet activity. Everything is masked as a regular connection.

High Speed Internet and Unlimited Bandwidth
As long as your connection speed is good, VPN Worldwide’s connection will be great for you and doesn’t have bandwidth restrictions.  Great for intensive video streaming!

UK Connections
Watch BBC iPlayer and other TV outside the UK with VPNWorldwide’s UK VPN server.

Watch shows on HULU, Netflix, and YouTube!
Some websites like are only accessible to residents in the United States of America. But, thanks to VPN Worldwide you can still access these websites and watch all U.S. Television shows and episodes wherever you are.

Chatting on MSN, Yahoo, Aim, ICQ!
If you are annoyed that you are unable to use chat programs like the popular MSN Messenger and Yahoo!, VPN Worldwide fixes that issue

American or Euro IP Everywhere
Get your own American or European public IP every time you connect to the internet.  VPN Worldwide hides your original IP address and while online, you can appear to be surfing like someone in America or the EU.

P2P (Peer-to-peer) data sharing clients
You can be ACTIVE on the P2P data sharing networks even if you are physically behind a NAT firewall.  With VPN Worldwide you will be able to download data from all P2P users in the world.

No Hidden Charges or Setup Fees ($9.99 per month)
At VPN Worldwide they charge no Setup Fees and absolutely guarantee there are no hidden charges. Buy the 1 month, 3 month or 6 month package and get all the support and information to set up, and be satisfied with, your VPN Worldwide account.

And that has been How to Watch TV while traveling abroad

VPN WorldWide
Lets you watch TV while traveling abroad



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7 Responses to “How to Watch TV While Traveling Abroad: VPN’s”

  1. Michael Says:

    I think that if you pay for TV at home you should not have to pay an additional fee to watch TV wherever you may be in the world. And that’s why I’m proud to be an employee of DISH Network, as DISH constantly tries to make our lives more convenient. One way they’ve done this (for me, at least) is through their TV Everywhere “placeshifting” technology. Instead of paying a monthly fee for the added convenience of viewing TV anywhere in the world, I just purchased a Sling Adapter and now through a simple application I can watch my recordings at home and live TV from wherever I am, and there is no restrictions – no blackouts if you leave the US! You can find more info on this awesome technology at!

  2. Jonathan Says:

    Thank-you for your comment and letting everyone know about that option through Dish!

    I am a bit confused though. In the same comment you say that you shouldn’t have to pay extra to pay for TV you’re already paying for, and then you talk about having to buy an additional adaptor to pay for TV you’re already paying for…

  3. Jackson Says:

    I’ve been using they seem to have more servers in more countries and can watch ABC iView when i’m travelling outside of Australia through there Australian VPN service.

    Great service and I would recommend it to anyone.

  4. Jonathan Says:

    Thanks for that recommendation. Will give that a look. Do you work with/for them?

  5. Jackson Says:

    Hi Jonathan,

    No I just use their services, probably asking me that because of the email domain, that’s just their temporary VPS email service.

  6. Jonathan Says:

    I see… That’s cool. How long have you been using them?

  7. ashleywatson Says:

    I think this is the best to those who want to enjoy TV while traveling directly to their laptop or ipad.