It occurred to me that if you’re considering a move or an extended stay in Mexico, you may have questions about how you’ll keep up with your favorite TV shows. This guest blog is by a friend who manages to squeeze in the latest between salsa dancing and hosting guests in her beautiful casitas in El Centro.
Game of Thrones wins at the 2018 Emmys
Guest post by Mary Morse
For me the must-sees are Downtown Abbey and Blacklist but what ever your taste is, I'm happy to report there is little you have to miss.
The most popular option in Mexico is having Canada’s Shaw network satellite dish and a Shaw PVR receiver—that’s the kind that records, then you get to watch your favorite show on your schedule.
You can remain an avid news person and political junkie even while living here too. A picture being worth a thousand words, I still tune in to CNN when reading online isn’t enough.
Unfortunately, while channels in the U.S. allow the public to view full episodes of shows on the internet, these networks don’t allow a person outside of the United States to view them.
When attempting to access these programs on your computer, an IP (Internet Protocol) address is automatically assigned by the internet provider for your computer and transmitted to every internet site you access.
As with nearly every computer “problem”, there are ways around this. Some people choose to use a small piece of software called a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
There are so many of these available online for download. Some are free, some charge a nominal monthly fee, some you buy outright and some have quite descriptive names like “Hide My Ass,”. which is rated as one of the top ten. Yes, I’m serious.
If you have Amazon Prime, Netflix, or other entertainment providers that stream programming to their subscribers, you’ll be in good shape while visiting Mexico.
ROKU is a well-known streaming device with HDMI connections or wireless streaming sticks. According to the website Expats in Mexico. ROKU offers six devices, beginning with the basic Roku Express. You can connect it to the HDMI port on your television and it also has an additional USB port for power. The price for the Roku Express is a one-time payment of US$30.
Their most expensive device, Roku Ultra (listed at US$100) offers customers an ethernet port to provide higher streaming speeds and a voice activated control system with a headphone port for private listening (headphones included). Roku devices can no longer be purchased in Mexico and have to be bought outside the country or online.
Google Chromecast, another streaming device, can be plugged into the HDMI port of any television and is powered by a USB cable, which is included. You can use your smartphones or computers/tablets as their remote control for the device. Two other popular streaming devices are the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Slingbox.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick retails for US$40, but offers a 4K version of the device for US$50. It comes with an Alexa voice remote control and access to thousands of channels and millions of websites to stream. Amazon Prime members also gain access to locked features that are exclusive to them.
Slingbox offers four device options. Its most popular and most accessible version is the Slingbox 500, which retails for US$350 on the company’s official Amazon vendor page. Users can stream their own cable, satellite or DVR feed to any other device worldwide using their Slingbox. The company claims that expats do not need a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Entertainment channels are constantly trying to block loopholes and tools that expats find to get around licencing restrictions. It’s a cat-and-mouse game which means something that worked last week can pop up blocked this week.Should you go“off the grid” and join us here in paradise, you’ll probably find so many other things to do and see, you might not even turn on a TV.
The Top 25 Telenovelas of All Time - by the Spanish language blog Always Spanish.
"Why You Need a VPN" - PC Advisor, because maybe you don't want Google to know your every move?
You can get almost the same entertainment choices in Mexico, but it takes work, a laptop and "imagination" - Ventanas Mexico
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Kerry Baker is a partner with Ventanas Mexico which provides insight and resources to those considering expat life in Mexico, including the new "If Only I Had a Place" on renting well as an aspiring expat.
She is also am the author of the "Interactive Guide to Learning Spanish Free Online," a curation of the best Spanish language tools on the web.
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