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US Streaming while Abroad

coley2123 140 22 December 2, 2015 at 08:22 AM
Is there a cost efficient method to access US shows streamed via Hulu / Netflix or the ap.com itself (abc.com; nbc.com, cbs.com) while abroad (or in the Caribbean / Bahama regions)?

The need would exist for two separate weeks (one week each about 5 or 6 months apart).

Many options I've seen are either annual or monthly subscriptions - some offer a 7 day trial, but it doesn't seem to make sense to pay a monthly or one month sub fee for only one week twice a year.

Any thoughts?


SIDE NOTE: Looking at DVD's, I have a ton and rather than carrying the physical disc, what is the best option for digital carry where I could stream the video from either a phone or tablet to the TV from something like a google chrome stick?

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most those sites don't allow overseas access, so you'll need a good vpn too.
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Let me make sure I have this straight... You are going to spend two weeks in the Caribbean/Bahamas region and you want to waste some of that time watching TV??? EEK!

TV will still be around when you get back home. Wink

If you must, ripping some movies to a MicroSD card or USB stick before you go would be your best bet. Streaming speeds may be questionable in those areas.
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SIDE NOTE: Looking at DVD's, I have a ton and rather than carrying the physical disc, what is the best option for digital carry where I could stream the video from either a phone or tablet to the TV from something like a google chrome stick?
You can rip the movies using MakeMKV (free) and load them into a Plex media server (free). Get the Plex app on your phone/tablet ($5, one time purchase), and you can download a copy of the movie to your phone/tablet (it will transcode it as needed). You should then be able to stream that to your TV using the Chromecast. A bit convoluted, but a lot of it can run in the background. Just make sure to start this process far enough in advance for it to complete (it takes me ~20 minutes to rip a movie, plus an hour or so to transcode it using an i3).

You can rip as many movies as will fit on your phone, but I find Plex to be very nice as a home streaming solution as well, so you may want to rip all of your movies at some point.
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most those sites don't allow overseas access, so you'll need a good vpn too.
I think Netflix does. If you're in the UK and use a US proxy you get US Netflix and vice-versa... if you can get Netflix in the Caribbean any account should work.

Also, they allow streaming from multiple IPs so if you can share someones password for a week you're good at no real cost to them (unless they use all their streams)
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You will not have the internet speed where you are going to be to use Netflix, Hulu and so on.... It will have no consistency or decent quality, I know from experience. Your best bet is to get a portable external hardrive that has streaming capabilities, rip DVDs onto the hardrive and then stream locally....
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Look into a slingbox. It will allow you to stream from your home to whereever you are in the world. You would be slinging whatever your home service is on your tv (Fios, cable, OTA) If you had a smart tv you would also be able to access hulu/netflix and whatever other major services you use on your smart tv.

It wouldn't help with getting through US restrictions, so no abc.com/nbc.com etc. For that you would need a good VPN. If you had a good VPN you could forget about the slingbox and access those services directly.

This is all assuming however you get a good bandwidth connection overseas which might be difficult to do affordably.
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