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How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Fri May 18, 2012 2:21 pm

I have been out of the US for a few months and miss some of my shows that are not shown here in India, especially channels like HBO and AMC. Does anyone know how I can plug back in? I do have a high-speed internet connection...

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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Fri May 18, 2012 2:38 pm

The biggest hurdle would be the US-sites picking up an Indian ISP address and blocking it. In most cases, they're not allowed to broadcast outside of the US...not even Canada. So, when you try to log on to, say, Hulu, it will say "We cannot stream outside of the US", and you're stopped right there. Happens to me all the time.
 
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Fri May 18, 2012 4:05 pm

I don't know if american channels have streams over the web, but if they do you should try getting a VPN located in america. That way when you log on to the VPN and access american streams, the server will see that your IP adress originates out of the US. That is how I have accessed European streams while being abroad.

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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Fri May 18, 2012 4:05 pm

Quoting SW733 (Reply 1):
The biggest hurdle would be the US-sites picking up an Indian ISP address and blocking it.

It would be a big job for a US content server such as Netflix to identify all IP and interrogate their locations. More likely, they are tracking the DNS server you are using (there are a lot fewer of them). If the DNS server is in India or other foreign country, they block the request.

A possible way around that is to use one of the public DNS servers in the US. Google's is 8.8.8.8, and alternate is 8.8.4.4. You can find some more here: http://theos.in/windows-xp/free-fast-public-dns-server-list/

The DNS server is the router your request goes to. When you type in "www.airliners.net", that goes to your nearest DNS server that your ISP uses (in your case probably in India), and it forwards your request along but with the proper IP address.

By changing your DNS setting from automatic (which is probably your current setting) to Google's public DNS, you might be able to spoof the server into thinking the request comes from the US. Give it a try.

The downside to this is that every time you click on a link or type in a URL, it has to be sent to the US instead of the DNS on the other side of town, so your clicks might be a bit slower to respond.

Give it a try and tell us how it worked.
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Fri May 18, 2012 4:15 pm

Thanks everyone for your helpful comments!

Dreadnought, I will try your tip tomorrow and report back. Otherwise the VPN idea seems to be the next best candidate.
 
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Fri May 18, 2012 4:34 pm

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 3):
It would be a big job for a US content server such as Netflix to identify all IP and interrogate their locations. More likely, they are tracking the DNS server you are using (there are a lot fewer of them). If the DNS server is in India or other foreign country, they block the request.

Yeah that's probably what I meant. Sorry, I am terrible with IT-related stuff.
 
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Fri May 18, 2012 8:40 pm

Well, the simplest route is the illegal route, of course. Personally I got a Giganews Diamond account (in a way, I'm giving the US some money). Every show is there, in HD if it exists (old shows aren't in HD, of course). The account also includes a VPN if it is needed, useful for me to avoid my country's spies.
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Fri May 18, 2012 8:47 pm

I would suggest getting a slingbox and hooking it up to your (or someone else you know) cable in the US, and then download the slingplayer on your computer. However there are drawbacks to it, so it may not be the best suggestion.
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Fri May 18, 2012 9:30 pm

Sorry to hijack the thread but it's a related question.
In the UK we have something called TV catchup, where you can watch live TV online and through the iPad/iPhone app. It's all completely legit, and all the channels shown are freeview, as in free to air channels (BBC, ITV, etc).

Is there a similar thing I can use in the US? As I'm moving there in June and I won't have guaranteed regular access to a TV, due to the nature of my work and my accomodation, but I like to watch the TV when I am trying to nod off to sleep.
 
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Fri May 18, 2012 9:39 pm

It rhymes with porrent and rorrent and lorrent.

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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Fri May 18, 2012 10:19 pm

To access US-only content outside the US: Search Google for a program called "Hotspot Shield". It tells the internet (sorry for this basic explanation) that you have an American IP-address and you can watch shows on the network's websites, access Netflix, Pandora and so on...I use it all the time and can't notice any difference in bandwidth.

Since I got back to Germany after living in the US for a while, I always use it. It's a great program and you don't have to live without all that stuff. AFAIK it's even legal.
 
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Fri May 18, 2012 11:37 pm

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 3):
By changing your DNS setting from automatic (which is probably your current setting) to Google's public DNS, you might be able to spoof the server into thinking the request comes from the US. Give it a try.

No, that doesn't work.

Your computer asks the DNS server just for the binary/numeric IP address of the server for a given domain name such as airliners.net and returns the "naked" IP address such as 69.64.153.151.

Your computer will then access the server at that IP address directly. The actual data request does not go through the DNS server, so it makes absolutely no difference whatsoever which DNS server you're using as long as it delivers the correct IP address. "Geo-blocking" servers do indeed check the IP address of the requesting computer itself against the geographical allocation of that IP address.

So the way to get around that is to use a proxy in the US, which means all your traffic will actually have to flow through that proxy server, making it appear that your request is coming from within the USA. That proxy may impose various limits and of course you can have no expectation of privacy, since the proxy will see all your requests and every response.
 
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Sat May 19, 2012 2:23 am

Quoting Klaus (Reply 11):
No, that doesn't work.

Damn, I thought I'd figured out something cool...
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Sat May 19, 2012 5:00 am

Quoting danielmyatt (Reply 8):
Is there a similar thing I can use in the US?

For a British person? Yep... PBS.  

  
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Sat May 19, 2012 5:02 am

For sporting events, when I was in Japan, I never had a problem picking up the Fox Sports baseball feeds. You just gotta find the right website.
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Sat May 19, 2012 5:45 am

Quoting comorin (Thread starter):
Does anyone know how I can plug back in

Have a look at slingbox. It is a different approach that depending on your situation may be the right solution, or not.

It is a small box that you plug in with your cable box. Your computer communicates with the box to become the TV screen. For all practical purposes this is like sitting in in front of a TV in US. I have used it for years and it works really great. Mine is hooked up with my Media Center so I have access to everything it has recorded.

The negatives is that you need to have a place to install it and they need to have descent upload speed. But if you do then it works great.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 3):
It would be a big job for a US content server such as Netflix to identify all IP and interrogate their locations. More likely, they are tracking the DNS server you are using (there are a lot fewer of them).

I have never seen anyone trying to identify by DNS server. I would need to install SW on your computer to know what DNS server you use and there is no way in hell I can expect people to allow me to do that.

But getting the IP address you connect from is easy, Matching that address to a geolocation is nothing but a db lookup. There are plenty of companies providing this information. Even completely free with very good data. All you do is update the the lists every week or so. The data is much more static than most people imagine so that is plenty enough.
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Sat May 19, 2012 6:59 am

Quoting cmf (Reply 15):
Have a look at slingbox. It is a different approach that depending on your situation may be the right solution, or not.

It is a small box that you plug in with your cable box. Your computer communicates with the box to become the TV screen. For all practical purposes this is like sitting in in front of a TV in US. I have used it for years and it works really great. Mine is hooked up with my Media Center so I have access to everything it has recorded.

The negatives is that you need to have a place to install it and they need to have descent upload speed. But if you do then it works great.

I suggested this in my previous post, another negative is that only one can watch(via the player) at any given time, also you may end up in a channel war if someones already watching it via the tv! Has happened to me already. But on the bright side I get to watch local cable from Jamaica here in the UK! 
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Sat May 19, 2012 11:11 am

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 12):
Damn, I thought I'd figured out something cool...

If it worked, it would be a neat trick, indeed!   
 
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Sat May 19, 2012 12:12 pm

Buy a US proxy cost's about $10-20/month and you are good to stream US based TV content, Netflix etc. Change your browser proxy to the one you bought.

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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Sat May 19, 2012 12:18 pm

Quoting blrBird (Reply 18):
Buy a US proxy cost's about $10-20/month

Why pay money for something you can get for free? I can only repeat myself and recommend you this program. It does exactly what you are asking for and costs nothing.You can download it here: http://hotspotshield.com/
 
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Sat May 19, 2012 1:13 pm

Quoting blrBird (Reply 18):
Buy a US proxy cost's about $10-20/month and you are good to stream US based TV content, Netflix etc. Change your browser proxy to the one you bought.

I've been looking around, and Netflix apparently can recognize a proxy for what it is. This site recommends a VPN.

http://vpncreative.com/netflix/how-to-watch-netflix-abroad/
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Sat May 19, 2012 1:32 pm

Thanks guys for all the great suggestions! A.Net is full of good people like youse always willing to help.

I think my first stop is to try Speedbird217's recommendation with the Hot Spot Shield VPN.

Cmf, Dreamliiner: I can't use a slingbox since I don't have a US physical presence anymore...I guess you could call me an International Vagrant...

eaa3 - That's a good BIT of advice...  


Shows I want to watch right now are AMC's The Killing and the European original on BBC but I will have to find a source for that...
 
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RE: How To Watch US TV Shows From Overseas?

Sat May 19, 2012 4:46 pm

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 10):
To access US-only content outside the US: Search Google for a program called "Hotspot Shield"

Fantastic! My Saturday evening is saved...tons of US shows to stream now.


Thanks a bunch man!   

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