As you find your way around in your new country, you find ways of working around this, the shop that sells HP Sauce, the restaurant serving your favourite food and the essential care packages that arrive from loved ones or with visiting friends, all serve to make us a little more comfortable in the new environment.
In this internet age, there is now another way to enjoy some more comforts in the shape of your favourite TV shows from home. As you are probably already aware, most television content is available online, either via a computer or your iPad or Android tablet, you are probably also aware that when you actually try and watch something from another country, you get tantalisingly close to the show starting, only to get a message at the last moment, saying something along the lines of "This content is not available in your location". So frustrating that you might just have to take another dip in the pool to cool off!
Fortunately a group of techie expats have solved this problem and provide a service called My Private Network, which enables your computer (or any other device) to appear to be in any country you would like. So for example, if you want to watch Eastenders on the BBC iPlayer website, simply connect to My Private Network's UK service and your computer will appear to be in the UK. You can then go to the BBC iPlayer website in your web browser and enjoy full access to all the shows it has to offer. As far as Auntie Beeb is concerned you are in the UK and all is well.
My Private Network works for all the other broadcasters as well, so you can access ITV, Sky, Channels 4 & 5 and everything else that is on offer. In addition to the UK, My Private Network also has services in 19 other countries, including the USA and Australia, so if NCIS, Neighbours or Netflix is more your thing, you will be well catered for.
For the more sporting amongst you, this includes all the sport available in the country of your choice, so for the UK, you get to watch everything available on the BBC/ITV/Sky, with real English commentators and all the pre and post match banter – something I always miss when watching syndicated transmissions of games!
I won't go into the technicalities of how it works here as the team at My Private Network have a nice page explaining all of that, however I will add that a hidden benefit of using the My Private Network service is that when you connect to their servers, your internet connection is fully encrypted between your computer and their servers. This is especially reassuring when you are using a public wifi connection, whether it be in an airport or in the local Starbucks, the My Private Network service adds another layer of security to your internet browsing.
So what's the downside? Not much really, the service starts at £5 per month for a single country subscription, you have to set it up on your computer or tablet, but they have some very straight forward guides to assist you in this and their customer service is truly first class. Also, they provide a money back guarantee, so feel free to give it a try and if you aren't happy, they will provide a full refund.
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