We showed up in Asia as the dumbest guys in the hostel room, assuming we could continue streaming Netflix, WatchESPN, HBO Go, and all the other media comforts of home while travelling outside the US. A few of the below messages quickly put us in our place and we realized we’d be without them for a while. Most media companies only allow subscribers to stream content within the US.
We owe a big thank you to Matt Roberts, a close friend in Hong Kong, who recently single-handedly got us up the technology curve in avoiding the issue travelers have when trying to stream any content requiring a US IP address. The solution is actually quite simple – for $40/ year you can buy a subscription to Private Internet Access (I’m sure there are other vendors, too), which effectively disguises your connection, allowing full streaming capabilities with a domestic Cable and/ or Netflix login and account. After ten minutes, a friend or family member’s cable info, and a few more quick steps, you’re binge watching Breaking Bad.
So now we’re back in the game – House of Cards, Game of Thrones, and The Masters are now at our fingertips. The NCAA tournament, which can be live streamed here, will allow travelers all over the world to get chills when One Shining Moment is finally played April 7th. And considering this may be the best chance my alma mater has at winning the Big Dance during my lifetime, I’m going to try and take full advantage.
That said, we are soon embarking on the Everest Base Camp trek and I’m guessing they don’t have WiFi capabilities in the Himalayas. But you never know – we’ve been very surprised thus far at how easy it is to stay connected.