The joy of sitting down to watch a TV show you love is something pretty much everyone on the planet as in common. There’s such a variety of shows available that whatever your interests you are sure to find something to keep your interest and entertain you.
Whether you want to turn it into a social occasion where you watch with friends or talk about your favourite shows online or in person or prefer a more solitary watching experience TV is something anyone can enjoy however they want. But there is a downside to TV isn’t there? You have to be in front of a television to actually watch it, don’t you?
Well actually no you don’t! Nowadays watching TV has become much more versatile and flexible you can watch TV anytime and anywhere if you have the right tools at your disposal. This has got a little more complicated though because there’s actually a variety of ways to go about watching TV now and knowing which method is best for you isn’t always easy.
Everyone seems to be offering their own online streaming service or app, now don’t they? But which is best and offers the most content? Research is really the only way to find this out so don’t just rush out and subscribe to the first provider you see. But we can help guide you by taking a look at all the great ways you can watch TV anytime no matter where you are!
TV apps are sometimes confused with video on demand apps like Netflix or Amazon Video and while they are similar there are some differences. TV apps like Virgin TV Go for example don’t simply offer programs and movie boxsets they also offer you the ability to watch live television channels as well.
How many channels you get will depend on the provider and what service you opt for. Many providers offer more than one TV app with more expensive options offering extra-benefits. These apps work as you would expect, you simply download them to a tablet or smartphone and you then effectively have a mobile TV you can watch anywhere.
It seems like everyone these days is using a streaming service of some kind Netflix might be the most popular at the moment but there are plenty of alternatives. Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and many more are all competing and while these streaming services are a great way to watch TV anywhere across a range of different devices they usually only offer boxsets.
This means that you can’t watch TV channels only preselected programs, however with all the choice on offer this usually isn’t seen as a downside to many people. And some streaming services do offer the option to watch TV channels live.
Exclusivity is also a problem as not every streaming service is available around the world, the BBC iPlayer, for example, is a streaming service that allows you to watch past and present BBC shows. However, the BBC iPlayer isn’t available all around the world so if you like BBC programs but don’t live in the UK your chances of being able to use it are slim.
Streaming services work across mobile devices like smartphones and tablets and they are also usually compatible with over devices like games consoles and of course computers. So, although your options will be limited depending on where you live with the right streaming service you can watch a great array of TV no matter where you live.
VPN’s are something we really have to talk about because if you want to watch television anywhere in the world a VPN is going to be your new best friend! So, what is a VPN? A VPN is a virtual private network it is, in essence, a device that changes your computer’s location so if you live in America, for example, you can make it look like your computer is in the UK.
A slightly more complex explanation is that a VPN works by encrypting your device’s internet traffic and then it routes that data through a server of your choosing. Now if you’re wondering what the point of this is I’ll explain, effectively a VPN removes any restrictions on location.
Like we mentioned earlier online streaming services like the BBC iPlayer or the American service Hulu are restricted to certain locations, the UK and the USA respectively. With a VPN you can remove such blocks and then access these services which will give you a much great variety when it comes to watching TV no matter where you are. You can also check out this guide for watching BBC iplayer.
A VPN doesn’t just offer you the chance to access location restricted service either it gives you a way to access country-specific streaming services. For example, it’s widely considered that the American version of Netflix is superior to the UK’s version and with a VPN you can access the American version.
You will still have to pay to use the service (unless it’s a free online service like the BBC iPlayer) but many people will find it a much better bargain and it will certainly give you a better array of options when it comes to watching TV.
Are VPN’s Legal?
Now while VPN’s certainly can work wonders you might be concerned about the legal side of things and that’s certainly understandable. They don’t side like the most legal devices in the world, do they?
However, VPN’s are actually legal in the majority of countries however in the following countries using a VPN is classed as an illegal activity China, Iraq, Turkey, Belarus, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
However, other countries like Russian do have restrictions on VPN’s though and even if VPN’s are legal you must still not use them for illegal activity like fraud or hacking. Now some could argue that using a VPN to stream from a website you’re not normally able to access could be classed as an illegal activity but that is what the majority of VPN users use them for.
Whether you decide to use one or not it can’t be denied that they do give you plenty more options when it comes to watching TV anywhere in the world.