VPN, or Virtual Private Networks, are networks that make use of the internet to offer secure access to a network. What it does is summarize transfers of data between two (or more) networked devices so that the data that is transferred can remain private. VPN is therefore an ideal platform for viewing international television.
When using a VPN with an internet TV channel provider, a wide variety of different television channels from the US, UK and Canada are accessible online which were previously only available to residents of that country. It allows for expatriates globally to watch broadcasts from their computers via the internet. This is a very unique and equally useful system. And here’s why:
There are several types of VPNs, some of which include PPTP VPN (point-to-point), which is a simple method of software-based VPN systems which make use of an already existing internet connection. It essentially creates a “tunnel” between two users. Similarly, STS (site to-site) VPN makes use of each site with its own internet connection, which doesn’t necessarily have to be the same. MPLS is an IPS-tuned VPN that needs two or more sites connected by the same ISP. It stands for Multi-Protocol Label Switching. Some VPNs are hardware-based, others software-based, and certain VPNs are Firewall-based.
How a VPN works is as follows: only a personal computer and internet connection can be used. An account must then be opened with an internet TV channel provider, and within minutes, the VPN can be activated. This system allows for access to the internet without any restrictions or circumventing blocks that make it difficult to make international calls via Skype or MSN, and eliminates internet censorship in places like the Middle East, Dubai and China by making previously blocked and censored channels, web sites and blogs available.
To set up a VPN, all you need to do is connect to the internet, then sign up with a VPN television service provider. It’s that easy! You don’t need to be an IT technician to enable this; all you need is a quality internet TV provider and a working internet connection.
Advantages of having a VPN service include access to UK, US and Canadian TV channels; wireless hotspot security, complete anonymity, accessing previously blocked sites or services, and being able to access online gambling sites.
All that said, however, perhaps the biggest advantage of having a VPN is the fact that it is far more cost-effective, as it eliminates several costs, not the least of which is the cost incurred by people being able to track your IP address and follow you. Long-distance phone charges are also eliminated
How to Watch British/USA German TV Abroad on the Internet
Technology is changing fast and one of the latest innovations is the availability of TV over the internet. For people living abroad or frequent travelers, this means fast, easy and virtually free access to favorite TV channels that would otherwise only be available through costly satellite subscriptions, not to mention an expensive hardware installation.
This article shows how people living abroad can watch live or recorded TV over the internet in the comfort of their own home for very little cost.
TV on Broadband Internet
Broadband internet is now available worldwide either through the telephone network, a wireless solution or even via satellite for those in remote locations. With fast download speeds, broadband offers more than just the ability to surf the net faster; it can also be used to watch TV on a PC.
There are a number of ways to access favorite TV channels on a PC including free or very cheap software downloads, paid subscription to live TV streaming online or by setting up a more complex free private network internet service provider (ISP) address to view channels as if still based in the UK.
Free Digital TV on Your PC
Here are the current options for watching digital British TV when living or travelling abroad:
* Watch British/USA/German TV channels for free using a virtual private network (VPN) internet address. This allows access to things like the BBC’s iPlayer that is only available to UK residents or Hulu avilable to USA residents. For just 4.95 per month, people living abroad can sign up for a VPN to -cloak- a foreign ISP address to make it look like it is actually a UK/Germany/USA based ISP address.
Do a PC Speed Check
Before signing up to any package offering TV over the internet, it’s critical to check the speed of the local broadband connection. It must be at least 1 MB (mega byte) at all times which really means that most users need a connection speed between 1.5 and 2 MB to guarantee live TV streaming without any interruptions.
At peak times, download speeds usually slow down due to the volume of people using the internet and, as live TV on a PC requires a minimum speed of 1 MB, if 1 MB is the maximum speed, then it can drop as low as 0.5 MB when everyone is trying to download the same thing.
Save Money Watching TV on Computer
Watching TV on the internet is the best way to save money versus installing an expensive satellite solution to see favorite channels abroad; it can even be done for free using a virtual private network. Just be sure to check the local broadband speed first to guarantee uninterrupted viewing or upgrade to a faster broadband solution.