Access the TV content you want from abroad
In recent years, consumer viewing habits have changed dramatically. Since internet access has become mega-fast with the inception of fiberoptic and cable broadband connectivity, the choice on offer to consumers has grown at a frantic pace.
Up until recently, it was common to watch programming at the behest of the television stations schedules on both terrestrial and satellite networks. Now that outlook looks completely different. With the onset of on-demand apps widely available on on smart devices such as tablets and phones, plus the wide range of set-top boxes on the market, people now access TV shows however they like, on whatever device they choose.
Gone are the days of set times to dedicate time to watch the same soap, drama or action programme each and every week. The end users now officially determines how they want to watch TV, at what time and on which device. The pendulum has swung completely the other way.
There’s a world of choice out there!
Believe it or not but only a few years back, on-demand was just coming to the fore yet, it feels like it has been with us for decades. Online services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, Demand5 and Sky Go are internet-based versions of their respective networks. And up until only recently, there weren’t any cross network solutions that offered a complete package of entertainment from all these networks under one umbrella.
But now with the incredible growth of online service providers like Netflix, Amazon TV and Now TV; on-demand TV has taken off and answered those demands. These impressive new services offer the consumer the widest possible range of entertainment from a range of terrestrial and satellite networks, via live and on-demand systems. Now, you can switch on and access sports, movies and pay-per-view events at the touch of a button.
What’s more impressive, is many new programmes are now created by and exclusively shown on these providers platforms. Netflix has invested millions of dollars in new and original programming and boasts some of the highest rated shows to come out in recent years, like House of Cards, Bloodline, Marco Polo and fan favourite Orange is the New Black.
Amazon is no different. New TV series The Grand Tour, starring ex-Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, is set to be released very soon. This high production value show is set to be aired only to Amazon subscribers yet audience numbers are expected to be in the millions. So if you’re still relying on just terrestrial TV, you’ll never get to see it, proving that consumer viewing habits have well and truly changed and mainstream programming is considered old fashioned and a failing platform.
Watch amazing UK TV content in France
Now well into the new century, its commonplace in developed countries for most homes to be connected to the world wide web, not to mention phones and other mobile devices via 4G and WiFi. So it’s no wonder that accessing services from these groundbreaking providers is a breeze when all it takes is to install an app or to purchase a set-top box and hook it up to your TV.
As the world is so connected, accessing localised content specific to UK audiences is in actual fact so simple even if you live abroad in countries like France. By using a VPN provider or a smart DNS service, you can easily change the public IP address of any device you choose and bypass common IP filtration that blocks you from viewing content outside the UK.
So if you’re a Brit abroad living in France, the news just gets better because accessing British content such as Sky TV in France is a piece of cake. No need to install old fashioned satellite dishes or aerials. A clever bit of wizardry using a software (or hardware) VPN or smart DNS will unlock a world of entertainment meaning you can buy a Now TV box, Apple TV, an Amazon Fire Stick or even a Roku or MAG set-top box with complete confidence, knowing you can access whatever content you desire.
Plus popular apps such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer or Android TV will work just as long as your TV connects to the internet via the VPN or smart DNS. Watching non-localised content is achievable simply by changing your public IP – that’s it! A simple IP switch to another country effectively allows you to access content from that country, whether it be the UK, USA or elsewhere.
So if you’re living the high life across the channel in France, life just got sweeter with the advances in connectivity that allow live and on-demand streaming of practically any content you like, how you like it.