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TV/Internet abroad?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by mcfcmufc, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. this is the 3rd time Im trying to add the post so fingers crossed it works this time.
    Im going to Italy next week for my holiday. I will be staying at my mums house which is in a small village. I was thinking of doing this....taking a laptop, getting my virgin phone unlocked over here. Buy a pay as u go sim card over there and then connect to the web via mobile so we can watch some eng tv. Is this possible/affordable and is it as easy as it sounds?

  2. 2nd mortgage needed.
    Downloading / streaming live TV on a mobile is expensive enough - do it abroad and I think it is very expensive. Haven't got any experience but a wild guess.
  3. joli2

    joli2 New commenter

    Or you could just stay at home and watch TV
  4. that's one of the saddest posts I've read
  5. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    As a positive why dont you go on the websites of the mobile companies or do search and see the comparitive costs
    You might be better putting in an italian sim card....as the roaming charge from english phones is expensive .
    As to downloading streaming tv i am unsure but you might need to fit certain applications to allow this.....some countries don allow you to immport fromanother country so you have to adapt your machine of phone.

  6. grandelf

    grandelf New commenter

    well a few ideas spring to mind

    1) is it possible to buy a PAYG dongle for the lappy while in Italy, could leave it at mums for next time
    2) download something like iplayer and pre download a few shows to watch while you are out there, no need to be connected to the net

    3) take some DVDs to play on the lappy

    4) don't sit inside watching TV, go enjoy the weather, read some books etc.
  7. I'm pretty sure Iplayer doesn't work outside of the UK. Although I can't say I have tried that often.
  8. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

    Don't forget to pack plenty of tins of spaghetti hoops as well

  9. Perhaps the OP just wants to show her Mum some Brit TV?
    When I lived abroad, I became desperate for the sound/sight of programmes from home! I remember spending ages trying to tune in to The World Service, just for a smattering of Radio 4!
    Having said that, I was very homesick.
    (This was pre-dongles/i-player, and all the rest. Technically I am clueless)
  10. grandelf

    grandelf New commenter

    hence downloading them to the lappy
  11. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    Listening to the world service in the middle of the Malaysian rain forest. Definitely makes you feel homesick.
    You could download Radio 4 programmes to your laptop. There's a whole world out there of good radio.
  12. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    copy from one site
    If you run on a pc and use Ie (don't know how to do it for a mac or
    firefox) just go to a website like www.xroxy.com and get a UK based
    proxy, in your internet options select 'use proxy' enter the information
    and voila.

    It's quite simple to watch or download BBC iplayer from
    anywhere in the World! You just need to access it via a UK proxy server
    which will also give you all kinds of other privacy benefits. You can
    download the software to do this from hide-my-ip.com (select Hide my IP
    2008) it costs US$38 for the one time program license. However you need
    to also sign up for the premium service addon which is only US$7 a
    month on a 12 month basis (or you can sign up for just a month initially
    to try it) and this will allow you to connect to a selection of proxy
    servers including at least one in the UK.

    Once you have the software installed be sure to select the Premium
    service and specify a UK server. These proxy servers are very fast and
    reliable and BBC Iplayer downloads work well via them.
    these are not my words but other folks

    we have now developed an easy to download toolbar that enables you to
    watch UK TV as if you were in the UK. Supports BBCiplayer, ITV, CH4, CH5
    and even Sky! (subscription required for Sky)

    FREE trial and then we have a special subscription price of only €99 for 12 months.

    We do not rebroadcast any programmes only make UK TV available to
    you...the streaming quality is therefore just as it would be if you were
    in the UK.
    The only reliable way of getting iPlayer to work abroad is a VPN
    connection to a UK server. This allows you to access the web as if from a
    UK IP address. Works for iPlayer, Zattoo, etc and is fast and reliable.
    I've looked for the cheapest available that works properly (Allows PPTP
    and L2TP/IPSec, fast enough for video streaming and good availablity,
    PC/Mac and iPhone). The winner, so far, is www.ukivpn.com at $50 US or equivalent for a year. They also give you a free trial to make sure it works for your location.
  13. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    It's easy to do, but any reasonable amount of internet usage with a SIM card will be expensive. You might be able to get a few GigaBytes at a reasonable upfront sum, but usually after that you pay by the MegaByte which for checking your mail isn't an issue, but for watching TV would be hideously expensive. It would be cheaper to set up a sattelite link at your holiday home.

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