Great news for expats - watch your favorite American and British television shows while living abroad with UnoDNS

Santana and Rachel singing a duet in the recent Glee episode, "Dance with Somebody"

I have a confession to make. I'm a gleekster, someone who just can't get enough of the American television show, Glee. Holed up in my daughter's apartment in Boston last October, I spent hour after hour catching up on the escapades of Rachel, Finn, Kurt and my favorite character, Sue Sylvester. Vowing to change my ways during my last visit in March, I avoided the Siren's call of Glee because past experience has shown that going cold turkey after returning to Paris results in the consumption of copious amounts of chocolate.

Thanks to UnoDNS, expat life just got a whole lot easier because for the past two weeks I've been watching online shows on Hulu, CBS, FOX, HGTV, etc. that are normally blocked outside of the United States. Even though I'm not enough of a technological expert to understand how UnoDNS works, I didn't have any problems setting it up on my Mac. Within minutes, Stéphane and I were watching a fascinating documentary about World War II on the BBC website and feeling pleased to have access to such a wide range of programs.

As I had been planning to purchase an IP address that would allow me to watch online television programs and movies, I'm pleased to have waited because some reviews report that streaming can be slow and sporadic. With UnoDNS, there aren't any hiccups and Rachel's performance is as flawless in Paris as it is in Boston.

If you would like to stay connected to your favorite American shows while living abroad, take a look at the website for UnoDNS. They're currently offering a Gold 8-day free trial. You don't need to give a credit card number, only a name, email address and password. The Gold subscription plan is $4.95 per month and the Premium is $8.95.

Cult of Mac wrote a review of UnoDNS with additional technological information. As UnoDNS works by re-routing the relevant part of your internet traffic, the author recommends deleting the DNS numbers provided by UnoDNS when not using their services. Just to be on the safe side, it's advice that I follow.

Time for me to watch another episode of Glee!

Full disclosure: UnoDNS asked if I would be interested in reviewing their product in exchange for a free review account. I readily agreed because it's frustrating when the message, "We're sorry, currently our video library can only be screened within the United States" stands between me and some of my favorite television shows.


Comments

  1. Would be useful if you included price (its $5 to $8 a month, and also a free option).

    I've used unblock.us, which has been fine. it's $5 a month.

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    1. Thanks for suggesting that I include the monthly subscription prices. I just did a quick edit and added them to the body of the post.

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  2. Oh I can't bear that show, Glee. Every song is oversung and the story lines are ridiculous, I just don't get it. I'm glad though that you've found a source for extra channels. And possibly a sponsor--I think you should get working on that contract ASAP.

    Not that you asked, but a show that I love: The Middle is charming, often very funny, well written and more realistic. I'm also a big fan of The Amazing Race which just wrapped up for the season last night. And besides that, no more real suggestions for you--I have tv so that I can watch tennis.

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    1. I can completely understand why you wouldn't like Glee because I rather mercilessly teased my daughter about watching it before I had seen it. Then she encouraged me to watch a couple of episodes and I was hooked. Yesterday, I was watching it while ironing and had a silly smile on my face. Stephane noticed and asked what I was grinning about before he realized what I was watching. It's inexplicable but it makes me happy. Maybe because I sing and dance along with the characters, which makes a dull job like ironing slightly more pleasant.

      As for a sponsor - no thanks. My blog is strictly non-profit.

      Thanks for telling me about The Middle and The Amazing Race. Now that I have access to American channels, I'll check them out. Not to sound disloyal to American tv, but I'm really pleased about the access to BBC. That's what I used to watch when we lived in Switzerland. I still haven't figured out why it's blocked in France.

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  3. Planejane@fuse.netMay 8, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    MK, you just made my life! The only thing I love more than French food is American TV!! Merci beaucoup!

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  4. We use unblock us as well... it works about 95% of the time. I still watch gossip girl and greys anatomy... so finding this was a real treat for us! And I think it's great that you like Glee. Sue Sylvester is one hell of a woman!

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    1. So far, UnoDNS is working 100% of the time for us.

      Sue certainly is a surprising woman - it was a shock to tune in again after months away and discover that she's pregnant!

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