Streaming servers have become extremely popular over the last decade, and their success can be partially attributed to the wide range of available TV shows and movies and their accessibility wherever you are. The era of renting movies has long since come to an end, which leaves some of us wondering how you can access any streaming service whenever you want. In the text below, we’ll discuss some basics for those who find it hard to adapt and go into detail on how to enjoy your favorite show even when abroad.
Create and activate your account with a streaming provider
Once you’ve decided on a streaming service, you’ll need to establish an account and sign up for the service on their website using your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
To access your streaming account, you will need an email address and a password. Keep hold of this information because you may be required to enter it to log in on another device or while your service is updated. Go to the app or channel store on your streaming device and install the streaming platform app you’ve chosen. After you’ve downloaded the app, go to the streaming platform icon and sign in with your email address and password. If you travel somewhere and your devices are still logged in, you might find a peculiar message when you arrive in another country telling you: The content is unavailable in your country.
VPNs and restrictions
Well, essentially, the content licensing of the producers is the main reason why this happens, but mostly because your streaming service is using your IP address against the geographical data to establish your current location. So if you paid for your streaming service in the US, chances are you cannot access the same TV shows and movies in, let’s say, Australia. Is there something you can do to change that? Well, if you want to watch Hulu in Australia or any other streaming server and enjoy your vacation as intended, you can always use a VPN to make sure your IP address stays hidden. Simply put, VPNs are incredible pieces of technology, not just because they allow you to see restricted content on any streaming service but also because they protect your online activities and protect you from cyber assaults on public WiFi.
Choose any VPN, download it, and install it on your devices. Connect to the VPN’s US or UK server (or whatever country you come from), log into your account freely, and enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies at home. There is another advantage, as this VPN can be used to access content available in foreign countries but not in your home country. The steps stay the same.
Choose and buy a streaming device
A streaming device serves as the “brain” that connects your TV to the internet. If you have a smart TV, make sure you can update and install applications, or your selections will be restricted to the pre-loaded streaming providers. Any non-smart TV requires a device, which may be added to any smart TV. Some smart TV owners like the device interface. (Please keep in mind that Samsung smart TVs do not support the Playstation Vue service, so an additional device is necessary.) Most streaming devices are accessible online and at a variety of big-box stores.
Configure your streaming device
An Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi links your streaming gadget to the internet. The HDMI port connects it to your television. Connect your device to a power supply and an HDMI port on your television, then change the source or input to the relevant HDMI port using the TV remote. Follow the instructions to activate your device when the device screen appears on your television.
What streaming services to choose?
Well, this solely depends on your choice and personal preferences. As we answered how to access the streaming server at any time and anywhere, it’s worth mentioning that there is no general rule for deciding on the right server. Each provides a unique range of different TV shows and movies, and sometimes these even overlap on different servers. There is also the fact that some TV shows and movies produced by the server might be available on this platform alone, restricting you from watching, for example, House of the Dragon on Netflix as the rights are reserved by HBO. So, depending on what you like to watch, you’ll choose a different server. And also there is the monthly subscription fee, which differs greatly from server to server. Some even offer free trials for an extended period.
We hope you’ll find the above-mentioned helpful and informative, and of course, have fun and enjoy a great time.