A year ago, when I was trying to figure out how to watch streaming tv on my Asus EEE, someone clued me in on  After getting all excited about it, I realized that it only caters to US IP addresses.  So the same someone pointed me towards a workaround free app that redirects/masks one’s Asian IP to make it appear one is viewing from the US – Hotspot Shield. I’ve also successfully used Hotspot Shield with Pandora, to listen to music in genre channels tailored to my interests/preferences.  Pandora used to be available to Asia, but then again, bandwidth and piracy issues led to regional restrictions. 

Cathy and I were discussing Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall‘s River Cottage series on the BBC.  It’s shown here on cable, on the Asian Food Channel, but I don’t think Canadian channels reach North Carolina, and neither does BBC 4, where River Cottage was first aired.  Occasionally I have resorted to what I now call the Swedish solution in order to watch some shows I truly enjoy, but I don’t think Cathy may agree to that, and she did say she tries to avoid techno hell.

Enter  I found the “Christmas at River Cottage” episode there.  If you’re not signed up, and you haven’t downloaded the beta player, you can view a five-minute preview of what is essentially a 30-minute episode.  I’ve tried the beta player, and given our dsl speed, I get to watch the whole 30 minutes continuously, with less buffer time than at Hulu.  Video quality also better.  Did I mention it’s FREE?  If you’ve signed up you can upload your own videos.  Well, I just want to watch for the meantime, perfect for a girl who doesn’t have a tv in her room, only a 19″ Samsung flatscreen monitor.
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