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American TV while in Spain-is it possible?

snowballsnowball Registered User Posts: 2,722 Senior Member
edited October 2010 in Parent Cafe
My daughter follows several TV series and is fretting about missing them while in Spain during the spring semester. It is her understanding that you can not download then shows onto a computer in Spain like you can here in the States.

Does anyone know how to get the current shows online while out of the country or is it really not possible?

I have been told that I will need to Tivo all her shows and she will watch them when she returns, but I have a feeling that she will not have the time on her return to catch up!
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Replies to: American TV while in Spain-is it possible?

  • BulldogBlueBulldogBlue Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    Try a Slingbox: http://www.slingmedia.com/go/slingbox

    It's basically a box you would set up at home that would allow your daughter to control your home TV/Tivo over the Internet and watch on her computer in Spain.

    There's one set up at my house and I watch my home TV from my school across the country. I think you need a pretty fast internet connection on both ends for the quality to be good, but I love it.

    You can get one for around $100, but it's a one time investment because there's no subscription fee.

    Hope this helps!
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 29,723 Senior Member
    I'd really, really encourage her not to watch American TV while she's in Spain. She should be emersing herself in Spanish culture. One of the great pleasures of overseas living is that you can watch foreign language TV to your heart's content without feeling guilty because it's such a great learning experience. We saw both dubbed American shows and real German shows when we lived in Germany. Bet you didn't know that Don Johnson (in Miami Vice) sounds much more manly in German than he does in English!
  • snowballsnowball Registered User Posts: 2,722 Senior Member
    She would be happy with the shows dubbed in Spanish, but it is our understand that only old American shows are shown. As she is an avid TV watcher, I am sure she will watch whatever is on, dubbed or not!! My daughter is fluent in Spanish so I know she will enjoy watching Spanish shows; she loved watching the Harry Potter movies in Spanish.
  • WashDadWashDad Registered User Posts: 2,695 Senior Member
    My first thought was, "who watches TV when they are going to college?" I sure didn't, although I am generally a tube-addict. Being overseas will probably become a lot more interesting than watching American television.

    (Just don't tell me it's Grey's Anatomy. I don't think there has been a bigger bunch of self-absorbed whiny losers on television since Thirtysomething went off the air.)
  • klugekluge Registered User Posts: 6,559 Senior Member
    WashDad: Would you be willing to convey that sage observation to my wife? While I hide behind your back? Please?
  • citygirlsmomcitygirlsmom - Posts: 13,158 Senior Member
    its called reruns
  • citygirlsmomcitygirlsmom - Posts: 13,158 Senior Member
    and anything on cable, they show again and again anyway

    she needs to let go a bit!!!! and enjoy spain....
  • S89S89 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    What's a rerun?
  • tlaktantlaktan Registered User Posts: 2,273 Senior Member
    It's possible, but not worth the hassle. She can probably purchase the DVD sets next season, but there are alternatives.

    WashDad: seconded.
  • UCLAriUCLAri Registered User Posts: 14,740 Senior Member
    The major NBC shows are all free on their site in some sort of Flash format...
  • Kayleigh_9109Kayleigh_9109 Registered User Posts: 365 Member
    ABC has most (if not all) of their shows on their site as well. Some of them they have all the episodes so far, some they only keep the last one or two, but they're on there. Not sure which format, but I know I watch some on there when I miss an episode..

    (For the record, Grey's Anatomy is on the site.. :D)
  • bethievtbethievt Registered User Posts: 6,759 Senior Member


    If you're going to watch tv, do it in the other language.
    In a lot of Europe, they watch movies and tv in English to get fluent in our language. Wouldn't it be great if we watched tv shows in another language to get fluent?
  • crabbyladycrabbylady Registered User Posts: 302 Member
    Snowball, We were in Barcelona last Spring Break - D1 was studying abroad - we were shocked to see "primetime" porn (really violent gross stuff) I like to knit to the " white noise" of TV late at night-the only thing we found in English was European CNN. My daughter did not watch TV at all
  • snowballsnowball Registered User Posts: 2,722 Senior Member
    I knew I would be blasted for the TV watching! I know she can watch in reruns, of course the shows are not always shown in order in the summer. I also know she could buy the season DVD, but she doesn't want to spend that money. As far as the networks own site, it was our understanding that you can not access those sites from Spain and maybe other countries.

    I hope she doesn't get to see porn! I know she will enjoy watching shows and movies in Spanish, but that doesn't mean she still wouldn't enjoy watching her shows. Even if they were in Spanish she would be happy. For all I know she will start following some series in Madrid and want to follow it when she returns. BTW, I am not worried about her immersing herself in the language, she has to sign a pledge to only speak and I believe write in Spanish while in Spain. Her host family will not speak English and all classes are taken in Spanish; so if she decides to watch a show or two in English, I think she will be OK.
  • juba2jivejuba2jive Registered User Posts: 1,001 Member
    Well, if she can't find the videos on the network's web site, there are a lot of sites that have the streaming episode online a few days after it airs. There are also a few programs/sites that stream TV channels in real time, although sometimes they're foreign versions of the channel.

    I doubt it's really legal, but I'm just throwing it out there...Google "watch tv online free" and lists of sites will come up.
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