Here’s the premise of this fascinating Reuters article:
"So you’re moving from the United States to another country and the most important thing you can think of is how you can watch the new season of "American Idol"?
"You’re not alone — ‘placeshifting’ is one of the hottest new areas in TV technology. People no longer need to live in a country to see all of their local TV stations. In fact, they don’t even need a TV anymore."
The article then goes on to explain the various ways one can do this, from a Slingbox to Hava Media Player.
One of the more interesting services talked about in the article is one with which we were not familiar. It’s called Nationphone & TV. First, we love its tagline: "The Expatriot Communications Service Provider."
On the TV side, as the company says on its website, "Our service offers you a real US cable subscription streamed to you live from the US. You can watch on your PC, your TV by using our PC to TV cable or set top box, or on your mobile device!
"We setup your cable box just for you in our data center in the US and stream your stations to you over a high speed (2Mbps) fiber optic connection to the internet that gives HD picture capable quality that cannot be obtained with do-it-yourself type solutions."
You even get DVR functionality.
Given that it works on mobile devices overseas, one thought that struck us is it does seem like the perfect service if you’re planning to be on the lam. As the company says on its website, "Our U.S. TV anywhere service is especially for you if you…don’t know if/when you will return to the US and want No Annual Commitments."