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Outlander is a historical drama with a clever sci-fi twist. Based on Diana Gabaldon’s series of novels, Outlander tells the tale of World War 2 nurse Claire Randall (played by Caitriona Balfe) who while on holiday with her husband after the war’s end gets channeled back in time to 1743 Scotland. There, she falls in Highland warriors led by Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and gets involved in their rebellion against the English crown. Ensuing seasons of Outlander move the action to France, England, and the United States while going forward, and then back again in time through a series of rousing adventures.
Since it was was recently renewed for a fifth and sixth season on the Starz network, now’s a great time to jump into the first four seasons of Outlander. The show has everything you could want in a historical time travel drama: cavalry battles, love triangles, political wheeling-and-dealing, paradoxes, and more. Fans of either science fiction or historical epics owe it to themselves to give the show a try. That begs the questions: where can the show be streamed?
Outlander airs on the Starz Network, the number three premium cable network behind HBO and Showtime, so while there are multiple options for streaming the show, they all involve subscribing to Starz in one form or another. Outlander is available to stream through Amazon Prime Video and Hulu through premium add-on packages. They both cost 8.99 a month, although Amazon offers the first three months of Starz for just $5.39 a month.
These choices are fine for folks who are already subscribing to Amazon Prime Video or Hulu, but if you don’t have either streaming service, are mainly interested in Outlander, and cost is a concern, then the best option is just to subscribe to Starz directly and watch the show through the Starz app. A subscription to Starz begins with a 7-day free trial and costs $5 a month for the first three months before reverting to $8.99 a month just like the premium add-on packages for the aforementioned streaming services.
To sum up: If you already subscribe to Amazon Prime Video or Hulu, adding the Starz premium add-on for either of those two is your best option, while if you don’t have either and just want to watch Outlander, you should subscribe to Starz direct. One thing that all of these services have in common is that they are available in the United States, only.
While it may seem like they are a lot of choices available to stream Outlander, they all require you to physically reside in the United States. “Outlanders” can easily work around this, however, by employing the services of a VPN (virtual private network).
A VPN allows you to bypass regional restrictions by routing your internet connection through servers around the world, thereby granting you local IP addresses in other countries. In order to watch Outlander through Amazon, Hulu or Starz, you simply need to connect through a US server of an excellent VPN like ExpressVPN, and it will appear to outside observers as if you are actually within the United States. You’ll be good to go!
VPNs also protect your internet connection from hackers, ISPs and other snoops through state-of-the-art data encryption and other security features. All in all, a worthy investment with a favorable cost-benefit ratio.
Bad news for home design reality shows fanatics everywhere: HGTV’s Fixer Upper closed out its fifth and last season last April. Fixer Upper starred married couple Chip and Joanna Gaines as they guided clients through the process of buying and remodeling homes in their trademark rustic, “shabby chic” style. After the prospective homeowner couple chose from one of three homes, Joanna was tasked with designing the renovations, while Chip was the lead contractor for the construction tasks.
While Fixer Upper has completed its run, it leaves behind five seasons and 79 episodes of addictive, home remodeling entertainment. The show generated interest in the “Farmhouse-chic” interior design style for homeowners and designers everywhere in the past several years, and remains mandatory viewing for anyone with an interest in the subject matter.
So where can home remodeling junkies stream Fixer Upper? Netflix is out: the streaming giant no longer carries HGTV series. Episodes are available for purchase from Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, and Youtube for about $3 each, but why throw down money for individual episodes if there’s a better, cheaper alternative?
Hulu is that alternative, which in addition to Fixer Upper, streams many other HGTV reality series with a similar vibe. Currently, only the first four seasons of Fixer Upper are streaming on the service, but that should hold viewers off until the fifth season becomes available. A subscription to Hulu costs $7.99 a month, or $11.99 a month for the ad-free option, and comes with a 30-day free trial. All in all, Hulu is a great streaming service with one main issue: its US-only status leaves a lot of potential subscribers around the world in the cold.
If you don’t live in the U.S., you are going to need a VPN to stream Fixer Upper on Hulu. A VPN allows you to bypass pesky geoblocking by channeling your internet connection through servers around the globe, making it appear from the outside as if you are actually connecting from that country. With a VPN, you can connect to a server located in the U.S. and use Hulu and other regionally restricted content on Youtube and elsewhere without issue.
In addition to allowing you to stream Fixer Upper and your other favorite shows on Hulu, an excellent VPN like ExpressVPN comes with a slew of other features such as high-end 256-bit data encryption, kill switch, leak protection and split tunneling that protect you from hackers and prying ISPs. These days, a VPN is nigh-essential if you spent considerable amount of time on the web, either for work or pleasure.
A VPN takes care of Hulu’s US-only regional restriction, but there’s one other concern for hopeful subscribers outside the United States: the service only takes US credit and debit cards as payment options.
If you are an American living abroad, this may not pose a problem, but others will have to use a workaround. You can also pay for Hulu with a $25 or $50 gift card bought from Walmart. Post purchase, a code will be sent via email that you can use to pay for Hulu without the need for a US credit card. It’s as simple as that.
Everyone’s favorite compulsively addictive fashion designer elimination-reality show, Project Runway, will be returning to its original network, Bravo, after eleven seasons on Lifetime. According to Bravo, hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn will not be returning for season 17, instead, the new hosts will be supermodel Karlie Kloss and designer Christian Siriano.
If the the long wait until the next season airs on Bravo is making you anxious, we suggest you go back and run through previous seasons of Runway to satisfy your craving. This show’s backlog of hundreds of hours of brilliantly designed pieces, train wreck meltdowns, heated verbal spars between contestants, and delightfully catty cutdowns from hosts and judges are just as good the second time around as the first. Though one must exercise caution: once you stream the first episode of a season of Project Runway, it’s easy to find yourself planted on the couch until the final two contestants are battling it out in the finale.
So where can one stream seasons of Project Runway? Unfortunately, the series’ first five seasons are not available on any major streaming platform, however there are a few options for catching Project Runway’s Lifetime run. Seasons 6 through 16 are available on the Lifetime website, but you’ll need to put in television provider info in order to unlock the streams. Depending on which region you are logging into Netflix from, you may be able to stream select seasons of Project Runway, but most countries don’t carry it. Amazon Prime Video allows you to buy episodes for $2.99 and seasons for $24.99, but does not offer Project Runway in its main streaming library.
Hulu is the streaming service that offers the most Project Runway all in one place: seasons 6-16 are all available as part of its main streaming library, which also includes thousands of some of the most acclaimed and popular films and television shows from all eras, as well as some of the trashiest. Hulu will run you $7.99 a month with ads or $11.99 for the No Ads plan, which are both great deals considering the wealth of content available. The main issue many will face is that Hulu is only available in the United States.
If you want to stream Project Runway on Hulu and you live outside of the US, you are going to need a VPN. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a tool that allows you to circumvent regional lockouts by channeling your internet connection through a local server, making it seem as if you are actually logging on in from that country. With a VPN, you can simply connect to a server inside the United States and subscribe to, and use Hulu without complications.
Other benefits of using a VPN include heightened security when surfing the web, added ease in file sharing, and total online anonymity. The advantages of using a VPN are totally worth the low monthly fee most VPNs charge.
Another U.S.-centric aspect of Hulu is the fact that they they only accept U.S. credit cards: foreign cards are not permitted. However, there’s a simple way to circumvent this: Walmart sells Hulu gift cards for $25 and $50 through their website that you may use as payment. Once you buy the card, Walmart will email you a code that you type in when signing up for Hulu. It’s almost as if they sell these cards specifically for non-Americans in mind.
Battlestar Galactica, which began as a two-part miniseries before being picked up as a weekly series that ran on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) for four seasons from 2004 to 2009, is considered one of this century’s best science fiction programs. A reboot of a 70’s television show, Battlestar Galactica revolves around a group of humans fleeing from a homicidal race of androids known as Cylons on a fleet of starships under the protection of the last remaining military ship, the eponymous Battlestar Galactica, with the ultimate goal of arriving at the storied sanctuary planet known as Earth. The fleet comprises the sole surviving population of humans in the aftermath of a devastating attack on their home colonies by the Cylons,.
During its original broadcast period, Battlestar Galactica became a cult hit, garnering critical acclaim and breathing new life into the science fiction genre. While many series in this genre date themselves rather quickly, the politic themes, questions of identity, and sheer suspense of Battlestar Galactica hold up, making it just as good as watch today as it was a decade ago.
For those interested in viewing Battlestar Galactica, there are a multitude of options. For one, you can purchase the whole series on iTunes and Google Play, although that can get quite expensive, with each season going for $25 bucks, or more.
While the series not on Netflix or Amazon Prime, it is available to subscribers of the Hulu streaming service, which costs only $7.99 a month with ads or $11.99 a month, ad-free. Using Hulu to binge through Battlestar Galactica is certainly a cheaper way to catch the show compared to buying it on iTunes or Google Play, unfortunately there remains one major issue: Hulu is only available to U.S. residents. Those outside of the states will have to employ the use of a VPN in order to use the service.
Unlike Netflix, Hulu is only available to subscribers within the United States. Luckily there’s a workaround for those outside the U.S. hoping to stream Battlestar Galactica and involves subscribing to a VPN. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) reroutes your internet connection through one of many servers located around the world, granting you an IP address within whatever country the server is located in. By doing this, you may bypass regional restrictions on subscription streaming services like Hulu, with the added bonus of cybersecurity that renders your web browsing more safe and secure.
In short, using a VPN voids Hulu’s U.S-only restriction. Simply configure your VPN to connect to a server located within the United States in order to subscribe to and use the service. From there, Battlestar Galactica, and thousands of other films and tv shows, are yours to watch at any time.
Non-U.S. residents hoping to watch Battlestar Galactica through Hulu may run into another issue: the service only accepts U.S. credit and debit cards. However, Walmart sells $25 and $50 Hulu gift cards that you can use to subscribe to the service without the need for a credit card. Once you buy the Hulu gift card, Walmart will email you a code that you can use during the setup process. You’ll also need a U.S. address and phone number to sign up, too, but those are easily accessible online.
Want to feel ancient? Seth MacFarlane’s beloved animated comedy, Family Guy, is currently airing its seventeenth season on Fox. Even after over twenty years in existence, the Griffins’ adventures--moving along in the show’s trademark gag-a-second style--never fail to entertain. By melding character-driven humor with irreverent commentary on current events and cutaway jokes ribbing American popular culture, the show has stayed just as relevant as the day it first aired, way back in 1998.
Chances are you’re familiar with Family Guy at this point, and you either love it or hate it. If you are in the “hate it” camp, then you probably aren’t interested in streaming the show, but if you’re a big fan, there’s a good chance that at least a few episodes that you missed the first time around. Well, lucky for you just about every episode ever is available to stream, all in one place.
Along with the rest of Fox’s animated sitcoms, including Futurama, King of the Hill, and American Dad, Family Guy has recently relocated from Netflix to Hulu. If you don’t already subscribe to the service, this development makes a subscription to Hulu an enticing preposition. All sixteen previously aired seasons of Family Guy are available, with new season seventeen episodes becoming available soon after they broadcast on television. Currently, 317 episodes are available. If you want to stream Family Guy, Hulu is the place to do so.
Hulu costs $7.99 a month with commercials or $11.99 a month for the premium ad-free plan, and comes with a streaming library of thousands of series, including the aforementioned Fox animated shows and a host of others from the major broadcast networks. The one-month free trial sweetens the deal: if you aren’t into the service, or if you finish bingeing all of Family Guy within a month, you can cancel anytime within that period. There’s just one issue for Non-US residents: the service is only available in the US.
If you live outside of the the United States, you’ll need a VPN to stream Family Guy on Hulu. A VPN (virtual private network) is a handy tool that funnels your internet connection through servers around the world using encrypted tunneling. Therefore, regardless of your actual geographical location, with a VPN you’ll be able to enjoy content restricted to particular regions by connecting to servers within the same country. This makes using Hulu as easy as logging on to a US server through a VPN like ExpressVPN before entering the service, no matter if you are in Luxembourg, or Indonesia.
Besides allowing you to bypass geoblocking, VPNs do a lot more for you by rendering your internet connection completely anonymous and secure through strong data encryption. With all of omnipresent cyber threats these days, subscribing to a VPN is a good idea whether or not you need it for streaming services.
Hulu presents one more hurdle for non-US residents to jump before accessing their service: non-US debit and credit cards are not accepted as payment for the service. Even if you only want to take advantage of the one month free trial, you’ll still need a form of payment to sign up.
Fortunately, there’s a way around this: Walmart sells Hulu gift cards for $25 or $50 a pop that you can use to sign up for the service. After purchase, they’ll email a code that you input during the sign up process.