Language issues aside, I think I’ve travelled enough to make a good decision on the best TV channels to watch in the world.  The Japanese stuff even with English subtitles is just bizarre, the quiz shows plain scary and eventually it just is no fun to watch – perhaps if I spoke Japanese it would have helped but I’m not sure it would have.

Some American TV is great, there’s some wonderful shows although I did find them scattered around the many channels and hard to find.   US TV though is spoilt for me by the incredible amount of advertising – impossible (well for me) to get in to a show that cuts to adverts every few minutes.

Australian TV is well let’s just say disappointing, I’m not quite sure why it’s so bad – after all there’s some great Australian entertainers, rock bands, actors and films but believe me the TV is not good.

So eventually I always go back to the BBC, it’s not designed to watch 24/7 but the quality and the total lack of advertisements makes it a winner for me.  When I travel I always make sure I can access the BBC IPlayer site, for the uninitiated to watch IPlayer abroad you need either a VPN or proxy server based in the UK, like this.  This stops the blocking device which looks up your IP address when you connect – although you can disconnect from the service after the show has started.

These proxies or VPNs are available from hundreds of service providers for a small monthly charge in most cases.  If you work for a big company with offices in the UK – check to see if you have a VPN available which will work just as well.  It is possible to even find proxies available for free online – but prepare to spend many, many hours constantly hunting for a fast enough one to stream media from – you’ll need a lot of spare time for this.

Perhaps one day all these TV firms will unlock their content to the world, and we can all share our TV stations like the great ones in the UK like BBC iplayer and ITV player – see help here. Without all these restrictions and perhaps the increased interaction between nations will enable us to discover what the hell is going on with the Japanese TV stations!

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