Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Stream Digital Entertainment and Sports Outside the US
The following is adapted from Chapter 9
of my book “How
to Become an Expat” available from Amazon.com in e-book and paperback,
published May 2021.
Would missing new episodes of your favorite
TV show or major league professional or college sports games be a deal-breaker
to living overseas? Will you be missing your local public library? No
worries! With today’s technology there are a number of ways to get your fix.
Digital Rights & Geographic Restrictions
Movies, TV shows, documentaries etc. have
what’s known as “digital rights” owned by the rights holder. These rights
dictate where geographically such movies and programs can be streamed from a
content provider such as Netflix or Amazon Prime.
You can usually use your existing U.S.
Netflix or Amazon Prime account in the country you’re living in, but your choice
of content will be different; many U.S. programs and movies may not be
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
Using a virtual private network (VPN) will
get around these geographical restrictions. By using a VPN, you can set your
internet “location” to be anywhere in the world that the VPN service has
There are many VPNs, some of them free, but
most of them won’t work with Netflix or Amazon Prime. Check for online
recommendations for one that will work with the more demanding requirements of
video streaming, because the situation changes all the time.
In order to stream programming to a “smart”
TV, you will need a device such as a Roku or Amazon Fire Stick. I recommend the
Fire Stick because you can install Android applications on it, including a VPN,
which makes the whole process simpler.
Streaming Applications to Your Television or Device
Pay TV Streaming Apps
Many streaming apps will work with Apple,
Roku, Android and other devices. Monthly charges range from around $6 to $85 or
more. You will need to use a VPN set to a U.S. location.
Among the pay TV apps with a subscription
model are the following:
• Netflix (movies & TV shows,
rotating content, from $9/month)
• Amazon Prime (movies & TV
shows, $119 per year)
• Disney+ (movies & TV shows
including Hulu, from $8/month)
• Hulu with Live TV (65+
channels, from $55/month)
• Paramount+ (movies & TV shows,
includes NFL, NCAA & PGA, $5-$10/month)
Free Streaming Apps
If you enjoy watching PBS news,
documentaries, arts, science, history or lifestyle programs, there is an app for
Android and Apple/iOS; download from the respective Play Store. You can install
it on the Amazon Fire Stick and stream it to your smart television, or install
it on any Android, Apple or iOS device. PBS content is licensed only for the
U.S., so use a VPN set to a U.S. location.
Pluto TV has content from ViacomCBS and
includes TV and movies, local TV news and sports in over 200 channels, including
British TV and the Game Show Network. It is just like watching a cable TV
channel with commercials, but over the internet. The app is available for
Android, Roku, Apple iOS, Mac and Windows desktops.
The Classic TV category has channels for
Dark Shadows, The Love Boat, Star Trek, The Carol Burnett Show, Laverne &
Shirley, Mission: Impossible, Johnny Carson and many more. The Home + DIY
category has an Antiques Roadshow channel. The Latino category has over 20
channels, all in Spanish.
Filmrise Free Movies & TV
Filmrise is a nifty app that has a
selection of TV shows and movies in its library for free streaming (some with
commercials). Its content leans towards investigative, true crime and detective
shows. The app is in the Google Play, Amazon Play and Apple app stores.
There are other streaming apps as well; see
my book for a longer discussion of this topic.
Amazon Kindle – Pay Service
Amazon digital books are probably the
best-known among U.S. consumers; they are designed to interface seamlessly with
the Kindle book reader or Fire tablet sold by Amazon.
Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service is sort
of like Netflix for books; you pay a monthly subscription fee (currently $9.99
per month) to access digital books that the rights holder has elected to enroll
in Kindle Unlimited, which is a separate product that is not included in Amazon
With Kindle Unlimited, you can add up to
ten books at a time to your account to read. Once you’re done reading the book,
you “return” it (remove it from your library). If you are an avid, high volume
reader, Kindle Unlimited can be a good option.
Amazon Prime - Book and Audio Perks
While you don’t get Kindle Unlimited with
an Amazon Prime membership, Prime Reading is a separate service that is part of
Amazon Prime. It includes over 1,000 rotating book and magazine titles as well
as 50 rotating audiobooks, plus selected Audible.com audio content such as
documentaries, serialized dramas, comedy shows and podcasts. Two million songs
and music are also included in the Amazon Prime subscription.
Amazon First Reads is another free perk for
Prime members; each month, Amazon editors pick about a dozen soon-to-be-released
books and allow Prime members to download a copy for free to their library.
National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled
The National Library Service for the Blind
and Print Disabled, part of the Library of Congress, administers a free national
library program for patrons who cannot see regular print or handle print
materials. The NLS will provide vision-impaired patrons who live overseas with
digital talking book players free of charge; overseas patrons are eligible for
the free download service and iOS and Android apps.
For more detailed information on this and
many other topics, please see my book available on Amazon.com in e-book and
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kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
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