Non-US Outlander Fans: To VPN or Not to VPN?

Photo: tunnelbear.com

Photo: tunnelbear.com

Starz is making episode 1 of Outlander, “Sassenach,” available to US residents free for a limited time (Sept. 28th).

But what if you’re not a US resident?

 “One of the great ironies of the Internet is that it is meant to connect everyone together and break down barriers, but at the same time media companies erect location-based barriers around their properties. This practice is known as geo-blocking…To some people however, these constant attempts by the media industry to segregate users according to geographic location seems unfair. The way around this issue is to use a VPN (which stands for Virtual Private Network) program, such as TunnelBear.

Basically what a VPN does is provide you with a temporary new IP address, which makes the blocked service think you are living in a country where it’s allowed to view the content you are trying to access. We can’t stress enough that using a VPN is perfectly legal, so you don’t have to worry about the cops kicking your front door down with an arrest warrant just for having this software (unless of course you’re using the VPN service for something illegal).” ~ Mark O’Neill, pcworld.com

Is it really and truly legal? It depends on who you ask, and which respective country’s copyright law is being referenced…do your research.

***Disclaimer: Under no circumstance do I believe in freely sharing paid-for/subscription-based content with those who do not pay for or subscribe to said content (i.e. Napster.com, etc.). That constitutes piracy/theft, robbing the actors/artists/crew/networks of their hard-earned profits, a slap-in-the-face to those who worked so hard to bring the project to fruition.

But a VPN does not rob the content-creators of their profit; the way I understand it, it simply gives those who would not otherwise have it, the same access as those who do. It makes the content more widely available.

Does this mean that a non-US resident, using a VPN could actually pay for/subscribe to Starz? I don’t believe you can subscribe to Starz as a web-only customer, but honestly I have no idea. Also, I have not personally utilized the above-mentioned (or any for that matter) VPN, nor do I represent them in any way. They are just an example of a VPN that I found reviewed by pcworld.com.

I strongly recommend reading the article & doing your own research.

And respectfully, Starz has made this first episode available for free via the avenues listed earlier; I feel like utilizing a VPN in this instance, for this FIRST episode only during the free-viewing-timeframe set by Starz, can only increase the fervor/demand from the countries who have yet to pick up the series…

In the meantime, the end-goal is still for countries around the world to broadcast Outlander, so I encourage residents in those countries that have not yet picked up the series to continue campaigning—call the networks, email them, Tweet them!  Be relentless!

Here is a list of Twitter handles collected from our ongoing #WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander campaign:

UK:

  1. @sky1
  2. @SkyLivingHD
  3. @SkyAtlantic
  4. @FoxTVUK
  5. @Channel4
  6. @SyfyUK
  7. @UniversalCHUK
  8. @E4Tweets
  9. @More4,
  10. @Channel5_TV

Dutch/Netherlands (includes Belgium):

  1. @RTBF
  2. @RTLTVI

Finnish/Suomi:

      1. @Maikkari
      2. @YleTV1
      3. @YLETV2
      4. @Yleisradio
      5. @MTVSuomi
      6. @Kutonen
      7. @AVASuomi
      8. @HBO_fi
      9. @Netflix_FI
      10. @FoxSuomi

French/Français:

  1. @OCSTV
  2. @m6
  3. @TF1

Germany/German:

  1. @SkySerien
  2. @SkyDeutschland
  3. @RTLde

Italian/Italiano:

  1. @FoxTVItalia
  2. @SkyCinema

Spanish/Español (includes Argentina, Mexico, Columbia, Uruguay):

  1. @moviecity
  2. @Canal_Sony
  3. @foxtves
  4. @foxlife_ar
  5. @FoxMexico

Portuguese/Portugues (includes Brazil):

  1. @FOX_PT
  2. @AXN_Portugal
  3. @HBO_Brasil
  4. @CanalFX_br

Remember, be relentless! Good luck!

Why Outlander Really ‘Scored’ with Bear McCreary.

Bear McCreary performing score of Outlander at its World Premiere SDCC.

Bear McCreary performing score of Outlander at its World Premiere SDCC.

“Last summer, Ron Moore called me to score his exciting new series, Outlander. I was familiar with Gabaldon’s famous book series, and knew that it took place right in the sweet spot of my historical passion…” ~ Bear McCreary

I was lucky enough to be invited to and attend the World Premiere of Outlander at San Diego ComicCon this past weekend (fourth row center —gah!). Before the screening, the audience was treated to a performance by Composer Bear McCreary on the accordion, Musician Paul Cartright on the fiddle, and Singer Raya Yarbrough.

It was beautiful, spirited and at times ethereal. Along with composing the main title theme & Jamie & Claire’s love theme, he has incorporated Scottish folk tunes into the score—an Outlander fan’s dream come true! Turns out, Bear has been obsessed with Scotland/Scottish music since he was a young child:

“…Scottish music and culture has been an obsession of mine for nearly my entire life. Growing up in Bellingham, WA, my friends and I attended the Highland Games every summer for over a decade…First hearing the rolling and relentless Bb drone of the bagpipe bands get louder as we parked the car and headed towards the grounds gave me the euphoria that most little kids probably feel going to Disneyland…that drone would burrow into my brain, so deep that I could recall it for days, like a residual echo. When Rob Roy and Braveheart came out in the same year, I saw them each in the theaters ten times. When I learned to drive, I cruised my hometown blasting bagpipes from my car speakers.

…I began researching songs of the Jacobite Uprising and the century that followed. I was awestruck by the ability of these songs to communicate hidden meaning, tales of tragedy and triumph, with deceptively simple melodic lines and evocative harmonic progressions. At the later end of that spectrum, the texts of Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson in particular struck me. I realized how the evolutionary threads of American folk music, Appalachian and bluegrass in particular, traced back to Scottish heritage. Shortly after high school, I picked up an accordion and began playing folk tunes, transcribing my own arrangements and composing new harmonic progressions for classic melodies…” ~ Bear McCreary, Outlander Fans’ Guide to My Music

Bear is the real deal; passionate and dedicated with complex tastes—a perfect match for Outlander. I for one absolutely cannot WAIT to buy a copy of the soundtrack as soon as it (God-willing!) becomes available!

Incidentally, the Outlander Main Title Theme will be available for pre-order on iTunes 8/2/14, here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/outlander-main-title-theme/id903585323?i=903585389

Bear wants to hear from Outlander fans, intends to blog about his experiences working on the show:

“Throughout the season, I will blog about my experiences working on this show as often as I can. With a new little baby in the house, my time for blogging is proving to be elusive, so I may not be able to do a full entry for each episode. Nevertheless, I look forward to hearing from all you, via Twitter, Facebook or comments right here on my blog. I want to know what themes you notice, which cues are your favorite, and what music you’d like to experience on a soundtrack album, should that one day come to fruition.” ~ Bear McCreary

I LOVE that he wants to hear from us! That just shows how committed he is to the integrity of the music and, by default, the show. How lucky are we?

Here is the link to Bear’s official site/blog, with links to his Facebook & Twitter accounts: http://www.bearmccreary.com/#blog/blog/outlander-fans-guide-to-my-music/

And here, courtesy of Outlander Kitchen, is a video of the musical performance enjoyed by the audience at the World Premiere—enjoy!:

Lest There Be Any Doot…

Caitriona Balfe & Sam Heughan (http://instagram.com/p/q4UJIuNqQc/?modal=true)

Caitriona Balfe & Sam Heughan @ SDCC (Photo: Outlander_Starz http://instagram.com/p/q4UJIuNqQc/?modal=true)

I attended the world premiere screening of Outlander last night in San Diego, CA (at SDCC) and I just want to reassure anyone who might still be worrit about Sam being a convincing Jamie- dinna fash!

Even though I trusted Ron Moore & his production team, there was, yes, still a teeny-tiny part of me that wasn’t sure if I’d be able to reconcile Sam with the Jamie I held in my mind’s eye, when I read the books.

Well.

From the very first second “Jamie” appeared in the episode, I was sold. As in DONE. A goner. I wasn’t watching Sam Heughan on screen, I was seeing Jamie. MY Jamie.

And it wasn’t about nitpicking physical features—Sam just embodied Jamie. Or maybe channeled is a better word…

Have nae doot, you willna be disappointed.

 

Best #Outlander Trailer Yet!

Check out this brand new Outlander trailer with never-before-seen-scenes and commentary from Ron Moore, Diana Gabaldon, Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek and Tobias Menzies! It’s AMAZING!

 

 

We love these books too; we’re not here to destroy this work, we’re here to honor it. ~ Ron Moore

People who are fans of the books are really going to love this. ~ Caitriona Balfe

It’s recognizably Outlander, but at the same time there’s this wonderful sense of novelty and discovery about it. ~ Diana Gabaldon

Scotland’s rich history provides the dynamic backdrop to the story of Outlander. This country has a particular quality to it; the light has a particular quality, the grass, the trees—the landscape itself is a character in the show. ~ Ron Moore

Every time I walk onto set, there’s at least a split second where  I feel like, “this is not a set, this is actually real.” Its so rich, it’s really amazing. ~ Lotte Verbeek

World Outlander Day, June 1st 2014

Optional Profile Pic for World Outlander Day

Optional Profile Pic for World Outlander Day

Help spread the Outlander love on Twitter and Facebook for ‪#‎WorldOutlanderDay‬ this Sunday, June 1st.

Outlander fans are being asked to change their profile pics on FB and Twitter to something Outlandish for the day and to tweet book quotes, photos, memes and video links from 6-7 pm in their respective time zones. Roc Lyn has kindly edited the list below of copy-and-paste quote tweets based on a list created by Kristin Deborah Matherly for our #WorldwideTvNeedsOutlander effort in January.

Theresa at Outlander Kitchen has come up with some awesome and creative ideas on how to celebrate the day too—I highly recommend checking them out!

Personally,I will be changing my profile pic & drinking wine from a glass with Outlander wine charms on the stem, made by Book Beads. (I do what I can).

Thanks to everyone in advance for participating :) Here are the Tweet-friendly quotes:

Enchantment: “Some say the hill is enchanted, others say it is cursed. Both are right.” ~Claire, Dragonfly in Amber, Prologue #WorldOutlanderDay

Strength: “He will let you go because he thinks you are helpless. I know you are not.” —Jamie in Outlander, Ch35 #WorldOutlanderDay

Beauty: “You’re beautiful to me, Jamie,” I said softly, at last. “So beautiful, you break my heart.” -Fiery Cross Ch85 #WorldOutlanderDay

FTJob: “You think I haven’t got anything better to do with my life than trot around after you…?” ~Claire ECHO Ch62 #WorldOutlanderDay

Weapons: “I still say the only good weapon for a woman is poison.” ~Murtagh in Outlander, Ch18#WorldOutlanderDay

Choices: “The price of Frank’s life was Jamie’s soul, …?” ~Claire in Dragonfly in Amber, Ch21#WorldOutlanderDay

SciSimplified: “So what ye’ve got there is broth that the mold has pissed in, is that right?” ~Jamie, Fiery Cross, Ch36 #WorldOutlanderDay

Romance: “Ye werena the first lass I kissed,” he said softly. ”But I swear you’ll be the last.” ~Jamie in Outlander, Ch28 #WorldOutlanderDay

NotAfraid: “He was not afraid to die with her, by fire or any other way- only to live….” ~Jamie, Fiery Cross, Ch17 #WorldOutlanderDay

GoodDecisions: ‘The most important thing I’ve learned about women, Sassenach, is….’ ~Jamie, Dragonfly in Amber, Ch11 #WorldOutlanderDay

UnconventionalFlirtation: “No worry, lass. I’ve been hurt much worse, and by people much less pretty.” ~Jamie, Outlander #WorldOutlanderDay
Together: “Don’t be afraid,” he whispered into my hair. “There’s the two of us now.” ~Jamie, Outlander, Ch14 #WorldOutlanderDay

Biting: “…I wanted an apology, did I? If I recall aright, what I said was, ‘Bite me again.’ “ ~Jamie in Outlander, Ch23 #WorldOutlanderDay

Connection: ”But I talk to you as I talk to my own soul, he said, turning me to face him.” ~Jamie, Dragonfly in Amber #WorldOutlanderDay Undying

Love: “For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying…” ~Claire, Outlander, Ch38 #WorldOutlanderDay

#WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander TODAY, May 19th, 2014.

Outlander Tweeps, please show your support for international Outlander fans whose tv networks have not yet signed up for the series in their respective countries.

“As of right now, only the US, Canada, and Australia have announced plans to air the series. Obviously we’d like to have it shown in many, many other countries, and this is a great opportunity to get the attention of the international TV network executives who are in a position to make that happen.” ~ Outlandish Observations

The #WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander event is TODAY (May 19) from 1pm – 3pm ET (10am – noon PT, 6pm – 8pm GMT).

“For this effort, we are asking everyone to tweet #WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander to the priority handles once each using basic tweets translated into the appropriate languages. Then we are asking that you choose 2-3 other countries (or groups of countries) to tweet an extended list of networks up to four times each – for example, Scandinavia, Germany and the UK or Latin America/Spain, France and Italy.” Outlander Ambassadors

For a list of  tweets & handles for countries around the world, click here.

Big big thank you “Outlander Ambassadors” for organizing these lists <3 <3 <3

 

We have a Premiere Date—August 9th!

Photo: Courtesy of Starz

Photo: Courtesy of Starz

At first when I saw this I Was like, “Gahhhhhhhhhhhhh!”

Then I realized I’ll be CAMPING that weekend, and I was like, “Noooooooooooo!” Then I remembered I have Xfinity and can watch it on my iPhone and I was like, “Well, it will be on a small screen, but at least I can watch it on DVR when I get home Sunday night.”

THEN I realized that I can bring my laptop with me, and watch it all up-close-and-personal, and I was like, “That’s even better than seeing it on tv! Thank you Jesus for campgrounds with Wifi!”

Before Outlander premieres I will post alternative ways of watching the show.

In the meantime, for those of you not in the US, Canada or Australia, take notice:

International Outlander – URGENT update

We have received word that the completed episodes of Outlander will be shown to international network executives within the next week or two. This is the news we’ve been waiting for! Outlander will sell itself, as long as the executives see it. A little help from us wouldna go amiss, aye?

We are asking all fans in countries who do not have an Outlander deal in place to PLEASE contact their networks by every means possible – e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and overnight snail mail – and ask (beg, beseech, nag, encourage) them to have their representative make a point to see Outlander at the LA Screenings. Time is of the essence as the event starts on May 13, which is next Tuesday. When you contact the network, you should also promise to subscribe, watch and do everything in your power to help promote the series once it airs.

Once we have the date(s) Outlander will be shown at the LA Screenings, we’ll be setting up another #WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander event for all fans. Let’s prove once again that Worldwide TV Does Indeed Need Outlander! ~ Outlander Ambassadors

#PocketJamie Scores a Memorable Encounter (and a little inside scoop) with Howie Nicholsby for One #Outlander Fan…

 

Grand Marshal Howie Nicholsby (Founder of 21st Century Kilts in Edinburgh, Scotland) and Mary Keir, Tartan Day Parade NYC, 4-5-14

‘Grand Marshal’ Howie Nicholsby (Founder of 21st Century Kilts in Edinburgh, Scotland) and Mary Keir, Tartan Day Parade NYC, 4-5-14

“Mary Keir” attended the Tartan Day Parade in NYC, her husband and #PocketJamie in tow. The following is what transpired, in her own words:

I brought Pocket Jamie to the Tartan Day Parade in NY yesterday and told my husband my goal was to get a picture of him with Grand Marshal “Howie Nicholsby,” who is the founder of 21st Century Kilts in Edinburgh.

I’m shy to begin with, and Howie was usually surrounded by cool fashionista types so I was very intimidated. My husband gave me a much-needed push and I finally made my way over, said hello, and asked for a picture.

He was perfectly agreeable, but when I pulled out Pocket Jamie, his eyes lit up! He said, “Oh, you know, I dressed him!” To which I replied, “Lucky you!”

Sam Heughan backstage at 2013 BAFTAs

(Sam Heughan backstage at 2013 BAFTAs)

(He dressed Sam for the BAFTAs, and maybe other occasions? When he said “I dressed him,” I had a visual of him physically, literally dressing him—and maybe he did). He said Sam is “a lovely guy.”

Then he told me he will be an extra in Outlander.

He wanted to check it all out, so he went to the set one day and they asked him to appear in the show. He mentioned Terry Moore, the costume designer, and said she thought it would be funny/ironic to put him in pants for the role since he is a kilt guy. Then he took out his phone and showed us a picture of him and Sam together in character.

I confess I couldn’t really see it ’cause I didn’t have time to fumble for my reading glasses, but it was nice of him to show us. He said it was the first time he’d worn “trews” in 15 years and it felt really weird; he had to wear them for 3 1/2 days while he filmed his part, which will appear in the 4th episode.

So he cheerfully posed with me and PJ and was as kind as could be, so I was really glad I got my nerve up to approach him.

So are we, Mary. So are we <3

New (verra affordable) Outlander-Themed Charms Added to Collection.

Outlander-themed charms

Outlander-themed charms

Book Beads, my most favorite Outlander artist, has added many new charms to her collection.

They are for sale and she ships internationally. The more you buy, the cheaper the cost:

Re-tell Jamie and Claire Fraser’s story from Diana Gabaldon’s popular Outlander series with one or more lead-free [pewter] charms! Painstakingly sourced from all over, this charm collection boasts 85 extremely well-detailed expressions of Outlander-themed iconography.

BUY IN BULK!! You can save money if you buy multiple charms (prices shown are USD):

  • 5 charms for $13 (the MINIMUM ORDER)
  • 10 charms for $20
  • 15 charms for $30
  • all 85 charms for $102
  • if you are interested in purchasing a different number of charms a custom listing can be set up for you.

Here’s a video of “The Outlander Celtic Link Chain Mail Charm Bracelet,” which shows the charms in great detail. I want one!

 

She also makes my personal favorite, Outlander-themed book beads; US covers on the front, UK covers on the back. They are absolute quality and worth every penny:

They can be strung together on a necklace or bracelet, wired on to earrings, hung on loops as wine charms, snapped on to key chains or looped into stitch markers! You get the idea: there is no limit to what you can do with these!

Outlander-themed book beads.

Outlander-themed book beads.

I have the wine charms, they are hands-down my single-most favorite Outlander-related items that I own:

Outlander-themed wine charms

Outlander-themed wine charms

All of the aforementioned items are available for purchase on her website and in her Etsy store. She also does other literary-themed collections, a la Harry Potter, Jane Austen, Game of Thrones etc…

Please give her Facebook Page a Like, show her some Outlander love <3

Save the Date–Help the UK, New Zealand and Sony-Owned Properties in Latin America & Spain Get Outlander!

blue outlander

There is a Twitter campaign underway to help the rest of the world watch Outlander the TV series (currently it will only air in the USA, Canada & Australia).

***We plan to include other countries as we learn their respective networks’ Twitter handles, so stay tuned! On this particular date, we’re focusing on the UK , New Zealand & Sony-owned properties in Latin America and Spain:

February 26, 8-10pm GMT

(US times:  3-5 pm EST / 2-4 pm CST / 1-3 pm MST / 12-2 pm PST)

Please tweet one of the following texts ONCE to each of the handles on this list, to remind networks in the UK and New Zealand that fans are eager to see the show and will support it once it is on the air:

When Outlander airs, I will do everything in my power to help ensure that it’s a hit.#WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander

Outlander fans stand ready to ensure the success of the series. #WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander

I promise to use all means in my power to help ensure the success of Outlander. #WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander

@BBCOne

@sky1

@SkyLivingHD

@ITV

@itv2

@Channel4

@E4Tweets

@channel5_tv

@WatchTVSeriesTV

@SyfyUK

@UniversalChUK

@SKYNZ

@Primetv_NZ

@tv3nz

@Foxtel

@SoHoTVAU

@SPE_LatinAM

@sonypictures_es

@Canal_Sony

@SonyPicturesMX

@SonyPicturesUy

@SonyPicturesCol

@SonyPicturesArg

@canalsony

Thanks & good luck everyone!  

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