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!

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#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 ❤ ❤ ❤

 

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

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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!