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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

TunnelBear: Watch Your Favorite TV Wherever You Are

Okay, so I know I'm not the only one who has issues with wishing they could watch stuff from their DVR or Netflix queue or even stuff on network websites like NBC.com while I'm on vacation. Not that I have that much time to watch TV, but sometimes you just want to veg out while relaxing and either there isn't anything on or all your choices are in a foreign language. Once we were in the Bahamas and waiting out a hurricane watch with the only thing on every channel the coverage of the hurricane's route. We tried to watch stuff online, but because we weren't in our own country we were blocked from any streaming videos. 


While bringing along a couple DVDs or downloading movies to our laptop is a solution - because we did watch the last 4 episodes of Dexter while in London and France on DVD - it's not always convenient and you may not always bring enough or fell like watching what you brought. So, how do you fix that? A VPN (virtual private network) like TunnelBear is the answer! In short, it uses "tunnels" to hide your IP address from the network you're trying to access and makes it look like your computer is in the country of the website you're trying to use. For example, say I want to use my Netflix account, but I'm in Germany. Using TunnelBear, that will be downloaded on my computer, phone or tablet, I can select US as my country and then log onto my Netflix account as I would from home and then stream anything I want.


Another awesome thing the TunnelBear app allows you to do: connect to your Pandora/Spotify account. Eric likes to listen to music while getting ready in the  morning and he often either uses Pandora or his phone playlist. As much fun as listening to local music stations can be, sometimes you just want to listen to your favorite tunes so you can sing along in the shower. 

So, what else can it do? If only having access to your streaming services isn't that exciting to you, there are two other great things about TunnelBear:

1. Keep your browsing activity totally safe! TunnelBear takes your privacy seriously and that mean that you can feel free to use your credit card, personal information and check your banking account without worrying that someone is going to snipe your information. All your activities and info are coded and completely hidden, which makes this a great app even for domestic travel, because public WiFi is not always a great thing.

2. Ever traveled and found an absolutely amazing show that you love, love, love so much and then go home and can't watch it? Yeah, me too. I have two shows that I wish I could have watched once I came home from trips: Es Incroyable and Two Pints and a Packet of Crisps. Of course, on this last trip, I found the French version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and even though I can't understand most of the words, it's super funny. With TunnelBear, you can pretend to be in those other countries and watch these shows online if they're available. Awesome!


There are three different plans to choose from on TunnelBear: The basic plan called Little Bear, which is free and two unlimited data plans. The Giant Bear enables you to download to your computer and two other devices for $4.99 per month and the Grizzly Bear, which gives you the same great deal, but at a 17% discount if you pay for the entire year ($49.99). It's super easy to download and to sign up, too.



Once you've set up your account and downloaded the app, all you have to do is choose the country you want the internet to think you're in, turn it on and then browse away. Simple, right? The video above shows you just how simple. Use it on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet. Use it for Skype, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, Apple TV, all your web browsing and more! 

I'm really excited to start using this app more to view shows I never thought I'd get to watch again and feeling secure wherever I go with my laptop and phone and not feeling like I might be the victim of identity theft because I want to look at my credit card transactions from the last week. The rates are totally affordable and let you bring your fun with you, while also giving you peace of mind. Download it now!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.
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