A question that always comes up during tours is “how can I watch_____ TV shows in English in Panama?” ( fill in the blank with your favorite shows)
There are several ways you can watch your favorite shows:
- Cable TV – Cable Onda has good internet and cable tv which you can program for English language. I have SKY TV which has about 250 channels including a movie package. Some channels are in English and some are in other languages like Spanish, German, Italian, French. News shows like Fox, CNN, and BBC are available. Many of the movies are in English. And the weekly shows like Animal Planet, History Channel, A & E, TLC, FX, Warner, ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL Network, Golf Channel National Geographic, etc etc… It’s about $50 a month
- USTVNOWcom – has all most of the US TV channels including network news like ABC, NBC and CBS plus Fox and CNN. This was originally created for military people stationed overseas but can be used by expats too. Some of the channels are free or they have two subscription options. One includes a DVR to record your favorite shows so you can watch them later.
- ROKU is a great way to get access to your favorite shows too. Some of the programs are subscription based. You’ll need a TV with an HDMI cable port then just hook up the Roku to your TV for easy access to a variety of English shows. I use Roku to get access to Netflix and Youtube on my television.
To get access to Amazon Prime or use an Amazon Fire Stick you will need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to hide your Panama IP address before you log in. I use www.HideMyAss.com
Some people have a special box, called a IPTV box which gives them access to all US television channels including sports in English. I have heard that it is about $300 to buy the box and get it installed then only $25 a month.
Bottom line, there are a lot of different way to get access to English TV shows, movies, sports and news when you live in Panama. You won’t have to give up watching TV or movies when you move to Panama!
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