Television In Cuenca – Revisited

In April of 2012 I wrote a post about our TV services in Cuenca. A lot has changed in 18 months. We no longer have DirecTV and now our TV viewing is based on the following services.

I have installed a VPN Router. For the non geeks in the audience my VPN router came from Sabai Technology

This router basically is configured with VPN software and every time I  turn my computer, iPad, iPhone or Apple TV my Internet presence is in Miami and not in Ecuador. This allows me to watch anything on the web, Netflix, Amazon, Hula etc as if I was living in the U.S.  I received a great deal of help from  Larry Schunk.  He is a rep. for Sabai in Cuenca. I have his contact info and you can send me an email ( for that info.

You also need to subscribe to VPN software. I use Strong VPN as my service. Good customer support and very reliable.

Summary of Costs:

  • One Time Cost: VPN Router $150
  • Yearly VPN subscription $90
  • Monthly Netflix Subscription: $8
  • Yearly Amazon Prime Subscription $70


  • No configuration of VPN software
  • All your devices are connected
  • Full Netflix and Amazon Prime Video collection available to you >10K titles
  • Watch any TV website on the Internet


  • Initial Expense
  • Yearly recurring fee
  • Slight loss of Internet connection speed

I highly recommend this route. We watch great BBC and American TV series with no limitation.

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5 thoughts on “Television In Cuenca – Revisited

  1. We use Torrents… if you use your computer to watch the programs its no cost.. if you have a fancy TV and hook your computer to it… no cost.. If you have a basic TV like us we bought a WD direct box to “interpret” the video and it plays on or TV.. the WD box was 80 when we bought it, now its up to 100. BUT that is the only cost.
    We download all the current shows a few days after they air on TV, as well as the newest movies. We usually can get the movies a few days after they hit the Video sales..
    We do not use Netflix or any other paid program… and you know Randy… he watches a lot of tv! He is one happy camper

    • Karen, everything you say is true. Pero, (and its a big but) you have to have excellent firewall and antivirus software to protect your computer. The analogy I make is using torrents is like driving a car without a seatbelt. It can be done but its dangerous.

      The most dangerous being:
      *Virus, Trojan, Worm, Keylogger program attachments.
      **IP signature tattlers

      Torrent downloads are basically downloading from multiple personal computer systems, simultaneously, and combining data at the end to form the file you were looking for. Problem is, is that it’s WAY too easy to attach things to these files, and they just get swept into this whirlwind of information, broken apart and can easily invade your system after they’re reconstructed INSIDE YOUR COMPUTER, behind your firewall. After that it’s just whether or not you have a good virus scanner that can detect it.

      IP tattlers are a pain too, in that once you download something and activate it for the first time, it sends information to the watcher program containing the IP address of the computer you were using and where it was downloaded from. These watchers are paid by software development companies to bust people downloading non-free-to-play software.

      • No antivirus/anti-tattler s/w available for Torrent? What Karen outlines sounds good – this from someone who was once threatened by an ISP for suspicious activity.

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