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Attention All Netflix Users: Need a recommendation for a good movie tonight. Then run, don’t walk to What’s On Netflix and get your recommendation from IMDB or RottenTomatoes. Not foolproof but a good start.

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An excellent article from the Google Security Blog –

Behind enemy lines in our war against account hijackers

The above link is an excellent read and gives easy to follow steps to make your account more secure.

 

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Watching TV In Cuenca – Revisited

Technology changes every day and TV Watching in Cuenca is no exception. Last year I wrote this post. I have revised and changed some prices and and added a few recommendations. The revisions are in bold and the new products have *** before them.

 

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 fromSabai 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.

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 – Now $9
  • Yearly Amazon Prime Subscription $70 – Now $99
  • One Time Cost  Apple TV – $99
  • One Time Cost Roku Box – $90

My monthly costs including the amortized hardware is about $25 per month

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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.

*** Amazon Prime is now better than ever. They have added all the HBO Season 1 Shows and many more movies.

*** Netflix has added more movies and solid original productions like House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black

*** Amazon has come out with a Streaming Box similar to Roku and Apple TV called Amazon Fire TV. The initial reviews are excellent

 

On a separate note. A quick reminder that I do Skype consulting for those of you that are permanently moving to Ecuador. The charge is $25 and last night a happy future expat said that after the call she saved $150 by planning to bring certain electronics and eliminating others.

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Best Media Streaming Service

Presently, in Cuenca I am using the following hardware

  • Apple TV
  • Roku 3
  • Cisco E 2500 Router with Sabai firmware

And the following software subscriptions

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime
  • Hula Plus(Free Trial)
  • Strong VPN

My total subscriptions cost per year =$265 which comes out to $22 per month. With these services I don’t ever run out of movies and TV to watch. When I need to watch a movie or TV program that is not provided with these services then I rent it from iTunes or Amazon.

Below is a good summary of the available streaming services with a winner that I agree with.

And The Winner Is…

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VPN: Tools For Better Movie & Television Viewing

At the June 20th iPad Users Group Meeting we will be reviewing VPN solutions for your computer and mobile(iPad, iPhone) needs.  Although we will concentrate on the Apple Brand all the products will also work on Windows Machines.  We will review both subscription and free services.

There are many benefits of VPN’s but the meeting will focus on being able to connect to Movie and TV sites that without a VPN would be inaccessible.  Stay tuned for more information. Reserve your seat now because the capacity for the meeting is 12 people.

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Netflix – Great Entertainment

When I lived in Oregon I had a Netflix subscription before they developed the streaming service. Netflix was introduced to Latin America at the end of 2011.  I use Netflix with my IPad, MacBook Air, and Apple TV.  There is only one flavor in Ecuador.  It’s $7.99 per month.  There are no first run movies but hundreds of choices in different genres and TV programs.

The best part is using Netflix through Apple TV.  The movie instantly starts.  Much better than ordering a movie from Itunes where there is a 20- 30 minute wait while the movie stream buffers.  Here is an offer that is valid as of today. If you don’t have a Netflix account then go to this url — netflix.com/twit and get a free month.  Below is a 30 second video of my Apple TV Netflix experience.