How to watch Australian TV in America

How to watch Australian TV in America

Do you have a favorite TV show that you miss from Australia? Well, Katherine from Bright Lights of America has some tips below for how to watch Australian TV in America! 

Netflix and Amazon TV are fantastic, and I refuse to spend money on cable television here in the US, but sometimes you just want to hear your own accent coming out of the magical picture box.

I’m not sniffing at American TV at all. It’s just not the same as Aussie comedy or drama. I’m talking your Upper Middle BoganSammy J’s Playground PoliticsPlease Like MeThe Family LawRosehavenThe Book Club etc. [America Josh adds Rake to this list, please]

And then there’s the British TV that some channels stream, like Grand Designs (Kevin McLeod is everything), Call The MidwifeCatastrophe, and whatever documentary Louis Theroux made that week. How else would I be able to watch Crowded House’s latest live concert?

Except there’s that pesky geography issue. Many Australian television streaming sites use geo-blocking to basically restrict their content to only play for those within Australia. There are a few ways they do this, such as checking the location of your device’s IP address.

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How To Recreate Aussie Christmas For Expats

How To Recreate Aussie Christmas For Expats

This is my second Christmas in the US, my sixth Christmas in the northern hemisphere and my seventh Christmas spent away from family. At this time of the year I start reminiscing about all the summery Christmassy (yeah, it’s a word) things that I’m missing out on.

Once you’ve experienced a few winter holiday seasons, you know the drill – it can be dark, freezing, cosy in front of a heater or fireplace and involves a lot of lazing around. So it’s time to recreate an Aussie Christmas wherever you are. I enlisted a bit of help from some amazing Aussie Expats, to find out exactly what it is they miss the most about an Aussie Christmas to put together this list. Thanks guys!

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America's Pumpkin Spice Obsession

America's pumpkin spice obsession

It’s the most pumpkin spice time of the year. I’m not a coffee drinker so before moving to the great US of A, I don’t think I’d heard of pumpkin spice before.

That all changed two months into my expat experience when October rolled around. Pumpkin spice was everywhere. In lattes, cakes, pies (obviously), on billboards, in air fresheners, haircuts (I kid you not) and a million other things.

I’ve never witnessed anything like the pumpkin spice juggernaut that exists here. in 2015 Pumpkin spice flavoured coffee made $32.7 million US dollars and was the third best-selling pumpkin product that year.

And so, finally, here is my list of the strangest pumpkin spiced goods and services that I’ve seen around the traps. Keep reading at Bright Lights of America...