Watching US TV Shows in Germany

Moving to a new country is exciting, it’s enthralling, and adventurous. You’ll get to see new sights, meet amazing people, try out cuisine you otherwise wouldn’t and take in all the fascinations of a culture so different than your own. In the beginning things are great, they’re absolutely splendid, but then there are the things that you miss about home, and a slight bit of homesickness starts to kick in. This doesn’t mean that you want to pack up and head out on the next flight, it just simply means that you’d like to enjoy some of the things you’re used to, like watching your favorite television shows. Game of Thrones and Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother, they are all moving on without you and you just can’t stand not knowing what’s happening to your favorite characters.

So what do you do?

Streaming on not so safe websites: Well there is of course the illegal way of doing things. You could take the chance of finding a website that offers all your favorite shows, and you can screen them as you when you want, where ever you want, as long as you have an internet connection of course. But this is never the good way to do things. The constant looking over your shoulder, wondering if the internet police will come tapping any time soon. Apart from the fear that doing something illegal will instill in you, there’s just nothing like watching your favorite show in great quality and not having to deal with a voice delay, or shaky loading and freezing.

English Shows on German Television

On regular German television you will also be able to watch your favorite shows. This however, isn’t a favorable measure for many as the voice overs are just hard to get used to, and if your German isn’t up to par, you more than likely will be missing more than a few jokes, important clues and details. Buying DVD’s and Your Local Video Store If you are willing to wait until they’ve come out on DVD, you can of course pick your shows up in the local video store, or buy them once they’re out. You will have the option of choosing whether or not you’d like to hear your show in English or German and perhaps even other languages. However, this is a very pricey option and thus one that is indeed not very popular.


AFN is a very popular option amongst expats. You’ll need a satellite dish in order for AFN to function, many have, however, complained that the signal is at times rather week. How to get Netflix to work in Germany Netflix is a great option, though many find difficulty in getting it to work in Germany. The reason for this is that you will need a VPN. What the VPN will do is change make it seem as though you are in the United States based on a change in your IP address.


For the sports fanatics, SKY is always a good option. If you’re not keen on purchasing a package then you can always check the sports bars in your area to see what they are showing and when.

Amazon’s Lovefilm

Another option is Lovefilm which you can either have mailed to you by adding shows to your online queue, or you can stream your favorite shows online.


Saskia Petz

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