Christmas for expats can sometimes be a bit tough. If there is ever a time when homesickness is guaranteed to kick in it will be Christmas, Boxing Day or Hogmanay. That said, I know that this year wont be as bad because I can now watch live UK telly whenever I want with Expat Surfer.

It’s hard to try and describe this thing without sounding like a door to door salesperson so I’ll be honest and say that if you sign up using the promo code below then Dear Scotland gets a very small commission which will help keep the site running. But I also know that I click my little ‘Expat Surfer’ button on my mac every day so that I can get a daily dose of home. It has changed my life, but more of that another day. So there you go.

Anyway, it’s as easy to set up and use as a new wireless network and there is no software to download or dodgy file sharing to deal with. Once you are set up you you’ll be able to push a button and redirect your computer to connect to stand-alone servers in the UK so your computer will be using a UK IP address. This will allow you to freely access online TV sites, from anywhere in the World, as if you were in the UK.

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So you can watch live and on-demand BBC programmes through the iPlayer. You can use 4 on Demand to watch new and archived Channel 4 shows. And if you know someone with Sky you can watch live Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and Sky Sports News 24 hours a day.

Which means this Christmas your homesick blues can be tempered somewhat because you can watch Sports Personality of the Year, new episodes of Peep Show, The Apprentice, The Ashes, Only An Excuse and Only Fools and Horses or whatever crap they show when you are falling asleep late on Christmas Day. And you will never see the words “not available in your area” ever again.

Anyway, perhaps you are looking for a late Christmas gift for your expat girlfriend or boyfriend? Or perhaps you just think that you deserve a wee present for yourself?

The service costs about US$10 a month but you can try it out for free first. It takes about 15 minutes to set up.

Try before you buy with our 3 day free trial.

This free trial will give you unrestricted access to Expat Surfer and all the UK online TV sites like Channel 4 On Demand, BBC iplayer and Sky Player for 72 hours.

To take advantage of the free trial, you have to enter this promotion code on the payment page:


Click this free trial link to signup now.

This will give you 3 free days access to Expat Surfer.

You will still need to enter your credit card details, but if you wish to cancel without paying, just do so within 72 hours of signing up (from your account on the Expat Surfer website), otherwise you will be charged.

If you have any questions about how this works feel free to email me here. Cheers.

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