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Guanacaste Costa Rica,One way to get real U.S. television in Costa Rica, But why would you?



Are you living in Costa Rica like me or considering it? But don’t want to miss your favorite shows or news broadcasts from the U.S.?  Well, here is one possible solution I found and it doesn’t involve Amnet, Cabletica, or SKY TV.  All you’ll need is an internet connection.

A little-known company called US TV Now provides a great service – US television for US expats, beamed right to your home.

If you are content simply watching on your computer, just head over to their web site and sign up for an account.  The service costs about $20 per month, and in return you will be able to watch live broadcasts of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, A&E, Animal Planet, CNN (the US version, not international!), Discovery Channel, FOX News, National Geographic, History, and a ton of other channels that you’d expect on a basic cable package if you were back in the US.  For quite a bit more money, they offer an ‘HD’ plan of 200 channels + HBO and Showtime.

So, you’re happy now because you can now get real, live US TV.  But, if you’re like me, a small computer screen doesn’t cut it – I like my 42 inch flat screen TV and like to watch TV on a TV.  So, on to the next step.  Note that you’ll need your internet connection connected to a Wifi router for this to work. And I have to be honest with you, if you are not techy it can be frustrating as it is for me. Hell I had problems just setting up the DVD player

You will need a Roku Player. Ok so you are think what the heck is a ROKU and where do I get one. Well stop you complaining, you sound like the little brother I never had, here is the link. http://www.roku.com/roku-products

When you order a Roku player, just get the cheap ‘LT’ model for $49 – due to the internet speeds in Costa Rica you won’t be able to stream in high definition 1080p so the other models have no advantage over the LT and why spend more than you have to.  By the way, don’t worry about Roku’s “channel” lineup, which sucks in my opinion– the important thing is you are going to be connecting this little box to your US TV. I know what you’re thinking “Well I live here in Costa Rica how am I supposed to get it here?

OH come on you never had a friend be a mule for you, just buy it and send it to a friend to bring down when they come or check with some of your friends here that may have someone coming. I do it all the time.

Now if you are just getting ready to make the move to CR or already have a place in paradise you can just bring it the next time you come down.


Once you have your Roku player in hand connect it to your TV and follow the easy instructions for connecting the player to your Wifi network and activating it for the first time. Once your Roku is up and running, select the ‘Channel Store’ from the main menu and find (it’s in there somewhere)  the US TV NOW icon, select it, and choose ‘install channel.’  You should now have US TV NOW on your Roku home screen.  Select it, put in your username and password for your US TV NOW account that you created earlier, ( Remember first part of this article) and get ready to get live US cable TV here in Costa Rica!

Now that you have everything you need for your viewing pleasure, you may be considering cutting the cord to Amnet or Cabletica – but perhaps you think you need them for your internet connection. Wrong.  DSL service is available from ICE, the government run phone company, in most areas of the country, and if it isn’t, you can also go completely wireless by getting a 3G ‘data card’ from ICE that gives you a 2mb (good enough for the setup above under most circumstances) internet connection anywhere there is cellular service.  The data card can then be inserted in a 3G router (ask your local computer guy because this is way beyond me) to produce a Wifi signal that will power all of your internet and television-viewing needs.

So if this is too complicated you as it was for me (I had to hire someone to set it up for me) Then the reality is you don’t need TV, the basic cable package here is really enough you get about 12 US speaking channels and let’s face it, the main reason why so many people come to Costa Rica is to get away from the over saturation of media and are looking for a calmer life style so how really needs 200 channels. I bet you spend more time channel surfing than watching, so just go sit outside and watch all the wonders that Mother Nature has given us.



 As always, thanks to my steady followers for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoy some of my rants, craziness and even some good information, if you want to make a comment just send me an email to jaaechef@gmail.com , my personal email address or post it here. If you have an interest in or are just curious about Costa Rica and the possibility of owning your own piece of Paradise just click this link and have a look around.


I look forward to hearing from you! May the Sun Shine on you no matter where you are!!

“Pura Vida” Pure Life Baby!!


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