When moving to Mexico, shows from back home become an important connection to our previous life. Being able to access our home country programs can help us ease the transition and keep us updated on news and events.

Programs from back home can be a comforting way of staying connected. Photo: Courtesy.

Luckily, Mexican television services have picked a wide range of programs from all over the globe, and there are many other options to help us unlock our favorite content.

Here are some options to help you stay connected to home.

Satellite

Satellite is a popular option with expat communities as it offers a wide range of international programming. The different packages often have a varied selection of channels, which often include international sports, news channels and a variety of programs from abroad.

The downside of this option is that signal problems are common, especially during stormy weather. Rain, or even strong winds, can interrupt the service.

Dish Mexico and SKY Mexico are two of the largest providers in the country. Their packages range between $500 to $1000 pesos a month, depending on provider and package.

Streaming TV

Thanks to fiber-optic, which is quickly gaining ground in Mexico, we now have much faster connection speeds which allows us to stream high quality video over the internet.

Streaming services are varied and abundant. Photo: Courtesy.

Options are plentiful, and continuously growing. Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Go and Disney + are only a few popular options used around the globe. Prices range from service to service, but most tend to be around $200 pesos a month. 

These services usually have similar catalogs in the different countries where they are located, meaning we have a good chance of finding our favorite HBO show. The obvious downside is that many popular movies and local shows won’t be shown.

In order to avoid this roadblock, one might consider a VPN. 

Virtual Private Networks or VPNs

Virtual private networks allow you to connect with servers in other countries and use an IP address to stream whatever you like, wherever you live.

For example, it allows us to access the U.S. version of Netflix in the comfort of our Yucatecan home.

VPNs are a secure and reliable way to access content outside the country. Photo: Courtesy.

They can also be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi, and more.

VPN options are wide and varied, many of which are free. The downside to the free versions is how often one can use them, how secure their camouflage is, and how reliable their connections are. Paid VPNs are best if one plans on using them often, as they ensure protection and results. Their prices range from $8 to $12 US dollars a month.

Home-bound subscription services

There are some subscription services that offer the same content regardless of the location where we access them. 

Apple TV and Google Play are good examples of services that consider your payment information instead of the IP address from which you log into the server.

If you’re keen on continuing a local show once you make the move to Mexico, these options could be a safe bet.

Nowadays, the internet provides many alternatives to keep us connected to the content that makes us feel at home. Consider these options before choosing yours and make sure not to miss any episodes of your favorite show.