Watch TV Channels From Around the World for Free on Your Home TV and Turn Your TV Into a Cheap Home PC




With the help of a $50 Android Mini PC (found via Amazon or eBay), ex-pats or anyone wanting to enrich their foreign language skills can watch foreign TV stations on their home TV. The Android Mini PC connects to an HDTV set, and with the add-ons of a wireless keyboard and a powered USB hub, you can turn your TV into a smart TV, and have free and open access to TV station apps that will allow you to watch news, movies, and other programming from overseas.

Step 1: Items to Purchase to Turn Your TV Into an International TV Set

Purchase the following:

- A Quad-Core, Android Mini PC ($50-$80). This can be purchased through any major online retailer (Amazon, eBay, etc.) Make sure an HDMI connection cable and AC power unit are included with the Android Mini PC.

- A wireless keyboard/mouse combo unit ($15-$30).

- An AC powered, USB 4 port hub ($10-$15).

Step 2: Connect the Components Together

Connect the Android Mini PC to one of your TV’s HDMI ports, with the USB hub attached to the Android Mini PC. Connect the keyboard’s wireless remote adapter to the USB hub.

Step 3: Set Up Your Android Mini PC, Connect to Wifi, Download Apps!

Once everything is connected, you will be prompted to set up the Android Mini PC. You will connect the device to your home’s wifi Internet signal. Since it’s an Android system, you’ll be prompted to set it up using a Gmail account, to gain access to the Google Play Store and other features. Your Android Mini PC should look similar to the above image.

Step 4: Download Apps Provided by Foreign TV Channels

Navigate to the Google Play Store, and install apps provided by foreign TV channels to watch foreign programming and content - free of charge! Note, some channels restrict viewing based on your IP location, so some channels may not work. For instance, BBC, ITN, and ESPN either restrict based on location or your cable TV subscription.

Step 5: Watch TV, Surf the Web, Play Games - Your TV Is Now a Computer Work Station!

Happy viewing! In addition to being able to watch international TV stations, your TV is now a basic computer system which you can use to surf the Web, use apps, play games, and stream content from your home network.



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    4 Discussions


    4 years ago

    have just had a quick browse through a number of reviews an various sites, would seem that in both the UK and USA the device scored a poor 2 or 2.5 from 5. The 'ible however is very clear and concise and well written, cheers.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    lancashiremon101: I've owned a couple of Android Mini PCs over the past few years, and only up until this past year when the newer quad-core devices have become available, I haven't had any issues with my device. Beyond the TV channel apps my family uses, we use our Mini PC for media streaming of movies saved on a central server at our house. The Android Mini PC compares nicely to an Apple TV device, but without the restrictions that it imposes to being locked into the Apple universe.


    4 years ago

    Alas, most foreigb tv channels will restrict viewers according to their location. Also, one of the examples (espn) only works with a very limited number of ISPs.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    carlos66ba, thanks for your comment, Other than the BBC, ITN, and ESPN, which restrict on IP address location and/or cable TV subscription, a lot of channels offer their programming free of charge. I live in a German speaking household, and we've been able to watch German programming for free for a few years now. I've amended the "how-to" with an acknowledgment of your comment.