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Does anyone know how to watch singapore tv shows online?

Postby sweetie2980 » Tue, 22 Feb 2011 8:17 am

Hey folks...im wondering if anyone here knows which website that i could watch shows from channel 5 and channel 8 especially mandarin drama series. I used to live in JB and had always been a big fan of 9 o'clock chinese drama besides other shows. Now that i already migrated to US, it seems hard for me to catch up on any of these show. I tried to watch on xinmsn but they blocked me saying its not available on my region. So any ideas? thanks for the input in advance.


p/s it was cool watching endless shows on american channel but it gets old after a while when i started to miss my old show :(
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Postby Expat_guy » Tue, 01 Mar 2011 3:02 pm

I am not sure whether it is legal to do that.

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Postby happigal » Wed, 02 Mar 2011 7:34 pm

try googling catch up tv xinmsn. But they seemed to have restricted access for those outside of Singapore. I was able to watch for a while in Switzerland, but now it is not available to me anymore.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 02 Mar 2011 9:02 pm

You'll need to do the reverse of what a lot of expats are doing... find a proxy server in Singapore so that it looks like you are in Singapore.

These are two that I found pretty quickly.

175.41.168.169:80 transparent proxy Mar-01-2011 Singapore AMAZON.COM
175.41.168.169:3128 transparent proxy Mar-02-2011 Singapore AMAZON.COM

Do a search for FoxyProxy.

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Postby sweetie2980 » Mon, 07 Mar 2011 6:40 pm

Thank you strong eagle. I'll look into that...
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Postby wonderbrad » Thu, 10 Mar 2011 6:25 am

Hi Strong Eagle and group,

I'm also interested in watching Singaporean TV from my PC, especially Channel NewsAsia (CNA). Unfortunately, after many attempts I'm still having trouble doing that.

Strong Eagle seemed to have an excellent theory, but it isn't working out for me in practice. I'm not able to use a proxy to view CNA Live from my PC here in California.

The live stream I'm referring to is here:
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/live/

I'm a fairly tech-savvy person, but not a programmer or network expert, so I may be missing something.

I'm using IE8, with Windows Media Player 12, and manually changing my proxy in the connections area of IE8.

By all rights, this should be working -- but it isn't.

Instead I'm getting the TVU networks player in a "stopped" state. It never loads any content.

(This is the same behavior of the TVU player that I get when I'm connected from California *without* the proxy.)

But I can see that the proxy is working, because typing "yahoo.com" brings me to "yahoo.com.sg"... so yahoo thinks I'm local (to Singapore).

And I know my TVU networks plugin is working, because I can use it to view other content -- by going directly to the TVU networks site.

To eliminate the "time zone variable" I changed my PC to local (Singapore) time and rebooted -- trying all my steps again. And again, the only thing that fails the final step of loading CNA content.

The very last thing I did was download the TVU networks application for Windows and install it. I looked for a proxy setting there, and didn't find one.

Strong Eagle... can you tell me if I am missing any steps, or if there is something else you can thing of for me to try?

Can someone... (anyone! :) try the CNA live link for me from within Singapore and let me know if it is working?

As a quick aside: TVU Networks has a lot of good content, including programming from China and Taiwan. I like both their browser extension, and their Windows application.

Thanks, in advance, for any help!

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Postby Calmday » Thu, 10 Mar 2011 7:12 am

This is what I use. I have it downloaded on a laptop that is connected to our TV here in Singapore. They have a server in Singapore so watching Streams from Singapore in the US wont be a problem.
It was pretty easy to install and use.

http://www.witopia.net/welcome.php

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Postby wonderbrad » Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:47 am

Hi Calmday,

WiTopia looks like a good option, and I really appreciate you mentioning it.

It looks like there are three software options on their site:
http://www.witopia.net/index.php/products

1. personalVPN™ – SSL/PPTP Combo ($69.99 / year)
2. personalVPN™ – SSL (openVPN) ($59.99 / year)
3. personalVPN™ – PPTP ($39.99 / year)

Can you tell me which one you are using successfully now?

It does seem that WiTopia should work for me -- but then what I was doing *should* have worked as well.
:)

Very nice to see that they provide a 30-day money-back guarantee, but I would have preferred a free 30-day trial.

I'll definitely try this I can't find another way to access CNA Live streaming from here -- or if I can think of another good reason for using a VPN.

Thanks!

PS. Has anyone tried to use the CNA Live page from inside or outside Singapore? Thanks again!

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Postby Calmday » Thu, 10 Mar 2011 1:05 pm

I use personal VPN™ – SSL/PPTP Combo on my laptop which is connected to our TV. I just have this because I travel a lot and take this computer with me. Some countries try to block VPN and you can get around that with this option.

I have the personal VPN™ – PPTP on my iphone and it works just fine.

I think that as long as you’re in North America or Singapore the VPN - PPTP should work fine.

I went back and checked after my other post and they do have a Singapore server so anything that you can watch online in Singapore, you should be able to watch in the US.

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Postby wonderbrad » Thu, 10 Mar 2011 4:33 pm

Thanks for the additional details!

As you said:

"[...] anything that you can watch online in Singapore, you should be able to watch in the US."

And I agree... so I've tried another VPN with a Singapore server. It's called Astrill, and it doesn't require users to buy a full year's subscription.

In fact, they have sale on now that brings the cost of a month's service under $7... cheap enough to give a try.

Astrill has some other nice features, like this: you can have two simultaneous connections (iPhone and Desktop, etc), you can set it to work only with one desktop browser (so I can have IE8 set to Singapore and Firefox set to local), and like WiTopia they have an iPhone app.

However, I'm still having the same problem. :cry:

I tried Singapore a server and several servers in surrounding countries. I've even tried a server and a local (Singapore) proxy together!

Can you connect to CNA Live streaming from within Singapore? Does this service work at all? I'm really getting concerned now that I'm trying to connect to something that just isn't there!

As I mentioned above, the CNA Live streaming page is powered by a TVU Networks applet in IE8/FF. That app works fine -- for other content. Just not what I want the most!!

When I press the "?" button in the TVU applet I get a message saying my content is "region blocked"... but how does it know I'm not local? I've got local time on my PC and I'm coming through a VPN... very odd!

Thanks for any thoughts or other help!

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Postby sweetie2980 » Thu, 10 Mar 2011 4:39 pm

Well i did look into proxy and it seems like this other option need money in order to view the channel/show. Since nothing is free like i thought its supposed to be so i guess i wait till i go back to asia and watch all these show :lol: nyway thanks for all the info folks.
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Postby wonderbrad » Thu, 10 Mar 2011 5:16 pm

Hi sweetie2980,

You are right... so far we haven't found any free methods for viewing Singaporean TV over the internet.

I'll be sure to post it if I find out how!

For me and my wife (and maybe some others here :) it might be worth spending a little money... and so I'll post the cheapest way I can find as well.

I'm waiting to hear from the VPN vendor Astrill about any solution they might have for the problem... but right now I still can't get any of the CNA Live streaming TV service to my PC in California.

Glad to know that you don't mind waiting until you get home! I guess I'm too impatient! ;-)

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Postby durain » Sat, 19 Mar 2011 6:50 pm

the only way to get a singapore IP for free is to ask someone in singapore to host a proxy server for you. this can be running on a PC/laptop connected to the broadband.

proxy server software is a small app that runs in the background.


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