I might have mentioned that I’m a bit of a dork-fan about Downton Abbey. Perhaps in one of the weekly, emotionally-wrought recaps I’ve done of every single episode with my friend Sarah James.
Downton Abbey is a UK show, and usually airs in the UK several months before it hits PBS here in the US. I used to wait for months before it would air here. Then I stumbled upon a way for Americans to get our Downton Abbey fix. It’s a VPN hack called TunnelBear, and according to their website it’s perfectly legal.
Now, if you are backed up on your Downton viewing, you won’t need this fix. You can now watch Downton Abbey Season 3 on Amazon.com, as well as the first 2 seasons. And the current season (season 4) will be out in a few months.
However, if you just cannot wait, Season 4 of Downton Abbey is uploaded to a site called itv.com that’s free for Brits to watch. If you try to access it stateside, this is what you see:
Here’s what you have to do:
1. Visit TunnelBear.
2. Download the app and create an account. You will have to upgrade to the paid account to watch the full episode. It costs $4.99 a month. You can cancel at any time. (For me, perfectly worth it to be able to keep up with Hot Sister, Way Hot Sister (RIP), and The Other Sister.)
4. Shut down your browser. Log in to TunnelBear. Set it to “on” and “UK”. Wait for it to connect. (Patience, grasshopper!)
5. Go to the website where the UK version of Downton Abbey Season 3 is available for free and now available for you to watch.
Now go watch it and come back and tell me what you thought.