VH1 has been offering a steady stream of popular reality shows for years, and those of us in the US have the privilege of watching these shows on both TV and the Internet.
But it’s not so simple for those overseas trying to get their fix of Basketball Wives LA. So we’ll look at some of the best VH1 programs available, and demonstrate how our international friends can make sure they don’t miss a minute of these shows.
Best Streaming VH1 Shows
That Metal Show – Have a guilty (or not so guilty) love for 70’s-80’s hard rock and heavy metal like KISS, Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden? Even if you don’t, listening to the insane devotion host Eddie Trunk has for the genre can make even the most un–metal music fans jump into some spandex pants and throw up the devil horns. With guests like Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Artie Lange, Guns n Roses frontman Axl Rose, and WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, That Metal Show will certainly satisfy your hard rock entertainment needs.
The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale – Though he sadly passed away last year, JJ Cale remains one of the most influential yet publicly under-appreciated guitar players of the rock’n’roll era. Having written songs covered by artists as diverse as Eric Clapton, Spiritualized, Waylon Jennings, Captain Beefheart, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cale has lived a musical life worth hearing, and VH1 is streaming a whole documentary that’s a click away.
Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project – You might remember Linda Perry as the singer of 4 Non Blondes. What you might not know is that she’s spent the last two decades writing big hits for the likes of P!nk and Christina Aguilera. Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project finds the songwriter guiding young and unsigned talent to see if they can make the most of their potential. Don’t miss it.
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta – In a similar vein of competitive musician shows, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta collects a crew of aspiring hip hop musicians and pits them against each other to see who will come out on top. Suffice to say, things get a little tense.
This Is Hot 97 – This documentary series may have already wrapped up, but it’s still online, and we recommend giving it a look. Known as the premiere hip hop and R&B station around the country, New York’s Hot 97 is one of the last few thriving radio stations. This Is Hot 97 takes a behind-the-scenes look at this leading station and captures all of the messiness involved in bringing it to our ears.
Basketball Wives LA – Season three may have just wrapped up, but that just means you can binge-watch 10 straight episodes (plus a reunion episode) of fighting, high drama, and more fighting. What are you waiting for?
Leann & Eddie – Remember when Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian were all over the tabloids because their affair led to the end of both of their marriages? Wondered what they’ve been up to since? Well, if you said yes to either or both of those questions, Leann and Eddie is the show for you. Watch as Leann and Eddie struggle to maintain a normal marriage while negotiating the stresses of fame and an ongoing music career.
Enjoy Streaming VH1 Shows Outside the US with a VPN or SmartDNS Service
Of course, enjoying all of these programs is simple enough if you’re a US resident and/or currently within US borders. If you try and stream these shows outside the US, you might find yourself staring at a screen that looks something like this…
So what’s a non-US resident, or US citizen on extended vacation or business supposed to do if they want to stay current on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta?
The answer is simple: a VPN service subscription .
A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service that serves a dual purpose for its customers. The primary purpose is to secure their customers online information. This is accomplished by tunneling a user’s online info through secure servers set up all over the world whenever a user logs in, making it untraceable and keeping it out of the hands of hackers, identity thieves, and snooping governments.
The second purpose, and the one that’s important in this instance, is to allow users access to a more free and open internet by circumventing geographical restrictions. When you log in to your VPN service, you’re able to pick the location of your secure server, thus changing your IP address. So if you want your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone to think you’re in the US, even if you’re in Singapore, all you need to do is pick a US-based IP address when you log in to your VPN.
Simple as that. You’ll be streaming VH1 all over the world and your streaming device will be convinced it’s in the US.
Any VPN service provider on our official provider list is implicitly, heartily recommended by FlashRouters, but if you’re strictly looking for US-based IP addresses, we’d start by looking at HideMyAss (300+ servers in 34 states) IPVanish (40+ servers in 11 states) & Proxy.sh (50+ Servers in 18 states).
You could also use a Smart DNS service, like SmartDNS Proxy or Overplay. Smart DNS is an alternative to VPN, where as opposed to creating a “tunnel” to mask your IP with a new location, Smart DNS functions as a “trick” to allow access to specific unblocked sites, like VH1. While you aren’t getting the same security as with a VPN, SmartDNS provides a benefit in speed, bypassing the connecting and dis-connecting of a VPN provider.
Better Streaming Video Quality with a FlashRouter
Ensuring your ability to access streaming VH1 from anywhere in the world is a job for a VPN service provider, but if you want quality streaming – no skips, no freezes, no stalls, you get the picture – you’re going to need a FlashRouter.
As the video above illustrates, a FlashRouter is a powerful, versatile device designed to future-proof your wireless network. By taking already strong routers and flashing them with superior replacement firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato, we’re able to offer our customers devices that eclipse any others on the market. Enjoy advanced security options, extendable wireless range, and bandwidth that you can allocate as you see fit with a FlashRouter.
Better yet, if you’re subscribed to any VPN on our official provider list, we can send your FlashRouter pre-programmed to work with your VPN. No one wants to be futzing around with tricky VPN installation processes, so let FlashRouters take care of that for you.
While you’re at it, hang on to your old router, and use our popular dual router setup, allowing you to have one dedicated VPN router alongside your local network. The benefits of owning a FlashRouter never end!
We have all kinds of routers to suit all kinds of price ranges and needs. If its a heavy duty wireless network you’re looking for, we’d point you right towards the Netgear R7000 DD-WRT FlashRouter, hands down the most powerful router we carry. Not ready for that level of intensity from your network? Then the sleek, excellent Linksys E2500 Tomato FlashRouter may be more your speed.
Whatever you’re looking for out of your wireless network, FlashRouters can make happen.