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8 apps for streaming foreign TV and movies

You prefer subtitles to big Hollywood titles, Japanese anime to American animation, and Gérard Depardieu to Gerard Butler. If you hunger for more international programming but don't want to rely on pricey cable add-ons or out-of-the-way art-house theaters, then check out our software picks for streaming the best foreign cinema and TV.

1. Netflix ( iOS/ Android)

Video-streaming giant Netflix boasts an extensive catalog of foreign shows and movies. Netflix sections off its library by region, but with an easy-to-configure VPN like Hola (Android), you can check out programming that might not be available in the US.

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Nero MediaHome review

Nero MediaHome is a neatly organized media manager that quickly retrieves and plays many forms of audio and video. The friendly design and reliable support make using this application easy and enjoyable. Many interesting features are available with this software, but the price of some add-ons may not be worth it.

Pros

Great interface: Nero MediaHome has a very neat and orderly layout that is quite intuitive. Regardless of your skill level, you will easily find what you're looking for because of the organization tabs and clean interface. Customizable themes are also available for free, which gives you the … Read more

Adobe Flash Player for Mac review

Adobe Flash Player for Mac lets you access Flash content in Web sites when using browsers like OS X's Safari. The plug-in integrates seamlessly and through a preference pane, gives you control over the type of access each Web site has to your system. The only downside to using it is that it suffers from performance issues.

Pros

Configurable: The plug-in adds a new preference pane in System Preferences where you will be able to adjust your local storage, camera, mic and peer-assisted networking settings to either allow the feature for all Web sites, on a per-request basis, or … Read more

Adobe After Effects CS6 for Mac review

Adobe After Effects CS6 for Mac provides you with professional tools for creating special video effects and making complex video edits. This subscription software comes with a free trial and is the current industry standard. Because of the sheer amount of features it includes, it requires a powerful Mac in order to run smoothly.

Pros

Large installer and slow installation: Installing Adobe After Effects CS6 for Mac may take a few minutes since the app weighs 1GB. The need to obtain an Adobe ID if you don't have one already further slows down the installation.

Plenty of features: This … Read more

Fandango Movies review

Fandango Movies gives you quick, easy access to movie tickets for nearby theaters. This application does not contain many features for social networkers but does succeed in providing speedy service for customers.

Pros

Pinpoint precision: Upon installation, movie theaters in a 50-mile radius were suggested to us, verifying the accuracy of Fandango's GPS tool. Additionally, logging in to your account instantly pulls up all previously visited theaters, which eases your shopping experience.

Attractive entertainment: Fandango Movies offers high-quality, fast-loading movie reviews, video interviews, and film stills. All of these items help you decide which films to watch in an … Read more

Sothink Movie DVD Maker review

Sothink Movie DVD Maker gives you the ability to convert movies on your computer that are saved in a wide variety of formats and burn them to a DVD. Through the app's streamlined interface, you can choose the files you want, adjust your preferences, and complete the burning process.

Pros

Preference options: There are tons of useful settings for completing a conversion and creating a DVD in this program. For instance, you can select the type of Zoom Mode you want from options including Letterbox, Pan and Scan, and Stretch. You can also specify the TV system you'd … Read more

AoA DVD Ripper review

AoA DVD Ripper lets you save movies to your computer in multiple formats, so you can play them back later on the device of your choice. Through the program's intuitive interface, you can quickly add files and complete the transfer without being a technical wizard.

Pros

Multiple formats: When you save movies from DVD to your computer through this app, you can choose to save them in one of several different formats depending on the device you ultimately want to play the movie on. Options include AVI, MPG, WAV, WMV, MP4, TBM, 3GP, and FLV.

Versatile tool: In addition … Read more

BlazeDVD review

BlazeDVD lets you play DVDs on your computer anytime you want, and it offers a full set of controls to enhance your viewing experience. With the app's streamlined navigation, all you have to do is pop in your movie and press play. It also lets you save and convert your DVDs into a format compatible with your iPad, iPhone, iPod, or PSP.

Pros

High-quality playback: The image that this program produces is great, and to go along with it, you also get 7.1 audio channels and picture in picture. Of course, the viewing experience will only be as … Read more

Google Play Movies & TV review

Google Movies & TV is a top-notch application that combines all the best features of notable movie rental and streaming services. Fully integrated with other Google products, this app is engaging, responsive, and easy to use.

Pros

Superb functionality: All videos streamed immediately when clicked, and quality remained brilliant throughout the duration of our tests. Purchases can be made with Google Wallet as well as other payment services for on-demand movie and television access.

Appealing design: Google Movies & TV has an excellent layout that draws attention to the large thumbnails that advertise the latest movies and shows available. Organizational … Read more

Coollector Movie Database review

Coollector Movie Database helps you keep track of the movies you've seen, the ones you want to see, and the ones you own. With a huge collection of movies and information, any movie buff could spend hours perusing this program and finding all kinds of interesting things to watch.

Pros

Rate for suggestions: When you first open the app, a "game" will pop up asking you to rate three random movies. As you rate each, a new one will appear, and if you get to the point that you haven't seen any of the movies displayed, … Read more