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Is it Worth It to Ship a TV Internationally or Overseas?

Are you relocating from the USA to another country? There are many advantages to shipping your television overseas to most countries. When does it make sense to send and when is it better to buy a TV in your new country?

Is it Worth It to Ship a TV Internationally or Overseas?

One of the first questions that people ask when they are preparing an overseas relocation is: “is it worth it to ship a television overseas?” Many of our clients are moving to Canada or Mexico. Though these aren’t overseas they are still different countries, and permanently shipping your TV there must be done properly.

An international relocation is sometimes a great opportunity to save a lot of money by sending appliances from the USA to your new country. Not all appliances work everywhere. TVs aren’t the only thing that makes sense to send from the USA. In this article we will speak mainly about TVs, but keep in mind that additional complimentary equipment should also be sent.

Entertainment from the USA

Many of our clients have been living in the USA for several years and are moving back to their home countries for retirement or after a stint working or studying. Others are Americans who have decided to start life anew in another country or are being relocated by their employer to work in an overseas branch.

Whatever the reason for your move, you likely have become accustomed to American entertainment. Even if you are excited to experience the culture of your new (or renewed) country, you might still want to keep up with American sports or entertainment.

Even if you decide not to send a full sized TV, you will want to send equipment like streamers and home theatre equipment. Please note that typically streamers are not sent out of the USA by companies like Amazon, and if you want a streaming device, you will have to bring one with you.

Other equipment that is very important to bring with you are gaming consoles, home entertainment systems and projectors.

If you will want to continue watching TV content from the USA, you will need one of these streaming devices. They can also plug into a TV that you buy in your new country. [Please note that many of the streaming services that you are familiar with like Amazon and Netflix show more limited content outside of the USA. There are services available that will allow you to see the American versions, search for them on the Internet.]

Which TVs and Home Entertainment Equipment should not Be Sent Internationally?

In the old days, TV’s from the USA wouldn’t work in other countries. If you still watch movies on a DVD for instance or some older Blu-ray player, they are likely still to be region locked. This is an artifact of a time gone by when there were different TV broadcast systems in use. In the USA they used a system called NTSC, while most of the rest of the world used other systems called PAL or SECAM. If you are bringing media like discs with you, they might require an American player to play them properly.

With modern TVs, this is usually no longer an issue. If your equipment used HDMI, it should work on any screen that can receive HDMI input. If you are using older standards, it might not work. Your American TV will work in many places.

Most of the smaller complementary electronics, like speakers and home entertainment systems, will work with simple adapters. Check your appliances. Those that have an external converter or power block are almost all suitable for use anywhere. If it is written “input 100-240 v” or something similar, all you usually need to do is buy the simple adapters. Also anything powered by USB will work universally. However, appliances, especially audio visual equipment, should not be used with transformers.

There are many kinds of large screen TVs. Many times, they have the same multi input transformers like external power blocks, only they are built into the TV and can still be used. It is not always easy to read the input settings from the back of the TV, and sometimes it makes the most sense to consult your TV’s user’s manual. Don’t worry about the fact that you tossed them long ago, they are readily available online.

One other piece of equipment that you should consider sending is a router. Often times there are routers available in the USA that have all of the latest standards built into them. These routers are superior and far cheaper than those available in most countries.

If your destination is in the Western Hemisphere, all of your devices should work. It is pretty easy for you to compare prices. In Canada, prices are fairly similar to those in the USA, but for most other locations, sending your TV from the USA will be a great savings.

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