By Ivo Henfling
As you all know, the internet and cable TV have changed the ways we all keep up to date with the day to day news. Costa Rica offers mainly two cable TV providers, Amnet and Cable Tica, and like everywhere else, they pretty much oblige you to pay for TV channels you don't' want to watch. But they both offer different news channels like CNN & Fox and some others.
In Costa Rica, since telecommunications are still a state monopoly, internet services are only provided by ICE and Racsa (an ICE owned company) and they sell the services either directly to you or through the cable companies. Click here to read more about this.. Changes are imminent as we expect the market in telecommunications to open up soon we hope.
On local TV, you'll have only the local channels 4, 6, 7, 11, 13 and 15 in Spanish.
For sure, when you move to Costa Rica your will be asking yourself what is available on Cable TV in Costa Rica. Since Costa Rica is a small country, you will find only 3 choices of Cable TV in Costa Rica. In fact, there are no choices at all. Itjust depends on where you will buy a house or where you will rent a home. Each of the two Cable TV service providers, Amnet and Cable Tica, divided territory. Sky TV is your second choice as they are a satelite TV service provider. All three offer more or less the same programming. Amnet and Cable Tica also offer internet connections, combined with the cable TV.
For those who speak Spanish, Costa Rica of course offers a wide range of newspapers in the Spanish language. You can read most of them online too. All these newspapers, you can buy in any newsstand on the streetcorners of cities like San Jose, Alajuela, Grecia, Atenas, Naranjo, Escazu and Santa Ana. You can also purchase a year's subscription and they'll deliver it at home for you every day.
News on different areas in Costa Rica
Many magazines and news papers are for sale in some of the supermarkets like Auto Mercado or Saretto's. Another option is to order internationally and use mail services for delivery. The most complete web site I have been able to find on the internet is: All You Can Read, just order all you want to read there and use any of the below mentioned mail services.
You can of course have all the newspapers and magazines from where you come from flown in. The best way to go at it is get in touch with some delivery services who will sell you a P.O. Box in Miami and you can have all your mail sent there. Several times a week they will deliver it to your door. It is much faster and a better service than the Postal service, especially when you order products over the internet. They will even take care of getting it through customs for you.
Direct mail services Costa Rica
Couriers in Costa Rica
Ivo Henfling, your Escazu and Santa Ana real estate Specialist
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