The fellow Britophiles over at smittenbybritain.com have designed this very cool t-shirt and mug that I think most fans of Downton Abbey and Jane Austen will understand and love.  American born, British at Heart!  Visit their store to find other options like "Canadian Born" and "Australian at Heart".  Fun stuff!
 
 
We know how you feel.

Poor Matthew is dead, Mary is a widow with a baby, and Tom is trying to keep the Abbey in business. Yet the producers of PBS insist on making us wait 4 months later than when Downton Abbey is shown in the UK. In the meantime the spoilers fly around on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr and the surprises get ruined anyway. 

But what can you do besides move to Britain for 8 weeks in the fall?

There are ways to catch the latest episode of Downton Abbey online after it airs in Britain. We told you about some last year, but we have found a much better alternative.

Expat Shield

Expat Shield is a nifty little software package than can assign your computer a UK-based IP address. The assignment is only temporary and can easily be turned on and off. This allows you access to the itv player where you can watch Downton Abbey after it airs in the UK. 

How to install Expat Shield

Expat Shield is simple to install. Simply go to the Expat Shield homepage and click on the Download button. The software will install and put a shortcut on your desktop. 

To use Expat Shield:

1. Open the shortcut from your desktop.
2. Your default browser will open and Expat Shield will launch. Wait for it to launch until you see Connected in the window. 
3. Open another browser window and go to the ITV player or the ITV Downton Abbey home page
4. Find the episode you want to watch, and open it.
5. NEW THIS YEAR: ITV requests that users enter a UK postal code to watch ITV player content. Here are a few to try:

Highclere Castle: RG20 9RN
Downton Abbey Village (Bampton, Oxfordshire)  OX18 2HA
Lady Rosalynn Painswick's house in Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AL
Jane Austen's House in Chawton: GU34 1SD
Platform 9 3/4, King's Cross Station: N1 9AL

6. When you are done watching, simply launch the Expat Shield shortcut again, and click Disconnect. If you don't disconnect you will find you are brought to the UK version of sites like amazon.com and google.com.

Is Expat Shield Legal?

We do not offer any legal advice on this page.  

 Here are some links to help you decide for yourself. 

Expat Shield Terms of Use 

How to watch BBC and ITV 

Expat Shield for Brits Abroad

Other Alternatives

Tunnel Bear is an Expat Shield type software program. Read more about it here

This Facebook page, Downton Abbey Series 4, may have links to watch episodes after they air.  This page WILL contain season 4 spoilers when the season starts. 

Yes, there are other alternatives too, such as illegal 'torrents'.  We do not recommend these because, apart from the moral issues, they usually involved registering email addresses, allowing cookies and other downloads of software that could be malicious. 

When does Downton Abbey Season 4 start in the UK?

There is a tentative date of September 15, 2013. The official date has not been announced yet. 

The series will air on January 5, 2014 on PBS in the United States. And we'll all be watching then, too!
 
 
Excited to share that PBS is offering a line of Downton Abbey ornaments! This replica of Downton (Highclere Castle) is available for $21.99,  The bell replica is available for $13.99.  What a great gift for a fan of Downton Abbey!


See the entire collection here.

The ornaments are available for pre-order and will ship 11/15/13. Order now before supplies run out (which often happens on the PBS site). You can save 10% on Downton Abbey ornaments by ordering before July 1st. 
 
 
Jewelry company 1928, known for their vintage designs, has released a Downton Abbey inspired line of jewelry. The line includes necklaces and earrings reminiscent of Lady Mary and the other ladies of Downton Abbey. 


The collection ranges from these Attica Vintage Leaf Earrings for $12 to this gorgeous Jet Black Ornate Teardrop Necklace for $125. View the line and tell us, which one is your favorite? 
 
 
Great news for fans of Downton Abbey! 

Amazon.com has released Season 3 of Downton Abbey for Prime subscribers. The first episode is free.

Don't want to subscribe to Prime? The first month of Amazon Prime is free, and you can cancel before the month is over to avoid charges. But I highly recommend the $79/year cost. It is cheaper than Netflix or cable, and there are thousands of movies and shows to choose from. If you are a fan of BBC television you can watch several seasons of great shows like Doctor Who, Sherlock, Upstairs Downstairs, and the BBC production of Jane Austen's Emma all for free. 


The two-day shipping (which sometimes arrives in one day for me) is unbeatable too. 
 
 
I am excited to share the news that The Countess of Carnarvon's sequel to Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, is available for pre-order on amazon.com! The book is called Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey

Author Countess Fiona Carnarvon is the wife to the Earl of Carnarvon and the current owners of Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed.  Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story of the son of Lady Almina and their lives as the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon in the 1920s and 1930s. 

The release date is scheduled for October 29, 2013. You may pre-order now with amazon.com's Preorder Price Guarantee to receive the lowest price. 



Read the book description here on amazon.com.

 
 
Free US domestic shipping from Skreened.com, June 4th and 5th, ending midnight June 5th PST. Get a Keep Calm and Ask Carson to Bring Tea tote bag for only $19.99. 


The Keep Calm and Ask Carson to Bring Tea t-shirt is also available with free shipping.
 
 
The Keep Calm and Ask Carson to Bring Tea tote bag* is now available on skreened! Big enough to fit a laptop, this tote will be a hit for any Downton Abbey fan. 


*This is a different bag than the one previously offered on Zazzle. That bag is still available, although you would have to fill in the name of your favorite butler yourself.

 
 
Great pet bowl for the pet loving Anglophile in your life! Features the Union Jack British flag in a vintage look with customizable Name. Easily change to Her Ladyship, The King of the House, or any other greeting you may choose!

 
 
Elegant floral design of the Mistress of the Manor mug. Customize It with the name of your own special lady. Elegant floral scroll and script design. Pink and gold colors. 

Save 25% on mugs with code CINCOSALES4U   Ends Saturday, May 5th, 2013!