For any expats that are interested in tv shows and movies from outside Japan Protected content now has a service which allows you to use Netflix, Hulu, BBC, Foxtel etc (or ANY other streaming site) for $5.95 per month.
The service has almost universal device support, meaning you can watch from a windows pc, a mac, an apple tv, an ipad/iphone, an android device, a PS3 or an Xbox Protected content to your tv.
You can also access content from multiple countries without any degradation of service quality.
There is a 14 day trial for anyone that would like to test it out and there is no lock-in contract, you can cancel any time. I have just started using it to watch House of Cards in HD via Netflix and can report the quality is amazing.