Default Podcasts outside of the USA

Does anyone know of a solution or workaround for subscribing to podcasts, and adding them to Xbox music on WP8 outside of the USA?

I've recently upgraded to WP8 (Lumia 1520) from WP7 (HTC Titan). A custom ROM and a registry alteration enabled podcast subscriptions directly on the HTC Titan, and even without that I could manually sync with Zune. Now I have 'upgraded' Zune doesn't even see my phone, so not even manual syncing is possible. I've managed to manually copy the files across using the file explorer, but they show up as music, albeit a podcast genre.
Is there a better option?

I tried searching the net but nothing obvious or any solution came up. Otherwise I wait in hope for WP8.1