Wonder what it would be like to watch live nfl from your couch? Well, thanks to the advent of the internet and smartphone technology you can even do that while underground on the subway (or tube)! A decade ago, such a thing would have been unthinkable. To think that sports viewing was once exclusive to sports bars where you have to fight for a table or seat is humbling. Today, we have high-speed internet access and smartphones with processing capabilities that would have taken up an entire floor a few decades ago. To think that we have all of this ready to go in our pockets, on our laptops, or via our Smart TVs will raise the hairs on anyone’s skin!
Today, you can catch the U.S. National Football League action online in high quality. You can even watch live streams of the NFL! And, you have all of the imaginable NFL content at your fingertips; ‘Night’ games and primetime material (SuperBowl, anyone?)! What more could an NFL sports fan ask for? Well, there is one thing, actually. We still haven’t figured out how you (as an avid NFL fan) can be in another country on a couch somewhere, relaxing with a beer and catching an online free stream or logging in to your existing digital subscriptions. Or, have we? In fact, yes!
As you may or may not know already, broadcasting restrictions and all sorts of legal technicalities surrounding how digital content is propagated mean that the US-based NFL sport can only be watched in the United States. Well, properly at least. This means that no matter where you are in the world, you will run into issues i.e be geographically blocked from viewing NFL free streams or even accessing your paid NFL digital streaming subscriptions.
Thankfully, we now have access to what are called VPNs, or Virtual Private Network apps. These nifty little tools (which we’ll get into in just a second) allow you to login into your paid digital streams or watch a free stream on any device from anywhere in the world! From the Amazon rainforest, if you wish.
Let’s dig into what VPNs are, where exactly NFL content is offered and finally we’ll cover your VPN settings to be able to do this.
What is a VPN?
A VPN is a clever little cybersecurity tool that quietly resides on your computer. The best ones (the ones you need to apply the location trick) cost a few bucks a month, nothing special. However, the technology you are getting is very special indeed!
Once you subscribe and download a premium VPN, you’re not just getting software that can change your location, you’re getting software that will keep your connection secure at all times and keep you anonymous on the internet!
Where can you watch the NFL online?
Here are some popular NFL free streams you can quickly access right now;
- 123 TV
- Live Soccer TV
- Live TV
The free streams above broadcast content from these traditional channels
- ESPN 2
- CBS Sports
- NBC Sports
- FOX Sports 1
- FOX Sports 2
- The NFL Network
- NFL RedZone
Here is a list of popular digital streaming subscriptions that people like to use to stream NFL content
- Yahoo Sports App
- Peacock TV
- Amazon Prime Video
- YouTube TV
- Hulu + Live TV
- DAZN (Canada)
Crack open your VPN
Now that you know all of this, it’s time to release the Kraken! (your VPN, of course). All you have to do is find a solid VPN contender that is reputable. A quick online search will find you a bunch of these. NordVPN or Surfshark will do just fine, as they have great US servers (you’ll see why you need this in a moment). Next, you need to pay the subscription on the provider’s website (like we said earlier, just a few bucks a month).
Now you are ready to install your VPN on whatever device you want to watch the NFL from. Once you’ve done that, connect to a US server in the app. Now, try to open one of the free streams above via your browser or access your digital paid streaming service. Ah! You’re now somewhere outside of the US and suddenly you can see the content? That’s what a VPN can do for you, and much more.
Remember to use your browser’s private viewing or incognito modes so that browsing history is not kept when switching through NFL content. If a certain US server won’t display NFL content, just switch to another one (or a server in another US state closer to where you are in the world). Also, remember you can even use a VPN on your Smart TV.