Watch NFL Games from Anywhere

It’s that time of year again.  College football is heating up and the NFL season is well underway.  If you’re lucky enough to be in the U. S. then Sunday Ticket will give you access to all the games.  That is unless you travel during the season.  We’ve been there.  You have to travel outside the United States during the NFL season and hate missing your favorite team play.  Or perhaps you live abroad and want access to NFL games.

NFL Games

It really comes down to where you live.  In the U. S. you can subscribe to DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket.  If you currently live outside the U. S. and Mexico the NFL offers Game Pass and Game Rewind.  You can subscribe to Game Pass to watch NFL games live all season long.  While Game Rewind will let you watch them the next day.

If you live in the U. S. and plan to travel during the season then we suggest you use a VPN service.  This will allow you to securely tunnel back to a server in the U. S. where you can enjoy your favorite team while abroad.

Streaming NFL Games with a VPN service

Personal VPN’s are meant to be easy to use.  You’ll want a fast connection for streaming NFL games.  There are quite a few companies out there that are good but just can’t meet the bandwidth needs.  Two of our favorites for fast, reliable VPN access are IPVanish and OverPlay.  Both have quite a few US server locations.

We’ll be using IPVanish since they have the fastest VPN connections in the United States.   First you’ll want to sign up for access.  IPVanish is kindly offering our visitors unlimited VPN from just $4.54 a month which is a great value.

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After you become a member, IPVanish will send a welcome email with your account information.  From there you’ll want to visit their site and download the VPN client.  IPVanish has free VPN software for Windows and Mac.  They also provide and Android app and set up guides for iPhone and iPad.

Once you have the IPVanish client downloaded and installed go ahead and fire it up.

IPVanish USA

From here you’ll want to choose a US server location that provides the best download speed.  I have the map view up above but for this purpose you can also view the full list of servers under the list tab.  Once on the list screen you’ll have access to every IPVanish server.  Take notice of the ping time and load percentage.  The lower the ping time the better in terms of performance.  Choose a server location in the United States and hit connect.

We’ll keep it non technical.  You can connect to any IPVanish server and switch between them anytime.  They offer locations throughout the United States.  If you want an IP from elsewhere they have VPN servers located in 60 different countries.  IPVanish allows five simultaneous connections which is great for mobile devices.

The IPVanish client supports OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP protocols.  You can select which protocol is used to access the servers.  Test each of them out to see which one works best from your location.  For streaming NFL games and other media we recommend OpenVPN (UDP).  We enjoy the best results using it.

An IP in the US will unblock access to football along with many more geo restricted sites.  Follow us on Twitter @VPNSP for more how-to guides along with VPN reviews and specials.