It’s that time of year again, folks: the NFL is back. Preseason NFL games are in full swing, and Browns fans like my wife are already steeling themselves for their yearly ritualistic punishment. There’s nothing like it.
Consequently, there’s nothing worse than being stuck out of the country during football season, either as a result of being sent away on business or planning a vacation poorly. But there’s still hope!
FlashRouters is here to make sure that no good football fan is stuck without a means for watching his favorite team (and any other team, for that matter). There are plenty of ways to stay in touch and stream NFL games from outside the US, and we’re going to tell you all about them below (maybe even throw in a tip about how to get them from inside the US for cheap, wink).
Stream NFL Games on NFL GamePass (Updated for 2015)
Let’s start with the best option, because this one is specifically marketed to solve this exact problem:
NFL GamePass is just what you’ve been looking for, in that not only can you follow any team (or amount of teams) you want, but you can only enjoy the best benefits of NFL Game Pass if you’re not in North America.
That’s right; NFL Game Pass is made just for you, the NFL fan who’s stuck overseas from fall through winter. And you can choose a subscription that suits exactly your needs. You can follow every team, or just your favorite; you can just watch the playoffs, or just the regular season, or even just the off-season, or all three!
Replay games you missed, or even watch archived Super Bowls and other games with NFL Game Pass we well. And of course, NFL Game Pass offers the most up-to-date live scores, in-game stats, chat options, DVR controls, and those just come with the basic subscription. Pick up the premium NFL Game Pass subscription and add NFL RedZone, condensed games viewing options, multi-view game modes, picture-in-picture, and much more to the list of perks!
Fox Sports Go is the new kid on the block, having recently announced their intentions to stream 101 NFL games this season (that breaks down to 97 regular season games and 4 NFC playoff games). Having streamed the a recent Super Bowl to great acclaim, Fox Sports decided to make it a full-blown commitment.
One quick caveat: Only in-market games will be available to users (VPNs should be able to help you with that, as you’ll find out in a couple of paragraphs).
DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket Becomes More Accessible
Whereas previously, only DirecTV subscribers were able to stream NFL Sunday Ticket – which allows users to stream any game they want, and even has the popular Red Zone feature, which cuts to games with a team in imminent scoring position – now AT&T has made it possible to stream NFL Sunday Ticket, provided you live in an apartment, condo, or townhouse.
Even better, if you’re a college student, the price of NFL Sunday Ticket is officially cut in half. Perhaps AT&T (rightly)figured that no college student would shell out $49.99 a month, while $24.99 seems much more reasonable.
How to Watch Live NFL Games Outside the USA with a VPN
Of course, if you’re not exactly wild about the idea of shelling out over $200 for NFL Game Pass, or if perhaps you’re in Mexico where NFL Game Pass is not available, there are other ways to stream NFL games outside of the US. Every Sunday Night Football game is available at NBCSports.com; Monday Night Football games are available on WatchESPN.com (provided that you have a cable subscription from select companies).
The problem with these options is that these websites are not available outside of the US, but there’s an easy way around that issue: all you need to do is subscribe to a VPN.
A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service that offers users maximum security around their online information. When you log into your VPN, all of your information is tunneled through secure, encrypted servers located all over the world, thus ensuring that no hackers, online spies, nor identity thieves can ever access it. No longer need you worry about your sensitive e-mails being viewed by prying eyes, nor your credit card information falling into the wrong hands.
Another nice thing about VPNs, and one that directly addresses the issue here, is that VPNs allow you to access geographically restricted information from anywhere in the world. When you log in to your VPN, you’re allowed to choose your own server which can be located almost anywhere. This changes your IP address, effectively tricking your computer into believing it’s in another country. Stuck in China on business and eager to access your NFL Sunday Ticket subscription? All you have to do is log in to your VPN, pick a US-based server, and you’ll be able to stream NFL games in no time.
*In fact (and this will have to stay between us), if you use a VPN, you can use NFL Game Pass from inside the US. Log in and choose a server in any country outside of North America and enjoy. Choose a VPN with a server in the Netherlands and your NFL Game Pass subscription will be free and unrestricted. But you didn’t hear this from us.
Popular VPN service providers for watching the NFL online include:
- IPVanish – Offering some of the fastest VPN server speeds
- NordVPN – Easiest to Use VPN Provider
- HideMyAss – Largest Selection of Server Locations
- PrivateInternetAccess – The Top budget VPN option
The Best Countries to Stream NFL Games
So now that you have your VPN set up you are probably wondering which country would be best suited to stream your favorite NFL games. There has been a lot of talk of countries who have free access to NFL GamePass for the season.
Now FlashRouters has done its research to bring you the best countries to stream your NFL Sunday games.
Unfortunately there are no longer any free countries that allow you to stream free of charge.
How much does NFL Streaming cost? For most countries the prices are $169, $199, and $269.99 for GamePass Team, Season, and Plus packages.
As for the cheapest countries to stream from the winners are Netherlands and New Zealand with rates of €125, €145, and €194.99 for GamePass Team, Season, and Plus packages. ($165, $191, and $257)
While these are not exactly the highest speeds, FlashRouters speed tests have also confirmed that these countries’ servers have stabler connections than other international servers.
Now that you have your VPN access (set up through FlashRouters of course) and the best countries to stream from you are all ready to enjoy the game!
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy.
The FlashRouters Guarantee
But before you get your VPN subscription, you should know that the best way to take advantage of all that a VPN has to offer, as well as the best streaming quality for watching NFL live streaming games, is to use a FlashRouter.
At FlashRouters, our mission is to provide high-performing, affordable routers that keep our user’s networks fast, safe, and dependable. We flash every router with either DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, major firmware overhauls that super-charge already powerful routers with a variety of advanced uses. Using a router flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, you can boost the range of your wireless signal, take advantage of advanced security options, and even control your own bandwidth. So if you wanted to prioritize HD streaming during football season, a FlashRouter will allow your network to handle a high volume job like that with ease. No more annoying freezes or stalls.
Better yet, if you want to make using your VPN easier, we can help with that too. All of our routers come equipped with built-in VPN-connectivity, which saves you the trouble of installing the tricky VPN installation software and potentially bricking your router (it happens all too often). If you hold on to your previous router, you can take advantage of our popular dual-router set-up and switch between your local network and VPN in no time.
Best FlashRouters for Streaming NFL Football
Far and away, the powerhouse of our line is the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter. This is our Steelers-in-the-70s router. You haven’t got a prayer going up against this networking beast.
If speed is your number one concern (and if you’re going to stream NFL games, it probably should be), then you have to go with the Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT FlashRouter, which follows in the footsteps of Gale Sayers, Walter Payton, and Barry Sanders, and leaves all of it’s other competitors in the dust (read more about the amazing Wireless-AC speeds of this router here).
But if you want a fullback of a router, one that just fearlessly stomps all over its competitors like Jim Brown, Franco Harris, or Herschel Walker before it, then the Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato router is your man (read more about that one here).