Football season this year is showing no signs of slowing down Shares Ready for Thursday every week night football? So are we and what a season it's already been for the NFL - jam-packed with incredible interceptions, receptions and hand-offs. With this being the th NFL season, it's safe to say the stakes and tensions are high.
A TV antenna allows you to watch your local broadcast channels for free once you've bought the antenna. This however requires your home to be within range of the local station that is carrying the game.
This will be your cheapest and easiest option, but obviously you won't be able to watch the games live. There is a free trial available.
This means if you live in the market you are trying to watch the game for, you'll need to mask your location with a VPN see below. By using a VPN, or virtual private network, your home's exact location is masked.
Teams then cannot determine if you are within their blackout "range", thus allowing you to watch whatever sports team you want. I can vouch that they work for this exact use-case because I've done it.
A VPN hides where you actually are on the internet. After purchasing their service, you get an IP address that is registered from some far-away place think Germany, Italy or Seattle , and that IP is either entered into your home internet router or via their downloaded "VPN app" on whatever device you plan on watching sports on phone, TV, tablet, etc.
This IP address acts as a disguise to the various major sports teams that attempt to "blackout" their streaming services for those of us that can simply watch it on our TVs or computers. Are VPNs Legal?
When used for watching TV and your local sports teams, VPNs are not illegal and anyone can use a VPN service to watch sports without fear of the police coming knocking at your door.
The act of surfing the web or streaming shows through another IP is completely legal, and is something even the largest companies in the world do all the time. However, if you hide behind a VPN service to perform illegal activities, then you're of course violating the law - and we would never condone that.
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