Twitter surprised everyone and purchased the rights to show ten NFL games live on their micro-messaging service from September 2016.
Although most people expected Facebook, Google or one of the other big providers to purchase the rights, eventually Twitter was crowned champion.
Twitter now has the rights to stream 10 Thursday night NFL games from September 2016 to a potential 800 million people around the world.
This is great news for most viewers around the world but not so good news for others. Certain countries will be restricted from viewing such as Canada because local broadcasters have the rights to the NFL games. In the case of Canada, Rogers licensing issues mean that Canadians won’t be able to watch any of the games and they’ll be blocked from viewing.
Canada isn’t alone and there are other locations around the world who also won’t be able to stream then 10 NFL games on Twitter.
The good news is there is a simple solution available that will allow you to watch the NFL games on Twitter regardless of where you are in the world.
So let’s take a look and find out.
How to watch NFL on Twitter if it’s blocked
So you’re in Canada or one of the other countries where the Twitter NFL games are blocked or blacked out. Rather than being able to stream the games you’ll be hit with a message similar to the one below.
To bypass this block you need a service called a VPN that allows you to spoof your online location and appear as if you’re somewhere else.
Each internet connection is assigned something called an IP Address that can be used to determine your location. With a VPN you can change your IP Address to another country so rather than being blocked from watching the NFL games on Twitter you’ll be able to see them all.
VPN services are available from tons of different countries and below I’ll round-up the three best for the job.
Where to get a good VPN
If you’re like I was before I knew about VPN services then they can sound technical and intimidating, the good news is, they’re not.
If you type the term “VPN” into Google or any good search engine you’ll be overloaded with options and it’s difficult to know where to turn.
Not all VPN providers are created equal and although they all cost about the same price some are better than others. I’ve been testing VPN services to find out which is the most suitable for watching the NFL games on Twitter if they’re blocked in your country.
The following three are all fast, cheap and offer a good service that won’t cause buffering or slowdown on playback and should be suitable for most countries around the world.
All you need to do is click on one of the provider names below that takes your fancy and sign-up.
Now you’ve signed up continue reading below where I’ll show you how to use the VPN service to watch the NFL on Twitter in your country.
How to use the VPN for NFL
Once you’ve signed-up to a provider above you’ll need to download their software for your PC or Mac. It’s also possible to download Android and iOS apps too but for this article I’ll concentrate on Windows and Mac systems.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed it all you need to do is select another country nearby that is allowed to view the Twitter NFL streams. For example, if you’re in Canada then select the United States and connect. The closer the country the better speeds you’ll achieve.
Below I’ve given a quick run through on how to connect using the three providers above. In this example I’m using a Windows PC but the process is exactly the same on a Mac computer and the software looks the same too.
Next to the flag icon change the option to OpenVPN (UDP) as seen in the image below.
Click Server Selection.
Click US Media or Gaming. (or if far away from the US press List and select a country nearby you)
IPVanish will now make connection. Once connected visit the Twitter NFL streaming page.
From the middle drop down box select a US location or a country nearby you.
Once connection is complete visit the Twitter NFL streaming page.
Click Select Another Location.
Choose a United States connection or one close to you. Double click it.
When connection is complete visit the NFL Twitter stream.
NFL Twitter Schedule
The ten games available completely free on Twitter are available on the following dates.
Week 2, Sept. 15: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
Week 3, Sept. 22: Houston Texans at New England Patriots
Week 5, Oct. 6: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
Week 6, Oct. 13: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
Week 7, Oct. 20: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Week 11, Nov. 17: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Week 13, Dec. 1: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
Week 14, Dec. 8: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 15, Dec. 15: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
Week 16, Dec. 22: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles