Avoid NCAA college football blackouts and restrictions with a VPN
- Steve Cage
- Jan, 02
The Cheez-It Bowl game between TCU and California might have been conservative in terms of the points exchanged, but that was not the order of the day in the Quick Lane Bowl. With Minnesota scoring more than thrice what Georgia Tech did, they really ran out of sight of their opponents.
The same thing, and better, is to be expected in the coming Pinstripe Bowl. With two strong teams that are known to score freely, it is a battle of who gets to outwit the other.
So that you never miss out on any other game, we have brought this viewing guide your way.
How you can watch NCAA college football
For those looking to catch all the college football action live, there are about three different methods to be considered. These are:
- Watching with cable TV:
This is so common, we don’t even feel the need to talk about it anymore. Cable TV gives you all the exclusive channels that college football is offered on, and you get to watch all the games live.
Well, that is until the game blackouts happen.
Barring that, though, the only other downside of cable is in its region-specificity. That means those outside the US markets won’t be given access to the same college football content since they are not designated as part of the target market.
That might not seem like such a big deal until fans/ enthusiasts of the game start living/ travelling abroad while the games are played.
- Watching without cable TV:
You might not know this yet, but a handful of streaming platforms have come up to take the place of cable TV.
They offer you the same channels, and a variety of others, but for even cheaper prices. They also give you the advantage of being able to stream the games on any device you want.
Addressing the issue of cost, though, these streaming platforms are still limited. For example, you can only get the NCAA college football live stream inside the US. Game blackouts are still a common occurrence too.
- Streaming with a VPN:
This is the least common approach to viewing college football content. Surprisingly, it is the most recommended, and for many reasons than one.
Remember the issue of game blackouts we mentioned earlier? You can now avoid all that when you stream with a VPN.
Likewise, you get to watch the games from anywhere in the world. It doesn’t matter what nation or continent you are on. As long as you have the right VPN, you are entitled to viewing college football games like everyone else.
Why do VPNs work?
The most common mode of operation of a VPN is to tunnel your internet data through a series of secure servers and channels. These servers can be hosted in many different countries of the world, and connecting to them shows you up as accessing the internet from such places.
Thus, your IP address can be tweaked to show you as being in the US while your physical destination is somewhere else.
How to use a VPN
Now that you know why they work, here’s how to use them:
- Get a VPN of your choice
- Connect to a server location in the US
- Sign up / Login to your preferred streaming platform
- Enjoy the games as they happen live.
The fix above works for those in and outside of the US who would like to view the games without cable TV. To beat the blackouts, what you should do is:
- Launch the VPN again
- Connect to a location where the game is being aired (since blackouts are specific to where the games are being played live)
- Login to your streaming platform again
- Stream the game live without blackouts
In no more than four steps, the above tips will help you enjoy your college football games from wherever in the world without the common problems of blackouts and limitations.