Originally Posted by StinDaWg
Except Game Pass is free if you use a Netherlands VPN/proxy. If you are going to go out of your way to watch streams via firstrowsports, you are better off using the Game Pass trick to get better quality.
What I said was true. Even if you can Game Pass service free, you still need a VPN, which can also cost money. I've heard of some VPNs being free, but you get what you pay for with them.
Next, the NFL is aware of people learning about the Netherlands being a free region and are now blocking IPs that are used some of the VPNs. I know for me, the VPN I used, no longer works when I use the servers used in the Netherlands. And there was three of them. I can still use Game Pass if I'm willing to pay for it. Not uncommon for similar services to do the same. I know CatchUpTV in the UK does this with certain IPs that are known to be used by VPNs to spoof a UK IP. My suggestion, at least so you can keep using the service for no extra cost, don't mention the free regions. There are enough bloggers who mention it and screw us over.
The best example is MLB At Bat app. I couldn't find the article, but some blogger, I think with Forbes (it was a major newspaper outlet) explained how to use the At Bat app instead of Full version and get all the games for less, hook up to the TV and circumvent the blackouts. It was last year, 2012, around May or June, where he talked about spoofing the GPS. MLB did an update and changed how they verify one's location. It took me months to figure out that puzzle. I was totally ticked off.
Granted, I don't think the forums like this pose the biggest thread, but it's probably where the reporters are getting the information. It's just the bigger picture.
Then again, this thread is more about NFL online service that's available through DirectTV. And question posed was it possible to watch the nationally televised games--Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, and Monday Night Football. I was trying to give the limitations of the DirectTV serivce, that I was aware of, and what alternatives were available, both free and paid, focusing on the free. In that explaining, the differences of quality and reliability.
Lastly, not trying to be rude, but I suggest keep more track of what you say in this thread. That is the second time on page, that you have mentioned Game Pass and Netherlands; see posts 92 and 106. And I know, it's mentioned a few other times by others as well. Heck, in thread search, I've mentioned it as far back as August 31, but was using it as a reference. I know you're just sharing information. At this point, if people haven't figure it out, then they shouldn't use it. And this isn't even a long thread to read through, unlike some other threads that are over hundred pages long.