Originally Posted by pittsoccer33
... I was bummed I didn't get a game on Fox at 1pm, but I was reading the broadcast rules online and that was because the Steelers were playing at home. I guess if they had been on the road Fox could've shown a game (I assumed I'd get the Saints) but doesn't have to. ...
The rules are actually pretty simple in regards to blackout rules for online video. If it is on your local TV, then it's blacked out. Thus, if you're in Pittsburgh area, all Steeler games will be blacked out; I assume some local channel airs all their games. The exception, if the game is blacked outed on local TV because of the NFL's blackout rules, it'll still be blacked out.
There may be some exceptions for some of the national games such as Monday Night football, but there would be because of some other arrangements between the NFL, DirectTV and whatever channel carries it, in my possible example, ESPN.
I'm assuming the DirectTV service is only available in the USA, so trying to spoof location isn't going to work. For local games that are not nationally televised, such as Monday Night Football, if you can get get an IP outside your area, say Los Angeles, you'll be able to watch the game. I suggest using a VPN service. There are some free services, which I don't know how well will work for you. If you're able to shut down the VPN after launching the DirectTV service, then that may be a good solution for you. I believe the DirectTV has some kind of mobile app. If so, and you can connect your mobile to your TV, you could try to see if you can use a GPS spoofer to achieve the same thing. Some mobile apps will check for the IP or both IP and GPS to make sure you're out of market.