Originally Posted by Mfusick
... NFL.com into giving you free streaming NFL games by using a VPN with a location[s] NFL gave away free access to ... countries [with no TV contracts] to expand into that market and gain fans. ....
I corrected some of your first statement about the NFL's free service. What has happened, NFL has gotten a lot more aggressive about VPNs. Basically, they've red flagged the popular VPN servers for their free regions, but they haven't banned them outright; they just require to buy a subscription.
Remember, this service isn't not available in the USA and it's terrorities, Mexico and a few other spots. Some areas such as Canada don't offer all the available services (I think Canada doesn't get the NFL Network or Playoffs). Other Areas such as the UK have a few blacked out games; like a total or three or four the whole season. I've been using the service for over four years.
The service provided by the NFL is called NFL Game Pass: (nfl.com/gamepass
). They have different packages you can choose from:
graphic grabbed from UnoTelly.com
It should be noted, the prices are region dependent. The above pricing is the most common and lowest. Personally, I like the Season Plus plan since it gives access to NLF Network and most of the archived shows such as Football Life, NFL films Superbowl shows, and so on. Then again, I watch the NFL Network almost everyday.
I cannot vouch for Hola. I've heard of others using it and they like it.
Personally use a VPN. I use it all year round, so I just buy an annual subscription to the service. What I will say, with VPNs, you get what you pay for. You're just not going to get high throughput on a free service. VPNs have to pay for bandwidth too. I use this with other services too such as MLB, NHL, BBC iPlayer and so on. Many VPNs give discounts for longer commitments, so you can get the price down to around $5US per month. In addition. some VPN include multiple servers and you can at any time, and others you have to pick one location; the one I use has a quite a few. Also, you may want to go with one that has been around for a while. You traffic may be safe from outside the pipe, but not within in it. Thus, established services has built up trust. Another thing to consider is mobile access. I use a service that includes it (except on one particular phone that is over four years old now).
The last part I say because the Game Pass includes mobile access and has an app for Android and iOS. I have thread on XDA to download GamePass apk
On a side note for VPNs, if you're into torrenting, you're going to want to pay attention to their home base location and read their TOS. Some will report your IP to law enforcement and subpoenas. Some VPN services state explicitly torrenting is TOS violation.
Lastly, if you do subscribe, there is a promo code for 15% off. Here'a link to the post
where someone informed me about it on XDA thread I mentioned earlier. Worth a try nonetheless.
With all that said, I know there are other services available. What I like about the NFL Game Pass, the quality is very good, very consistent and reliable versus things like FrontLineSports, JustinTV. DirectTVs service is more expensive and limited on who gets to use it. I haven't tried it, but I suspect NFL is the one providing the actually video streams; DirectTV may provide the portal but they're most likely a billing agent and they want their "cut" since they have exclusive rights to mutliple game feeds in the USA and its territories.