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Avoid Blackouts When Streaming Sports Online

May 12, 2015 · 2 min read

Avoid Blackouts When Streaming Sports Online

If you already have an NHL Game Pass or NBA LeaguePass subscription and you are facing game streaming blackouts on your favorite hockey or basketball games (or other games for that matter) – NordVPN can help.

Although The U.S. Federal Communications Commission eliminated a 40-year-old rule enforcing blackouts in the fall of 2014, the NFL, still has the option of enforcing blackouts through its contracts with over-the-air broadcasters and service providers, therefore blackouts might still be encountered on some streaming devices.

Entertainment programming, including a variety of televised sports, is often restricted to a specific geographic area (geo-blocking), meaning that you need to be in certain areas to access different permissions to gain access to view it. Many sports games have game blackouts- giving priority to your cable networks to stream the shows on cable, restricting paying customers to watch the same content. This is often frustrating, as customers often subscribe and pay wishing to see the shows from their area at the convenience of their home.

Using a VPN allows you to change your geographical location by changing the server location. This tricks the game pass to think you are in another City or Country. For example if you live in Washington and you are trying to watch an NBA Wizards game against Atlanta Hawks, you should pick a Chicago Server to watch a game.  If the game is being televised nationally, you will need to switch to a Canadian Server. If the game is televised in Canada and the USA then you will need to pick a server outside of both of these countries.  The bottom line is that you need to pick a server location that is outside of the “local broadcast” area.

So all you need to do is figure out where the games are being played and where are they televised (please see the schedules below) and connect to NordVPN.

Connect to NordVPN. Select an UltraFast TV server in a location where blackout restriction would not be an issue and enjoy.

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Christina Craig
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Christina is a community manager and the heart, the voice and the soul of NordVPN. She is always up for a conversation with our community of users and blog readers.


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