By Praveen Kannan and Anna Strokolyst The Hotspot Shield team believes the internet should be open and secure …
Whether you’re traveling on business or living abroad, grab a plate of chicken wings and crack open a cold one, because it’s almost time for the biggest game in football. Here’s how to stream Super Bowl 2018 — for free — regardless of where you are in the world.
Super Bowl 52 is potentially going to be the most watched Super Bowl of all time. Last year, 113.7 million people viewed Tom Brady and the New England Patriots’ improbable comeback against the Atlanta Falcons, both on TV and via streaming around the world. This year, there are more online options than ever before, and with the Patriots in search of additional bling and the Philadelphia Eagles revelling as the underdogs, the stage is set for another epic four quarters.
When is Super Bowl 2018?
The game kicks off this Sunday, February 4, at 6:30 pm Eastern Standard Time. So, depending on where you are in the world, you might need to stay up late or get up mighty early.
For those in the U.S., the game will be broadcast live on NBC. The network is also offering free streaming via NBC.com (or NBCSports.com), even for those without a pay-TV subscription feed.
How to stream Super Bowl 2018 from outside America
NBC’s streaming options are only available for those in the U.S. But fear not, we have a solution to help you bypass content restrictions based on your location and watch NBC’s coverage from London to Lisbon to Lichuan—free of charge. In other words, no matter what continent you’re in, in which country, providing you’ve got an internet connection, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s how it works:
Firstly, you’ll need to download a VPN (virtual private network). A VPN is a tool often used to protect your online security from hackers. It works by providing a secure “tunnel” for your data to travel through, ensuring anonymity and protection from prying eyes. If you’re ever on unsecured public WiFi, like at a coffee shop, in a hotel, or at the airport, then a VPN is a must.
But a VPN does far more than just protect your online privacy and security. By masking your IP address, a VPN can make it appear as if you’re browsing on a totally different computer in an entirely different country.
This is what where things get interesting.
Download a VPN that allows you to pick a server in a different geographical location—specifically, in this case, a server located in the United States. Our Hotspot Shield application will allow you to do just this. Once you’ve connected to a U.S.-based server, it will now appear to others as if you’re not sat in a remote hotel in Leipzig, for example, rather you’re actually sat at the W in Long Beach.
This means that, when you now try to stream the game via NBC.com, you’ll have the same, unrestricted access as anyone else in the United States—even though you’re actually thousands of miles away.
So there you go. That’s how to stream Super Bowl 2018 from anywhere in the world. No matter the country, no matter the language, the biggest game in football is now available on an unrestricted computer screen near you—it’s literally as quick and easy as that.
As to whether Brady and his boys will do it again, well, you’ll have to tune in this Sunday to find out.
Photo via Philidelphia Eagles – Brian Garfinkel