Not every country’s television networks give a lot of time to American football. So if you are an NFL football fan who doesn’t live in the US, it might be hard to watch your favorite teams. Fortunately, if you have a good internet connection, there is a solution. It’s called NFL Game Pass.
NFL Game Pass is a joint venture between the National Football League and Yahoo Sports. Up until the regular season starts, you can sign up for an off-season game pass for under $40 and watch all of last season’s games, including the Super Bowl. Once the regular 2009 season starts, you can buy a season pass for all NFL games. This doesn’t include the post season. For the 2008 seasons, this pass cost $209.95 in US dollars.
If you only follow one team, there is also a Follow Cà Khịa TV Your Team pass which is about $50 cheaper. Or, if you only want to see a few specific games, there are weekly passes. Last year, these cost $19.95. I would expect pricing will be pretty close to the same this year.
Now for the bad news. Well, it will be bad news for some people. The NFL Game Pass is meant just for viewers outside North America. So if you don’t live in the US, but live in another country in what NFL defines as the North American region, you won’t be able to get the NFL Game Pass and you likely can’t get the US alternative, NFL Supercast, that’s available through DirecTV. These countries include Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Bahamas.
For the most part though, the Game Pass is a great option for international NFL fans. The streaming is very good quality and you can either watch the games live or you can watch them On Demand the day after a game airs. This is really convenient if you live in a time zone that would make watching NFL games live difficult.