[Update] This year, (2015) UK users are able to watch the 2015 Super Bowl on BBC 2 (will require free registration). You can also access Channel 4 using TVCatchup (best quality) on your PC, Android or iOS device/mobile phone, but if you are outside the UK you will require a VPN to connect. Coverage starts at 22:30hrs GMT and finishes at 03:25hrs. More information is available here for other ways to watch Super Bowl XLIX for free.
This year (2013) the Super Bowl is going to be streamed live online for free. That’s great news if you live in the US, but what happens if you don’t? Well, then you will have to use a workaround, by either using a free proxy server, or a paid VPN service. The benefits of using a paid for VPN service is that you should be effected by any speed issue, that you will get when using a free proxy service.
Personally, I am using CactusVPN which is a paid for VPN client, and is one that I have used for a couple of years now. The main difference between a free and paid for service like this, is the fact that you won’t suffer from any speed issues. (buffering) You can sign up to use it for $4.99 (£3.10) a month which is pretty cheap and will also give you access to US sites that are normally blocked to users outside of the US like Hulu, ABC etc. This also works the other way around as well, in that US users can access British TV for free, like BBC iPlayer, as you simply have to switch to a UK server, so it will appear that you are in the UK. Another very popular VPN is Private Internet Access which will also make watch the Super Bowl live a piece of cake. Below you can find my reviews for both CactusVPN and Private Internet Access which both contain speed tests.
You can switch servers as many times as you like. If you do use CactusVPN then here is the link (UK Server required if watching from outside the UK) to watch the game live.
It’s really very simple to set up, and you can be watching your channel of choice within 5 minutes. There is a very simple set up tutorial here for users of the following:
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Mac OS 10.4
- Mac OS 10.5 and 10.6
- Ubuntu 10.04
If you are outside the US and wish to watch the live game, then using a VPN client like CactusVPN will work for you. That said, UK viewers are now able to watch the Superbowl live via BBC2 this year which is great.
Once you have set up the VPN service, then just head to the NFL Site and start to watch the game.
Here it is in action, when viewing the Super Bowl from the UK
As you can see, this is just the pre-game introduction as the main event hasn’t started yet. You don’t have to use CactusVPN, but it’s the best VPN service that I have used so far, and I have reviewed quite a few now.