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Blacked Out Games, and How to Conquer Them




So you missed Kevin Ware checking-in in the UPike exhibition because you were in Louisville and ESPN 3 was "blacked-out"? Well, let me tell you about the wonderful world of Proxies.

Connecting to a proxy is kind of like calling someone from a phone, but the wrong phone number shows up on caller ID. They are very popular in countries that have blacklisted various websites and services...but the downside is proxies (especially secure ones) are very slow. However, they can serve the purpose of online-streaming very well. I do not condone or encourage any ways of getting around paid services, but there are also undeniable events that demand we be able to watch them (Ware checking in).

For example, NFL doesn't offer many of its services to some European countries. Therefore countries like the Netherlands get every NFL game free as a streaming service on NFL Gamepass. So, let's say I wanted to watch an NFL game on my computer because I was too lazy to walk to the couch and TV. I would find a Netherlands proxy, connect to it in my browser settings, load NFL Gamepass, start up a game and wait for it to buffer. I would then pause it. Then I'd disconnect from my proxy (because the page cookie that was generated is letting the website know I'm from the Netherlands, and until I reload the browser, that cookie is golden). And I can go back to using MY internet speed to stream the game, and not that of a slow proxy. As long as I don't close that website, I can continue watching NFL games all day while playing CS at my computer. The same can be done with ESPN 3 (in theory, I haven't tested it...haven't had too, but you could theoretically get a very VERY fast proxy from a nearby awesome Fiber, like in Chicago or someplace a lot closer than Europe and not have to disconnect in order to stream in HD). I can almost 95% guarantee that this will work for ESPN 3. If it doesn't, well than ESPN is a lot better at streaming services than I give them credit for.

Any who, check out how to connect to proxies here: http://whatismyipaddress.com/using-proxies

Also, to find a good proxy, just be good a Google. Try to search for "Whatever proxy list" (whatever being a city of country) or use http://www.proxynova.com

If you have any questions, consult Google or leave a comment and I'll do my best at answering.

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