When I want to learn about the latest, possibly gray area, cord cutter techniques I jump on over to the cordcutters section on redditt. In fact redditt is a wealth of real time, crowd sourced information on thousands of topics. Be careful or you’ll find yourself sucked in for hours reading about “NSFW” (not safe for work) threads.
The topic at hand is another technique to get free NFL streaming. There is a service called Game Pass intended for users outside the USA to stream games. Prices vary by country but one peculiarity of the service is that Game Pass is FREE in the Netherlands.
A ha – you and all the techy cord cutter crowd says in unison. If I could trick Game Pass into thinking I’m in Amsterdam I’m home free.
Along comes Ad-Free time, a service that allows the user to reroute to an Ad-Free time DNS. Ad-Free time mostly talks about “NetFlix Region Switching” but users soon figured out that selecting Netherlands as their region would provide access to the free GamePass stream. Unfortunately so did the NFL – and blocked IP’s from Ad-Free time and others from the service.
Back to reddit for a solution, people were quick to jump to alternate VPN services. But in a kind of Whac-A-Mole game the NF would just block those too. It’s interesting that in the official Ad-Free time forum on reddit one of the principals of the service warns users to stop mentioning their VPN’s in public.
What’s next? Perhaps Ad-Free time will figure out a way to keep one step ahead of the NFl. Of course how important is it to give free Game Pass to the Netherlands? I suspect the reason it’s free there is there is little demand for US style football.
In any case Ad-Free time is only $2 per month. I’ve signed up to see how it works with Netflix. Let me know if you’ve tried this or anything similar in the comments below.