There are few events in the American TV calendar that spark excitement quite like the Super Bowl, and when the Rams collide with the Patriots on February 3rd in Atlanta, you’ll want front row seats, even if you can’t get to the stadium.
Rights to air the game alternate between the three main rights-holders for the NFL – Fox, NBC, and CBS – who will show the game this year. CBS will host the match on its TV channel, and also stream it for free at CBSSports.com, as well as on its CBS Sports App.
However, if you’re not located in the United States, you might not have many options to watch it, at least without paying a premium. The CBS Sports site will identify if you’re accessing it from outside the USA, and will shut down your access to the stream. Bad news if you happen to be out of the country when the big game kicks off.
The good news is that technology can come to the rescue, and with a decent VPN, you can follow the game play-by-play, without a hitch.
What is a VPN?
A VPN (Virtual Private Network), effectively creates a ‘tunnel’ to route your internet connection to a secure proxy server, from which you then access the rest of the internet.
The benefits of doing this is that the VPN server hides your real IP address, which is unique to you and used to identify your location, among other things. Instead, you can choose which country to route your traffic through, which in turn enables you to access the internet as if you were based in that country.
There are several benefits to this, including being able to access content that you would usually be geo-blocked from, including region specific media content (such as Netflix).
NordVPN connecting to US serverHow Can I Use a VPN to Watch the 2019 Super Bowl?
Once you’ve picked the right VPN for you (we recommend checking our list below), download the app and install it on your device. Log in with your account details, created as part of the sign-up process. Now you’re ready to go.
As you’re looking to watch the 2019 Super Bowl via the CBS site, you need to make it look as though you’re located in the United States. How you do this will depend on the VPN you’re using, but usually it will be a simple case of clicking on the region’s flag, or selecting it from a map within the VPN.
Now that you’re connected, it’s simply a case of visiting the CBSSports.com site and settling down for the game. In this instance, you don’t need to sign up for an account, so you can jump straight in. However,, to access any other US sites or services, you may be required to set up login details.
If you don’t want to watch the game with the US commentary, but would rather have the choice of another provider, you can easily switch your VPN to the region of your choice. In the UK, for example, the BBC have the rights to air the 2019 Super Bowl, with its own British commentary.