Living in Greece

A practical guide to moving, living, working & traveling in Greece, plus musing and misadventures from an American in Athens

Watch NFL football outside the USA

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American football fans can follow their favorite team, keep to Thanksgiving Day tradition and see Super Bowl Sunday from the comfort of their living room or via mobile device.

NFL Game Pass is a subscription that allows everyone outside the United States, Mexico, Bermuda, Antigua, the Bahamas, and U.S. territories to watch games in high-definition, both live and on demand.

Depending on what you prefer, you can follow only your team, all teams, the off-season, regular season and/or the playoffs. There’s also an option to watch up to four games in multiple windows and 30-minute condensed games, with no commercials, huddles or time outs.

If you miss a game because you were busy having a life or the time-zone difference made it impractical, no problem. Replay the game at your convenience and watch as many times as you like, including archived Super Bowl games.

At home, you need an Internet connection, a PC or Mac, and a computer screen or VGA cable hooked to a TV screen. See “System hardware/software, DSL, browser requirements.”

NFL Game Pass Mobile is free when you buy a subscription, which means you can watch games anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection and iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android. See “Supported devices” for all the specs.

Share an account and costs with friends or roommates, or try before you buy when NFL Game Pass offers unannounced free trials during the regular season.

The only thing missing is tailgate parties, but that may be better for our health in the long run.

Article last updated February 2, 2014

Tailgating food

Buffalo wings
Chili
Pigs in a blanket
Nachos
Hamburgers and hot dogs
Quesadillas

Don’t feel like cooking? Pizza Hut has wings seven ways, pick up tortilla chips and ready-made guacamole or salsa at AB Vasilopoulos, KFC has fried chicken, Simply Burgers sells (pricey) charbroiled burgers, fries, quesadillas and brownies.

The Greek connection

The 2012 Super Bowl had at least three Greek connections, one of which made history.

John Kass at the Chicago Tribune says buffalo wings are for girly men. Real men eat Greek-style goat head soup on Super Bowl Sunday, in “Here’s a real super bowl.”

I learned Roman numerals as part of basic education and reading Shakespeare, but kids today have no clue what ‘XLVI’ means, in “Deciphering the Super Bowl: XLVI is all Greek to kids.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered up bagels, cheesecake and Greek yogurt if the Giants lost to the Patriots , in “Cuomo bets heapings of fermented milk.”

A coveted Super Bowl commercial slot costs $3.5 million for 30 seconds. That means you better bring your ‘A’ game or 11 million viewers will badmouth you and your ‘a’ may be fired come Monday. Oikos Greek yogurt recruited John Stammy to hammy it up in, “The Tease.”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQPM6y3ZnAo[/youtube]

Whether it’s good or bad is irrelevant. It was the first time in history that a yogurt commercial aired during the Super Bowl. Period.

Props

Hat tip to J in the north, who told me about Game Pass and let me use his account. It was a kick watching Boomer and Phil, reliving my football addiction after quitting cold turkey a decade ago when Game Pass did not exist.

Disclaimer

I receive no freebies or compensation for products sold as a result of articles I write. All reviews are based on real experience, and information is for the benefit of readers.

Sources

NFL Game Pass
How to get your hands on Super Bowl tickets” — Yahoo
NFL Today” — CBS
Super Bowl Ad Rates Can Double in 10 Years” — Forbes
NFL Game Pass iPad App Review” — Telegraph
Why Super Bowl commercials are expensive” — Yahoo

Shortlink: http://bit.ly/usfootball

7 Comments »

  Nick wrote @ February 8th, 2012 at 12:56

You can also add two other options:

(1) use a Slingbox, whereby you put an internet connected Slingbox in a home in the US and then log into that same box from Greece. The results allows you to legally watch whatever is broadcast to that US tv and gives you the ability to change channels too. I have it here in Greece and it works very well.

(2) ON Telecoms, a cable TV provider, has ESPN America on its channel lineup and they show the NFL games too. You only get “best” NFL matchup at any given time.

Kat Reply:

Thank you for contributing these two options.

1) Slingbox is fine if the user or a relative/friend is willing to set up the box in another country, but it’s not useful to self-sufficient people with one residence in Greece. In any case, great for people who travel or spend summers in Greece.

2) ESPN America is fine for people who aren’t picky about what games they watch, but most people I know follow a team (including me) and there’s no on-demand or mobile option.

  Shari wrote @ March 16th, 2012 at 22:29

Your comment was moved to, “Greek citizenship by Greek origin, descent or ancestry.”

  Greek American wrote @ August 24th, 2012 at 01:44

Watch NFL on TELSTAR 12 (point your small dish to this satellite – it is all the way to the left) and watch live NFL on CBS, NBC and Monday Night Football. I did it for many years when lived in Greece and still do every fall that I am there. Just type “Telstar12 NFL” on google for frequencies. This is the actual feed.

Enjoy

  Tom wrote @ September 20th, 2012 at 15:05

To [Greek American]: Actually there are some programs/ for instance Sopcast, there are others also/. You can install it, check in the web, and watch the NFL on your PC trough internet. :)

  Charity M wrote @ July 27th, 2013 at 20:26

Hi, I don’t see any mention of what has happened to the public Greek TV Channels that have for a 2nd time disappeared as well as several others like Vouli, BBC and DW. ANd I also note that KOSMOS radio station has been off the air since the first time ERT was taken off air. Do you have any news about these because I haven’t seen anything anywhere else. So sorry to use this article to comment on but I don’t use Twitter and this was the only article I found that was even remotely relevant.

Kat Reply:

The Greek gov’t controlled access to DW, BBC, Le Monde, CNN and Euronews (gone before ERT went off air and supposedly cut due to a pay dispute); I never listened to Kosmos. Samaras made clear when he took power that transparency would be rolled back, so it’s not a surprise Vouli is gone. Le Monde returned on July 15. CNN never went away but sound was cut in June and returned on August 1; I hear varied stories from everyone because different areas use different satellites.

I don’t have other news and plan no post on the subject because no one controls what the Greek gov’t does and I don’t have extra time. I have enough trouble updating 300+ articles and the strike page, fighting plagiarism and keeping the Twitter news feed going for no money, while working 9-9 every day.

All I can suggest is reading news online at DW, BBC, CNN and Euronews websites. Not the same, but imagine those people without Internet access.

Thanks for your question. All best.

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