Last month, I showed you how to sign up for the international version of the NFL Game Pass. At the end of it, you were able to launch and watch games from the browser. That is great and all, but what if you want other ways to watch it? What if you want to watch on your TV? Just in time for the start of the regular season, here are the many different ways you can enjoy your Game Pass.
Before we begin, I am assuming that you followed the previous guide and have:
- An active subscription to an international version of the NFL Game Pass
- A SmartDNS (or VPN + SmartDNS) account from Overplay.net. Other VPN accounts with foreign servers will work, but you'll need to refer to their guides for the proper way to configure it on your devices.
Step 1: Configure your SmartDNS at the router level
This step is optional but highly encouraged if you are able to do it. Configuring your SmartDNS at the router level means that any device connected to WiFi will be able to use the Game Pass without any local configuration changes. Even if you are only going to be watching on one device, you should do this to make your life easier.
There are many different manufacturers and models of routers, so I won't even begin to try to explain how to do this. Luckily Overplay.net has a bunch of guides that explain how to do it on most routers. Scroll to the bottom of this setup page and choose your router manufacturer to begin.
Once you finish following their guide, log into your Overplay account page and make sure it says everything is configured properly.
Watch on your TV
Easiest way to watch on your TV: Plug your computer in
This may be obvious, but if you have a laptop with an HDMI output, then plug it into your PC. Launch the Game Pass player in your browser and set it to full screen. This method is also the only way to get split screen games going and watch more than one game at a time.
If you have the means, this is the way to go. If you are unable to do it this way though, don't worry and read on.
Watch on a Roku or Fire TV: Add the channel to your Plex server
If you haven't yet set up a Plex server, I encourage you to check out my Ultimate Server Guide and see if it's something you may want to do. With a Plex server, you can add the NFL Network channel and get access to the Game Pass. One of the perks of doing it this way is that you can access it remotely from any client that supports encrypted HLS streams.
Plex clients that support encrypted HLS streams:
- Plex on iOS
- Plex on Android (most of the time, try disabling the experimental player in the settings if it doesn't work for you)
- Playstation 4
- Amazon Fire TV (and Fire TV stick)
- Plex from the Windows Store
- Samsung Smart TVs (2011 and later)
- Some DLNA clients (so some other Smart TVs)
- Microsoft Edge browser
Another nice perk to doing it this way is that your Plex server is the only device that needs to be utilizing the Smart DNS or VPN. That means that if you are using a Roku at a friends house, you can still watch the streams since your Plex server is the one spoofing its location.
How to set it up
First things first: Make sure Smart DNS is configured on your Plex server. If you configured it at the router level, you are all set. If you didn't, follow this guide on the computer that hosts your Plex server.
Log into your Plex account. On the left hand side, under your server name, click Channels.
When the Channels window pops up, click the orange Install Channels button in the upper right corner.
In the directory, browse to Categories > Sports and you will find the NFL Network.
Click the channel and Install it. Once it's installed, launch the channel. In the upper right corner you will see a Settings cog. Click that.
In the settings window, change your GamePass subscription to "GamePass International". Also enter your Game Pass username and password. Click Save.
You can now browse the channel and access all Live and Archived content. Including on your Roku or Fire TV.
Watch on your phone or tablet
Here's where things get interesting. Since we're dealing with the international version of the Game Pass, it's not as simple as popping into your app store and downloading it. There are some hoops you have to jump through. Follow the guides below based on the kind of phone/tablet you have and you should have no problems. All the steps can be performed right from the device itself.
Installing on an Android
I was not able to find a way to easily jump to a different Play Store region and install the app, so you will need to download the APK and manually install it to access it within the US.
Since we need to side-step the Play Store, the first thing you will need to do is enable installing apps from unknown sources. Go to your Settings and scroll down to Security. In this section will be an option for Unknown sources. Make sure this is checked.
You now need to download the APK. Switch to the browser on your phone and go to http://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/?id=com.neulion.android.nfl.gamepass. Click Generate Download Link and it will spit out a link to download the app.
I should mention that manually installing APKs poses a security risk if you don't trust the source of the file. There are many sites out there (many that offer pirated apps for free) that will slip malware into your APK. I've used this apps.evozi.com site many times before and personally trust them, but you should always be weary when installing an APK.
Once the APK is downloaded, launch it and it will bring up the installer. Make sure there aren't any unexpected permissions and then click the Install button.
If you didn't set up the Smart DNS in your router back in step 1, then you will need to manually set it up on your phone. You can do this by following the guide at Overplay.net.
Once the app is installed and the Smart DNS is configured, then launch the app and enjoy the games. This app supports Chromecast streaming so go ahead and pump it out to your TV.
Installing on iOS
Unfortunately Apple does not let you sideload apps on iOS devices, so you will need to go through a bit longer process to get your app installed.
The first step is signing out of your account for the App Store. Do this by going into the Settings app and choosing the iTunes & App Store section. Click your Apple ID at the top and choose Sign Out from the pop up menu.
Now go back to the App Store and pick a free app. The app you pick doesn't matter, but it is important that the app be free for this process to work correctly. When you tap Get, you will get a prompt to Sign In. Choose Create New Apple ID.
The first prompt will be to pick your region. Switch this from United States to UK and tap Next.
Make sure that you enter a valid email address for your Apple ID since they do require you to verify it before you can download apps. If you don't have a spare, create a gmail.com or outlook.com address and use that.
The reason it was important for you to choose a free app to install is because you are now offered None as an option for Billing Information. If you chose to just create a new account without trying to install a free app, Apple would've required you to enter some sort of credit card.
You still need to enter a billing address, so jump over to a random address generator like this one and enter that information into the form. You can enter 123 4567899 as the phone number.
After you create your account, check your email and get your account verified. After that is done, you can now search the App Store for NFL Game Pass and install it.
After it is installed, go back into your Settings and sign out of your App Store account again. You can now log back into your original account. Your Game Pass app is still accessible even if you aren't logged into the UK store.
If you haven't set up the Smart DNS in your router, you will need to manually configure that on your device. Follow this Overplay guide to learn how to do that.
You can now access the app and watch the games. Like the Android app, this app supports screen casting so you can watch on your Chromecast or Apple TV.
Installing on Windows Phone
Compared to iOS, installing the NFL Game Pass on Windows Phone is a breeze. Switching store regions is as easy as telling your phone you're in a different region.
First go to your Settings and scroll down to the region option. In this section, change the Country/Region drop down to United Kingdom. Hit the button to restart your phone.
After the phone reboots, go into the Store and search for NFL Game Pass. You should be able to just hit the install button and install it.
After it is installed, go back to your region settings and change it back to United States and reboot.
One annoying part of doing this process on Windows Phone is that you cannot manually set your DNS settings on the phone. In order to use the Game Pass app, you will either need to set the Smart DNS settings on the router or connect to a full blown VPN.
You can now launch the app and stream your games. Depending on what phone you have, you may be able to use Miracast to project the game to your TV through a Roku or Fire TV.
If you have Windows 10 Mobile installed
If you happen to be running the Windows 10 insider build on your phone (there are dozens of us!), you'll be happy to hear that the same steps above still work. Switching your region on the phone allows you to install apps from the other store regions as well.
What more could you possibly want?
One of the above guides should have covered you. If you find another way to watch, share in the comments below and help out your fellow cord cutters.