UEFA EURO 2016 kicked off on June 10th 2016. It is the 15th edition of the men’s football championship. Over the course of a month, 24 European teams will contest in the hopes of winning the gold medal. Initially divided into six groups of four teams, the know out stage include three rounds and the final, on July 10 2016.
The tournament will be broadcast via television and radio all over the world, with the rights divided between various nations. In some countries the rights are divided between two or three broadcasters.
However, if you want to stream the games online, things gets a little more complicated. If you for instance live outside United Kingdom, but want to stream the games via BBC’s iPlayer, you will be greeted by a geo-block. The same goes for German, French, and other European TV channels’ online website.
Basically, the websites can determine your physical location by looking at your Internet Protocol (IP) address. However, there is a simple workaround which will grant you access to any geo-restricted website.
The answer to your query is called Virtual Private Network (VPN). By connecting through a VPN server in a specific country, the websites you visit will think you are physically located where the VPN server is.
To give an example, if you are in United States and connect to a VPN server in United Kingdom, and then access BBC’s iPlayer, you will be granted full access as if you were connecting from down the block. Another use case is if you are living in Poland, but prefer BBC’s outstanding commentary, you can connect to a server in the UK to access BBC’s Euro 2016 website.
Beyond working as a powerful tool for unblocking websites, VPN also offer security. All Internet traffic between your computer and the VPN server will be secured with military-grade encryption.
Several of the major VPN providers offer special promotion deals during the course of UEFA EURO 2016. Among the discount offers worth mentioning are HideMyAss! (57% discount), ExpressVPN (35% discount), and NordVPN (60% discount).
Now happy streaming and may the best team win!