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iFollow streaming service for next season


Oct 16, 2011
County Kerry / Southchurch Park
I've been having a quick look at the iFollow service, so this may be of interest to overseas fans, especially those based in Ireland.

When the new service offering, for overseas supporters, live streaming of all league games next season was announced, I then went from ecstasy to agony within a few minutes when it was pointed out that the service would not be available in Ireland where I am normally based.

I thought I would attempt to find out what would happen when using a VPN to access the service. I use a paid-for VPN service.

First of all, I attempted to register using my standard Irish ISP, and sure enough I was only given the option to purchase a "listen-only" subscription for £45.

I then activated my VPN service to serve me an American IP address. I also cleared out cookies and internet history to give a clean-ish start.

This time when I went to the registration page, I was presented with an option to buy the live streaming service for USD140/£110.

While far from conclusive, this tends to suggest that this approach may be viable. Having said that, I suspect that I may still struggle with bandwidth even if the service is accessible, as my broadband is very slow in comparison to UK speeds - fibre is currently being rolled out in Ireland, but at the moment delivery to rural areas like mine is seemingly via a donkey carrying a tin-can attached by string to the nearest hub.

Wondering whether anyone else has looked at this yet? I've always refused on principle to use any of the dodgy streaming sites to pick up illegal Sky feeds in the past and I would much prefer to pay the £110 IF viewing by VPN is feasible. However, those principles would be under severe pressure if I find that VPN won't work and that the dodgy sites can supply the feed.

PS if anyone from iFollow is reading this post, I wrote this on behalf of a friend.