Despite great but irregular NFL coverage on Australian TV, when it comes to watching games live & on demand, you must own NFL Game Pass, the online streaming service for international fans. Lets take a look at the 2012 version...Despite offering a brilliant service last year, the NFL have upped the stakes again in 2012 with extra subscription options and more mind-blowing features to their online streaming service: NFL Game Pass. Let's have a look at the 2012 version alongside how - and why - you need to make one of the best investments you'll make this year.
Quick LinksTo make it easier to jump to different sections please use the following links:
- Pricing, Payment Options & Signup
- Schedule Screen
- Watching Games
- Features & Extras
- Computer & TV Requirements
- Watching on TV & Apple TV
- Watching on Mobile, iPad & iPhone
- Listening To Games
- FAQs, Comments & Discussion
Pricing, Payment Options & Signup[caption id="attachment_16628" align="aligncenter" width="468"] Pricing & Options Screen (click for bigger pic)[/caption] The basic 2012 regular season NFL Game Pass pricing is pretty much the same as last year (give or take a few dollars), except this year we have three options:
- Team Pass: $114.99 AUD Your favourite teams games live & on demand (not including playoffs)
- Season Pass: $134.99 AUD (or $39.99 AUD monthly payments over 4 months) All teams games live & on demand plus NFL Network, RedZone & classic Super Bowls (not incl playoffs)
- Season Plus: $204.99 AUD (or $54.99 AUD monthly payments over 4 months) Every single game plus NFL Network, Red Zone, Playoffs, Super Bowl, & Coaches Film (basically everything)
Schedule Screen[caption id="attachment_16629" align="aligncenter" width="468"] Schedule Homepage Screen (click for bigger pic)[/caption] Once you have made the payment and have the all-clear you will land on the default homepage schedule screen (see above image). You can either choose to instantly watch whatever is on NFL Network by clicking the 'Launch' button or use the 'Game Schedule' section to watch any game (including playoffs & Super Bowls) from the past three (2009, 2010, 2011) NFL seasons. Pretty cool right? Let's choose the 2011 Super Bowl between the New York Giants & New England Patriots.
Watching Games[caption id="attachment_16633" align="aligncenter" width="468"] Game Console (click for bigger pic)[/caption] Once you choose a game or show (in my case the 2011 Super Bowl), the Game Pass Viewing Console pops up and the first thing you need to do is to play with the quality settings. [caption id="attachment_16634" align="aligncenter" width="468"] Quality Settings Control (click for bigger pic)[/caption] To change the quality settings, hover your mouse over the 'Quality' tab (pictured above) and click your desired streaming speed. I recommend choosing the highest quality (3000 Kbps) and then see how your internet and computer can handle it. If you notice lag, pauses or problems then choose a lower setting until everything works perfect. [caption id="attachment_16635" align="aligncenter" width="468"] Control Bar (click for bigger pic)[/caption] Once you have your setting right (and have had your mind blown by the quality if you chose one of the higher Kbps) you will need to get used to the control bar (pictured above). On the left are the play, pause, rewind, and fast forward buttons. The little arrows with a 10 next to them let you jump forward or back 10 seconds which is pretty cool. In the middle you have the game timeline with each quarter marked out and little coloured dots highlighting scores and big plays (you can hover your mouse over each coloured dot for a short explanation of the play or score). Facebook or Twitter!), see game stats or see each play of each game (with the option to also view that play). In the bottom tray you will see a 'View Modes' console which lets you watch the following options: 'Double Game View' Any two games/shows at the same time: [caption id="attachment_16637" align="aligncenter" width="468"] Double Game View (click for bigger pic)[/caption] 'Quad View' Any four games/shows at the same time: [caption id="attachment_16638" align="aligncenter" width="468"] Quad View (click for bigger pic)[/caption] 'Picture In Picture' Any game/show in a small, floating & moveable window: [caption id="attachment_16639" align="aligncenter" width="468"] Picture In Picture Mode (click for bigger pic)[/caption] To use these features and to jump to any game or show you like you will need to use the 'Guide' button as pictured below: [caption id="attachment_16641" align="aligncenter" width="468"] 'Guide' Button (click for bigger pic)[/caption] Once you click the 'Guide' button a sidebar will pop up allowing you to choose any game or show you want to watch at any time.
Features & ExtrasOn top of being able to watch every single game from the past three NFL seasons, NFL Game Pass also has a bunch of extra features and specials such as: Coaches' Film The 2012 edition of NFL Game Pass will feature never before seen 'Coaches' Film' (see image above) which allows you to watch touchdowns and big plays from different angles including behind the play and endzone views, exactly as NFL coaches do! To access this feature simply hover over a touchdown or big play (a coloured circle or triangle) and choose the 'Coaches' View' option. NFL RedZone Everyone loves touchdowns and this is the ultimate NFL fan's dream of touchdown central. For those of you unaware, NFL RedZone is an option/channel that only shows plays from each live game as a team gets close to or scores a touchdown. It is great for when your team isn't playing and want to stay on top of all games at once. NFL Network Aside from the game itself, it's great features like NFL RedZone and NFL Network (which features NFL Films) that in my opinion make the NFL just that much better than any other sport. Not many other sports provide such a superb 24/7 online channel with latest news, special features, historic games and so much more. The NFL also has such a well-known and highly renowned studio specialising in history and features with NFL Films. All of the above features are included in the 'Season Plus' package. Team Pass' package, make sure to also check out the 'NFL Network' package as it is a great and affordable way of getting a lot of the extra feature programming that airs during the week and in between games.
Computer & TV RequirementsThe system requirements for 2012 NFL Game Pass are:
- What are the minimum system requirements? A: A broadband internet connection (DSL/cable or higher) of 750 kbps or higher is needed for NFL Game Pass. If you have an internet connection speed of 2.0 Mbps or higher and your computer meets the requirements below, you will be able to enjoy NFL Game Pass at its highest video quality.
- What are the minimum requirements for Windows computers?
A: The minimum requirements for Windows computers are:
- Intel Pentium 4 2.33GHz or higher or equivalent AMD processor with a minimum of 512MB of memory and 64MB of video RAM.
- One of the following operating systems: Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows Media Center Edition.
- Microsoft Internet Explorer, or Mozilla Firefox: - IE: http://www.microsoft.com/ie - Firefox: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox
- Macromedia Flash Player 10.1: http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/about/
- Video adapter and monitor: Super VGA (1024x768) or higher.
- What are the minimum requirements for Mac computers?
A: The minimum requirements for Mac computers are:
Watching on TV & Apple TVThere are basically two ways of watching NFL on your TV - buy an adaptable lead that connects your computer to your TV as outlined in our article last year How To Watch NFL Game Pass On Your TV or via Apple TV. With their latest OSX release 'Mountain Lion', Apple have finally delivered what I have been wanting for two NFL seasons, an Airplay button that lets me watch videos via WIFI from my Mac on my TV, so no cables or leads! To set this up you need Apple TV, a Macbook/iMac running Mountain Lion and a good HD TV (all links open to the item mentioned). I am personally running a Macbook with Mountain Lion with Apple TV and a Kogan Full HD TV and I couldn't be happier with the results! If you have all of those then simply click the Airplay icon in the top of your OSX bar (see above photo). Once that is done head to the full screen option in Game Pass and in no time you should be watching crystal clear NFL in HD on your TV! You can also watch via Airplay on your iPhone or iPad however I have found the quality is not quite as good.
Watching On Mobile, iPhone & iPadYou can access NFL Game Pass on your Android, iOS mobile and tablet devices with a free download of the NFL Game Pass mobile app. The app is a great feature and allows you to watch games anywhere at any time.
- Click here to get the iPhone & iPad App
- Click here to get the Android Mobile App
- Click here to get the Android Tablet App