American Forces Network is always a good choice to indulge in American TV entertainment — especially sports — while serving overseas, although these days not every servicemember pays for the expensive decoder boxes.
This is the modern world, and overseas U.S. personnel are no longer at the mercy of AFN to get their NFL football. Nor do they have to scour the web for obscure sites illegally broadcasting the games through a system called peer-to-peer TV.
In some countries, local cable and satellite systems broadcast some games, but for hardcore fans who simply can't afford to miss a game the answer is obvious, but unknown to many.
NFL.com has a service called Game Pass, which enables every football game, including the Super Bowl, to be viewed live to anyone living outside of the United States who has broadband Internet connection.
Of course, the service comes at a price.
The NFL offers four types of subscriptions: Season Plus — includes playoffs and Super Bowl; Season; Follow your Team; Watch for 7 Days.
Costs vary by country.
And for those on the far side of the world, no need to wake up in the middle of the night to watch a game. Game Pass allows you to replay the games on demand. You can also view the games on a number of devices to include tablets and smart phones.
But if the idea of watching the beloved sport on a small screen offends you, this, too, has a solution. Most modern computers have the ability to connect to most modern televisions, usually through an HDMI or VGA connection. If you have a fast Internet speed, you may find yourself this season watching every game in high definition on your big-screen TV.