NPPL on ESPN3 via ibVPN

You might have been 1 of those paintball fan/player that supported espn3’s facebook campaign and ended up getting frustrated ‘coz after liking them on fb — all you get is a white page, refreshing crazy by itself when you log on to ESPN3.com

Eclipse HQ even posted a somewhat call-to-attention campaign here. (Which would look like hundreds of thousand paintball supporters are spamming ESPN.)

This is what you get from ESPN after doing the call-to-attention thingy:

Hello,

Thanks for contacting ESPN.
This NPPL event is not currently scheduled to air on the ESPN networks in your area.

We’ll be sure to let our programming executives know that our viewers would like to see more paintball programming on our air.

Sincerely,

Katy
ESPN Viewer Response

————— Original Message —————
I REALLY want to watch NPPL Surf City Open Paintball on ESPN3 this weekend but I’m in Cambodia and can’t. Please Help.

In a nutshell — here’s whats needed to watch ESPN3

1] We need to make your incoming traffic appear to originate from United States.
2] Not only originate in United States — but coming from an ESPN affiliated TV/Internet network provider:

My solution to point No. 1 – VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Since the reign of VPN, i personally resisted on using the over-rated Proxy Servers. It’s not just stable. Slow. And yes, hard to get a good one. With ibVPN, it’s a breeze. Easy to setup, stable & crazy fast. Although it comes with a price, it’s money well spent. You’re not just paying for your anonymity & security, you are also able to bypass blocked websites! Not only that i was able to access NPPL on ESPN3, you might want to check these streaming sites too! -> Hulu, Pandora, ABC, NBC, BBC iPlayer, ITV

My solution to point No. 2 – AT&T

I mentioned earlier in this post that other than making your traffic look like from US, you also need to make it look like from ESPN affiliated network. Coincidentally, they have at&t from the drop down list selection and the sole provider who offer FREE @att.net email! (which means free at&t username)

HOWEVER:

You must have a U.S. based IP address to register for an att.net email account.

again, ibVPN to the rescue! I was one of the lucky few to get a FREE email on April 1.  On April 2, youll get this:

Page Temporarily Unavailable.

We’re sorry, but this service is temporarily not available. We plan to resume offering free att.net email accounts in June 2011. For more information, please click here.

You can watch all the replays and stuff btw, too bad you’d have to wait for June to get a free att.net login 😉