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« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2021, 19:10:41 pm »

Not really, it's only rounders, it ain't football.🤠

I once got taken out on a corporate evening to watch San Diego Padres play San Francisco Giants.

I truly lost the will to live ... the game went on for over 5 hours and there can only have been 1 or 2 occasions where the ball was well and truly leathered and the batter ran all the way around.
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« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2021, 19:33:56 pm »

St Louis is my home city. Totally baseball - St Louis Cardinals are one of the iconic teams in the US. Their fanbase before local radio stations in the fifties era took off, stretched to the west coast. Even now, well into Kansas City environs.
Cards fan at Philly airport, when I was there, was "NFL, what's that?" when discussing fans, territories etc. NFL wise, Cardinals moved to Arizona, Rams moved into St Louis, but support for NFL always luke warm. They returned to LA a few years ago.
Busch Stadium is right in the city centre of St Louis, a brilliant place. Huge Cardinals Kingdom bars outside - one where you can buy seats that overlook the stadium for a full view! Now that beats I-Follow!  Grin
I don't know a lot about US football (obviously) but I know absolutely nothing about baseball I'm afraid. Are both sports played at the same time of year and which is the more popular in terms of audience and participation?
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« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2021, 20:30:47 pm »

Being only able to get to a few games a year(which is good because I'm a bit of a Jonah). I use a VPN to watch IFollow and pretty much everything I do online, don't tend to have too many problems apart from my own s***ty ISP.
Baseball is a great game, especially if you like test match cricket. Murican football is rugby for woozies. Hockey is boxing on ice.
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« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2021, 20:34:06 pm »

I don't know a lot about US football (obviously) but I know absolutely nothing about baseball I'm afraid. Are both sports played at the same time of year and which is the more popular in terms of audience and participation?
Baseball, summer. NFL winter. Baseball play around 162 games in the regular season - so, understandably, especially during the early part of the season it's common to have stadiums half full - unless, a derby such as Cardinals against Chicago Cubs - which I went to two of the three in the three game series. The second incidentally, starting at 6.30pm (same days as Spurs v Liverpool Champions League Final) but impending tornadoes and storms heading for the city, game suspended at 8pm. Said deluge arrived, from my hotel window (everyone rightly left) could see lights and part of the stadium on...resumed apparently at 11pm - finishing at 1am!!!

In contrast, as said, NFL play very limited games - so usually they more or less fill their stadiums. St Louis is massively baseball - kinda like sleepy Gloucester is far more rugby union than footie...in contrast to the majority of England.
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« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2021, 23:19:28 pm »

Cyber security.

Up to no good more likely Cool - tax man dodger?
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« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2021, 23:32:49 pm »

I went to watch a baseball game in Tampa (or St Petersburg really) a couple of years ago....and i'm hooked! I've subscribed to MLB.TV for the last two seasons (Covid disrupted 60 game season last year, full 162 game season this year) and watch The Rays most nights.
$129 for the season, thats about £95 so if they make it to the post season its about 50p a game!!
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« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2021, 07:36:15 am »

I can watch quite easily as I'm abroad (the quality is always excellent too) but to watch BBC iplayer or other similar platforms you need a VPN, its quite simple even for tech dumbos as myself.

I used Express VPN to access UK only TV, as mentioned you must pay for a premium service, a free VPN is too basic. Use a decent paid VPN and you'll be able to watch.

I hear there are other more "shady" options freely available online. TV boxes that will give you everything including baseball for one fixed payment. A "friend of mine" has one and apparently he can watch every Sky channel, BT sport, every team on ifollow, pay per view, Netflix, Amazon Prime, even LV County Championship cricket for just £60 a year, but I know absolutely nothing about it so cant help.
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« Reply #27 on: August 16, 2021, 10:20:15 am »

Has always been that way (i.e. no 3pm Saturday games streamable within the UK).  Only exception was last season due to COVID.

It has to be said it's an incredibly painless workaround to stream via VPN if you do wish to watch inside the UK though.  Payment via Paypal is now accepted so there's no credit card validation which is reliant on a non-UK billing address.


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« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2021, 22:02:32 pm »

Download "vpn free" (key symbol) on your mobile device, load it up and select a server from a country that has very little traffic and away you go. You'll be able to purchase and view the games.

I agree with the overall ridiculousness that games can't be streamed. I also don't agree with the 3pm thing English football seems obsessed with.
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« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2021, 22:20:53 pm »

I can watch quite easily as I'm abroad (the quality is always excellent too) but to watch BBC iplayer or other similar platforms you need a VPN, its quite simple even for tech dumbos as myself.

I used Express VPN to access UK only TV, as mentioned you must pay for a premium service, a free VPN is too basic. Use a decent paid VPN and you'll be able to watch.

I hear there are other more "shady" options freely available online. TV boxes that will give you everything including baseball for one fixed payment. A "friend of mine" has one and apparently he can watch every Sky channel, BT sport, every team on ifollow, pay per view, Netflix, Amazon Prime, even LV County Championship cricket for just £60 a year, but I know absolutely nothing about it so cant help.
My brother in law who also lives in Oz keeps going on about this ďboxĒ. Reckons itís amazing. I havenít seen it myself as he is in WA which is harder to get into than Fort Knox at the minute. I am still on a paid VPN but am thinking about it. On a separate note ITV is a right pain on your phone, Mrs Melly (ex Cape Canaveral) keeps having to switch my Apple region to the UK to update the app and then switch back to Oz when complete. Itís beyond me how she does it so donít ask, but itís a right faff. Seems technology is making all this more difficult all the time?
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« Reply #30 on: August 16, 2021, 23:48:13 pm »

I went to watch a baseball game in Tampa (or St Petersburg really) a couple of years ago....and i'm hooked! I've subscribed to MLB.TV for the last two seasons (Covid disrupted 60 game season last year, full 162 game season this year) and watch The Rays most nights.
$129 for the season, thats about £95 so if they make it to the post season its about 50p a game!!

Similar to the NFL game pass which is £147 for all games. Orrrrr you can just keep signing up for the free trial and pay nothing.

I personally think America does it very well with their sports coverage but I also accept the argument about catchment areas and multi billion dollar industries as opposed to L2!

Baseball is incredible, their version of cricket really isn't it. They always sing Sweet Caroline in the 8th innings at the Red Sox, so that's one tradition that's made it's way to football.
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« Reply #31 on: August 16, 2021, 23:53:13 pm »

I use Nord VPN to watch the cobbs, cricket, baseball and hide my identity for financial and company critical transactions. Believe me big brother is watching you and can trace you and what you do if you don't protect yourselves.
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« Reply #32 on: August 17, 2021, 04:17:17 am »

My brother in law who also lives in Oz keeps going on about this ďboxĒ. Reckons itís amazing. I havenít seen it myself as he is in WA which is harder to get into than Fort Knox at the minute. I am still on a paid VPN but am thinking about it. On a separate note ITV is a right pain on your phone, Mrs Melly (ex Cape Canaveral) keeps having to switch my Apple region to the UK to update the app and then switch back to Oz when complete. Itís beyond me how she does it so donít ask, but itís a right faff. Seems technology is making all this more difficult all the time?

I don't subscribe to these boxes in any way but I've heard they are brilliant.  Grin  Not as if its hidden in anyway and I've even found a tuber to describe one in your local dialect, I would imagine they are easy enough to get in Oz and the UK through any online click me retailer.

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« Reply #33 on: August 17, 2021, 07:38:38 am »

Is it not illegal to access all of these services without paying and disguising your location for ifollow etc?
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« Reply #34 on: August 17, 2021, 12:48:30 pm »

Is it not illegal to access all of these services without paying and disguising your location for ifollow etc?
Very illegal.
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« Reply #35 on: August 17, 2021, 13:02:57 pm »

Is it not illegal to access all of these services without paying and disguising your location for ifollow etc?

It's a very grey area. Masking your location with a VPN to access a service that you have paid for is probably not illegal as the provider in theory is responsible for ensuring that the content is only available in the regions permitted and as they have done this there is no offence.

Owning a SuperBox or a similar device in many countries is illegal as is the importation of them. Normally they are only available from places like China and if you buy one there is every chance it will get siezed by customs. To get access to all of the channels you need to buy a subscription that will decode blocked content, these subscriptions seem to be mainly based in Eastern Europe. In theory if you buy a subscription you are purchasing an illegal service and could well end up in court for it if you get caught.
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« Reply #36 on: August 17, 2021, 13:28:08 pm »

I use Nord VPN to watch the cobbs, cricket, baseball and hide my identity for financial and company critical transactions. Believe me big brother is watching you and can trace you and what you do if you don't protect yourselves.

Absolutely - it brings a first line of defence (and enables you to watch sport) but one shouldn't think its 100% secure (and rightly so) for overt illegal actions.
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« Reply #37 on: August 18, 2021, 00:18:59 am »

There you go, thatís the end of that then.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/2992997/are-kodi-boxes-illegal/

Besides itís in The Sun so it must be true.
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« Reply #38 on: August 18, 2021, 02:48:08 am »

It's also illegal to beat or shake any carpet, rug or mat before eight in the morning.

So is cherry knocking, ďto wilfully and wantonly disturb any inhabitant by pulling or ringing any doorbell or knocking at any door without lawful excuseĒ,

Being drunk in a pub, or impersonating a soldier at a party, all illegal. I wonder if Harry knew?

I'll be watching all the football..on my friends box.
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« Reply #39 on: August 20, 2021, 20:38:41 pm »


 impersonating a soldier at a party,

Deepy you must take offence because i do, its the Queens uniform,
ps Harry was a liability on tour, as you needed a whole battalion to make sure a hair wasn't rustled on his head.
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