How To Watch The World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
As the year draws to a close, even the number of sports events is decreasing. Perhaps the most important event left in the calendar is the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. The championship is being hosted in Canada, and spans from the end of 2014 into 2015. In the past, the championship has proven to be a popular event, including sell-out matches and the event this year looks to be just as exciting.
For sports fans, this event is particularly interesting, because it is split into four divisions (Top division, Division I, Division II and Division III). This makes for a lot of games spread out across the course of the event.
It is a junior event, so all of individuals competing are under 20 years of age.
Some people don’t like sports events because of this, but I find that it makes them more interesting. After all, there do tend to be some differences in the approach that younger and older athletes take to the same game.
Nowadays, one of the best ways to watch sports games is online, particularly if the games you are interested in aren’t being played in your country. There is also so much more flexibility when you watch things online, particularly as you can watch from a laptop or a computer, as well as devices like tablets or smartphones.
There are however a few hoops to jump through.
One major one is regional restriction. This restriction is something that websites put in place to help control who watches their content. The decision is often to do with copyright, although sometimes it seems arbitrary.
Regional restriction works off your IP address, which your internet company gives you. That address is a pretty big indication of your location and that really can be a pain. There isn’t much you can do to get an IP address outside of your country – but you can make it look like you have an IP address from somewhere else.
This is where VPNs come into play, and as you can see I am a large fan. VPNs are pretty important in general, because they offer security and anonymity while you are online. On its own this is an advantage, as nothing online is as private as people assume.
A VPN also masks your IP address. So, when you visit a website that site ends up seeing the IP address from the VPN server, rather than your own address. This means that you need to pick a VPN provider based on the content that you want to access.
So, for the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, an IP address in Canada would probably work, and one in the United States may well work too. What works for you will partially depend on what site you are watching the event from and what their restrictions are.
Thankfully, most VPN providers offer many different locations for VPN servers and give you the ability to change from one to the other based on what you need.
Picking a VPN Provider
It can be a bit challenging to choose a good VPN company, because there are so many of them out there. My personal pick is VyprVPN and I’ve been a happy customer with that particular company for quite some time.
However, if you try to stream off devices instead of a computer, 12VPN may be a better choice, as they support many more devices.