MLB.tv Blackouts

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by dannyhansen, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Signed up for MLB.tv premium service today without reading the fine details that all of the local team games (home and away) are blacked out.... Is there a work around? Frustrated that when I called the support line they told me I could watch the game 90 minutes after it was over.
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    You will have to get a DNS service like Unblockus, for $5 or so a month it will allow you to circumvent MLB blackouts.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    Yeah without the blackouts i would ditch cable, is that DNS service reliable?
     
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    Toltepeceno

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    I've been using unblock.us here in Mexico for several years and they had problems one time for a few hours. I will call that very satisfactory in my mind.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    I've used unblock-us for the past 2 seasons to watch my local market games without a problem
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    +1 for unblock-us
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    Another +1 from me. Never had a problem during football season.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    One last thing to keep in mind, is that in addition to local "home team" blackouts that are easily solved by a VPN, there are also national blackouts. For example, the Fox Saturday afternoon game and the Sunday night ESPN games are not available live on mlb.tv to USA viewers. If you're going to use an international proxy to get around this, make sure the one you're routing through has enough bandwidth to get an acceptable stream/picture.
     
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    slu

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    This looks really great. For $5/month I could certainly get by with MLB and NBA on the AppleTV. Thanks guys!! I can't wait to try it.
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    Doesn't work with nba. MLB nfl and NHL are fine though. For nba I AirPlay from my ipad with hotspot shield
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    why does it not work with nba?

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  12. macrumors 6502

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    Not an issue with unblock-us. I see Saturday afternoon and Sunday night games in full HD quality.
     
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    there are also free ways to change your DNS location if you are jailbroken. Can't think of it offhand but they are easily searchable. The location blackout problem is a fairly easy workaround. If the game is blacked out nationally then try firstrowsports dot com.
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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    Unblock us is a "smart" VPN in that it will adjust your location to be able to get what you are trying to get. This is why national games aren't a problem as it will point you to somewhere from Europe, while at the same time you can get Hulu since it points you to the USA

    I don't know why nba doesn't work, but it just doesn't. I've discussed my workaround in the cable cutting forum
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    if you have an ipad or iphone you can jb it and set up locationHolic (i think maybe $3-5) and possibly an airplay unlocking app (not sure if mlbtv has airplay built in) and watch local games that way- and on the go too!
     
  16. macrumors newbie

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    This is my exact setup with MLBTV (not sure on NBA). I use fakelocation though, there are some freebies in the cydia marketplace.. just have to find the right one. MLBTV will airplay to the Apple TV.

    Also, another workaround I use is playing from a browser (Airplay to Apple TV on 10.7/10.8) and using a mozilla plugin to fake my location, works perfect.
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    yeag its the only reason i jailbroke the ipad
     
  18. darster, Jul 25, 2013
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    I have a 7 day trial with unblockus, but still can not get local MLB games on my computer, roku or apple tv, even though I changed the DNS on my airport extreme to theirs. Still says my area is in a blackout. I know unlockus is working because when I go to NFL game pass with their dns plugged in, it allows me to sign up for game streaming access, while when on my local dns, it does not give me that option.
     
  19. macrumors 68000

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    Never mind, I figured it out. I had to change both primary and secondary dns locations on my AEBS.
     
  20. macrumors newbie

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    MLBtv on Ipad

    So if I download location spoof on my iPad, how does that relate to helping me airplay the games from my iPad because MLB only offers MLB at Bat for iPads not MLB.tv?
     
  21. macrumors 6502

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    if you subscribe to mlb.tv you can watch the games on an IPAD
     
  22. macrumors 603

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    I think you need to set up a vpn on the ipad to stream local games
     
  23. macrumors newbie

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    How about a locationspoofer like Locationholic ?
     
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    Billy Boo Bob

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    Within At-Bat you can pull up games via MLB.TV (as well as game day audio).
     
  25. macrumors 603

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    do they blackout spring training games?

    and I don't think at bat gives you live video of the regular season games, you need the MLB.TV subscription for that. mlb at bat is audio only and a lot of those games if you want to listen to the radio you should be able to stream the station from another app. i've done it last year with Mets games. i don't think there are any blackouts for the audio streams, only the video

    MLB TV is on the apple TV as well as almost every other game console, tv and blu ray player so you don't need to airplay from your ipad to the apple tv
     

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