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How To Watch: MLB Online

If you are like us, you love baseball and are pumped for the 2015 season. This article will give you all the tools you need to watch every game of the year. These days, many fans are clammoring to stream the games on their devices, but Major League Baseball (MLB) has notoriously stringent streaming policies that prohibit games from being available on most platforms.

We are not talking about the sketchy pirated feeds either. Those are unreliable and will have you constantly clicking to combat dozens of pop-ups. Our recommendation is to bite the bullet and invest in MLB.tv.

MLB TV

However, MLB is so protective over the viewership of the live games, even their paid service will not give you access to the local team when they play at home. Thankfully, we have a solution to ensure you never miss a pitch. At $109.99 per year or $19.99 per month for MLB.tv, you get the basic package that gives you the entire schedule less the blacked out games when your team is in your home market. The games are in HD on your computer, with one feed per game, pause and rewind controls, and the ability to watch multiple games simultaneously with picture-in-picture, split screen or mosaic views.

As good as this sounds, we strongly recommend the upgraded package. For just $20 more per year (or $5/mo if you don’t pay up front), the Premium package upgrades your options substantially. For starters, it allows you to watch on any iOS or Android device. This means HD baseball on your iPhone at work or on the go. The Premium package also gives you access to the At Bat app for your devices which feeds MLB news, radio broadcasts from both markets, video highlights, stats and a bunch of other cools toys. They support over 400 devices, so it unlikely that you will not be able to access the games.

Not only can you watch on the go from more than one mobile device at once, but you can also stream the games from an Xbox, Apple TV, Playstation3, Roku, Boxee and others. Thus, true baseball junkies can watch multiple games at once!

Key Dates

These are the dates that you should keep in mind for the 2015 MLB calendar.

April 5, 2015 – Opening Night: Cardinals-Cubs, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN 2
April 6, 2015 – Opening Day
June 8-10, 2015 – MLB Draft
July 13, 2015 – All-Star Workout Day (Home Run Derby) Cincinnati
July 14, 2015 – 86th All-Star Game, Cincinnati
Oct. 6, 2015 – Postseason scheduled to begin
Oct. 27, 2015 – World Series scheduled to begin

Why a SmartDNS and Which One?

If you don’t know what a SmartDNS does, everything you need to know can be found within our Ultimate SmartDNS Guide. If you are just anxious to get streaming, a quick and dirty description will follow.

A SmartDNS is software that will allow your computer to fool a website into thinking you are in a different region or country than you actually are. This will allow you to access content that otherwise would be restricted because you live in the wrong place. Again, there is a lot more to it than that, but for the purposes of watching baseball this is all you really need. If the Yankees are your team, you will not be able to stream their home games on your phone or tablet if you live in the New York market. A SmartDNS provider will make MLB.tv think you are somewhere else (you can choose from hundreds of different countries), so you can watch the games on your phone or tablet without restriction.

The Top SmartDNS Provider to Stream MLB.tv

There are a lot of options in this market and each provider offer slightly different services. Luckily for you, we have evaluated all of them and identified the top five providers that are the best fit for streaming MLB.tv.

All of the providers in the table below are reputable companies that we trust. They have servers all over the world including many within the USA, allowing you to watch Netflix USA and your local team without having to switch regions (change software settings).

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How To Watch

1) Review the above table and/or our list of top SmartDNS providers and select the best one for you. Then, sign up for the service following the instructions on the providers website. Be sure to pick a region that is away from your favourite teams local market, otherwise MLB will blackout the games.

2) Sign up for MLB.tv (again, we recommend the Premium package).

MLB Premium package

3) Start watching. It really is that simple.

Conclusion

MLB seems to guard their games more than any other other professional league. The blackout policy they have adopted extend well beyond local games as any game being played at the same time as a national Fox broadcast on Saturday or ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball is blacked out on your MLB.tv subscription. If you live in a market between to teams, it is likely you will miss both teams! Live anywhere in Canada and you’ll miss the Blue Jays without a SmartDNS service.

To work around these restrictions, you can pair a MLB.tv subscription with a SmartDNS provider. This is ideal for baseball fans who want to watch any game from any team anywhere on any device. The ability to hear Vin Scully calling a game for the Dodgers ought to be worth it all by itself for any true baseball fan. The steps and SmartDNS providers here will allow you to access the entire season of baseball in minutes.


Peter Selmeczy Written by Peter Selmeczy

Pete is a techy who enjoys streaming content throughout the day, watching new series, and attending movie premiers. Living in Budapest means that I've always got UnblockUs switched on so I can stream any content I want.

One response to “How To Watch: MLB Online

  1. I signed up for a free trial with Unblock-US and followed step by step directions for both my PC and gaming console. Everything appears to be set up correctly but I’m apprehensive to sign up for MLB.TV, worried I haven’t done something right and will be out the $$ and stuck with blacked out games. The option presents itself to choose a country as the 3rd step in the process on the Unblock-US website and I’m assuming this is where I select one other than the United States to ensure I’ll be able to watch games of my choice but what about the gaming console? I followed the steps and changed the DNS addresses but was never asked for a region? Thanks for any help and advice.

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