How To Watch MLB.tv On Roku Without BlackoutsBy Jeremy Evans / April 29, 2016 / Tags: How-To, Roku, Stream Sports, Unblock Content
Here’s how to avoid MLB.tv blackouts on Roku, so you can actually watch home games this baseball season.
Use Roku’s MLB.tv app to stream baseball games? Then you’re going to want a way to avoid the MLB.tv blackouts on your Roku box or stick.
MLB fans in the US and Canada are subject to local and regional blackouts. When local broadcasters have game rights, MLB.tv blocks those games for local fans. So even though you pay for MLB.tv, you can’t watch your home team on their home field. Great service, right?
Thankfully, there’s a cheap, simple MLB.tv blackout workaround for Roku. You just need to use a VPN to connect to MLB.tv through a server in an unblocked location.
What You Need To Watch MLB.tv On Roku Without Blackouts
Here’s what you need to circumvent MLB.tv blackouts on Roku (in addition to your Roku box or stick and an MLB.tv subscription):
1. A router
2. A VPN
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is the critical tool to avoiding MLB.tv blackouts. It reroutes your internet connection through a server in an unblocked location. To anyone checking on your location via your IP address, you look to be in an area that is allowed to access the game you want to watch, and can stream away.
VPNs are cheap ($4-10/month), easy to use, and most work with a router. That makes it very simple to unblock MLB games on your Roku.
I’m currently using NordVPN with my Roku to get around the blackouts. I like it because it has some of the fastest streaming speeds, and is easy to set up and use.
But you won’t go wrong with any of these top-rated VPN providers, all of which will work a router to bypass MLB.tv blackouts on a Roku or other device.
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Watch MLB.tv On Roku With No Blackouts — Step By Step Instructions
Here’s how to end the blackouts and start streaming any game you want. 1. Get an MLB.tv subscription and download the MLB.tv Roku app, if you haven’t already 2. Get a VPN, or a money-back VPN trial (Here’s our list of the 5 best VPNs for streaming. All offer risk-free trials, and all work to unblock MLB.tv on Roku.)
3. Download the VPN software from your provider 4. Follow their instructions to set it up with your router — the one your Roku uses to connect to the internet 5. Choose a server location (I use the U.K., but anywhere outside of the US and Canada will work) 6. Start watching every MLB.tv game!
It really is that simple. Just a few steps and you can stream every MLB game this season. And, if you sign up for an annual VPN account, you’ll play as little as $4-5/month. That’s well worth it to be able to watch all the games you want, instead of only the ones the MLB.tv gods give you permission for.
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