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How To Watch On Roku Without Blackouts

By Jeremy Evans / April 29, 2016 / Tags: , , ,

Here’s how to avoid blackouts on Roku, so you can actually watch home games this baseball season. blackouts workaround for Roku devices
Use Roku’s app to stream baseball games? Then you’re going to want a way to avoid the 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, blocks those games for local fans. So even though you pay for, you can’t watch your home team on their home field. Great service, right?

Thankfully, there’s a cheap, simple blackout workaround for Roku. You just need to use a VPN to connect to through a server in an unblocked location.

What You Need To Watch On Roku Without Blackouts

Here’s what you need to circumvent blackouts on Roku (in addition to your Roku box or stick and an subscription):

1. A router

2. A VPN

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is the critical tool to avoiding 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.

5 Best VPNs For Streaming — Compatible With Roku To Bypass Blackouts

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 blackouts on a Roku or other device.

NordVPN Best VPN

$4/m for annual account; 30-day money-back trial

VyprVPN Best VPN

$6.67/m for annual account; 3-day free trial

IPVanish VPN Best VPN

$6.50/m for annual account; 7-day money-back trial

Watch 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 subscription and download the 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 on Roku.)

NordVPN is one of the best VPNs out there today
NordVPN is one of the fastest, and a PC Mag Editor’s Choice for 2016.

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 game!

NordVPN connect
Services like NordVPN reroute your internet connection through a server outside the US, allowing you to avoid blackouts and watch every 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 gods give you permission for.

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