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MLB.TV Blackout HELP!!

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  • MLB.TV Blackout HELP!!

    I have MLB.TV and woulld like to know how to watch my local teams. I am blacked out and am not able to see the teams that I really want. People are mentioning a proxy server on many forums, but I could not get that to work. Please help, send a PM or something to let all of know this precious secret.

  • #2
    Originally posted by joe_knowitall View Post
    I have MLB.TV and woulld like to know how to watch my local teams. I am blacked out and am not able to see the teams that I really want. People are mentioning a proxy server on many forums, but I could not get that to work. Please help, send a PM or something to let all of know this precious secret.
    I dont think you can watch local games because when i went to sign up it said "watch any out of market game live straight from your home" Sorry man i hope im wrong

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    • #3
      Originally posted by joe_knowitall View Post
      I have MLB.TV and woulld like to know how to watch my local teams. I am blacked out and am not able to see the teams that I really want. People are mentioning a proxy server on many forums, but I could not get that to work. Please help, send a PM or something to let all of know this precious secret.

      Open your wallet, and get DirecTV. Order the MLB Extra Innings package. I live in So Cal, and am a Cubs fan, and I can watch ALL their games. It's well worth the money. I do the same during the football season, so I can watch the Bears. Don't expect a "free lunch".

      Bob

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      • #4
        This shouldn't be

        Selig is putting to us again. Not everybody gets direct tv. Why would I want to buy a dish and not use it, but only for baseball. Come on man, surely you have a better solution. There has to be some was to get around these blackouts.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by joe_knowitall View Post
          Selig is putting to us again. Not everybody gets direct tv. Why would I want to buy a dish and not use it, but only for baseball. Come on man, surely you have a better solution. There has to be some was to get around these blackouts.


          It's not just that, even EI has the black out restrictions too. ESPN has exclusive Sunday Night games, and Fox has exclusive Saturday Afternoons...for out of market that is. InDemand has EI now but still some cable companies can't get it.

          Originally posted by bluezebra View Post
          Open your wallet, and get DirecTV. Order the MLB Extra Innings package. I live in So Cal, and am a Cubs fan, and I can watch ALL their games. It's well worth the money. I do the same during the football season, so I can watch the Bears. Don't expect a "free lunch".

          Bob
          Good point.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by joe_knowitall View Post
            I have MLB.TV and woulld like to know how to watch my local teams. I am blacked out and am not able to see the teams that I really want. People are mentioning a proxy server on many forums, but I could not get that to work. Please help, send a PM or something to let all of know this precious secret.
            Isn't your name a little ironic in this case?

            Anyway, look into the proxy servers more. I've heard that they work from a couple of people. If I see them sometime soon I'll ask them how they did it.
            WAMCO!

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            • #7
              knowitall?

              I know all most everything about baseball, but I am still learning about computers. This season so far has been bad for stats for fantasy leagues. My teams are stinking it up. Pujols especially.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by joe_knowitall View Post
                I know all most everything about baseball, but I am still learning about computers. This season so far has been bad for stats for fantasy leagues. My teams are stinking it up. Pujols especially.
                Since you know almost everything about baseball, please join us in the other forums. You're more than welcome to do so.
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                • #9
                  I have MLB & MiLB.tv. I work odd hours, so I like it to watch the game the next morning when I get home from work (I'm usually falling asleep around the first pitch). You can watch all the games archived.

                  MiLB I'm not completely sold on yet. It's cheap enough for the season, so I'll see how it goes.
                  Harold Norbert "Harry" Kalas (1936 - 2009)
                  Swing and a long drive. Watch that baby. Outta here, home run.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by joe_knowitall View Post
                    Selig is putting to us again. Not everybody gets direct tv. Why would I want to buy a dish and not use it, but only for baseball. Come on man, surely you have a better solution. There has to be some was to get around these blackouts.
                    1..Why blame Selig? You're wanting MLB to give their product away for free. Do you work for free, or if you own a business, give away your products? Yeah, RIGHT!

                    2..There is MORE on DirecTV than just baseball. Again, if you're a "real" fan, expect to pay for what you get.

                    Bob

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bluezebra View Post
                      Open your wallet, and get DirecTV. Order the MLB Extra Innings package. I live in So Cal, and am a Cubs fan, and I can watch ALL their games. It's well worth the money. I do the same during the football season, so I can watch the Bears. Don't expect a "free lunch".

                      Bob
                      That wouldn't solve the problem of getting his local games, though, would it? Blackout restrictions apply to that, just as they do MLB.TV. Of course you get Cubs games in southern California, but they wouldn't be carried on Extra Innings if you were in Chicago. Just like I didn't get Reds games when I lived in Cincy, or Jays games now that I'm in Canada.

                      I don't think he's looking for a free lunch, just a way around the lousy blackout restrictions.

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                      • #12
                        I've read about people using proxy servers, but I think MLB tries to police that as much as they can. If they notice data being transferred to a proxy server, they'll cut it off, and I think they mention something about it on their site.

                        The sports packages are one thing that I've found far better in Canada - $300 per year gets you Extra Innings, Sunday Ticket, NHL Center Ice, NBA League Pass, the Nascar package, and NCAA basketball and football. Compared to what I paid in the U.S., it's ridiculously cheap.

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                        • #13
                          You can't win with blackouts. I'm a Mariners fan who lives in Indiana. I bought Direct TV and MLB Extra innings but on weekends most games are blacked out by Fox and ESPN. So then I bought a months worth of the MLB internet baseball package. For some reason, it worked fine the first day I used it but doesn't anymore.

                          The whole blackout thing is a joke. They don't even give a fan a chance to pay to watch every game. Oh, they will take your money but you still get screwed.

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                          • #14
                            I've got mlb.tv and I'm a Tigers fan in California so obviously they aren't a local team. On Saturdays; however, I can't watch because when I try to log in it says it's on my local fox affiliate. Of course a 1 ET start is 10 in CA so my FOX has cartoons. Even if there is a game it is never the Tigers.

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                            • #15
                              IP Address Hiding

                              Hey guys.... I came to this site a few days back trying to figure out how to get past the blackout restrictions... I found good software to do it, so i thought I would share:

                              http://www.anonomoussurfingdoneeasy.com/

                              This is an IP Address program, its around $25 or so... when you run it a little star opens up in the bottom right hand corner, if you right click that star, you can switch back and forth from "HIDE REAL IP" and "SHOW REAL IP"... when you want to watch local / blackout games you can just HIDE REAL IP... It works great. Sometimes the IP it gives you wont work and you ahve to hit CHANGE IP a couple of times, but never takes more than a minute.... NOT MISSING ANY SOX GAMES THIS YEAR !!!

                              Its a free download so see if it works for you all, but it works great for me... and for $25 one time, its worth it.

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