UPDATED: April 4, 2016
Alright, cord-cutters, this is a big one.
April 1st, 2013, a.k.a. Opening Day for Major League Baseball, is just a weekend away and, if you’re one of the many people who’ve ditched their pricey cable package in favor of cheaper, streaming television and movie subscription services, then it could prove difficult to enjoy the games you want to see. But FlashRouters is here to fill the diamond-loving void. Lovers of America’s pastime; delight!
What is MLB.tv
Lots of people have chosen to go the MLB.tv route, which is a subscription-based streaming service designed to let viewers enjoy MLB games from all over the USA.
Of course, there are drawbacks to this as well, as lots of people spend this time of year on spring break or vacationing around the globe for Easter or Passover, and there are plenty of countries in which MLB.tv is not available.
Additionally, MLB.tv won’t allow viewers to enjoy local games, as MLB advertisers are fairly insistent that local viewers watch their favorite teams on their local stations, thus ensuring that the viewers are subjected to their advertisements. They can be sneaky like that.
So what is a baseball obsessive that’s either stuck out of the country on Opening Day or desirous of watching his favorite local team without constant advertising interruptions supposed to do? Read on to find out how to get around these sticky issues.
How A VPN Can Help You Enjoy MLB’s Opening Day (and all 161 games afterwards)
Though we don’t wish to drum up too many hateful responses, we here at the FlashRouters offices are looking to catch the most recent incarnation of the undying blood feud between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day. Should be a doozy with the final year for Big Papi David Ortiz. Maybe you are more excited for the potential of the Chicago Cubs to potential break the… ok we won’t mention it!
As we said before, advertisers would have us watch it on local TV, but we know just how to get around that. All we need to do is use a VPN account. A VPN, or Virtual Private Network is a subscription service, the purpose of which is to add a thick layer of security to your online presence. A VPN will encrypt your data flow by tunneling it through one of their many secure servers located around the globe.
How to Use VPN to Watch Local Teams on MLB.tv
Another thing a VPN will do, and this is where MLB.tv fans should really perk up, is change your IP address to one in a different part of the country, or even another part of the world. This effectively makes your computer think it’s anywhere you’d like it to be.
Want to watch Yankees baseball on Opening Day, but MLB.tv won’t allow you to enjoy it on their website because you’re located in the New York area? Just log in to your VPN and switch to an IP address on the other side of the country. Simple as that.
Similarly, if you’re vacationing or on business in a country that doesn’t offer MLB.tv, all you need to do is log in to your VPN and switch to an America-based IP address. You need not miss a pitch!
Popular VPN providers offering a bevy of US-based IP addresses in varied locations include HideMyAss (HMA) & IPVanish. FlashRouters also offers a new VPN provider comparison list to help you find the virtual private network that best suits your needs.
The FlashRouters Difference
That’s not all FlashRouters can offer for the 2013 MLB season; all of our routers are flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, both of which are designed to maximize the speed, safety, and durability of your wireless network.
Eliminate your fears of annoying stalls or freezes in the middle of prime MLB.tv streaming by boosting your network with a expertly tested-and-flashed wireless router. Get the best MLB.tv streaming experience today. It’s a networking home run, if we do say so ourselves!
Our most popular wireless routers for streaming sports include the speedy middle infielder, the Asus RT-AC56U (a top economy choice), or the steady power hitting Netgear Nighthawk R7000. You can check out our recent most popular wireless router list to find out what our most popular products are.
Then there’s always the Asus RT-AC88U AC3100 DD-WRT – the rookie/all-star, the Corey Seager/Byron Buxton of wireless routers, a great router we’ve raved about elsewhere on this blog, one that is certain to blow your mind and revolutionize your wireless network.
Lastly, all of our DD-WRT & Tomato installed routers come equipped with a built-in VPN options for integrating MLB.tv from anywhere in the world, which saves you the trouble of setting up your VPN connection on your own. Don’t worry about bricking your network’s centerpiece router by improperly installing your open-source firmware on yourself. We take care of all of that for you. And you can connect multiple devices to a single VPN connection by using our routers!
Get a VPN account to access every MLB.tv game from anywhere, a Roku to stream it on, and a router to ensure that your MLB-streaming is as smooth as possible, and you’ll be set all season!