UPDATED: October 2018
Alright, cord-cutters, this is a big one.
Watching Major League Baseball is truly an American tradition. However, the post-season is where the real action starts. The playoffs begin on October 2nd, 2018 with the National League Wild Card Game on ESPN. Followed by the American League Wild Card Game on October 3rd, on TBS.
From there, winners will enter into the American and National League Division Series. FS1 (Fox Sports 1) and TBS will stream these series, respectively. Division League winners will then face off in the National and American League Championship Series. FOX and FS1 will stream the National League, while TBS will stream the American League Championship Series.
This will culminate in baseball’s biggest event, the World Series, which will be broadcast on FOX.
If you are one of the many people who has ditched their pricey cable package in favor of cheaper, streaming subscription services, enjoying the games you want to see might seem difficult. But FlashRouters is here to fill the diamond-loving void. Lovers of America’s pastime; delight!
What is MLB.tv
Many 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.
However, 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 viewers are subjected to their advertisements.
Furthermore, here is a map highlighting where exactly games are blacked out in the United States:
So what is a blacked-out baseball obsessive supposed to do? Read on to find out how to get around these sticky issues.
How A VPN Can Help You Stream MLB.tv From Anywhere
In an effort to protect local broadcasters, the MLB implements a blackout policy. The MLB’s blackout policy creates a distinction between games that are broadcast nationally and games that are broadcast locally. Games that are broadcast locally will be blacked out on MLB.tv.
Due to these restrictions, anyone trying to access local games on MLB.tv will more than likely be blacked out. However, you can use a VPN to get around this.
How to Use VPN to Watch Local Teams on MLB.tv
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, masks your data and changes your geo-location by tunneling your connection to a remote server and back.
So, if you want to access content from a different geographic region you can change your IP address to the said location using a VPN. Meaning, if you are in New York but want to watch the Wild Card game between the Athletics and Yankees on MLB.TV, you can use a VPN to change your location to outside the New York area, allowing you to access the game.
Furthermore, blackout restrictions for the post-season mean that fans in the US, US territories, and Canada will have a 90-minute delay (beginning after the game ends) for playoffs and the World Series.
However, using a VPN to transfer to a different country outside of the US, its territories, or Canada can help you stream the post-season without this delay.
Where are these channels available?
- SlingTV: ESPN, TBS, FS1, FOX RSN
- PlayStation Vue: ESPN, TBS, MLB Network, FS1, FOX
- Hulu TV: ESPN, TBS, FS1, FOX
- YouTube TV: ESPN, TBS, MLB Network, FS1, FOX RSN
- DirecTV: ESPN, TBS, MLB Network, FS1, FOX RSN
- FuboTV: FOX, FS1, Fubo
The FlashRouters Difference
That’s not all FlashRouters can offer for the 2018 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 an 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 Netgear R6300 (a top economy choice), or the steady power hitting Asus RT-AC5300. 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 Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO DD-WRT – the top prospect, the Yoan Moncada/Andrew Benintendi of wireless routers, a great router certain to blow your mind and revolutionize your wireless network.
Lastly, all of our Open source firmware installed routers come equipped with built-in VPN options for integrating MLB.tv from anywhere in the world, saving you the trouble of setting up your VPN connection on your own.
Furthermore, you won’t need to 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!