April 15, 2014

How to bypass MLB.TV Blackouts. A workaround.

Sept 29th, 2014.

In case you are wondering, this method will work for the playoffs! This is because Unlocator will set your location as outside the US, so you will allowed to see nationally blacked-out playoff games. 

Updated with instructions for even more devices, including: Windows, Mac, Apple TV, Roku, Playstation, Xbox and other devices.



The new and easiest way to get access to blacked-out games is to use Unlocator. The service is simple to set up, is tailored for MLB.TV, and doesn't interfere with the way you use the web on your device.  It is also free to try for 7 days with no credit card. See the links below for instructions on how to set up Unlocator on the device of your choice. 

Tip: If you set up Unlocator on your router, then any device that connects to the Wifi in your home will be able to see blacked-out games. 

Find instructions for the device you want to use below:



Windows 8 – working
Windows 7 – working
Mac – working
Apple TV – working
iPhone – see notes
iPad – see notes
Roku – working
PS3 / PS4 – working
Xbox 360 / Xbox One – working
Windows Vista – working
Windows XP – working
Ubuntu – working
Chrome (windows) – old method, not working
Firefox (windows) – old method, not working
Internet Explorer (windows) – old method, not working
Safari (mac) – old method, not working
Chrome (mac) – old method, not working



The Long Answer:


The best way that I have discovered to get around MLB.tv's blackouts is via the use of a proxy server. Note: this method (proxy) has been deprecated and will no longer work. Please use the methods above via  Unlocator.


"What is a proxy server?" you might ask. You can think of a proxy server as a computer in a location different from your own which you can connect to and route your internet traffic. The fact that the proxy server is (most likely) located in a different location than your own is key to this method of bypassing the MLB.tv blackout restrictions.

MLB.tv determines your eligibility to view a game according to this map. For instance, if you live in Los Angeles and want to watch the Dodgers play on MLB.tv, you will be blacked out. You can check what teams you are blacked out from watching on MLB.tv by typing in your zip code here.

"How does MLB.tv know where I am located" you might wonder. MLB.tv accomplishes this by looking at your IP address. Every computer with a connection has an IP address. Check out what this website knows by looking at your IP: www.whatismyipaddress.com

"So how do we get around the blackout already?!" The answer is to "trick" MLB.tv into thinking you are connecting from another part of the country (or world!) that is not subject to blackout. This is done by changing your internet settings to use a proxy server to access pages.

For instance, if I change my internet settings to use a proxy server located in New York, upon connecting, MLB.tv will poll my IP and read the location as New York rather than Los Angeles (my actual location).

HOW TO BYPASS BLACKOUT


1. Find a suitable proxy server. The following sites list free, public proxy servers that anyone can use.:
*It can be very difficult to find a public proxy that will have enough speed for you to stream a game. You can get a reliable private proxy here for a couple bucks a month.*


**If you are having trouble finding a proxy server that works for MLB.tv, you can get a reliable one here for a couple of bucks.**



What you are looking for is proxy server information in the following form:

10.24.577.233:8080
[ proxy IP ] [proxy port]

The first section is the proxy's IP address. The numbers listed after the colon are the proxy's port. Sometimes a proxy server site will list these numbers in a different form. You will need both of the numbers.

2. Change your internet settings to use the proxy server

For Google Chrome (on windows):

1) Click on the wrench icon in the upper right and choose "Settings". 




2) Scroll down if necessary and click "Show advanced settings".




3) Click the "Change proxy settings" button.




4) Click the "LAN settings" button.




5) Check the indicated box and fill in the proxy IP address and port settings as shown. (Substitute your proxy address and port for the ones given in the example. The example proxy will not work.).




6)  Click the "Advanced" button.




7) Ensure that the the "Use the same proxy server for all protocols" box is checked. This is very important. The proxy will not work for mlb.tv without this setting.




8) Click "OK" on all windows and then go to www.whatismyipaddress.com. By first going to www.whatismyipaddress.com you can see whether the page loads and shows your new IP address and location. This needs to be a location outside of the blackout region for the game you are trying to watch. If the page loads and your new location is detected, then try loading up an MLB game and see if it works. 

If you have trouble getting either the IP address page or MLB.tv to come up, then this is where the trial-and-error and challenging part of bypassing a blackout come into play. Most free public proxy servers will either not work or will be too slow to stream an MLB.tv game. You can get a private, working proxy here for a couple of bucks.

**NOTES**

If you are still having problems getting things to work try completely closing your browser and starting again. Sometimes this step is required in order for mlb.tv to detect your new location.

If you are using a private proxy, you may be presented with a username/password dialog box. Enter in the user/pass for the private proxy there. 






For Mozilla Firefox (on windows):

1) Click on the "Firefox" dropdown in the upper left. Then "Options" and "Options" again.


2) Go to the "Advanced" tab.

3) Go into the "Network tab and click the "Settings" button within the "Connection section".

4) Select the radio button ("Manual proxy configuration") and then fill in the proxy IP and port. Be sure to check the box "Use this proxy server for all protocols". This setting is very important! MLB.tv will not work without this box checked. 






5) Click "OK" on all windows and then go to www.whatismyipaddress.com. By first going to www.whatismyipaddress.com you can see whether the page loads and shows your new IP address and location. This needs to be a location outside of the blackout region for the game you are trying to watch. If the page loads and your new location is detected, then try loading up an MLB game and see if it works. 

If you have trouble getting either the IP address page or MLB.tv to come up, then this is where the trial-and-error and challenging part of bypassing a blackout come into play. Most free public proxy servers will either not work or will be too slow to stream an MLB.tv game. You can get a private, working proxy here for a couple of bucks.

**NOTES**

If you are still having problems getting things to work try completely closing your browser and starting again. Sometimes this step is required in order for mlb.tv to detect your new location.

If you are using a private proxy, you may be presented with a username/password dialog box. Enter in the user/pass for the private proxy there. 






For Internet Explorer (on windows):

1) Click on the gear cog icon and then "Internet Options."


2) Click on the "Connections" tab and then press the "LAN Settings" button.




3) In the "Proxy Server" area of the box that pops up, check the box next to "Use a proxy server for your LAN then fill in the proxy IP address and port. 



4) Click the "Advanced" button.




5) Ensure that the box "Use the same proxy server for all protocols" is checked. This is a very important step! MLB.tv will not work without this setting.






6) Click "OK" on all windows and then go to www.whatismyipaddress.com. By first going to www.whatismyipaddress.com you can see whether the page loads and shows your new IP address and location. This needs to be a location outside of the blackout region for the game you are trying to watch. If the page loads and your new location is detected, then try loading up an MLB game and see if it works. 

If you have trouble getting either the IP address page or MLB.tv to come up, then this is where the trial-and-error and challenging part of bypassing a blackout come into play. Most free public proxy servers will either not work or will be too slow to stream an MLB.tv game. You can get a private, working proxy here for a couple of bucks.

**NOTES**

If you are still having problems getting things to work try completely closing your browser and starting again. Sometimes this step is required in order for mlb.tv to detect your new location.

If you are using a private proxy, you may be presented with a username/password dialog box. Enter in the user/pass for the private proxy there. 




For all browsers on Mac:

1) Open up "System Preferences" and choose "Network". (Applications ---> System Preferences ---> Network)

 --->


2) Choose "Wi-Fi" from the vertical menu on the left (or Ethernet if you are plugged into a wired connection), and then hit the "Advanced" button in the lower-right.

3) Click into the "Proxies" tab at the top. Fill in the details for the proxy server that you should have signed up for here. The IP address of the proxy goes into the first box and the port goes into the second box (after the : ). You will also need to enter the username and password for the proxy and make sure the "Proxy server requires password" box is checked.


4) After you're finished entering in the proxy info, just hit "OK" and the be sure to hit the "Apply" button on the next window.



6) Now open up www.whatismyipaddress.com. Here you can see your new IP address and location. This needs to be a location outside of the blackout region for the game you are trying to watch. You ensure this by ordering a proxy located outside of the blackout area for your team. 

If the page loads and your new location is detected, then you are ready to fire up MLB.tv! 

7) When you open up your browser, you may get a prompt asking for your proxy username/password. Simply enter them in just like you did in the network settings. 

8) Enjoy your game, blackout free!




Apple TV

1) Go to Unlocator and sign up for an account. They will allow you to try the service for 7 days for free with no credit card. After that it's $4.95 per month of access. 

2) Got an account? Now go back to Unlocator set up your Apple TV using the guide found here.

3) If you followed all the instructions, you should be good to go. Fire up your game and enjoy!

Troubleshooting: If the stream seems to hang and not start, try loading up a couple of other games first, and then return to the game you want.






Playstation 3/4

1) Go to Unlocator and sign up for an account. They will allow you to try the service for 7 days for free with no credit card. After that it's $4.95 per month of access. 

2) Got an account? Now go back to Unlocator set up your Playstation using these guides: PS3 / PS4.
3) If you followed all the instructions, you should be good to go. Fire up your game and enjoy!

Troubleshooting: If the stream seems to hang and not start, try loading up a couple of other games first, and then return to the game you want.






Roku

1) Go to Unlocator and sign up for an account. They will allow you to try the service for 7 days for free with no credit card. After that it's $4.95 per month of access. 

2) Got an account? Now go back to Unlocator set up your Roku using the guide found here.

3) If you followed all the instructions, you should be good to go. Fire up your game and enjoy!

Troubleshooting: If the stream seems to hang and not start, try loading up a couple of other games first, and then return to the game you want.




Xbox 360/One

1) Go to Unlocator and sign up for an account. They will allow you to try the service for 7 days for free with no credit card. After that it's $4.95 per month of access. 

2) Got an account? Now go back to Unlocator set up your Xbox using these guides: Xbox 360 / Xbox One.

3) If you followed all the instructions, you should be good to go. Fire up your game and enjoy!

Troubleshooting: If the stream seems to hang and not start, try loading up a couple of other games first, and then return to the game you want.




iPhone

1) Go to Unlocator and sign up for an account. They will allow you to try the service for 7 days for free with no credit card. After that it's $4.95 per month of access. 

2) Got an account? Now go back to Unlocator set up your iPhone using the guide found here.

3) If you followed all the instructions, you should be good to go. Fire up your game and enjoy!

Troubleshooting: If the stream seems to hang and not start, try loading up a couple of other games first, and then return to the game you want.

Because the AtBat app now looks at your GPS location, rather than your internet connection, there is currently no way to bypass blackouts - whether through a DNS service like Unlocator, or a VPN, proxy, etc. If you are running on a jailbroken device, it may be possible to find a location spoofer app that could change your location.



iPad

1) Go to Unlocator and sign up for an account. They will allow you to try the service for 7 days for free with no credit card. After that it's $4.95 per month of access. 

2) Got an account? Now go back to Unlocator set up your Roku using the guide found here.

3) If you followed all the instructions, you should be good to go. Fire up your game and enjoy!

Troubleshooting: If the stream seems to hang and not start, try loading up a couple of other games first, and then return to the game you want.

Because the AtBat app now looks at your GPS location, rather than your internet connection, there is currently no way to bypass blackouts - whether through a DNS service like Unlocator, or a VPN, proxy, etc. If you are running on a jailbroken device, it may be possible to find a location spoofer app that could change your location.




Windows 8

1) Go to Unlocator and sign up for an account. They will allow you to try the service for 7 days for free with no credit card. After that it's $4.95 per month of access. 

2) Got an account? Now go back to Unlocator to set up your Windows 8 computer with the guide found here.

3) If you followed all the instructions, you should be good to go. Super easy. Fire up your game and enjoy!

Troubleshooting: If the stream seems to hang and not start, try loading up a couple of other games first, and then return to the game you want.


Windows 7

1) Go to Unlocator and sign up for an account. They will allow you to try the service for 7 days for free with no credit card. After that it's $4.95 per month of access. 

2) Got an account? Now go back to Unlocator to set up your Windows 7 computer with the guide found here.

3) If you followed all the instructions, you should be good to go. Super easy. Fire up your game and enjoy!

Troubleshooting: If the stream seems to hang and not start, try loading up a couple of other games first, and then return to the game you want.


Windows Vista

1) Go to Unlocator and sign up for an account. They will allow you to try the service for 7 days for free with no credit card. After that it's $4.95 per month of access. 

2) Got an account? Now go back to Unlocator to set up your Windows Vista computer with the guide found here.

3) If you followed all the instructions, you should be good to go. Super easy. Fire up your game and enjoy!

Troubleshooting: If the stream seems to hang and not start, try loading up a couple of other games first, and then return to the game you want.


Windows XP

1) Go to Unlocator and sign up for an account. They will allow you to try the service for 7 days for free with no credit card. After that it's $4.95 per month of access. 

2) Got an account? Now go back to Unlocator to set up your Windows XP computer with the guide found here.

3) If you followed all the instructions, you should be good to go. Super easy. Fire up your game and enjoy!

Troubleshooting: If the stream seems to hang and not start, try loading up a couple of other games first, and then return to the game you want.



Mac OSX

1) Go to Unlocator and sign up for an account. They will allow you to try the service for 7 days for free with no credit card. After that it's $4.95 per month of access. 

2) Got an account? Now go back to Unlocator to set up your Macintosh computer with the guide found here.

3) If you followed all the instructions, you should be good to go. Super easy. Fire up your game and enjoy!

Troubleshooting: If the stream seems to hang and not start, try loading up a couple of other games first, and then return to the game you want.



Ubuntu

1) Go to Unlocator and sign up for an account. They will allow you to try the service for 7 days for free with no credit card. After that it's $4.95 per month of access. 

2) Got an account? Now go back to Unlocator to set up your Ubuntu computer with the guide found here.

3) If you followed all the instructions, you should be good to go. Super easy. Fire up your game and enjoy!

Troubleshooting: If the stream seems to hang and not start, try loading up a couple of other games first, and then return to the game you want.

36 comments:

  1. Thanks! I was pulling my hair out trying to find watch my Red Sox at work!

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  2. Is the proxy server method still working for you? For the past month it has not allowed me to log into my MLBTV account using a Proxy.

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  3. Will the Proxy Server re-route cause any connection problems? I.E. can the server keep up with the demand of a H.D. stream? I am concerned that a free server would have no way to pay for such a capability.

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  4. I've had proxies that can handle an HD stream. It's a luck of the draw kind of thing.

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  5. I keep getting an error screen once the game begins to load. Any suggestions?

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  6. Jason, the method still works. Trial and error is your friend. It sometimes takes me about 10 different tries with 10 different proxy servers to get it working.

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  7. Do you have to sign in before you change the proxy? It won't let you. If you sign in without using proxy and then go to the games and then change your proxy, the error message comes up? I've tried plenty of IP addresses!

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  8. also I'm using Firefox's Add on "Foxy Proxy" but my IP is getting changed. Verified through whatismyip.com.

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  9. GOT IT! After trying 15+ IPs! But oh so worth it, thanks!

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  10. Can anyone tell me a working proxy address?

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  11. Tried this other day with a proxy server. MLB Wanted me to enter in my CC info so it could carge me $1 or something, anyone else get this? Kind of an extra barrier..

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  12. It even works on Saturday blackout games if you pick a proxy outside of the country. Thanks.

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  13. I tried this repeatedly last year with a dozen different proxies and never got it to work.

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  14. After trying several proxies... it worked! it worked! it worked! Thanks for posting this useful and simple guide.

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  15. Is there anyway to do this on a Ps3? I have mlb.tv on my Ps3

    Bild62@gmail.com

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  16. I have been trying the proxy trick for years with mixed success from public servers...I got Easy Hide IP and have watched every game this year - it's well worth the 30$

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  17. do they look at both you ip address and your billing zipcode?

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  18. i was unable to do this- it asked me to log in while using a proxy, and then it still gave me the blackout restriction presumably based on my account info. is this working for anyone else still?

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  19. when using free proxy list its difficult to find one that has a fast enough connection to stream the games.

    tried the trial version of easy hide ip, was pretty impressed as far as ease of use and speed. anyone have a keygen or crack for the full version?

    also this only works on my computer, anyone find a work around for the Ps3? I imagine through network settings you could use one of the proxy ip addresses from easy hide ip, however they dont list the ports! any help much appreciated

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  20. Does anyone know how to change the ip address on a router so I can watch blacked out games from my roku or my ps3? Any information would be very helpful.

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  21. Anyone know how to set up a proxy server through a Playstation 3?

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  22. Has something changed on MLB? I have tried some elite proxies but mlb seems to be doing something new to prevent the use of proxies, because the game begins to start but an error reading my subscription occurs. Anybody have this working? Thanks

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  23. Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.
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  25. thank you, working perfectly from the second proxy list link.
    hope the bronx bombers can figure out dan haren.

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  26. Anyone know the way to do this for the iPad app?

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  27. I am having problems using this on Saturdays now that Fox has started blacking out basically all games. I'm using the above method and have tried a number of proxy servers but when i login on mlb tv, the games are still blackout restricted. Does anyone else have this issue, or am i doing something wrong?

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  28. I completely understand this method for local blackouts. The problem is that I cant seem to find anyone who can help me with the Saturday and Sunday Fox national blackouts. I haven't ran into a problem with the local blackout issue but have problems almost every Saturday. Can anyone help?

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  29. @Sean and Philip: The national blackout is just that. A nation wide black out. MLB.TV does not broadcast nationally blacked out games. Proxies won't get around this as the game isn't available.

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  30. @Sean, Philip, and TxRob:

    All you need to do is use a proxy located in another country. I do it all the time, especially for playoff games which are blacked out nationwide. Try South American countries so the latency isn't terrible.

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  32. UnoTelly.com can get around the MLB blackout and works on Apple TV as well

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