It costs a little extra, but if you use a smart DNS like Unlocator, you can get around the blackout restrictions on (and other sites, like the BBC).
But yeah, the best option would be to let us just pay them to watch the games.
Unlocator (the paid service) is safe from this, it's really just the "free" public VPN that causes issues.
Unlocator opens up DNS routing to a specified location based on your own IP, but doesn't funnel traffic through your own IP.
Is there a particular reason you would want to though? I get my money's worth. I watch at least 2 games a night, more on weekends. I don't have to sit at my computer either. Unlocator is my homeboy.
To the best of my understanding, there are no streaming rights to MASN currently. So no-one but can stream those games. I believe the current legal issues between Orioles and Nationals ownership with respect to MASN is preventing MASN from entering into new agreements, to the detriment of the fans.
If anyone knows of a legal way to stream MASN, I’d love to know about it.
Currently + Unlocator service gets me my games, but I miss the MASN post-game shows.
Denmark here, I have access to most if not all of the content available to USians.
Netflix region switching isn't really Chromecast specific - see or .
I even pay the much lower US rate for netflix ($7.99) which is half of what they would charge in my local currency. Using a Danish credit card, even.
You can access Google Play Music All Access by signing up while on a US IP (with VPN or DNS trickery), from there on it just works even with your non-US IP.
Songza works for me (using Unlocator nameservers).
Youtube obviously works as expected.
So yeah, absolutely worth it. The HDMI CEC automation alone is a huge win for me.
it all last year. For $5 a month you can circumvent all blackouts and watch any game on . I would gladly pay extra for in market streaming if it was offered, but they leave me no choice.
The only annoying thing for me was that I had to use my laptop to stream. Unlocator doesn't work on the I couldn't stream with tablet or Xbox.
Just looked up Unlocator's website to see the cost which is $4.95 per month. Works out to be approx £3.24. The Network works out at about £6.54.
You would rather keep doing this than sign up to the UK version (if it's all the exact same obviously which it does appear to be) for the sake of 21p??
Just be wary that the Unlocator recommended setup has you routing all of your DNS traffic through them. It doesn't compromise the content of your web traffic, but they will know your web lookups and lookup times, which can still be very revealing (and marketable). For example, they will know your specific porn tastes if you stray from video aggregate sites like Pornhub -- they can see how many times you lookup **, and when (after the wife goes to bed -- unless it's my birthday).
I had an old router lying around and have a dedicated blackout circumventing Wi-Fi network to avoid this. I need to see my consenting adults get real into some Detroit-style stir fry. And I don't need judgment.
Oh was it an ESPN game?? Guh. No wonder my Unlocator wasn’t working on my laptop. I listened to the whole game via am 570 and honestly this is one of the reasons baseball is so good. I love listening along to this amazing game.
NHL TV blocks the local team's games. Check their site to see if you're outside of that range. If you're in the range that gets blocked, then you can get a VPN (I used Unlocator with good result for a few games) to change your location and get around the restriction.
Your other option is to borrow someone else's password and watch them on the NBC Sports app. I don't miss any Flyers games thanks to this.
First, stop using Hola. Like, right now. It has been proven to contain malware.
As for another VPN service, I've used ZenMate for a while, which unfortunately isn't free anymore. There's still a free version, but I don't know how good it is. I would suggest using a paid service like Unlocator (what I'm currently using, would recommend) or Unblock-us if you can afford it. They're usually around $50 a year (I think).
As for free extensions, I know some alternatives to Hola have emerged over the past few months, but I don't know any particular name, and hope someone else will give you some recommendations :)
I use an Unlocator, specifically , I think it was $20-$25 for a full year and I get zero blackouts. Best part it's just a DNS entry and not a VPN, so you won't notice any lag or anything else like that during normal browsing/web/internet use. Bonus: it works on all other internet streaming services too.
I know this is just throwing more money at the problem, but it's an option.
Just an FYI some people have had issues getting banned for using a VPN with .
DNS is a much safer alternative. Unlocator has been great for me for the last 2 seasons. You can even use it on consoles and rokus and whatnot. They give you a free 7 day trial. If it works for you I believe it's only like $5 a month.
Good luck getting it set up!
Now you need to watch Gloriavale: The Return. See how Dove and Watchful get along, etc.
I downloaded Unlocator (someone in this sub recommended it in another thread, but I don't remember who) and set my location as New Zealand so I could watch it for free here:
Yeah it's because chromecast is dumb. I have Unlocator with the DNS set on my router so that my father can watch some baseball without blackouts. I had to block the google 8.8 DNS addresses for chromecast to work properly because it ignores my DNS settings otherwise.
Most likely. I live in Cleveland so the blackouts for Dodgers game largely don’t impact me or other Dodgerbros across the country, but there are ways around that with Unlocator, and other ways to hide your location.
I pay for Unlocator's service but that didn't do anything... I'm in search of some other proxy to see if that will do anything. I know websites like tjmaxx and marshalls dont work even with a proxy. I just found out about ULTA's thing, so I am not sure that's the case with them.
No one mentioned Unlocator? It's only like $5/mo and works way better than VPN services IMO. It uses DNS and only redirects the traffic responsible for geographic detection. I used it all last season with . It worked incredibly well and with multiple different platforms (home PC and work iMac). Sometimes it had problems with Netflix so I'd have to reset my DNS setting on my computer back to default from time to time.
Forewarning: the games are blacked out in the St. Louis viewing area. However, Unlocator is a good service for $5 a month that lets you get around that. First week is free to try with no credit card.
I think I used it to skirt MLB blackouts and it was extremely reliable. Set it once at the beginning of the season and took it off at the end.
I'm not sure if it was Unlocator or UnBlock-us. I may have used both. With one of them though I sometimes had to take it off for ESPN and some other apps.
I wasnt spoofing. I always turn my VPN on when I use my phone here. It was an irrelevant tid bit I didnt think about putting in there. The guy has a right to be suspicious, I worded it all very poorly. I didnt log into the wifi planning to do this. The idea came 30-45 minutes after I connected. I dont think I was hidden at all. The VPN I use is pretty much only for accessing location restricted sites. Its Unlocator and it's like $5 a month.
The guy sounded like a dick in all of his comments, yes but he saw a problem and addressed it, I thank him for correcting me but he just did it in a shitty way.
I'm no blackhat.
I watch on my AppleTV using + unlocator (changes your dns to out of market). Unlocator took 2 minutes to setup on their website and you didn't have to have technical knowledge or change anything on your router. They have a 1 week free trial too, which is what I did to see if it would work.
You'll still need a cable plan (with a login) to watch any teams inside your blackout area and iirc you'll only be able to watch the opposing team's RSN (so no MASN).
Your best bet is to get something like Unlocator or adfreetime to get around the blackout.
Even better than VPN, I use a DNS service such as Unlocator with . VPN works great if you are watching on a computer, but the DNS thing let's you watch from AppleTV, Xbox, PS4, etc. It's an overall easier experience IMO.
I know it's not free, but for $5 a month you can use a tool called Unlocator to get around those blackouts. It's extremely easy to use, and works wonders for me.
If it's something you'd want to do I can help out.
What, this is amazing news...I've been having trouble accessing their package page for days and was wondering what was going on. Do you have to register to with an account to watch?
Just so everyone is aware, you are a lot better off picking a DNS such as Overplay/Unlocator instead of a VPN for streaming. The VPN will severely limit your speed as the data is directed towards the server location first, whereas the DNS will maintain your full internet speed. Plus, both are super easy to be set up!
I dumped Fios TV at the end of the 2018 season. This year I've shelled out a total of $124 to watch the Nats. $100 for and $24 for Unlocator. Simple DNS change on my laptop then I chromecast it to the TV. Works great except for minor interference when the microwave is running.
Last year I subscribed to MLB. tv and used a DNS service like Unlocator to get around the blackout, had to reset a few things every so often on the DNS, but for the most part was pretty reliable and was able to watch using my PS4 and if I recall correctly, on mobile as well. Ended up around $30 a month total (MLB. tv ~$25/m, unlocator ~ $5/m). Cancelled both after the season ended. No idea if it works this year or not, but maybe something to look into.
I just realised it’s actually a DNS I use for Hulu, I’ve used both Unblock Us and Unlocator and they both worked for me. I have an Apple TV and so I type the DNS they give me into the settings and then I can access all the American apps, such as Hulu.
I haven't looked into Unlocator but I'd be suspicious of any free VPN/Location changer. The last popular one of those around here was Hola Unblocker which was selling people's bandwidth for botnet attacks. Just keep in mind if everything seems "free" then usually you're the product.
So, in short, without government intervention no I don't think we will get it.
I pay for NHL TV, and Unlocator, and watch 100% of the games streaming in HD. We pay for the content, we want to support hockey, but fuck me I WANT TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO WATCH IT WITHOUT CHEATING.
MLB TV is great if you have a smart DNS service. Any of them will probably work but I like Unlocator. $5/month and it just erases the blackout restrictions. I plugged the new DNS address into my apple TV one time and now I can watch any game on my TV with no blackouts.
when your computer talks to other computers, it has a name tag to let others know who you are. Unlocator is a program where a bunch of computers all trade name tags so no one knows who (or where) you are. that's good if you're trying to prevent someone from knowing where you are (MLB) but has some risk because you don't know who's name tag you're gonna wind up with.
DNS is a complicated internet phonebook which helps organize and generate those computer name tags.
For all its bumps in the road, offers a fantastic picture that's equal to cable TV. I pay for that without worrying about it. I've only had problems with one game since the switch to MLBAM, but the several since have been great.
Granted, I used for years because it was the superior service. But when it shut down, was still a better alternative to cable.
I still have to technically go against their terms of service by using Unlocator to get local games. But again, fuck them and their stupid antiquated blackout rules.
I've found in my experience, a DNS service is cheaper and works better than a VPN. Last season for the playoffs, I used Unlocator. It was like $2 a month, and all it does is give you a couple DNS addresses. You pop them in your router, and that's all you have to do. Basically, instead of using your IPS DNS database, it uses Unlocators, and for Unlocator, it can make your IP address look like its in a different location. Worked very well and saw no speed slowdown that you do with VPNs. Also since you are doing it on your router, it will work on all devices (except phones/tablets since they use GPS for blackouts, not IP address). It worked fine on my Roku and Nexus Player though.
I don't know if Unlocator is reliable at all but on Russian App Store / Google Play Market there are reviews that it doesn't work since 2019. It's either the Russian IPs are blocked by Unlocator, or Unlocator server IPs are blocked by Russia. Try another VPN service.
This or the first response about Unlocator is the best answer In my opinion. I pay full price for every year. I love the better quality streams you get with the service and watch on my main tv often. When I hit a blackout I will pop on my VPN “Tunnelbear” and choose a location like Mexico for example. I will then bypass this blackout restriction to get my “money’s worth” out of my subscription. I choose this method over a site like nhlstreams or the like because I don’t have to deal with pop-ups when loading in, or finding and clicking the small x to watch. You get the subscription you would want with the slight extra cost of a VPN. It’s annoying for sure but when it comes playoff time and it seems every damn game is blacked out it sure is worth the extra monthly charge. Hope this helped!
It was towards the end of the season, I had used the VPN all year and they finally shut me down with a couple of weeks to go. The VPN I used was Unlocator. I talked to a few redditors about it in a thread at the time and 3 out of the 5 people in the thread that had used Unlocator got busted.
Have you tried Yonder or Unlocator?
Yes you do have to pay a little bit for a monthly or yearly subscription but it does work. I currently have Unlocator but plan on going to Yonder when my current subscription runs out.
It basically routes IP traffic to make it appear like it is not originating from a certain area. It does require a little bit of setup on your router. There are tutorials on the sites that are helpful in walking you through the steps.
A VPN service will basically do the same thing.
Using Unlocator and MLBTV subscriptions for about 4 years now. It works great for being in the blackout zone.
SiriusXM internet MLB streams are much clearer than the MLB streams for radio broadcasts. It is pretty bad when the MLB subscription you pay for has a lower quality. They could do allot better at this.
If you can believe it, Middle Oregon is in the blackout zone for Giants, A's, and Mariners MLBTV broadcasts. Totally ridiculous!
I also live in Charlottesville and watched a bunch of games last year on via Unlocator, in past years I've used Unblock-Us. I share an account with a couple other people and have never had issues.
Edit: just realized you actually said Charlotte, durr. The point still stands!
Netflix started to block the IP adresses of VPN servers and servers of SmartDNS services like Unlocator to stop people from accessing libraries outside their own country. I don't think that there is a perfect solution right now, because nobody says anything if the service they're using is still working in fear of it getting blacklisted by netflix. If you only really need the US Netflix you could maybe get your own little server in the US which then isn't blocked, but I can't help you with that.
Maybe over at /r/NetflixByProxy is something you find usefull
And I would like to thank Unlocator for the DNS sourced from the midwest, the IT department for not noticing that my personal PC is hogging the company wireless with MLBtv and firing me and Crush davis for a mammoth fucking home run to center.
Last season I signed up for using a regular, US IP address and used Unlocator to evade local and national blackouts. Remember that blackouts are based on your location (real or spoofed) at the time you are watching, not your location when you signed up for the streaming subscription. So I don't think you should try to spoof your location when you subscribe to .
You don't necessarily need a US bank account, but you do need a US iTunes account to pay for HBO Now.
Then, in order to watch it abroad (HBO uses geolocation to block foreign users), you can use Unlocator to trick your AppleTV into thinking you're in the US. This also works for Netflix, btw.
I use this every day and it works like a charm.
I think the price drops once more. In September.
I am doing some kind of monthly thing with . I think it's like 20 or 25 a month.
But I also subscribe to a service that changes my location so I can get around blackouts. Unlocator I think it's called. Which is another 5 bucks a month. But I like it. Stream any ball game, replays any game, listen to any broadcast. Tis neat. I don't even have to listen to shooty!
My plan is to take it one game at a time the first week or two and see what works. I use an Apple TV and Unlocator (smart DNS service) and this worked for years with NHL TV (among other sports services). But thus far ESPN+ makes no sense. There were like 5-6 games last night and ESPN+ only had two lol.
I have a bad feeling about this, I have no faith in ESPN or the NHL. These blackout restrictions need to die.
Get MLBtv subscription ($129.99 for all teams or $109.99 for 1 team) and subscribe to Unlocator to use Smart DNS (they have a free trial where you can even sign up without a credit card). Unlocator runs at about $5/month but they have specials all the time. If you don't mind streaming over your computer using a browser, Opera has a free VPN you can use to stream Dodger games through MLBtv which would negate the need for Unlocator.
You don't need a full VPN, and that might slow your streaming anyway.
Look into Smart DNS services. I've used Unlocator, but there are cheaper options. These services just trick the streamer into thinking you're somewhere else in the world.
Yep, that's correct. Need to do it on a router/switch. It's kind of a pain in the butt if you use the Apple TV remote app on your iPhone/iPad, because you'll lose that functionality if you put the Apple TV behind a VPN.
Smart DNS services (e.g. Unlocator depending on what you're trying to do.
Most likely, I've used it with my PS3, PS4 and my PC. All you need to do is change the DNS settings on your device.
Everyone once in a while you'll also need to login to the unlocator site, (while connected to the same internet as your Xbox), and click a button to "update your IP".
Most normal people have a dynamic IP address meaning every so often your Internet address will change and Unlocator needs to know about it, so if for some reason it locks you out of the region locked games, that's all you need to do, login, click "Update My IP" and go back into your NHL app.
Use a DNS redirection service. Adfreetime stopped working for , so I had to switch to Unlocator. It’s $5 a month with a week free trial. Steps are:
1) Subscribe and log in once from a box on your network so they know your IP 2) Put in the DNS address Unlocator gives you into what ever box/device that you’re watching from. I use an Apple TV but they have instructions for everything
It’s better than a vpn because it doesn’t force all the video traffic through the connection which would slow you down.
I have used and to watch local market "blacked out" games on my Roku.
You subscribe to one service and then go into your router to open some ports. There are instructions on what to do with your router on the respective website.
Yes you will unless you get a VPN or service like Yonder or Unlocator.
Yes you do have to pay a little bit for a monthly or yearly subscription but it does work. I currently have Unlocator but plan on going to Yonder when my current subscription runs out because it is cheaper.
It basically routes IP traffic to make it appear like it is not originating from a certain area. It does require a little bit of setup on your router. There are tutorials on the sites that are helpful in walking you through the steps.
A VPN service will basically do the same thing.
I'd avoid Hola Unblocker because of the insecure methods it uses to spoof the location.
I've been using Unlocator ($4.95/month) for a little over three years now and have never been blocked out from any game, whether local or nationally broadcast. I live in Las Vegas so I'm in the epicenter of the NL West blackouts. All you do is setup an account and it walks you through how to change your DNS servers to block the location. It'll work on any device you have and doesn't slow or throttle your connection since no data actually passes through other servers, it's all local.
Honestly, it's the best thing I've ever paid for since I can get every game in the nation including the FOX and ESPN games (plus postseason TV) which are normally blacked out everywhere.
As a subscriber to Unlocator for 3+ years now, yes you can. It doesn't affect bandwidth whatsoever and doesn't impact anything else you do. All it does is circumvent the geometric tracking that your IP puts out to services that utilize it.
I use it and don't notice anything different at all with my connection or any other use of my PC other than the fact that I can watch every game (living in Las Vegas, that's insane since we're blacked out from the entire NL West), including the that's available to only international users. Oh yeah, and it circumvents the ESPN blackouts or nationally broadcast blackouts as well without any issue.
From what I can remember about my time in Nicaragua the internet wasn't city specific. There were places that had both slow and fast internet everywhere.
Also checkout Unlocator. It's not a VPN but it still masks your IP to appear in the US without having slowing down your connection like a VPN. I used it for basically everything last fall in Mexico.
This is my sixth season abroad. I strongly recommend unlocator. It isn't a VPN, it just hides your IP. This will allow you to stream CBS easily. I also use it to watch Sling TV. Sling has a lot of problems, but when it is working it is awesome. You'll get all ESPN and affiliate games on there and they just integrated ESPN3 so you can watch whatever obscure university sports you are into.
Unlocator has a free trial and takes 2 minutes to set up. You watching the Gators take on South Carolina today?
The quality is still pretty terrible. I've been using ESPN Player for five years. It beats the hell out of firstrowsports, which I wouldn't recommend to anyone for college football. But, it still tends to blur out when there is a lot of motion on the screen. Also, ESPN Player is missing a bunch more SEC games then they used to since SECN is no longer included.
I'm thinking about setting up Sling TV with Unlocator this year so I can finally watch high quality football. If not I might just stick to waiting for games to appear on /r/cfbuploads.
You can get away with a DNS masking service like Unlocator if you don't want to funnel traffic in through a VPN. I used Unlocator last season for most of my viewing on my local LAN. Put their DNS onto my router and all was good.
Like I said earlier it's all about infrastructure. If you spend tons and money in your network infrastructure design and operations Netflix simply can't catch up unless they really want to store (and go through) thousands and thousands of IPV6 addresses.
What's happening right now is that all services with a simple infrastructure (e.g. routing traffic of thousands of users through a single IP address -- which is EXTREMELY easy to spot with something called "network anomaly detection" --) are getting cut off.
There's a good reason why Unlocator and the "one of those services" mentioned below still work. It has nothing to do with Netflix paging through this subreddit and everything to do with solid network engineering.
What service were you using that made you feel this way about it being "the end of proxies"? I have a subscription with Unlocator. I'm paying the monthly subscription cost because I use it for other programs, such as blackout restrictions. It currently doesn't work for me for Netflix because I live in the US. But for people in other countries trying to access US Netflix, it works using a new beta DNS method. I continue to subscribe in hopes of a beta DNS that works on other countries for myself.
I've been told Unlocator works with the PS4, though I haven't tried it myself.
The best way I've found (although it requires a rooted Android) is to use XPrivacy to feed *the At Bat app fake location data as detailed here.
Once you get the game streaming on Android, you can Chromecast it with no issue because the only location check happens on the Android device when you start to stream as far as I can tell.
Even better is if you set your location outside of the US, you should be able to watch even the nationally blacked out games (although I've had less success with that this year).
I am definitely going to try this out next season. Any good tips or suggestions for a complete VPN newbie? I still have to buy a regular subscription, right? And I just use Unlocator to skirt the ridiculous Iowa blackout rules?
Turns out its my DNS Service thats the issue I currently use Getflix which is usually great, I just tried a trial of Unlocator and apple channels worked great. I have emailed Getflix to see if they can sort it out
I watch them on my AppleTV. I signed up for unlocator ($5/month). They instruct you to change your DNS settings to 18.104.22.168 (Unlocator gives you step by step instructions) and you're good to go. I've been doing it for 3 years now.
No, Unlocator doesn’t help with respect to the app on iOS and/or Android. They use the device GPS to determine location, it appears. Unlocator does work with the app on devices and players with no GPS, such as AppleTV, Roku, etc…
I had to look it up, because I had done the research when I first decided upon this. I was about to call you out for exaggerating, but holy cats, Unlocator has really increased their rates... 3 years ago when I started using it, I paid around $20/year. I think I paid $60 for 3 years, or something like that. It's up to $50/year! By comparison, Nord VPN is $100 for 3 years... I may have to reconsider before purchasing another year...
First off, OP, this is great. As a (presumably fellow) engineer I respect the solution building process on display.
That said, I just use the old fashioned VPN/Dad's password. Alternatively, I used to use Unlocator with my MLB account. That worked great but it was like 3 years ago so I can't promise it'll still work.
I've been without television service on Google Fiber for a few years now. A subscription to Premium at $112.99/yr + the Unlocator DNS service (49.95/yr.) to get around the local blackouts has worked flawlessly for me the past two seasons.
If you're a T-Mobile subscriber, Premium will be given free to all of their customers on April 4 as part of their T-Mobile Tuesdays promotion.
Unlocator (DNS service) works well with and they have a 1 week free trial without credit card, all you need is an email address. So if all you're looking to do to get the feed working for this particular series, that might be the quickest and easiest way. I can confirm that, uh, a "friend" confirms that unlocator works well with , being able to stream the SNLA stream despite being in LA region.
I use unlocator in SF with MLBTV on my PS4. Super cheap and as easy as changing a few numbers in my internet settings. Unlocator also works with the international version of NBA league pass for Warriors games, but with that one I chromecast it from my laptop.
I don't fucking get it. We pay for fucking NHL TV. You're gonna black me out because I could be watching it on TV? Fuck you, I don't have a TV available. By the way I'M PAYING YOU A GOOD AMOUNT OF MONEY to be able to watch hockey when I don't have a damn TV.
I'm using Unlocator, but it's just a trial. Blackouts are fucking stupid. If I had access to a TV at the moment, I'd be using it to watch. I'm forced to use my laptop, but nope, even though I'm paying money. /rant
Also, I realize that people could use NHL TV to get around steep cable TV NHL subscriptions...which makes sense to try and "prevent", 're making money anyways.
Ich verwende kein VPN. Unlocator funktioniert da anders. Aber davon abgesehen: Wie will man sowas unblockierbar einrichten?
Netflix will das außerdem eh nicht, die müssen nur für die Rechteinhaber so tun als schneiden sich durch Sperren ja ins eigene Fleisch.
To answer 4: no you don't need a VPN to access Netflix. The best way by far is actually not to use a VPN but to use a smart DNS service such as or any of the other similar services.
Actually, using a dns solution makes the rest of your questions moot anyway as it's all unnecessary unless you really want to mess around or are using it as a learning exercise.
Two points of interest for all the bods commenting about Netflix...
I fully endorse the use of a Chromecast if you don't already have anything else set up to stream to your TV.
I also advocate the continued use of a DNS unblocker such as so you can change region (e.g. European ones for access to awesome Scando-dramas etc.).
whatever you do, make sure it's a sky sports feed.
the whole world should just not bother with any other and just pay sky to broadcast their feed.
I pay like $3 a month for Unlocator to get access to Star Sports live streaming (I forget how much I paid, it's really little, for the whole BPL and F1 season). Use unlocator because the Star Sports streams only work if you're in like, Pakistan and India and a handful of other countries. I usually use Hola vpn for netflix and iplayer and hulu and everything else but it doesn't seem to work for Star Sports.
IMO worth the pocket change to get live HD sky sports streaming with no buffering. And I really really like the timeline feature that Star Sports puts on their streams that indicate key incidents during a sporting event.
There are many services to choose from... I just mentioned Unblock-us because that's what I use.
If you're cheap and want to try things out to see how you like it you could just sign up for Unlocator which is free while in beta.
Yeah, it's a 'soft proxy'. It's hijacking your connection to Pandora, trying to get around their geofence. You need to read the Unlocator documentation for instruction son how to either turn it off or configure it properly.
For this to work with the Chromecast, you need to set your router up to redirect Google's DNS (22.214.171.124 and ~~126.96.36.199~~ 188.8.131.52 iirc) to Unlocator's DNS. This will only unblock on the Chromecast, because barely anything uses Google's DNS.
I use Unlocator to reroute DNS packets from the Chromecast to their DNS service.
Totally agree. Completely and utterly maddening. At some point, blackout, broadcast rights, and other stupid restrictions must go away, right? It’s pure insanity to not be able to watch a hockey game even though I pay for ESPN+ if I’m too close to Nashville. I’m at the point where I legitimately hate Bally sports and their insane restrictions. I’m making a decision that I’ll not pay them a nickel unless they offer an unrestricted direct to consumer subscription where I can painlessly watch my team.
Until then? Unlocator or a friendly 66 site.
I use Unlocator and it works flawlessly — tested on that one preseason game they (must have accidentally) broadcast.
Worth noting I use ESPN+ on my PS4, where I can set the DNS addresses to Unlocator’s
Nuts indeed, the thing is though that the NHL ESPN+ deal is only available in the US. If you try to connect from a location outside the US to ESPN+, it'll fail.
Here's what Unlocator says:
>MLB and ESPN + uses the same streaming network. Since we send MLBlocation check outside the US to avoid blackouts then it breaks accessto ESPN+. In order to change that you need to log in to your Unlocatoraccount and go to region settings and set MLB/ESPN+ region to US. Thisbreaks MLB blackout unblocking but gives you access to ESPN+. You canalways change back.
That's why I'm dubious about it working.
Unlocator is a better bet if you really want the streaming services you will need to get the Unlocator VPN + SmartDNS. SmartDNS will let you put the DNS address in your SmartTV and you will be able to use iPlayer (might have to sideload it), you can also use SmartDNS to set the Netflix region that they support.
As Kixylix says in another comment, VPN IPs are actively getting blocked all the time, that is why PIA made a dedicated UK streaming choice in its app, it is updated more often than the other geo located IPs, but it still gets blocked pretty quick. DNS blocking is harder apparently.
And finally, all of these services can be flakey, I started having to use the (official) iPlayer "download to watch later" app just to ensure I could watch the whole thing without it buffering at some point.
Edit: BTW I have PIA, Unlocator and Beebs, and have to switch between what is working.
My cable provider (Spectrum) changed something last year where I can no longer use the Unlocator DNS on my router, so I can't use it on my smart TV. Still unlocks blackouts on my laptop but very frustrating, considering the Yankees, Mets, Pirates, and Indians all claim western NY as their market. Absurd considering you couldn't get Pirates and Indians games on cable here even if you wanted to. Thankfully the Blue Jays games aren't blacked out, despite it being our closest team. Go figure.
A long time ago on here someone recommended service to me. It is DNS that changes your location automatically for you. It's not VPN but works great. It is a little more expensive than something like Private Internet Access VPN which I have also used with success. You just need to manually select a location like Denver or Seattle before connecting the VPN.
Unlocator has been solid for 3 years now. This is their entire business model. I already manage multiple servers and work in tech. I just want to watch baseball when I get home. $3/mo is enough for me to keep my peace.
While true VPN options obviously work, getting clients, like an Apple TV, or my tv to connect through them is a hassle. I set up unlocator once a year.
We use Unlocator VPN. It has a mobile app too so I can use it on my phone and watch games. Also let’s you have it setup to your router by changing the DNS so whoever is connected to your wifi can watch any game on MLB TV, including the app on our tv.
This is the VPN/Smart DNS that I use. It takes a little setup, but as the name suggests, it automatically moves your location so that blackouts don’t apply. I’ve been using it successfully with NHL TV and Apple TV for 3 seasons now. They have a free trial.
Unlocator VPN/Smart DNS
MLB TV is the way to go.
I know, everyone wants a free ride, but with a full season the games still average out to less than $2 each and you'll get full radio feeds with Pat and Ron (worth the price, IMHO).
If you're in the bullshit Cubs blackout area, Unlocator is a cheap and reliable spoof.
Can I hijack this post to ask a DNS question? I use Unlocator at the moment. It is setup at the router level so that all our devices just work.
I can have Hulu working with it, but Disney+ detects it and locks me out (I assume it thinks I want the US Disney+, but I'm happy with CAD). I can disable the DNS setting at the router and use Disney+, but then I lose Hulu of course.
My issue is that they don't seem to be able to build a bypass for Disney+ (they already have one for Netflix). So I want to drop them eventually, but I am having a hard time finding a service that will offer what I need: A bypass for Netflix, a bypass for Disney+, and Hulu working with the DNS service.
Any suggestions/others with this exact problem/solution? PMs are welcome!
I was part way through watching the episodes on YouTube before they all got taken down and had the same issue but I finally found a way around it.
Step 1: Go to which hosts the program and make a free account there. You will need a UK address but you can use a random one from Google and it works fine. Then you will need a VPN. I have tried several including one that I pay for and none have worked until the one I just tried called Unlocator VPN!
Step 2: Make an account at . You will automatically be able to use the VPN free for 7 days, and if you want to extend the service after that then you can buy one of their subscription plans. I think I'll be fine with just the free trial as I'm flying through the episodes haha
RTV outside of the UK is pretty expensive.... I’m in New Zealand and this is what I do:
RTV standard package £5 a month
Unlocator VPN about £3.50 a month
Get all the games as live.. this works for me as the live games are usually in the middle of the night so I watch em in the morning or stay off reddit for the day.
You can buy single games live.. I do this with the Old Firm.. canny sleep they nights anyway!
Just get Unlocator, it works perfectly. 7 day free trial that just requires an email address and no credit card so that you can see for yourself. They give you a step by step guide on how to set up your router (they have instructions for different routers). Setup only took me like a few minutes. I only stopped using it because you can't beat free, but watching it on the TV is nice for sure.
I watch them on BBC iplayer. It's a convoluted process of getting a VPN, switching DNS by using a service like Unlocator and then subscribing to the BBC and downloading iplayer. BUT it works. Downloads are temporary, and BBC uses some kind of DASH and protected video that I haven't figured out how to download or convert .
I get this constantly on wifi. The rest of my devices connect perfectly, my connection is fast, but tvOS just gives up. A restart fixes it but sometimes I need to restart 2-3 times a day.
On the DNS topic, I use Unlocator. But a restart fixes the issue each time, so I'm not sure DNS is a good excuse.
Hello! Dentonite here, “blacked out” despite them not being on air here!
Unlocator is your friend. Just pay for it, change the DNS on your devices to their servers and you’re good to go.
Been doing this for close to a decade and have never had an issue. I get all the playoff games too.
I did that last semester when I was still in school and it was $78.99 I think. I used it to watch games other than just the Orioles. Over 6 months, it's not a bad deal at all. If you are in the Orioles market though it will black out the game. I use Unlocator to be able to watch the O's.