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MLB, anyone? How do you watch your team if the game is blacked out in you region?

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Jeff_M 25 months ago

With the season openers coming up, I'm looking for solutions to watch my team, the Orioles. I live in NC but I'm still subject to blackouts, and my cable provider does not have MASN or MASN2 in the lineup, apparently some sort of legal dispute is the reason they don't carry the MASN networks. Anyone have ideas on how I may still be able to watch games live? Not sure about MLB TV since it's quite expensive just to watch one team, but would my VPN circumvent the regional blackouts on that service?

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Datamatr1x 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

I just can not understand how blackouts are still a thing these days. I also don't understand why sports organizations still charge and arm and a leg for their content. I am not a huge MLB fan and the reason is primarily the difficulty of finding content (living in Indiana). In a world with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, PS Vue, and all of that you would think NFL, NBA, MLB, ASPCA, and the like would have caught on and ditched cable companies by now.

lisa_simpson 1 point 25 months ago

All about money.

Datamatr1x 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I am sure it is. Cable is a cancer leaching on people's pockets. One day it will die and the world will be a better place.

Jeff_M submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

It is ridiculous. Hopefully enough people will continue cutting cable and move to streaming services, over time I hope that will pressure the cable companies and sports organizations to make changes. YouTube TV looks like it's going to be taking a step towards that, there's a decent selection of major sports networks in their lineup. Of course it's still missing the smaller regional sports networks like MASN, but it's a start.

elvenson 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

MLB.tv

And that's free for T-Mobile subscribers if you happen to be a customer....

Jeff_M submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

The thing about MLB TV is I'm in a blackout area for my team, so I wouldn't be able to watch the Orioles even if I paid for a subscription (which is utterly stupid, IMO). Has anyone had success using a VPN to get around MLB TV? I know some streaming services have found ways to keep that from working.

elvenson 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Didn't know they honored blackouts...

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Jeff_M submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

I know there are sketchy streaming sites out there, but surely youtube and twitch streamers can't legally rebroadcast games, can they?

manirelli staff 8 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

No, they can't.

Jeff_M submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Yeah that's what I figured, they always play that disclaimer before a game.

Xorex64 1 point 25 months ago

I thought tsn or whoever would live stream their games over Yt. Guess I'm wrong

Jeff_M submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Nope, they wouldn't make money doing it. The specific network I need is MASN/MASN2, as far as I can tell the only way to watch that network is to have it as part of your cable package.

Xorex64 1 point 25 months ago

Damn thats stupid

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Any rebroadcast, retransmission, or account of this game, without the express written consent of Major League Baseball, is prohibited.

No although PCPP or SWAT won't be raiding your house if you do.