By Praveen Kannan and Anna Strokolyst The Hotspot Shield team believes the internet should be open and secure …
With opening day in the distant past and the 2015 Major League Baseball season now in full swing, baseball fans have their calendars full. Nearly every night of the week, fans have their pick of MLB games, no matter which team they’re rooting for. Since you can’t be at home in front of the TV every night, though, it’s time to upgrade your tech and stream the games online. Read on for some of the biggest Major League Baseball (MLB) games of the season and how to stream them online, no matter where you are.
How to Stream MLB Games From Anywhere
Like many professional sports, baseball broadcasts are subject to licensing agreements. Restrictive location-licensing may mean that only U.S. viewers or those in certain regions can watch some games, while viewers in other locations are subject to a blackout. Depending on the streaming service you’re using, this may mean that you can only watch local games, or it may mean you’re only permitted to watch out-of-market games.
When you use Hotspot Shield VPN, it’s easy to trick your streaming platform of choice into thinking you’re in a different region or another country altogether. Hotspot Shield essentially unblocks location-restricted websites and services by assigning your computer or mobile device a new IP address from one of a number of servers around the world. This opens doors to new streaming possibilities, making virtually no location-based streaming platform off-limits.
To use Hotspot Shield VPN, just download the free app and create a login. Other proxy sites might let you mask your computer’s location, but Hotspot Shield gives you added benefits like private browsing and protection against malware. For added cyber security features, consider the elite version, which supports multiple devices for a nominal monthly fee and gives you unlimited access to your favorite content.
Kansas City Royals
After a near-win in the 2014 World Series, the Kansas City Royals continue to be in the spotlight in 2015. Will this be the year their home run numbers edge out their stolen bases count? With an equally impressive defensive side, the Royals are a team to watch this year.
Don’t miss any Royals games this season with WatchESPN. You can use the cable sports network’s streaming platform on your computer or mobile device as long as you have a subscription through your local cable provider. You’ll be able to stream live MLB action on ESPN and ESPN2, as well as catch up on the latest baseball news on ESPNews. Put Hotspot Shield VPN into action when you encounter blackouts for games and events licensed for areas outside of your region.
This year’s Cubs lineup is much younger than it’s been in years past, but all signs point to that being a good thing. In 2015 the Minor League Player of the Year joins some of last year’s top prospects to make history in Chicago. If their 2014 stats are any indication, several of this year’s Cubs will hit well over 30 home runs. Only time will tell how this largely rookie team meshes, but it’s definitely a team to watch.
A subscription to MLB.TV will give you online access to every out-of-market MLB game during the 2015 season. With Hotspot Shield VPN, though, all games can appear to be out-of-market. Set your location to another region and catch the Cubs no matter where you are. Get the basic MLB.TV service for your computer for about $20 per month or upgrade to the premium version for mobile devices for about $25 per month.
New York Yankees
One of the oldest teams in the league in 2015, the New York Yankees are also contending with the return of the notorious Alex Rodriguez. The team’s pitching game looks strong, though, so this may be a defensive season. It may prove to be a challenging year for the Yankees, and you won’t want to miss any of the action.
Another popular option for watching live baseball online is bypassing the official channels and streaming from third-party websites. If you go this route, be sure to use extreme caution. Some third-party platforms may be legitimate, but others are made just to spam your computer.
Step by step guide to unblocking US Geo-Restricted Content
1) Turn on Hotspot Shield on your device. The Hotspot Shield app is available on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Click below to get your free download:
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2) Inside the app, select “United States” as your virtual location.
3) Connect to the streaming platform of your choice, and enjoy all it has to offer no matter where you are.
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With this kind of access to normally location-restricted sites, you might be watching more MLB than you bargained for. Whether you’re based abroad or traveling around the U.S., don’t miss a single second of the season.