Jun 102011
 

At the risk of totally ruining it for everyone, I’ve decided to type up some hints as to how to bypass the annoying MLB.TV blackout restrictions. I know it angers many people that pay upwards of $200 per year for a premium subscription and are then unable to watch games in their local market. This article is not going to be a step-by-step howto as I feel that if you want it bad enough, you can figure it out on your own. I aim to provide some guidance and assure that it is possible to watch your home team’s games.

I feel that this workaround is much better than using some paid proxy or shady proxy service. For the PC and Mac this workaround requires the following software:

  • Firefox
  • Foxyproxy plugin for Firefox
  • Tor – Vadalia

Install Firefox.  Then install Vadalia.  Run and connect to the TOR network with Vadalia. Install Foxyproxy in Firefox (not the Firefox that comes with Vadalia) and configure for use with TOR.  I would recommend that in the Foxyproxy settings you define to only use Tor for *mlb* addresses.

It’s as simple as that. There will be a little more work, but it really is that easy.  Good luck with all that.

For the iPhone you will need a jailbroken iPhone.  In Cydia install the location spoofing app called LocSpoof or Location Spoofer.  Set to use with the MLB Live app on the iPhone.  Place your location somewhere in Africa, Asia or Antarctica.  Enjoy the game.

One final comment or statement.  I realize that using TOR in this manner is not the most judicious use of the network.  Please consider contributing to the TOR network by operating a relay or exit node.