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Baseball Opening Day – How To Watch the 2014 Baseball Season Online?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

The 2014 MLB Baseball season is here and fans are all eager to see their favorite teams in action. Although the MLB season formally kicked off on 22nd March when Arizona Diamondbacks played against Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia, the North American season doesn’t start until 30th March. This year there has been couple of changes as far as the game rules are concerned; managers can now challenge certain plays under video review process plus the home plate collisions between catchers and runners have been outlawed.

This year also marks the beginning of new broadcasting contracts between MLB and ESPN/Fox Sports/TBS. As a part of the contract, Fox Sports gets to broadcast Saturday Games; ESPN will telecast Sunday Night Baseball along with few Monday and Wednesday night games whereas TBS will show Sunday games. From this year, ESPN would be allowed to broadcast Monday and Wednesday night games along with local broadcasters making local blackouts on these two nights a thing of the past.

How To Watch MLB Games Online?

If you prefer to watch MLB games online then you can subscribe to MLB’s official streaming service, MLB.TV. The great thing about MLB.TV is that it allows you to stream MLB games in HD on over 400 connected devices including iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Android Smartphones and tablets, Windows Phone 8, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, WD TV, Apple TV, Roku, TiVo and Smart TVs. The premium version of MLB.TV even includes a free subscription to MLB at Bat 14 app and a choice of “Home or Away” team feeds. In addition, features like In-Game Highlights and Statistics, Full Game Archives, Live Game DVR Controls, Mosaic View, Pitch by Pitch Widget and Clickable Linescores are standard with all MLB.TV subscriptions.

Although MLB.TV is a great way to catch the baseball action online, there are some serious limitations associated with it. The first and foremost problem is that you won’t be able to stream a game live if your local team is playing in it; the game becomes available for viewing only after 90 minutes. In addition, there are regional and national blackouts (for instance, All-Star Game) due to exclusive contracts signed between MLB and local broadcasters. The amusing part is that the blackouts are applicable only to US and Canadian audiences; subscribers from other countries can stream the games live without facing any blackouts or delays!

If you cannot wait for 90 minutes to see your home team in action or if you are located at a place where the MLB feeds are not available, you can catch the action live through the feeds made available by the third parties. However, be warned that these feeds are accessed by thousands of people at the same time so the speed and quality of streaming leaves a lot to be desired. In addition, some feed providers are known to install malicious programs in the name of providing high quality MLB action so you must be careful while visiting unknown or suspicious looking feed websites.

If you want to watch all MLB games live without facing any kind of blackouts or speed issues then you must consider subscribing to a VPN service. Since MLB relies on your IP address to determine your location, you would be able to watch all the games live (even if your home team is playing in it) just by changing your IP address through a VPN service. Most VPN companies not only allow you to change your IP address but also deliver blazing fast speeds so you would be able to stream MLB games in HD without facing any lags or delays. The trick to access your home team’s game live is to connect to a US based VPN server that is NOT located in your region or switch to a server that is located in another country.

Here are some of the best VPN Service Providers for unlocking MLB Games Live:

April 1, 2014

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