Solved: VPN not working with MLB.tv
Major League Baseball is one of the sports competitions with the most following in the States. Besides the obvious cheering from the stands, a lot of enthusiastic fans use an online platform provided by the league itself to watch the live streams of the games. However, even though this games on demand require a subscription, you still won’t be able to watch certain games if they’re covered by the sponsored cable/TV providers in certain regions. That’s when a VPN comes in handy. But, sadly, there seem to be issues with VPN and MLB.tv working together.
In order to address this, we provided a few solutions that should, hopefully, help you watch the blackout-affected games with the VPN without issues.
How to fix VPN issues with MLB.TV in Windows 10
- Make sure time and date are properly set to reflect the VPN’s server
- Disable location services
- Clear browser’s cache
- Reinstall VPN and whitelist it in Firewall
- Try an alternative VPN solution
1: Make sure time and date are properly set to reflect the VPN’s server
A common reason why VPN won’t function well with the streaming services lies in the discrepancy between the system’s date and time (time zone), and the one which is mimicked by the VPN itself. Say, you’re in the Pacific Time zone while the VPN‘s IP address is positioned in the Central Time zone. The online streaming services, like MLB.tv, can turn that against you. If you want to watch Los Angeles Angels at home, you’ll need to change your time in that way that it resembles a time of the non-blackout-affected city.
If you’re not sure how to do it in Windows 10, make sure to follow the steps we provided below:
- Press Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
- Select Time & Language.
- Select Date & Time from the left pane.
- Disable both ”Set time automatically” and ”Set time zone automatically”.
- Select Timezone and choose the time zone of the chosen IP location from the drop-down menu.
- Now you can re-enable the ”Set time automatically” option and move from there.
2: Disable location services
Due to mandatory location access, Android and iOS users are unable to overcome the MLB.tv blackout. However, that’s not the case with the PC and Mac users. By default, no application (in this exact case, a browser which you use to access MLB.tv) should be able to pinpoint your location. Of course, it can do so by following your IP address, but that’s where the VPN comes into play. However, if you have, for some reason, enabled Location services and allowed your browser to track your location with GPS, we recommend disabling it.
This isn’t exactly a common case as the aforementioned one, but it won’t cost you a thing and it can certainly help eliminate potential causes for VPN/MLB.tv misdemeanor. If you’re not sure how to disable location services in Windows 10, these instructions should come in handy:
- Right-click Start and open Settings.
- Choose Privacy.
- Under the left pane, select Location.
- Toggle Off Location service.
- Close Settings and try accessing MLB.tv again.
3: Clear browser’s cache
If you’ve registered to and used MLB.tv to watch your favorite team before using a VPN, then make sure to clean all your browsing history. With the special emphasis on cookies. Cookies are collected by the website and can be used to track your data and, allegedly, improve your experience. They’re there to preserve your on-site made changes and preferences. However, they also, as you might assume on your own, connect your account to an IP address you’ve used to create the account in the first place.
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Therefore, we need to get rid of the cookies in the browser of choice and after that start VPN. Once you sign in again, you should be able to watch MLB matches without any geo-restrictions whatsoever.
Since Chrome is the most-used web browser, here’s how to clear browsing history in Chrome:
- Open Chrome and press Ctrl + Shift + Delete to access the ”Clear browsing data” menu.
- Check the ”Cached images and files” box.
- Click on the ”Clear Data” button.
- Close Chrome, re-enable VPN and reconnect to MLB.tv again.
4: Reinstall VPN and whitelist it in Firewall
Even though it’s a specialized application, VPN is an application nonetheless. It comes with the desktop client and it can get corrupted or affected by virus infection. Also, another problem might lie in the outdated software version, so frequent updating the VPN client might address possible performance issues. The best solution to cover everything is to reinstall the VPN of choice and look for changes.
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Follow these steps to reinstall and reconfigure VPN in Windows 10:
- In the Windows Search bar, type Control and open Control Panel from the list of results.
- From the Category view, click Uninstall a program under Programs.
- Right-click on your VPN solution and Uninstall it.
- Use IObit Uninstaller Pro (suggested) or any other third-party uninstaller to clean all remaining files and registry entries the VPN has made.
- Restart your PC.
- Download the latest version of the VPN and install it.
Other viable things you should inspect are firewall blockage (either Windows Firewall or third-party firewall) and ISP-imposed limitations. For the latter, we advise you to either look up online for your router preferences and make sure the VPN you use can communicate in a seamless manner. An example: Comcast and Virgin Media users have had a hard time configuring and using certain VPN solutions.
For the former, firewall blockage, we recommend whitelisting the VPN and it’s related subsidiary services. A lot of third-party antivirus solutions come with the firewall protection. If you’re keen to use it above the Windows Firewall, make sure that it doesn’t block the VPN.
5: Try an alternative VPN solution
Finally, there’s one thing that we can’t stress out enough and that’s the compatibility and overall usability of diverse VPN solutions. Most of the VPN tools, both free and paid, will hide your IP address and let you overcome the blackout blockage of MLB.tv. However, none of the free-of-charge tools won’t suffice for the streaming purposes. That makes the premium, subscription-based VPN solutions are the only ones you should consider for the extensive use.
Now, there’s also a question which tool you should choose to watch all season and playoff games, with major clashes which are mostly under the blackout. It doesn’t matter that you’re the paying customer of MLB.tv streaming service. Without the VPN — you won’t be able to watch them. Here are some VPN solutions which should let you watch every match without any issues, with the high bandwidth speeds, low latency, and with dozens (or even hundreds) of USA-based servers and locations:
- CyberGhost VPN (Editors Choice for best VPN of 2018)
- NordVPN (recommended)
- HotspotShield VPN (suggested)
Also, which is of the utmost importance, in case you’re unable to work it out and have a premium solution at hand, the tech support of the aforementioned VPN tools is 24/7 active. You pay for the results and they’ll help you optimize and set VPN client to fit your needs. Whether you want to access a geo-restricted content, protect your privacy or, in the ”MLB.tv and blackout” case, stream good old baseball games without any issues whatsoever.
That should wrap it up. In case you have alternative solutions you deem important highlighting or a question regarding the ones we enlisted, feel free to tell us in the comments section below.
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