Help me watch MLB.tv in Tokyo
August 17, 2006 9:01 PM   Subscribe

Help me watch mlb.tv in Tokyo -- they're blacking out live games due to my Japan-based IP address.

I tried a variety of anonymous and transparent proxy servers found on www.proxz.com and other proxy list sites, and none seem to work. (In IE I used Tools > Internet Options > Connections > LAN Settings to set the proxy; am I doing something wrong?) Should I use Anonymizer? I'm wondering if MLB blocks anonymous access as well as non-US sites.
posted by jgt246 to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Try Anonymouse.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 9:24 PM on August 17, 2006


Thanks but Anonymouse didn't work -- when I click on the video link I still get "We're sorry! Your data indicate that you are prevented from watching this game due to national broadcast restrictions in your country."
posted by jgt246 at 9:58 PM on August 17, 2006


Clear your browser cache and then try Anonymouse? It could be that the MLB sets a cookie that lists your IP when you first try to connect.
posted by limeonaire at 11:11 PM on August 17, 2006


Find a sympathetic friend in the states with broadband and a willingness to give you ssh access to one of their machines. Then ssh tunnel to that machine using PuTTY and set up a dynamic tunnel, and configure your browser to use localhost as a SOCKS proxy. You could maybe get a pay-for shell account somewhere in the US and proxy through it the same way.
posted by kindall at 12:11 AM on August 18, 2006


http://www.hotspotvpn.com/ should solve your problems entirely.
posted by effugas at 4:46 AM on August 18, 2006


http://www.jiwire.com/ may also work.
posted by effugas at 4:47 AM on August 18, 2006


What kindall said. Since askme explained ssh tunneling to me, I've been using it every day.
posted by dead_ at 6:35 AM on August 18, 2006


Thanks all for the suggestions. Kindall's ssh tunneling solution sounds good but my friends are even less techie than me, so not really an option. A VPN is probably the way to go. Before paying for a service, though, I searched for free ones and found AnchorFree. It works! Unfortunately though the live video and audio on MLB.tv are very choppy so far. You get what you (don't) pay for, I guess.
posted by jgt246 at 7:06 PM on August 18, 2006


Actually I was a bit optimistic. AnchorFree does solve the IP blackout issue and lets me connect to MLB.tv. But the live feed is unwatchable due to constant cutouts and freezes, including the audio. Any suggestions? I'm on a WiFi-G LAN connected to an ASDL router, and have no trouble with other video- and audio-streaming apps.
posted by jgt246 at 9:20 PM on August 18, 2006


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