If you want to watch the best baseball players compete against each other, here’s how to watch the MLB All-Star Game on iPhone and Android.
Last year marked the first time that the All-Star Game was available for online streaming through MLB.TV’s streaming service, and that’s continuing into this year with the 2015 All-Star Game.
The MLB All-Star Game is an annual event that happens around the mid-point of the MLB season in July, where the league’s best players for the year compete against each other in a mostly fun game of America’s past time. However, it’s still competitive, as it’s the American League versus the National League, and the winner gets home-field advantage during the World Series at the end of the season.
If you have a television, you can catch all of the action on FOX starting at 7pm ET, but if you’ll be away from home and won’t be able to get near a TV to watch the game, you can stream it on your iPhone or Android device.
Here’s how to watch the 2015 MLB All-Star Game on iPhone and Android.
How to Watch the All-Star Game on iPhone & Android
Usually if you’re not at home, you can catch any game at a local bar or just fire up the television in your hotel room. However, if you can’t get anywhere near a TV when the All-Star Game is about to start, there are alternatives. You can stream the game live on your mobile device.
First off, you’ll need an MLB.TV Premium subscription in order to watch the All-Star Game on your mobile device, which you can get right now for $79.99 and will last for the duration of the season, so if you plan on watching more baseball games on your iPhone or Android device, it’s something worth getting anyway.
You’ll also need to download the MLB At Bat app, which is a free download in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. This is what will allow you to stream the game live on your mobile device. Plus, you’ll get all of the paid features of the app for free (normally $20) with your MLB.TV Premium subscription.
The MLB At Bat app also provides news, standings, statistics, and other stuff that baseball fans will enjoy on top of the streaming capabilities.
Unfortunately, if you want to stream the All-Star game on your iPhone or Android device using the MLB At Bat app, you might be blacked out from seeing it if you live near Cincinnati. One big complaint with MLB.TV (as well as other live sports apps) is that there are blackout restrictions, meaning that if you live near where the sporting event is occurring, you won’t be able to watch the game in the app.
This is to get more people to the stadium to watch the game, rather than just stay at home and watch it on the TV, and it also has to do with broadcast licensing rights and a whole bunch of other stuff that really doesn’t make sense. It’s a clever move for the parties involved, but it’s really annoying for the fans.
However, there’s an easy way around blackout restrictions, and just taking a few minutes to step up a VPN or a DNS service will allow you to watch blacked-out content. It works by telling the streaming app you’re in a location that you’re really not in, so I normally wouldn’t be able to watch the Chicago White Sox play because I’m in the blackout area next door in Indiana. However, using a VPN or a DNS service, I can trick MLB.TV by telling it that I’m located in Canada, which is outside of the blackout area.
Unblock-Us is a good service to use for this, and it works on a plethora of different devices, including iPhone and Android devices.
Of course, it’s important to know that the MLB All-Star game runs really late, as last year’s game didn’t end until around 11:30 or midnight, so if you can’t stay up that late, it’s at least worth watching the starters take the field, and you can always catch the highlights the next day.