If all you're after is access to your local team, you'll need to have a cable- or satellite-TV subscription with the right channel package. Then, you'll want to get your service provider's mobile app, many of which now offer streaming options. I can watch a Giants or A's game through Comcast's Xfinity TV app if I want to catch them on-the-go, or I stream the game to a TV that isn't connected to my cable box.
Unfortunately this means you're out of luck if you're hoping to use MLB.TV as a workaround for cutting ties with your TV provider. But kudos to MLB for being upfront about the restrictions, so you don't drop a bunch of money on what ends up becoming a useless streaming package.
There's more than just watching the game
If you want to stay connected to the baseball season, but don't need the ability to watch every game, then going with a subscription through the MLB At Bat app might be the better option.
It gives you live audio for every game (no blackout rules here), and it includes live pitch details, player performance, and a rundown of all the past plays. It's like a digitized, real-time scorebook. The apps got a revamp for the 2015 season, with the Android version getting a nice, new coat of Material Design.
You can sign up within the Android or iOS app for $20 annually or $3 per month. You get all these perks for every regular season game and for the playoffs, up until the World Series. You can also flip a switch to get the all the content in Spanish.
No matter which way you go, the national pastime is within your digital grasp. Our only wish is for those blackout rules would make like an unruly manager and get tossed out of the game for good.
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