Q. Is there anything new about bringing the Colorado Rockies games to streaming so I don’t have to get cable or satellite? — Tisha, Denver.
Tisha, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, which has the rights to the Colorado Rockies games, is still not available on any of the live streaming services, such as Sling TV, DIRECTV Now, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, Hulu Live or fubo TV.
I had some hope that this would change before the 2019 season. Last month, AT&T struck a deal with fuboTV to permit the live streamer to carry AT&T SportsNet Southwest, the home of the Houston Astros. This was the first time that AT&T had made such a deal with a live streamer for one of its regional channels.
But Opening Day is tomorrow and AT&T has not announced additional agreements, such as one for AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.
So if you’re looking to drop your cable or satellite service, but still watch the Rockies as a Denver resident, you’re out of luck.
That is, unless you want to subscribe to MLB.TV, the league’s streaming plan that costs $118.99 for an entire season, and install a VPN on your Internet service.
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, a software that you can download that will enable you to use an IP address different from your own. For instance, if you live in Denver, you could insert an IP address supplied by the VPN company that would say you live in Denmark.
That would enable you to watch the Rockies games in Denver using MLB.TV because the VPN would make MLB’s servers think you were in Denmark, not Denver. The blackout restriction, which normally shuts out Rockies fans in the Denver market, would disappear.
Using a VPN to skirt the blackout is a test of one’s ethics, but many fans are doing it.
Tisha, hope that helps. Happy Viewing!
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