How to avoid sports blackouts

Cord cutting tip: How to avoid sports blackouts

It’s a great time to be a cord cutter. But there is one sticky issue that always rears it’s ugly head: Live sports. There are popular streaming options for MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL and MLS, but more often than not, you’ll soon realize that you can’t actually watch your local team play. This is because of local blackouts. Basically if the game is on a local channel of any kind, your IP address location will be blocked from accessing that game.

How to avoid sports blackouts

I’m a big NHL fan, and it wasn’t really an option to not get the Ottawa Senators broadcasts when I cut the cord. Luckily, there is a way to avoid the local blackout on NHL Gamecenter Live. It’s by using a service called Unblock-Us. Unblock-Us uses DNS trickery to make it seem like you aren’t tuning in from a local location, therefore avoiding the blackout. Bingo! All your local games are unblocked.

How do I setup Unblock-Us?

It’s really quite easy. Sign up for their free trial so you can make sure that the service works for all of your devices.

Remove local sports blackouts


There are guides for various devices on the Unblock-Us website that are really helpful whether you’re just streaming from your laptop or you’re setting it up on your home network so all of your devices can avoid the blackouts.

This is where you sign up for a free trial

This is where you sign up for a free trial

I’ve used Unblock-Us for about four years now and it hasn’t let me down yet. It’s super simple to setup even for beginners.  Give it a go and let me know how it worked for your local team.

Happy cord cutting!

Please note that the above links for Unblock-Us are affiliate links. That means that I get a small commission for sending you to their website. I want to be transparent about that. But at the same time, I personally use Unblock-Us (and have for many years) and trust their team. Technically using something like Unblock-Us may violate your terms of service with your streaming video provider so keep that in mind.