This thread was created by you to voice your frustration with your current cable provider, and has evolved in to a discussion with many members about alternative options for those who wish to make their frustrations known with their cable provider by reducing the amount of money we give them each month. While there is little change for those viewing many of the standard cable TV channels, local sports is one area that does not provide as seamless a transition. IMO, it's a topical discussion pertaining to cutting the cord, which is becoming more popular for many Americans as cable companies continue to increase their prices to consumers while offering no level of improved service. I think there's value in discussing what options are available for people who still want to watch their desired content, but have become so fed up with their cable provider that they've eliminated the TV package from their monthly service agreement.As the OP, I would appreciate it if everyone would please end the discussion of the legality and morality of using a VPN to view a sports game that is locally blacked out. Thank you, all, for your understanding.
You're uncomfortable with paying for a VPN and MLB Extra Innings to watch your Nationals, and so you've decided to stick with paying Cox Communications for their TV package, despite their substandard level of service. That's fine, nobody is telling you otherwise.
However, there are many of us out there who have become fed up with cable providers to the point where we've taken action by removing the TV package from our monthly service agreement, and have instead turned to paying for a streaming TV service. I'm fine with not continuing the discussion regarding legality of it, because as a YouTube TV subscriber, I have no native option to watch the Penguins. The only option I have is to pay a monthly fee for my VPN service, and then to pay a monthly fee for NHL Center Ice, which allows me watch the Penguins. Yes, there are hoops that need to be jumped through, and while I would prefer there to be a native solution to this issue, there isn't, and so this is the current work-around. For other forum members, they may be in a similar situation, and thus I feel there is value in discussing the solutions and workarounds to the current problems that exist with streaming platforms as they are today.