What Virtual Location should I choose?


Are you frustrated by local broadcasting blackouts affecting your ability to stream your favorite sports games? For example, if you’re trying to stream your local team (i.e., San Francisco Giants baseball) from within your locale (the San Francisco Bay Area), you will likely be blocked. It's a common issue. There's a solution: select the right virtual location.



Streaming services often enforce local broadcasting restrictions, preventing you from accessing content in your region. To overcome this obstacle, it's crucial to opt for a virtual location that is outside your city or even country.

Key Considerations:

Choose a Location Outside Your Area:
To avoid local blackouts, opt for a virtual location outside your city or country. This ensures unrestricted access to your favorite sports events.

Paid Subscriptions Are Essential:
Many streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, ESPN, etc., require a paid subscription. Additionally, to unlock the full potential of virtual locations, consider subscribing to Hotspot Shield Premium.

Proximity Matters (Most of the Time):
While general guidance suggests selecting a virtual location close to you, there are exceptions. If you aim to access content native to a different country (e.g., accessing U.S. Netflix from Japan), choose a virtual location accordingly.


By strategically choosing your virtual location and having the right subscriptions in place, you can enjoy uninterrupted streaming, even in the face of local broadcasting restrictions. Keep these tips in mind to enhance your streaming experience and never miss a game again.