The MLB season 2019 has officially started. From the Yankees and Red Sox to the Dodgers and Cubs, all 30 major league teams will fight for supremacy during the six-month marathon of 162 games in this regular season.
In the past, you needed a cable or satellite subscription (or season ticket) to watch your favorite team day and night. This year, baseball fans, who happen to becan also stream the action live or record in the cloud DVRs in the spring, summer and fall.
So where do you start? It depends on which team you follow and where you live.
Live TV streaming service against MLB.TV
There are two ways to stream MLB games without cable or satellite TV subscription:
- Subscribe to a live TV streaming service Such as Sling TV Blue, Fubo TV or YouTube TV (from $ 25 per month)
- Subscribe to MLB.TV ($ 25 per month or $ 119 per year)
Depending on where you live, one of the most importantCarry the channel with your favorite team. These channels, known as regional sports networks, deliver almost all regular season games live.
The dark sides? Not every such service carries each RSN, and some teams are not available in any live TV service. There is also the price: only Sling TV Blue costs $ 25, while the rest is $ 40 or more.
The other option is MLB.TV, a separate service where each game is played live by each team. It's great for hardcore fans in general.
The big catch on MLB.TV is the local blocking restriction: you can not track the matches of your local team live. Instead, they are available about 90 minutes after the game ends. For example, if you're a fan of Yankees in the New York area, you can not watch the Yankees game for an hour and a half after after the final. Other teams' games are not played live, which makes MLB.TV ideal for fans looking to watch one or more of the 28 or 29 teams in other cities called out-of-market teams.
Live TV Streaming: Most suitable for fans of the home team
Due to the MLB.TV blocking restriction, a live TV streaming service is the best choice if you want to follow your local team.
Many services carry the RSN, which has exclusive rights to every regular game of the season. And most of them carry the– ESPN, Fox, FS1, MLB Network and TBS – which broadcast regular matchups from various league teams.
So the RSNs stack up at each service.
RSN Availability by Team and Streaming Service
|Team||Name of the Regional Sports Network (RSN)||Sling Blue ($ 25)||YouTube TV ($ 50)||Fubo TV ($ 45)||Hulu with live TV ($ 45)||PS Vue ($ 45)||DirecTV Now ($ 50)|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||Fox Sports Arizona||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Atlanta Braves||Fox Sports South||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Boston Red Sox||NESN||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Chicago Cubs||NBC Sports Chicago||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Chicago White Sox||NBC Sports Chicago||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cincinnati Reds||Fox Sports Ohio||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cleveland Indians||SportsTime Ohio||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Colorado Rockies||AT & T SportsNet Rocky Mountain||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Detroit Tigers||Fox Sports Detroit||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Houston Astros||AT & T SportsNet Southwest||No||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Kansas City Royals||Fox Sports Kansas City||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Los Angeles Angels||Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||Spectrum SportsNet LA||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Miami Marlins||Fox Sports Florida||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Milwaukee Brewers||Fox Sports Wisconsin||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Minnesota Twins||Fox Sports North||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|New York Mets||SNY||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|New York Yankees||YES||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Oakland Athletics||NBC Sports California||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Philadelphia Phillies||NBC Sports Philadelphia||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||AT & T SportsNet Pittsburgh||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|San Diego Padres||Fox Sports San Diego||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|San Francisco Giants||NBC Sports Bay Area||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Seattle Mariners||Root Sports Northwest||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Fox Sports Midwest||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Fox Sports Sun.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Texas Rangers||Fox Sports Southwest||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Sportsnet||No||No||No||No||No||No|
Some Key Takeaways:
- None of the services carries the RSNs for the Baltimore Orioles, the Colorado Rockies, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Seattle Mariners, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Washington Nationals. To see these teams you will need cable, satellite, MLB.TV or some other workaround.
- The above RSNs are usually only available to local subscribers. Information on each service can be found below to find out if you live in a location where you can receive a particular RSN.
- Sling TV RSNs are only available to Sling Blue customers. Sling Orange customers do not receive RSNs. Details of national networks can be found below.
- The only service with Houston Astros games is Fubo TV. Unfortunately, ESPN is missing.
- YouTube TV is the only service that includes MLB Network in its base package. The others either ask for more or do not wear it at all.
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Sling TV ($ 25 or $ 40)
Only Sling Blue has RSNs, but both have a variety of national baseball networks. Sling TV's Orange Plan includes ESPN and ESPN2, and the Blue Plan includes Fox and FS1. Both plans offer TBS. The MLB network is available as part of the Sports Extra add-on, which costs $ 5 per month for Sling Orange customers or $ 10 per month for Sling Blue customers.
You can summarize the plans of Orange and Blue to enhance your baseball ad options. Sections generally cost US $ 25 per month, but are currently discounted to US $ 15 in the first three months. Similarly, the bundled Orange & Blue plan usually costs $ 40 a month, but you can get it for three months for $ 25 a month. Find out which local channels and RSNs are available in your area.
See Sling TV
FuboTV ($ 45)
FuboTV costs $ 45 per month and includes Fox, FS1, and TBS, but no ESPN, ESPN2, or MLB network. Check out the charts on this Fubo PDF file to find out which RSNs are offered with local MLB reporting.
Hulu with Live TV ($ 45)
Hulu with live TV costs $ 45 a month and includes ESPN. ESPN2, Fox, FS1 and TBS, but no MLB network. On the welcome page, click the "See all the channels in your area" link to see which local area networks and RSNs are available at your location.
See Hulu with Live TV
PlayStation Vue ($ 45)
PlayStation Vue's $ 45 access plan includes ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1, and TBS. The $ 50 monthly Core Plan adds the MLB network. Find out which local channels and RSNs you can find here.
See on PlayStation Vue
YouTube TV ($ 50)
YouTube TV costs $ 50 a month and includes ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FSB, MLB Network, and TBS. Enter your postcode on the home page to see which local area networks and RSNs are available in your area. The package includes ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1, and TBS. However, neither the Plus package nor the $ 70-monthly Max package includes the MLB network. You can use the channel search tool to determine which local channels and RSNs are available in your region.
See DirecTV Now
All live TV streaming services listed above offer free trial versions. You can cancel at any time and need a permanent internet connection. Are you looking for more information?.
MLB.TV subscription: The best for off-market games
The official streaming service of Major League Baseball is ideal if you want to follow your favorite team when you live out of the market. However, due to the 90-minute blackout described above, this is less useful for tracking the home team.
Here are the MLB.TV pricing options for 2019:
- You pay $ 119 a year to track every out-of-market game live or on-demand and the in-market team (home) with a 90-minute delay from the end of the game. If you feel that your team is not worthwhile after the trading deadline, you can pay $ 25 a month, which gives you the opportunity to cancel if your team is out of the pennant race.
- Pay $ 92 a year to see a single, non-marketed team. If you are only interested in watching your favorite team (and not live on its TV market), you can save a few euros with this plan. However, you sacrifice the ability to switch to a potential no-hitter at another location or in another exciting matchup or moment when your team is not involved.
Both MLB.TV plans also include home and broadcast streams. The radio broadcasts are not subject to the blackout rule, so you can hear home games live.
MLB At Bat-Add-On
The MLB At Bat app is great for cell phones and even better for tablets. If you have purchased an MLB.TV subscription (as described above), you can sign in to your account and watch live games in the app. There is a cheaper subscription option that can only be used with the mobile app, but it is very limited what you can see.
You can buy an At Bat subscription through the MLB At Bat app. It costs $ 20 a year (or $ 3 a month) and allows you to listen to home or radio broadcasts – baseball is the only sport I can hear on the radio – and watch one game a day during the season. You can not choose which game you want to see. You are firmly attached to the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day.
Originally published on March 27th.
Updated April 11: Adds more team links to the chart and updates YouTube TV prices.
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