Networks & Services Streaming MLB Games This Year
Major League Baseball was one of the first major sports to get their streaming service online. Other leagues have followed suit but MLB.TV was the first and still remains a very viable option for watching baseball games online. Here are the networks and services that currently offer streaming options for MLB games. Choose one that works well for you.
|# of MLB Games||Monthly Cost||Free Trial||HD Stream||Cable Required||iOS App||Android App|
|ALL MLB Games Live!||$20||Watch 7 Days Free||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Sunday Night Baseball, Various Games||No Standalone App||Yes, with Sling/DTVN||Yes||Yes, except with Sling/DTVN||Yes||Yes|
|ALL MLB Games Live!||$35||Watch 7 Days Free||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Various Games, MLB Playoffs||Free,
|Yes, with Sling/DTVN||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Various Games, MLB Playoffs||No Standalone App||Yes, with Sling/DTVN||Yes||Yes, except with Sling/DTVN||Yes||Yes|
|Various Games, MLB Playoffs||No Standalone App||Yes, with Sling/DTVN||Yes||Yes, except with Sling/DTVN||No||No|
|Some Sunday Afternoon Games||No Standalone App||Yes, with Sling/DTVN||Yes||Yes, except with Sling/DTVN||Yes||Yes|
|Various Showcase Games||No Standalone App||Yes, with DIRECTV NOW||Yes||Yes, except with Sling/DTVN||No||No|
Streaming on Team-Exclusive Networks
When it comes to streaming your favorite MLB team online there are variations between teams due to network exclusivity. The Mariners play on ROOT Network while The Yankees play live on the YES Network. Fans in other regions have probably never heard of these channels. Choose your team below to find out what network is streaming your favorite team this year and how to watch them online:
|AL WEST||AL CENTRAL||AL EAST|
|NL WEST||NL CENTRAL||NL EAST|
Cable Alternatives: Watch MLB Games Without Cable
If you’re dead-set against subscribing to cable but still want access to all MLB games online reliably there are a couple of new options for you. Sling is a cable alternative that gets you access to almost every sports channel you can imagine. Think of it as a streaming only cable package at a fraction of the price. TBS, ESPN and most Fox Sports networks are all there along with the MLB games you need to stream. DIRECTV NOW is a very similar product but costs a little bit more. The upside to DIRECTV NOW for MLB fans is that they have the MLB Network available if you upgrade to the next tier.
Sling starts at just $20 per month while DIRECTV NOW’s smallest package is $35. Give one of them a try today:
|Sling (7 Days Free)||DIRECTV NOW (7 Days Free)|
|Try Sling TV||Try DIRECTV NOW|
Official Network Streaming Apps and MLB TV
MLB games appear on various networks across the country. Each of those networks have their own apps with their own rules. Visit the team link above to see what network is streaming your baseball team’s game and find out if they have an app.
MLB.TV is the official streaming option of Major League Baseball. You can subscribe for a bit over $100 ($112) per season and that will give you access to most MLB games online. It’s not free but at this cost it won’t cost as much as cable if MLB streaming is your only fixation. You’ll also be subject to blackouts so be sure it works in your area for the team you want to stream.
‘Free’, Illegal MLB Live Streams
You’ve probably heard about streaming websites that promise full access to all MLB games live. It’s true that sometimes these portals do stream MLB games but you’ll have to dodge a ton of advertisements, viruses and legal issues to get your fix that way. We recommend using one of the above options to watch MLB games online.
We’ll update this guide as MLB streaming options change.