The Los Angeles Dodgers will begin defending their 2020 World Series title on April 1, 2021 – MLB’s inaugural day. This year, we expect a full 167-game season. Last year’s program was, of course, shortened due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. Don’t want to miss an innings? Our guide includes the best video streaming services to watch all MLB games from the initial pitch of the season to the end of the World Series.
How to watch MLB without cable
If you got rid of cable, fear not: you can still watch all the baseball you want with a live TV streaming service. To watch every game during the regular season, you need to make sure that your streaming service is ESPN, FOX, FS1, MLB Network, and TBS (some exclusive games for TNT), as well as your team’s regional games. Network (RSN). More on them in a moment.
ESPN will air the game on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights. Fox will air the MLB All-Star Game on July 13, as well as some Saturday night games for the 2021 World Series. FS1 will air the games on Tuesday and Saturday. The MLB Network will take over the MLB Showcase game and select a simulcast of local games. TBS will show 13 weeks of Sunday afternoon games. Can keep up with you 2021 MLB Schedule Through the official site of MLB.
Unlike NFL games, not all MLB games are broadcast on national channels. To ensure coverage of all your local team sports, you need a service that includes your local RSN. The three media companies own most of the RSNs that carry MLB Games: AT&T (Sportsnet), Sinclair (Fox Sports, soon to be called Balli Sports) and Comcast (NBC Sports). None of the streaming services provide every RSN, but you only need to worry about the RSN that shows your local game. use this MLB coverage list To find out which broadcasts RSN handles for your local team. you can use The Streamable’s Channel Finder Visit each live TV streaming service’s page to view the channels available on the device or at your location.
In addition to channel coverage, you should consider other factors when choosing a live TV service, including its price, streaming resolution, DVR capabilities, and support for simultaneous streams. Serious baseball fans can benefit from add-ons such as MLB.TV (which we discuss in a later section).
Note that coverage blackouts and other restrictions still apply to video streaming services. Navigating coverage restrictions and trying to find the RSN that you need to see your favorite baseball teams in action, but this roundup should make the right streaming service a little easier.
Cable and over-the-air options for baseball
One way to ensure that you can catch as many games during the regular season is sign up for a cable plan. Cable plans are generally more expensive than subscriptions, but some packages may have some channels in your area that you may not find with a video streaming service. If you have a cable subscription, you can watch the game from any device by signing dedicated ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports and TBS apps with your cable credentials.
ESPN, FS1, and TBS are not all available to watch with an antenna. Fox is available over-the-air, but you will actually have to install an indoor antenna and receiver to watch the channel on your TV. A cheaper option to get local channels, including FOX affiliates, is $ 4.99 per month lowcast.
Other ways to stream MLB
Another way to watch MLB regular-season games is with an MLB.TV subscription. For the 2021 season, you have two membership options: Single Team ($ 109.99) and All Teams ($ 129.99). Both levels enable you to watch every out-of-market game (either for a team or every team) and give you access to exclusive on-demand content. Although you cannot watch in-market games for any team through the MLB.TV account, you can listen to live broadcasts of every game.
MLB.TV on-demand content for baseball fans includes documentaries and vintage In baseball this week Also 70s and 80s episodes. You can download the MLB.TV app on mobile platforms (Android and iOS), media streaming devices (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku) and game consoles (PS4 and Xbox One). The catch-up feature (available only on fourth-generation Apple TVs) allows you to get a rundown of 90-second major plays when you already progress to a game.
Want to watch sports other than baseball? Check out our roundup of the top sports streaming services.
The best MLB streaming services are featured in this roundup:
Hulu + Zee TV
$ 64.99 per month
Hulu + Live TV’s lineup includes ESPN, FOX, FS1 and TBS, so you can watch most MLB games this season. It also offers NBC Sports RSN, but are not owned by Sinclair- or AT&T, so it may not be ideal in your location. TNT, BTN, and Golf Channel are among the service’s other sports channels. The Español Add-on ($ 4.99 per month) gives you international sports coverage through ESPN Deportes.
Enhanced cloud DVR (increases DVR storage from 50 hours to 200 hours) and unlimited screen packages (increases concurrent stream limits from two to unlimited on your home network and three mobile streams stay away from it) improving the Hulu experience is. You can get both add-ons for $ 14.99 per month or buy them separately for $ 9.99 per month. The service supports 1080p / 60fps live streaming on select platforms, while on-demand content is mostly available in 1080p.
$ 64.99 per month
YouTube TV has the best selection of TV networks for baseball fans, including ESPN, Fox, FS1, TBS and MLB Network. YouTube TV’s sports lineup also includes Golf Channel, NFL Network and Olympic Channel. The optional Sports Plus package ($ 15 per month) adds NFL RedZone and Fox Soccer Plus. YouTube TV offers NBC Sports RSNs, but lacks SportsNet and FOX Sports RSN.
You can access YouTube TV via the web or download its app for mobile platforms (Android and iOS), media streaming devices and game consoles. Three simultaneous devices stream, unlimited cloud DVR storage (it stores recordings for up to nine months), and support for six user accounts come standard with a YouTube TV subscription. The service supports 1080p / 60fps streams on some live channels on select platforms.
$ 59.99 per month
While fuboTV is known for being one of the best sports packages available, it doesn’t have TBS (or any other Turner channel), so you’ll miss some regular-season games. The streaming service has ESPN, FOX and FS1 channels, however. FuboTV includes FOX Sports and NBC Sports RSN, but not SportsNet ones.
FuboTV’s sports lineup includes Golf Channel, NFL Network and Olympic Channel. FuboTV also includes several international sports channels, such as BIN Sports and TUDN. With the Fubo Extra package ($ 7.99 per month), you can get MLB networks with sports fan favorites like NBA TV, Tennis Channel and NHL Network. Sports Plus, along with the NFL Redzone package ($ 10.99 per month), includes the MLB Strike Zone, a channel that allows viewers to update from regular-season games without highlights, live look-ins, and commercials.
FuboTV’s two top playback features are Lookback (it enables you to watch some sports events up to 72 hours after they air) and Startover (lets start some live programs from the beginning). fuboTV broadcasts some live programming in 4K, although most of its live streams are 720p. Most of its on-demand content can be streamed at 1080p or higher.
You can keep your FuboTV DVR content forever and if you go out of space, upgrade FuboTV’s DVR storage from 30 hours to 250 hours ($ 9.99 per month) or 1,000 hours ($ 16.99 per month) . If you need to stream to more devices simultaneously, you can increase the limit from two to three ($ 5.99 per month) or five ($ 9.99 per month). FuboTV provides dedicated apps for mobile platforms (Android and iOS) and media streaming devices (Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku).
$ 50 per month
To watch multiple games this season, you need to opt for the Sling Orange + Blue plan which includes FOX (select market), ESPN, TBS and FS1. The sling includes select NBC Sports RSNs, but none other. Sports Extra Package ($ 15 per month) gets you Sports, ESPN U, Golf Channel, MLB Network, NBA TV and NHL Network.
Sling TV includes 50 hours of DVR storage with a subscription, but you increase that limit to an additional $ 5 per month from $ 200. Currently, you cannot stream any live content above 720p. Sling TV is available on mobile phones, streaming devices, Xbox consoles and the web.
$ 69.99 per month
AT & T TV’s $ 69.99 per month plus plan covers the channels you need to watch MLB regular seasons including ESPN, Fox, FS1, RSN and TBS. However, to access RSNs, you will need Spring for the $ 84.99 per month Choice Plan. On the bright side, AT&T is the only live TV streaming service we’ve reviewed that includes SportsNet, Fox Sports, and NBC Sports RSN, though it’s missing some NBC Sports.
The service has two new playback features: Lookback and Rewind, which enable subscribers to watch previously aired content (up to 72 hours in the past) and restart live streams from the start of broadcasting for some channels.
AT&T TV holds DVR recordings for 90 days and provides only 20 hours of storage. The service does not provide 4K live streams. AT&T TV is available on streaming devices, mobile platforms, and the web, but not game consoles.