Times have changed quite a bit for baseball fans watching games on TV. It used to be that you’d sit back, flick the remote, and your antenna would deliver up the local team’s victories and defeats straight to your living room.
Today your TV will still give you the games, but it’s a bit more complicated than the days of free sports with a TV antenna. Now, as troublesome as it is to hardcore fans, you often need to pay for a channel to watch the games.
Among those pay-channels is MLB (Major League Baseball) Network, which offers many live games (including 150 in the regular season and 150 Spring Training games.) MLB TV also airs baseball focused original shows. Its signature show, “MLB Tonight,” airs year-round and brings viewers updates and analysis on the world of baseball. Other shows feature sports personalities, like Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo, who discusses baseball on “High Heat Live.” “Intentional Talk Live” is an open forum where Chris Rose and Kevin Millar discuss sports with special guests.
To those who can’t get enough of baseball, it sounds almost as good as a day at the ballpark. Fortunately, it’s not only available to those who shell out all the money for cable. Plus, with MLB Network’s online services, you can watch on your mobile device anywhere you go.
How to Watch MLB Network without Cable
As with most content on cable today, there are alternate ways to enjoy the channels and shows you want without forking over mountains of cash to a cable TV provider. Here are a few of the cable-subscription free ways you can stream MLB Network online in order of cost.
MLB Network on Sling TV
MLB Network is not offered in Sling’s base packages, but subscribers can add the channel to the Orange or the Blue package for $10 as part of its “Sports Extra.” Both the Sling Orange and Sling Blue cost $30 per month. The base package and Sports Extra add-on would bring the total amount of the package to $40 per month.
Sling TV provides a live stream of MLB Network, so you can watch what would be airing on MLB just as if you had cable. A subscription to Sling TV provides:
- The ability to watch live on your TV with a Roku, Amazon Fire, or other supported streaming device
- A Cloud DVR
- Most popular channels typically found on cable
- The ability to pick and choose various channel packages.
Sling TV offers a 1-week free trial. There is no monthly contract so that you can cancel at any time with no commitment or cancelation fees. Check out our review of Sling TV for more details on this live streaming service.
fuboTV Adds MLB Network
On July 21st, 2020 fuboTV added MLB Network to its lineup. However, the channel needs to be added through either the “Extras” package for an additional $5.99 per month or Sports Extra Add-On for an additional $10.99 per month. With the price of fuboTV’s standard packaging increasing to $59.99 per month on August 1st, the cheapest way to have MLB Network through fuboTV would be the Standard package and the “Extras” add-on for a total of $65.98 per month.
You can try fuboTV before subscribing with this 1-week free trial. The service offers the following features:
- Stream on Android smartphones, Android tablets, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV (4th Generation only), Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, and most modern browsers
- A Cloud-Based DVR
- Over 60 Channels included Regional Sports Networks, and Live local NBC, FOX, and soon CBS
Learn more about their service in our review of FuboTV.
MLB Network on YouTubeTV
YouTubeTV also offers MLB Network streaming live, as well as limitless storage space for recording your shows. Your library of recorded shows can be streamed anywhere. YouTubeTV costs $64.99 a month.
YouTube TV is available on Roku, Android, iOS (includes AirPlay to Apple TV), and Chromecasts/Chromecast-compatible TVs. The service provides over 70 live channels, including local broadcast networks in several U.S. TV markets.
Streaming MLB Network Online
You can watch MLB Network live on its web site or on the MLB At Bat app. However, that content is locked such that you need to enter your TV Provider credentials. Your YouTubeTV username and password are accepted. Sling TV is not.
For information on watching other TV channels online check out: How To Watch Any TV Channel Online Without Cable
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