Baseball is America’s pastime. So it is no wonder that fans of the sport might be reticent to cut the cord and miss out on every inning of every major league game. But you don’t have to. There are several ways you can watch your favorite baseball team streaming without cable. If you want to watch the MLB live stream, here is your guide.
MLB games air nationally on ESPN, ESPN, FOX, FS1, TBS and MLB Network. All of these networks are available without cable. Additionally, many games air on regional networks local to your area – so, your local team’s games will air mostly on a regional network in your area, with some games also being broadcast nationally. These regional networks are a bit more complicated, but many of them are still available without cable. Below, we will go over all the ways you can watch MLB online legally without cable.
Watch the MLB Live Stream on DIRECTV NOW
The newest streaming service on the market is DIRECTV NOW from AT&T. It was released in late 2016 as direct competition to the other streaming services available today. It’s a great service in general, and there is great news for baseball fans who want to stream MLB teams live.
DIRECTV NOW offers all the important nationally broadcast networks that host MLB games: ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, FS1, TBS and MLB Network. In addition, regional networks are available for fans living near their teams, for the following MLB teams:
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- Atlanta Braves
- Chicago Cubs
- Chicago White Sox
- Cincinnati Reds
- Cleveland Indians
- Detroit Tigers
- Kansas City Royals
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
- Miami Marlins
- Milwaukee Brewers
- Minnesota Twins
- New York Yankees
- Oakland Athletics
- St. Louis Cardinals
- San Diego Padres
- San Francisco Giants
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Texas Rangers
There are a few teams missing, but you can see there are ways to watch many of your favorites with the service. Basically, DIRECTV NOW offers the regional sports network for the above teams. So, if you live near your favorite team, you can watch their games live on the appropriate regional channel.
DIRECTV NOW starts out at $35 per month for their 60+ channel package. All packages include several key baseball channels that provide the MLB live stream and that are available nationwide, like ESPN and FOX. Regional sports network availability varies, but most channels are available nationwide.
While new details are constantly being released, one of the neatest features is a grid-style guide more like the ones used for cable or satellite. But DIRECTV NOW doesn’t need a satellite connection to work. Just a high speed internet connection and you’re ready to watch MLB streaming live. Read our review of DIRECTV NOW here.
And start out with a FREE 7-day trial of DIRECTV NOW to watch MLB online.
Watch MLB Online with fuboTV
Another great option for the MLB stream is to use fuboTV. This new service was originally designed specifically for sports fans, but it’s since expanded into a complete cable alternative. It offers 40+ channels for $35 per month, with no contract.
fuboTV is useful to watch MLB games online because it offers FOX Sports regional networks, and CSN regional networks. When you sign up, you’ll get your local regional sports channel, which offers live coverage of your favorite local teams – both for MLB, NBA, NHL and more. Channel availability for these regional networks varies depending on where you live.
In addition to the regional networks, you’ll also be able to get other MLB live stream for non-local teams, because fuboTV also offers FS1, NBCSN, NBA TV, FX and many more. It’s mostly sports-focused, but there are enough other general channels to keep the whole family happy. Check out our fuboTV review to learn more.
Ready to try it out? Click here to try a FREE 7-day trial of fuboTV!
Stream MLB Teams Online with Sling TV
Another streaming option for fans to watch MLB online is Sling TV from Dish Network. Like DIRECTV NOW, it gives fans multiple ways to watch their favorite teams streaming live without a cable connection.
Sling TV has several different packages starting at only $20 per month with no contract. These packages include the ESPN family of networks, the FOX Sports family of networks, and other channels that offer MLB streaming like TBS. Depending on your team, check out which package option works best for you, but know that the FOX regional sports networks are only available in certain markets. Sling TV is also adding NBC Sports Networks/CSN Sports Networks for the 2017 MLB season, so regional coverage is expanding.
Sling TV works with a variety of streaming players available including Roku (it’s a great way to watch live TV on Roku) and Apple TV. They often have deals on discounts or free players, so check those out. Read our review here for full info.
Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial of Sling TV now to stream MLB games this season.
Watch MLB Streaming for Out of Market Teams with MLB.TV
There is another super cool option for MLB fans, especially those who might have moved out of their hometown but still want to watch their favorite teams, like this Detroit Tiger’s fan living in North Carolina.
MLB.TV the official streaming service for Major League Baseball. For just $112.99 per year, or $24.99 per month for a monthly subscription, you can stream all out of market regular season games. For just one team, you can get their $87.49 single-team package. Games airing in your local market will be blacked out, but if you’ve relocated this could be a great option.
Sure, MLB.TV can’t be a complete cable replacement, but it can give you options to watch MLB online using Roku, Apple TV, and most of the other available streaming devices.
Learn more about MLB.TV here and watch the MLB live stream starting today!
Watch MLB Online with PlayStation Vue
Finally, we also one to share the third big streaming service that competes directly with DIRECTV NOW and Sling TV. Sony’s PlayStation Vue is similar, but there are some differences.
Like its competition, it offers several options to stream MLB games live. Their basic packages start at $29.99 in most markets. Some areas offer live, local networks, too. The cost in those markets is $39.99 per month.
PlayStation Vue doesn’t work with as many devices, but it can be streamed directly to your PS3 or PS4 console. It also works with players like Roku and Chromecast. The only other big difference you should know about is the mobile restriction. Unlike Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue is tied to your home location so streaming on the go is extremely limited, even with the mobile app.
For more info on keeping up with all of your favorite live sports, take a look at this guide on watching sports online.
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