What’s new for the 2020 MLB season?
- You can stream most MLB teams locally with the live TV streaming service, except for the Orioles, Rockies, Pirates, Mariners, and Nationals.
- Hulu Live TV has added Marquee Sports Network, serving as the cheapest Cubs streaming option
- AT&T TV NOW added Spectrum SportsNet LA, bringing Dodgers streaming to market for the first time
- AT&T TV NOW has added NESN, AT&T SportsNet Southwest, MASN, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, ROOT Sports Northwest which will bring Orioles, Nationals, Rockies and Pirates games to streaming for the first time.
- Sling TV, fuboTV, and YouTube TV (in some markets) no longer carry Fox regional sports networks like YES Network and Fox Sports West (and PlayStation Vue shut down in January).
- fuboTV now offers MLB Network and MLB Network StrikeZone as part of Sports Add-On ($10.99)
- T-Mobile customers (including those of Sprint) will get free access to MLB.TV
Do you want to watch local or off-market matches?
If you live in the same market as your favorite team
After a nearly four-month delay due to COVID-19, this Thursday, July 23, MLB returns with a 60-game schedule.
There are five major streaming providers that offer MLB game live streaming in the market. These let you watch live games using iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast, and Web.
The best choice
Hulu + Live TV
Understand : Your local RSN, FOX, FS1, ESPN and TBS
For most teams, with Hulu + Live TV, you’ll be able to watch every game, whether it’s broadcast locally or on national television. You can try it for free with a 7-day free trial.
Not only will you be able to watch games live on ESPN, FOX, FS1 and TBS, but you can also record them on your DVR or watch them on demand.
Regional sports networks
If you live in the same market as your favorite team, most games will be shown on a local regional sports network. You can broadcast 24 out of 29 MLB teams based in the US locally on live TV streaming services.
While you can still stream your favorite baseball team, your options become more limited.
Fox Sports RSN discontinued services making local streaming harder
Last August, Sling TV became the first service to remove RSN Fox Sports, including YES Network. Then in January, fuboTV removed them from service.
While in March YouTube TV discontinued YES Network, Fox Sports West and Fox Sports Prime Ticket, they still offer Fox Sports RSNs in some markets. They’ve dropped them off in plenty of secondary markets, meaning if you live a few hundred miles from your favorite team, you probably won’t be able to get your local RSN.
Depending on your favorite team, you might need a different streaming service
Due to all the changes, the live TV streaming service that’s right for you really depends on the team you’re following. Your best option for most teams is Hulu Live TV, as it’s the cheapest service ($55) with Fox Sports RSN, YES Network, NBC Sports RSN, and Marquee Sports Network to stream the Cubs.
However, for some teams you will need another service.
Since not every service carries every RSN, the handy chart below shows which teams are available on each service. Click on the team name to see the full schedule and matches you can watch with each provider.
To be determined
FOX, FS1, TBS and ESPN
Most services include FOX, FS1, TBS, and ESPN in their basic package. Only those games on FOX and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball will be exclusive TV shows, the rest will also be broadcast locally.
FOX and FS1 will air 22 and 37 games, respectively, during the shortened season, while TBS will air a single game on Sunday afternoons during the regular season.
ESPN will broadcast 15 games including Sunday night baseballplus additional games throughout the week.
During the playoffs, TBS will broadcast the AL Wild Card Game, ALDS and ALCS. ESPN will air the NL Wild Card Game, while FOX & MLBN will air the NLDS, while FS1 joins FOX for the NLDS.
The World Series will be televised exclusively on FOX.
MLB Network will air select TV shows this season. For general baseball fans, this is a good option to see teams playing outside of your home market.
You won’t be able to watch your local team though, as matches from teams in your local market will be hidden if the match is also being broadcast on your local RSN.
To stream MLB Network, you’ll either need to subscribe to fuboTV, Sling TV, or YouTube TV.
All Live Streaming Options
You can stream MLB games live with fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV NOW, and YouTube TV.
Hulu TV Live
Understand : Local RSN, FOX, FS1, ESPN and TBS
Understand : Local RSN, FOX, FS1, ESPN and MLBN (+$6)
Understand : Local RSN, FOX, FS1, ESPN, TBS and MLBN
AT&T TV NOW
Understand : Local RSN, FOX, FS1, ESPN and TBS
Understand : BNC RSNFOXFS1, TBS and ESPN (+$15)
If you live in a different market as your favorite team
If you live far from your favorite team, you can still watch almost every game. MLB offers its out-of-market package, MLB.TV, for $50 to watch a single team or $60 to watch all teams. There is a 35% discount for students and military.
Unfortunately, all games on FOX, ESPN and local broadcasts will be blocked. You will need a live TV streaming service for this.
You can stream on all major devices like Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox, iOS, Android, and Web.
You can either subscribe to Amazon Prime Video Channels or directly on MLB.TV.
If you’re a T-Mobile customer or now a Sprint customer, for the fifth year in a row, you can get it FREE until August 4th.
ESPN+ will continue to air approximately 1 out-of-market game per day as part of the streaming service.
Local market blackout restrictions apply, so you won’t be able to watch locally broadcast matches in your city. ESPN’s OTT service will allow fans to stream the games on the ESPN app on all major streaming devices.