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Baseball was originally scheduled to start in May, but the coronavirus pandemic made that impossible. Now that games are scheduled to start up again, we've updated our guide to streaming MLB baseball.

As of July 23, 2020, baseball is finally back! Baseball teams are playing their home games in their home stadiums (without fans), and they'll be on all the same streaming services and TV networks as usual. That means the tips below are still up to date! Grab a skinny bundle and get ready to take yourself out to the (virtual) ballgame. Be sure to keep an eye out for discounts on MLB.TV, too — it's already on sale for the shortened season.

For the latest on MLB's return, including any future delays or changes that could impact your streaming experience, check back here or head to our How to Watch Sports Without Cable During the Coronavirus page, which covers all the major sports and leagues you care about.

Baseball is BACK, baby! After way, way too long, our national pasttime is returning triumphantly to the ballparks of North America — and to television, too. But what is a cord cutter to do when the games are on cable? Can you watch baseball without cable? We're so glad you asked. Sit back and relax, because we're here to show you how to watch MLB games without cable.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream MLB:

  Price Channels Free Trial  
$5.99 – $85.96 68 – 88 7 or 30 days

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$54.99 – $86.96 100+ 7 days

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$30 – $70 50+ 3 days

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What channel is the MLB game on?

There are some very cost-effective ways for cord cutters to enjoy live TV broadcasts without cable. Several of the options that we'll lay out below involve finding live TV networks without having to pay big cable bills. But which networks should we find? Here are the channels we'll be on the hunt for.

  • FoxThis over-the-air network is home to the World Series, among other big-time games.
  • FS1: Not all of the MLB goodness fits on Fox's flagship network. Expect to see some games bumped to FS1, a network station.
  • TBS: TBS offers nationally televised baseball and is a must-have for the playoffs.
  • ESPN: ESPN airs nationally televised baseball games throughout the season. The TV events include the popular Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.
  • Regional sports networks (RSNs): The most important networks in the baseball world are the so-called “regional sports networks,” or RSNs. Some of these are owned by big broadcasters, and others are run by the teams themselves. But however you slice it, networks like Fox Sports Midwest, NESN, SNY, and YES are must-haves for baseball fans who want to follow their local teams.

Not all of our MLB-without-cable solutions will involve live television networks per se, but many will, so it's a good things that we know what we're dealing with.

How to watch MLB online and over the air without cable

Figuring out how to watch MLB games without cable is made a bit tricky by a few factors.

For one thing, as we just established, not all MLB games are on the same channel. As a consequence, you'll have different options for watching different games. ESPN and Fox are among the channels that broadcast games nationally; Fox is available for free over the air in many regions, but ESPN is not. Your local team, if you have one, is likely to be on a regional sports network. Out-of-market games are not available on cable, so learning how to watch baseball without cable is actually the only way to watch those!

So our list here will feature a few different types of options. But a few are similar enough to merit a bit of a collective explanation here. Live TV streaming services, sometimes called “skinny bundles,” occupy the first several spots on our list. These services offer live network television stations at a lower cost than cable. They often include local broadcasts from the major networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC) and regional sports networks, but there's a catch: access to such local live streams varies by market. Luckily, it's easy to check and see what's available in your are without paying, because the live TV streaming services on our list offer risk-free free trials.

Again, the list below will start out with those live TV streaming services, and will then move on to other options, including MLB.TV. With that as introduction, lets move on and see how to watch baseball without cable.

Stream MLB for free with Hulu

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Hulu + Live TV is Hulu's skinny bundle offering. It offers a nice selection of channels, including live streams of ESPN, TBS, and (in select markets) Fox. That translates to MLB live streams of nationally televised games for subscribers. Hulu also has a pretty healthy selection of RSNs on offer, so check out their offers and see if you can use Hulu + Live TV to watch your favorite team! You can read our review of Hulu + Live TV to learn more, or just sign up for the service's free trial and get started.

Stream MLB for free with fuboTV

Free Trial

fuboTV began life as a soccer-specific live TV streaming service. It has long since relaunched as a more general sort of live TV streaming service, but fuboTV still claims to have the most to offer sports fans in particular. That claim is stronger than ever thanks to the recent additions of ESPN and MLB Network. Plus, fuboTV offers live local feeds of Fox in select markets, and it has a nice selection of regional sports networks, too (coverage varies by region, as always). Read our fuboTV review to learn more, or just dive in and check out its free trial via the link in this section.

Stream MLB with Sling TV

Try It

Sling TV is designed to make it easy for you to get only the channels you want while avoiding what you don't want. Sling TV lets its subscribers build their own channel bundles, making it easy for MLB fans to scoop up ESPN, TBS, and (in some markets) their favorite regional sports networks, all without having to pony up for an overstuffed bundle. The only drawback is that, as of this writing, Sling TV doesn't have any major networks on offer. To get Fox and complete your setup for watching MLB without cable, you'll need to grab an over-the-air antenna, too.

AT&T TV Now

AT&T TV Now is a popular live TV streaming service that you might know by its old name: DirecTV Now. This re-branded skinny bundle is still a great way to watch all sorts of stuff, including MLB baseball. AT&T TV Now offers live streams of Fox (in select markets), ESPN, FS1, TBS, and even some RSNs.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service owned by tech giant Google. There are lots of reasons to love this service, but MLB fans will find that a few stand out in particular: Fox, FS1, ESPN, TBS, and the assorted RSNs that YouTube TV subscribers have access to in select markets.

Free over-the-air TV

Some of baseball's biggest games happen on broadcast networks — including the World Series, much of which is broadcast on Fox. Broadcast networks are available for free over the air in many regions, so baseball fans would be wise to track down their local Fox station, get an antenna with the proper range, and learn how to watch MLB games without cable — for free!

MLB.TV

You can thank Major League Baseball, at least in part, for the fact that we're even talking about how to watch baseball without cable. MLB Advanced Media, one of the most important companies in the streaming space, was started by MLB. And their MLB-specific streaming service, MLB.TV, remains the gold standard for league streaming services.

The deal with MLB.TV is that it offers you a live stream of all of the MLB games that the league has not already promised to a channel in your area. In short, that means no local games and no national broadcasts. But that leaves plenty for big baseball fans, particularly those who live outside of their favorite team's home market. And MLB.TV is loaded with features and perks, including home and away broadcast options for each available game and the ability to overlay live video feeds with live audio from the relevant radio broadcasts.

Can I Watch MLB on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

We wouldn't show you how to watch baseball without cable unless we could also show you how to watch baseball without cable on your big screen! Baseball is beautiful on an HD TV, so don't limit yourself to watching on a laptop or smartphone.

Watching baseball without cable on a big TV is easy, because each of the streaming services mentioned above has great platform support.

If you use a Roku, you can check out live MLB games on Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each support Fire TV.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV work great on Apple TV, too.

Do you use Chromecast? You can enjoy your MLB on that device, too, thanks to supported apps for Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV are options for Android TV.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV will also work on your Android or iOS mobile device, as well as on your desktop or laptop computer.

Antennas are designed to plug directly into your TV, of course, but you can also stream OTA content over Roku, Fire TV, Aple TV, or Chromecast devices by using your antenna with an OTA DVR or with another similar setup.

As for MLB.TV, it's a great way to stream MLB games on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, iOS, Android, and PC/Mac.

10 thoughts on “How to Watch MLB Without Cable

  1. Avatar Brian says:

    There is also satellite radio, which really just rebroadcasts the local radio coverage. However it can be had for a pretty good price and you get other programming as well as NHL hockey.

  2. Avatar Nick says:

    This post has an error in MLB.TV pricing. Single team is $89.99 per year, not per month.

    1. Avatar Cordcutting.com says:

      Thanks for pointing out, Nick! Fixed now.

  3. Avatar Ninamary says:

    I love baseball. I grew up in the Boston area but now live out of the local NESN market. MLB.TV has allowed me to not onky watch my beloved Red Sox, but the Cubs. Although MLB.TV worked well on my LG UF7600 TV in 2016 and 2017, it has failed to work at the beginning of the season (opening day!).

    It took about three weeks to resolve the issue. MLB.TV had me on the phone several times during this time. On opening day, I spent three hours on the telephone with MLB.TV customer support. I had to do shut off the television and turn it back on; shut off the Wi-Fi and turn it back on; chanhe DNS several times; delete and reinstall the MLB.TV app several times, etc. Nothing worked!

    I emailed MLB.TV about the problem and a rep called me back within a week. She explained that LG devices were not working with MLB.TV this season (2018) due to a communication error. It was explained to me as “an LG problem.” The streaming service was finally working. I asked for a credit and was told MLBT.V does not credit customer accounts for such technical issues.

    On July 12, 2018, MLB.TV updated its software again and I am now shut out of all baseball. Again. Several phone calls to MLB.TV result in frustration. Nothing can be done. It’s my LG television set, not MLB.TV. Again, no credit to the customer’s account.

    Has anyone else experienced this issue? I just want the streaming service to work.

    1. Avatar Karen says:

      Hi Ninamary, I am a die-hard Cubs fan and I have had the same problems trying to watch from my vacation home in the White Mountains of AZ. We have a LG TV also. We were able to stream on the MLB.TV app using the Amazon Fire Stick with no trouble at all in 2017. It has never worked in 2018. I worked around the issue by connecting my laptop to the TV with an HDMI cable. However, this is not ideal. I have found other forums where the users complained about Fire Stick, but I haven’t heard anything about the LG TV being a problem. I don’t really understand how that could be. It is very frustrating.

  4. Avatar Jim says:

    I am a DISH customer and cannot watch FOX Sports North and the Minnesota Twins because of a contract dispute that’s been going on since mid-season last year. Trying to figure out an alternative method to watch games?

    1. Avatar Juli says:

      I am also looking, to watch St. Louis Cardinals on Fox Sports Midwest, because Dish no longer has this channel…
      Anyone???

      1. Avatar Tim says:

        No help from me… but GO CARDS!!!

  5. Avatar Michele says:

    If you have Amazon Prime MLB TV has 2 options; 1) all team pass $24.99/month or 2) ONE team pass $49.99/year

  6. Avatar RITA KINDLEY says:

    Does any of these services carry Fox Sport South and Southeast?

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