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Football has NFL Sunday Ticket, basketball has NBA League Pass, and baseball has MLB.TV, your one-stop shop for catching games all season long. Here’s everything you need to know about the service before signing up.
What is MLB TV?
MLB.TV, or MLB TV, is a subscription service that allows you to watch every out-of-market MLB game for the entire season. It’s not associated with a cable or satellite company; it’s offered directly from MLB and allows you to stream games from the device of your choice (see the full list below). The service also comes with an incredible array of special features that make it one of the best streaming packages in all of sports. Here are a few of our favorites.
MLB TV features
- DVR controls: You can pause and rewind games at your own convenience.
- Multi-view: Watch up to four games at once.
- World Series access: If you subscribe to MLB.TV – All Teams, you’ll also get access to the 2019 All-Star Game and World Series.
- Full-game archives: Watch any game 90 minutes after it’s completed
- Catch-up: While limited to Apple TV 4 at the moment, this feature provides a 90-second recap of any game in progress before you start watching.
- Home and Aware broadcast: Listen to the announcing team of your choice.
MLB TV cost
Much like with NBA League Pass, you can save some money by limiting MLB.TV to just one team, and you’ll get full-game archives of their entire 2019 regular season, regardless of area blackouts (more on that below). But it’s a much better value to purchase MLB.TV for all teams. Not only will you access to thousands of additional games—there are, after all, 2,430 total games played in the regular season—but you’ll also then have the option of paying monthly. With the all-teams pass, you’ll also get free access to At Bat Premium features, which allow you to stream games on your mobile device. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay an extra $2.99 per month or $19.99 annually to watch games on your smartphone. One other thing worth noting: The annual package does auto-renew on or around March 1 each year, so you’ll potentially want to set a reminder to cancel at the end of the season.
MLB TV on Amazon Prime
- Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii
- Cost: $24.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
Do you already subscribe to Amazon Prime? If so, there’s no easier way to subscribe to MLB TV than by adding it as a Prime Video channel. While you won’t save any money with the monthly option, it’s incredibly convenient to have all of your streaming options in one place—and you’ll get a free seven-day trial.
How to watch MLB TV for free
If you’re a new T-Mobile customer or considering signing up, you’re in luck. The service is offering a free year of MLB.TV for new subscribers. It’s part of T-Mobile Tuesdays, a rewards program that regularly offers deals for customers, like free tacos at Taco Bell and 10 cents off every gallon of gas at Shell. To get MLB.TV for free, you’ll want to download the T-Mobile Tuesdays app from the App Store or Google Play and redeem the promotion online at www.T-MobileTuesdays.com before the offer expires on Monday, April 1, at 11:59pm ET. For more details, visit T-Mobile.
MLB TV devices
If you want to watch games on your phone, you’ll need to download MLB At Bat, a separate app for iOS and Android that you’ll link to your MLB.TV account. (It’s a relatively straightforward process.) The app lets you listen to home, away, and some Spanish-language radio broadcasts and supports Chromecast.
MLB TV blackout restrictions
As with any other comparable service, some nationally and locally televised games will be subject to blackouts. You can check your local restrictions by entering your ZIP code here. For example, some regular season games for the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals will be restricted to those living in the 20003 ZIP code for Washington, D.C. However, most games that are subject to area blackouts are available to stream approximately 90 minutes after they’ve aired. If you need help streaming nationally televised games, check out our general guide to MLB Network and watching MLB games for the 2019-20 season.
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Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.