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How to stream Major League Baseball in 2021

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Apr 5, 2021, 3:17 pm*

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Phil West

Here’s how to stream Major League Baseball as the 2021 season starts April 1.

  • The MLB season starts with 15 games on Opening Day, though the marquee matchup between the Mets and Nationals has now been postponed due to a Nats player testing positive for COVID-19.
  • This week’s nationally-televised games are on ESPN, FS1, and MLB Network.
  • To watch all the out-of-market baseball you can handle, make sure you’re set up with MLB.TV.
  • You’ll also want to look into MLB Network and ESPN+, as well as a streaming solution that gets you ESPN, FS1, Fox, and TBS. (And don’t forget the local broadcasts for your home team.)

Stream Major League Baseball: How to stream this week’s baseball games

Monday, April 5

  • 7:10 pm, Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox (ESPN)
  • 10:10pm ET, Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners (ESPN)

Tuesday, April 6

  • 1:10pm ET, Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers (MLB Network)
  • 4:05pm ET, Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals (MLB Network)
  • 4:07pm ET, Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels (MLB Network)
  • 7:05pm ET, New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies (ESPN)
  • 10:10pm ET, San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres (MLB Network)
  • 10:10pm ET, Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners (MLB Network)

Wednesday, April 7

  • 12:35pm ET, Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (MLB Network)
  • 1:10pm ET, Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox (YouTube)
  • 1:10pm ET, Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers (MLB Network)
  • 3:37pm ET, Los Angeles Dodgers at Oakland Athletics (MLB Network)
  • 4:10pm ET, St. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins (MLB Network)
  • 6:35pm ET, Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (MLB Network)

Thursday, April 8

  • 1:05pm ET, Miami Marlins at New York Mets (MLB Network)
  • 1:35pm ET, Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB Network)
  • 4:15pm ET, Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals (MLB Network)
  • 8:10pm ET, Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros (MLB Network)

Friday, April 9

  • 4:10pm ET, Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB Network)
  • 4:35pm ET, Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants (MLB Network)
  • 7:20pm ET, Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves (MLB Network)

Saturday, April 10

  • 1:10pm ET, New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays (MLB Network)
  • 4:05pm ET, Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros (FS1)
  • 7:20pm ET, Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves (MLB Network)
  • 8:10pm ET, Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB Network)

Sunday, April 11

  • 1:05pm ET, Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB Network)
  • 1:10pm ET, New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays (MLB Network)
  • 4:10pm ET, Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB Network)
  • 4:10pm ET, Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB Network)
  • 7:08pm ET, Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves (ESPN)

Major League Baseball: Postseason TV schedule

Here’s the MLB Playoffs schedule. If you’re looking to stream Major League Baseball postseason games, there are quite a few, especially in the first round.

How to stream Major League Baseball: Where to find baseball games throughout the 2021 season

MLB.TV

MLB.TV lets you watch all out-of-market games around the league. This season, things are back to normal — or at least, more normal compared to the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. You can get all teams for $129.99 for the full season, or $24.99 per month. If you’re ride-or-die for one team, you can get a single team plan for $109.99—but again, beware the local broadcast blackout rules and make sure you’ve got those covered if you root, root, root for your home team.

MLB Network

You can’t stream Major League Baseball in its totality without MLB Network. And yet, MLB Network gives you more than just games. If you’re looking for previews, live look-ins, post-game wrapups, and interviews, MLB Network covers you. Veteran broadcasts and former major leaguers are on the broadcast team, so you’ll get insights from people who truly know baseball.


ESPN+

ESPN+ is a subscription-based streaming service that lets you watch all sorts of live sports action you won’t find anywhere else. Think of it as a way of super-sizing your ESPN viewing. It allows you to stream Major League Baseball throughout the 2021 season, as well as an archive of games from past seasons.

But ESPN+ offers a lot more than baseball. You’ll also get 20 UFC Fight Night events per year, 180 NHL games during a normal season, and thousands of college sporting events (as things get back to normal). No matter what sport you’re into, you’ll find plenty to watch on ESPN+: Top Rank Boxing, Grand Slam tennis events, and international soccer from Italian Serie A, EFL, and UEFA Nations Cup. It also offers the equivalent of NFL Sunday Ticket for Major League Soccer games, allowing you to watch every out-of-market MLS game for the entire season.

Plus, you’ll gain access to the entire 30 for 30 catalog, 150 entries, and counting.

Monthly$5.99
Annually$59.99
ESPN+ bundled
with Disney+
and Hulu
$12.99


Batting-practice baseballs Keith Allison/Flickr

Which channels carry MLB games? How to stream ESPN, Fox, FS1, and TBS

Hulu Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.

It also sets you up with local channels and has a broad spectrum of entertainment and sports channels to review. Those include Cartoon Network, FX, HGTV, and even deep cuts like National Geographic and Syfy. Hulu Live TV carries ESPN, FS1, and TBS, and Fox in most markets.

Hulu Live TV Logo
Hulu Live TV $64.99
Hulu Live TV
(no ads on
Hulu content)
$70.99

Sling TV

If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There’s also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You’ll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package. Sling also has a number of add-ons, including robust international packages organized by languages all over the globe.

Sling Orange (or Orange + Blue) carries ESPN, and Sling Blue (or Orange + Blue) will get you FS1 and TBS, as well as Fox in select markets.

Sling TV
Orange$35
Blue$35
Orange + Blue$50

How to use AirTV with Sling

AirTV solves one of the Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”

The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.

But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—gives Sling users the ability to access all local channels to add to whichever Sling package is the best fit for them.


FuboTV

FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 181 FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel coming on board in 2020, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.

Fubo carries ESPN and FS1 and delivers Fox in select markets, making it ideal to stream the MLB playoffs. You can also find MLB Network on the service.

fubo tv
Standard$59.99
Family$64.99
Family with Showtime$74.99 ($69.99 for first 3 mos.)
Elite$79.99

YouTube TV

The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels, sports options including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBA TV, and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.

YouTube TV carries ESPN, FS1, and TBS, ABC, and Fox to stream the MLB playoffs. (It’s also arguably the best streaming solutions for carrying local channels, unless you pair Sling with Air TV.)

Youtube TV
1 Month$64.99
Sports Plus$10.99/mo.

AT&T TV Now

If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. AT&T TV now carries ESPN, FS1, and TBS, and Fox in most markets, at even its most basic levels.

at&t TV Now
Plus$55
Max$80
Entertainment$93
Choice$110
Xtra$124
Ultimate$135
Premier$183
Optimo Mas$86


Vidgo

Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package. Its channels include ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), and it’s one of the few streaming services that carries BeIN Sports. But it’s like Fubo in that, even though it started out for streaming sports, it carries a lot more now.

Though Vidgo doesn’t carry TBS, it does carry ESPN and FS1, as well as Fox—and allows you chat about games in real time via Vidgo’s Social TV platform.

Vidgo
Core$40
Plus$45
Latino$15
Latino Mas$25

Sports Channel and Streaming Service Guides

ESPN+ESPNESPN2
ESPN3ESPN DeportesESPNews
ESPNUFanatizFS1
FS2Fox DeportesACC Network
BeIn SportsBig Ten NetworkCBS Sports Network
DAZNFubo Sports NetworkGolf Channel
Longhorn NetworkMAVTVMLB Network
MotorTrendMountain West NetworkNBA TV
NFL NetworkNFL RedZoneNHL Network
Olympic ChannelOutside TVPac-12 Networks
PeacockRAI ItaliaSEC Network
StadiumTennis ChannelTUDN
UniMasUnivisionWWE

Live TV Service Guides

AT&T TV NOW CBS All AccessFubo TV
Hulu with Live TVPhiloPluto TV
Sling TVVidgoYouTube TV

Streaming Device Guides

Amazon FireApple TVAndroid
ChromecastiOSPlaystation
RokuSmart TVsXBox
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*First Published: Oct 17, 2020, 3:08 pm