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It’s the All-Star break in Major League Baseball and that means it’s time to see who can hit the most dingers.
While the All-Star game itself is a midseason, urgent affair for the league, we prefer the action and zest that comes with the game’s best sluggers trying to out-muscle each other during the sideshow. This year’s field features Matt Chapman, Vlad Guerrero Jr., Alex Bregman, Jose Pederson, Pete Alonso, Carlos Santana, Ronald Acuna Jr., and Josh Bell. (Seedings and matchups below.)
The action airs on ESPN, so if you’re at a sports bar or have cable it should be simple to watch. But what about for the cord-cutting herd? Live sports remains a logistical challenge, and here is everything you need to know to watch the 2019 Home Run Derby for free via live stream.
What time is the Home Run Derby?
The Home Run Derby airs Monday, July 8 at 8pm ET.
What channel is the Home Run Derby on?
The Home Run Derby will air on ESPN.
How to watch the Home Run Derby 2019 for free
ESPN is available on a handful of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming. Thankfully, no matter which service you pick, you’ll start with a one-week trial, so you can watch the Home Run Derby 2019 for free.
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Devices:Amazon Fire TVs,Android Fire Stick, Apple TV,Android TV,Roku,Xbox One,Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, both of which cost $25 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels. However, to unlock ESPN, you will need a Sling Orange package.
- Cost: $44.95 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have almost 60 channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geo Wild and Syfy. Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.
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- Cost:$44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you have a PS4 and are into the idea of having your gaming and streaming needs met in the same place, PlayStation Vue is made for you. Jumping from your favorite game to your favorite show is seamless, and controlling it is as intuitive as playing an actual game. Your PS4 controller is your remote, after all. Still, you don’t need a PS4 to enjoy this service. You can also use a Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and even Kodi. Plus, you’ll get awesome channels like AMC, BBC America, and Bravo in PlayStation Vue’s entry-level package. One subscription works with up to five devices, all with unlimited cloud DVR storage, which makes it one of the most binge-friendly solutions. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)
4) YouTube TV
- Cost: $49.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV,Android TV, Xbox One, iOS, and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts. Each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels. Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
Other ways to watch Home Run Derby 2019
- Cost: $4.99 per month or $49.99 for 12 months (after 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Tablet, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku players and TV, Oculus Go, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Samsung smart TVs, and iOS and Android devices
ESPN+ is a strange little number, but a must for sports fans. It’s a supplemental subscription service to ESPN, not an on-demand version. Some of the content available on this service are abridged versions of SportsCenter, every single 30 for 30 documentary produced, and tons of live events including the Home Run Derby.
Home Run Derby 2019 seedings
Left side of the bracket:
- Matt Chapman, A’s vs. Vlad Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays
- Alex Bregman, Astros vs. Joc Pederson, Dodgers
Right side of the bracket:
- Pete Alonso, Mets vs. Carlos Santana, Indians
- Josh Bell, Pirates vs. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.