How to stream MLB Network for free

The 2019 MLB season is finally here, and if you’re serious about baseball, you’re gonna need a way to watch an MLB Network live stream.

Not to be confused with MLB TV, the subscription service that lets you watch every out-of-market game over the course of the season, MLB Network is a cable sports channel that broadcasts roughly 150 regular season games (and just as many Spring Training games) every year, in addition to some early postseason action. (You’ll find the full MLB Network schedule below.)

Launched Jan. 1, 2009, MLB Network hosts MLB Tonight, the Emmy Award-winning highlights and analysis show, which covers all of the day’s news and games, with interviews and live look-ins. It’s also where you’ll find Studio 42 With Bob Costas, the interview series named after Jackie Robinson.

Thankfully, you no longer need a traditional cable package to watch MLB Network online. The channel is offered in two different streaming services. Here’s what you need to know about each one and how to get started for free.

MLB Network live stream: 3 ways to watch MLB Network online

Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV offer MLB Network. There’s a lot of overlap between the three services—and each offers a free one-week trial—but there are notable differences when it comes to channel selection, compatible devices, and pricing. We’ve broken down the essential info below.

1) Sling TV

Sling TV offers one of the cheapest options for streaming MLB games. The service offers two basic introductory packages, both of which cost just $25 per month. Sling Orange offers three ESPN channels, but Sling Blue has FS1 and local networks like Fox, which you’ll definitely need come October. You’re best bet is Sling Orange + Blue (seen above), which combines the two for just $40 per month. You can get MLB Network and MLB Network Strike Zone by adding either the Sports Extra package for either Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sling Blue ($10 per month). Both upgrades tack on about a dozen extra sports channels, but only Sling Blue has NFL RedZone. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)


2) PlayStation Vue

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Don’t let the name fool you: You don’t need a PlayStation to use PlayStation Vue. Sony’s live TV service works with pretty much every streaming device you might own—even Kodi. There are four different channel packages. To get MLB Network, you’ll need at least Core, which costs $49.99 per month, but with it comes four ESPN channels, FS1 and FS2, SEC Network and Big Ten Network and specialty options like NBA TV and NFL Network. That’s in addition to all of the local channels you’re used to getting and cable standards like CNN, TBNT, Disney, and plenty more. You’ll also get unlimited cloud DVR and the ability to stream on up to five devices at once. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here.


3) YouTube TV

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A proud sponsor of the World Series, YouTube TV is naturally one of the better ways to stream baseball games. While there’s only one channel package to choose from, it has MLB Network and everything else you’ll need over the course of the season: FS1, TBS, ESPN, and plenty more sports offerings like NBC’s Golf Channel and NBCSN. (Here’s a breakdown of the full YouTube TV channel lineup.) With YouTube TV, each subscription lets you add up to six accounts, and each of those gets unlimited cloud DVR. 


MLB Network schedule

The TV schedule for MLB Network is only available through April 30, with the noted exception of Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics on July 17. All times are ET. 

Monday, March 25

1:05pm, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies

5:05pm, New York Yankees vs. Washington Nationals

8:05pm, Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers

Tuesday, March 26

1:10pm,  Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves

7:05pm, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Toronto Blue Jays

10:10pm, Los Angeles Angels vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Friday, March 29

8:10pm, St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Saturday, March 30

1:05pm, New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals

Sunday, March 31

1:05pm, Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees

Tuesday, April 2

7:05pm, Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals

Wednesday, April 3

1:05pm, Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals

4:05pm, Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees

10:10pm, San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Thursday, April 4

1:10pm, Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets

7:20pm, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves

10:07pm, Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels

Friday, April 5

4:10pm, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies

8:10pm, Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros

Saturday, April 6

1:10pm, Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets

Sunday, April 7

2:10pm, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Monday, April 8

2:20pm, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

10:07pm, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Los Angeles Angels

Wednesday, April 10

7:40pm, New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros

Thursday, April 11

1:15pm, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

8:05pm, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

Friday, April 12

2:20pm, Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago Cubs

7:20pm, New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves

Saturday, April 13

1:05pm, Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox

Sunday, April 14

1:05pm, Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees

Monday, April 15

11:05am, Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox

Tuesday, April 16

6:35pm, Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

Wednesday, April 17

1:05pm, New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies

10:07pm, Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics

Thursday, April 18

1:05pm, San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals

8:10pm, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Friday, April 19

2:20pm, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs

8:15pm, New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Saturday, April 20

1:05pm, Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees

Sunday, April 21

2:10pm, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Monday, April 22

10:07pm, New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels

Tuesday, April 23

8:05pm, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, April 24

1:15pm, Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

10:07pm, New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels

Thursday, April 25

2:20pm, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs

7:10pm, Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox

Friday, April 26

7:10pm, Milwaukee Brewers vs. New York Mets

Saturday, April 27

2:15pm, Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Sunday, April 28

1:05pm, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox

Tuesday, April 30

7:05pm, St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals

3:37pm, Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics

Wednesday, July 17

3:37pm, Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics

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Austin Powell

Austin Powell

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.