Baseball is one of the most popular sports across America, so it makes sense if you’re already excited about the next season and looking for ways to watch 2019 MLB online.
Major League Baseball is always nice to enjoy on TV, as 30 teams face off on stadiums from all over the country. The 30 teams play in the National League and American League, 15 in one and 15 in the other. There are 162 games to be played each season, with five teams in each league advancing to a four-round postseason tournament that ends in the World Series.
This coming baseball season begins on March 20 and it will run until September 29, followed by the postseason which starts on October 1. The World Series is scheduled for October 22 and will run through the end of the month. You can check the game schedule on MLB’s webpage.
The broadcasting rights for MLB games in the United States are split between Fox Sports, ESPN, and TBS. According to the agreement, Fox will air eight weeks of baseball on Saturday Nights, including the All-Star Game. Then, it starts televising Saturday afternoon games for the final four weeks of the season.
FS1 televises games on Tuesday and Saturday during the afternoon and night, while ESPN televises games during the Sunday Night Baseball, as well as on Mondays and Wednesdays. TBS takes up the broadcasts for the Sunday afternoon games for the last 13 weeks of the regular season.
How to Watch MLB Games Online?
There are many ways one can watch baseball games on TV nowadays. If you still have cable, you can use the credentials from your provider to log into live feeds of the channels that broadcast the games – Fox, FS1, ESPN, and TBS. If not, we recommend you pick a live TV platform that features these channels. Don’t worry, we’ll tell you exactly which ones those are in just a bit.
The problem appears when you travel abroad. Live TV platforms, as well as the live feeds on various websites belonging to TV networks, are geoblocked, which means that you can’t access the streams if you’re not within the United States. This is annoying, of course, but it happens due to licensing deals they have for the content they’re broadcasting. Thankfully, these all work online and the sites know where you are by reading your IP address. This means that a VPN can solve your problem quite easily. Here’s what you need to do.
- First, make sure you pick the right VPN. We strongly recommend going for ExpressVPN, which is one of the best tools we’ve reviewed over the years (and we’ve reviewed dozens of these). So, go ahead and visit ExpressVPN, subscribe to the service, download and install the app.
- Then, you can pick a US-based server and connect to it. The process only takes a few seconds.
- As soon as you get the green light, you can visit the site of the chosen live TV platform from the list below, log in, and check for one of the channels that will allow you to watch the MLB games.
How to Watch MLB Games Without Cable?
In this day and age, we consume a lot of content over the internet, including TV shows and movies, so it makes sense that we’d also want to watch TV in the same way. Traditional cable plans are super expensive, they can’t be customized in any way, and it’s nearly impossible to get out of those contracts before they expire. As a total contrast, live TV platforms offer cheaper plans, you can customize the service to a certain extent, and you can cancel in two minutes flat since there’s no contract involved. Plus, the most beautiful aspect of them all is that you can watch TV wherever you may be, as long as you have an internet connection and a compatible device. No need to hurry back home to catch your show! So, let’s see what options you have to watch MLB Games without cable.
|Bundles||fubo ($54.99/mo) + Family ($59.99/mo), Family Deluxe ($64.99/mo), and Ultra ($79.99/mo) promo packs.|
|Customization||Channel Bundles - fubo Cycling ($11.99/mo), International Sports Plus ($5.99/mo), Sports Plus ($8.99/mo), Adventure Plus ($4.99/mo), NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo), Portuguese Plus ($14.99/mo), Latino Plus ($7.99/mo), fubo Extra ($5.99/mo) Premium Networks - Showtime ($10.99/mo), AMC Premiere ($4.99/mo), FX Plus ($5.99/mo), RAI Italia ($7.99/mo)|
|Device support||Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS, Android, Chromecast, web browser|
|DVR||30 hours, unlimited time storage, expandable to 500 hours via extra feature ($9.99/mo)|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
At the top of the list, we have fuboTV, which is a great platform that’s full of sports channels. There are two bundles you can choose from here – fubo and fubo Extra. You’ll find that FS1 and TBS, as well as regional Fox Sports channels, can be found in both bundles, so you’re good to go no matter which one you pick. ESPN is not part of fuboTV’s offering. We recommend going for the fubo Extra bundle because the price difference isn’t too big, but there are loads of channels.
If you think you’re going to miss any of the games and really want to watch them, fuboTV offers subscribers the possibility to access 30 hours of cloud DVR storage space. You can expand this to 500 hours by paying $9.99 per month. You can also watch content on up to two devices at once, which is great, but if it’s not enough for your household, you can add a third screen for $5.99 per month. Make sure to read our fuboTV review for all the details.
2. Sling TV
|Bundles||Sling Orange ($25/mo), Sling Blue ($25/mo), Sling Orange + Blue ($40/mo)|
Channel bundles - Comedy ($5/mo), Espanol ($5/mo), Heartland ($5/mo), Hollywood ($5/mo), Lifestyle ($5/mo), News ($5/mo), Kids ($5/mo), Sports ($5/mo with Orange, $10/mo with Blue or Orange + Blue), Kids + Comedy + News + Lifestyle ($10/mo)
Premium Channels - Showtime ($10/mo), STARZ ($9/mo), EPIX ($5/mo), CuriosityStream ($3/mo), Here TV ($8/mo), Grokker ($7/mo), Stingray Karaoke ($7/mo), UP Faith & Family ($5/mo), Pantaya ($6/mo), CineFest ($5/mo), Hopster ($5/mo), Comedy Dynamics ($5/mo), Dove Channel ($5/mo), DogTV ($5/mo), CONtv ($5/mo), Docurama ($5/mo), Outside TV Features ($5/mo)
NBA- League Pass ($29/mo), Team Pass ($18/mo)
|Device support||Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV, AirTV Player, Xiaomi, LG Smart TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, Fire tablets, Xbox One, Chrome web browser|
|DVR||Up to 50 hours, unlimited storage time. Expandable by another 50 hours with extra feature|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
Following next, we have Sling TV, which is a great platform that allows users to customize their subscription to the max. There are three bundles you can pick, and you can expand the list of channels by adding extra packs grouped by interest, as well as premium networks. In the Orange bundle, you’re going to find ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPN 3. In the Blue bundle, you’ll find FS1 and FS2, as well as regional FOX Sports channels, but not the central one. TBS can be found in both Orange and Blue bundles, while Orange + Blue is home for all channels we mentioned already. If you’re going with Sling TV, just go ahead and sign up for Orange + Blue so you have all the channels you need to watch MLB games.
Sling TV doesn’t include any DVR space with its subscriptions, but you can pay $5 per month to get access to enough space to record some 50 hours of video. Things get slightly confusing when it comes to watching content on multiple screens because Orange subscribers get a single stream, while Blue subscribers get three simultaneous streams. If you go with Orange + Blue, they offer four simultaneous streams. Read our Sling TV review to get the full story.
|Bundles||Monthly - $5, Yearly - $50|
|Multi-screen streaming||5 devices|
|Device support||Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Smart TVs, Fire Tablets, iOS, Android smartphones, Android TV, Chromecast, web|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
Another alternative is ESPN+, which has only been around since April 2018, but has managed to attract quite a following in the short time it’s been around. The platform provides users with access to exclusive sports events, original content, and everything else that comes with ESPN. Access to the premium content is gained through the same ESPN app you’ve become accustomed to. Make sure to read our ESPN+ review to get the full picture for this platform.
|Bundles||A single bundle - Hulu with Live TV - $44.99 per month|
Premium channels - HBO ($14.99/mo), Showtime ($10.99/mo), Cinemax ($9.99/mo), STARZ ($8.99/mo)
Channel Packs - Entertainment ($7.99/mo), Espanol ($4.99/mo)
|Device support||iOS, Android, FireTV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, browsers|
|DVR||50 Hours Cloud DVR by default, Enhanced Cloud DVR - 200 Hours ($14.99/mo)|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
Another great suggestion is Hulu, which is better known for the video-on-demand service it provides users. They’ve been offering a live TV plan for a while now, and you can top that bundle of channels with a couple of extra packs or premium networks. Hulu offers quite a large collection of channels, including TBS, ESPN (and ESPN 2), FS1, FS2, and regional Fox Sports channels, although not the central channels.
The platform provides users with 50 hours of cloud DVR space to use in case you want to record the games or any other content whatsoever. You can upgrade to 200 hours of storage space by paying $14.99 per month. Hulu users can watch their favorite channels on up to two devices at once, or on an unlimited number of devices on the home network if they pay $14.99 per month. The number goes down to three screens when you’re out and about. Read our Hulu review for all the details you need to make a decision.
5. YouTube TV
|Bundles||A single bundle - $49.99 per month ($54.99 if billed through Apple)|
|Customization||Premium channels - AMC Premiere ($5/mo), CuriosityStream ($3/mo), Fox Soccer Plus ($15/mo), Showtime ($7/mo), Starz ($9/mo), Shudder ($5/mo), Sundance Now ($7/mo), NBA League Pass ($40/mo or $124/year), EPIX ($6/mo)|
|Device support||Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, Samsung and LG Smart TVs, iOS, Android|
|DVR||Unlimited storage space, recordings saved for 9 months|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
Our next recommendation is YouTube TV – a simple platform that offers dozens of channels, as well as some great perks that we’ll discuss later on. There’s a single bundle here, but you can add premium networks. YouTube TV‘s list of channels includes everything you could wish to enjoy the MLB games – FOX Sports regional networks, ESPN (and ESPN 2), FS1 (and FS2), as well as TBS.
YouTube TV users get unlimited cloud DVR space, so if you’re looking to record any of the baseball games you can do it easily. YouTube TV also users the possibility to stream to three devices at once. Read TechNadu’s YouTube TV review ready if you need the details.
6. DirecTV Now
|Bundles||Plus ($50/mo) and Max ($70/mo) Other Packages - Entertainment ($93/mo), Choice ($110/mo), Xtra ($124/mo), Ultimate ($135/mo), and Optimo Mas ($86/mo)|
|Customization||Channel packs - AT&T TV Now Deportes ($5/mo) and AT&T TV Now Espanol ($15/mo) Premium Networks - HBO (included with Plus and Max), Cinemax ($11/mo or included with Max), Showtime ($11/mo), STARZ ($11/mo) International Bundles - Vietnamese ($20/mo), Brazilian ($30/mo), Korean ($30/mo)|
|Device support||Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, browsers|
|DVR||Up to 20 hours, 30 days limit, no expansions|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
|Visit||AT&T TV Now|
The next platform on our list is DirecTV Now, which is a platform that underwent a few changes. Nowadays it has two main bundles – Plus and Max – as well as five other bundles that used to have different names and were offered for half the price before the middle of March 2019 – Entertainment, Choice, Xtra, Ultimate, and Optimo Mas. So, if you’re looking for FS1, Fox, or TBS, you should know that you can find them in all seven bundles. ESPN can be found in both Plus and Max, as well as Entertainment, Choice, Xtra, and Ultimate. The channel is replaced with ESPN Deportes in the Optimo Mas bundle. So, if you’re aiming to subscribe to DirecTV Now, we recommend going for Go Big or Gotta Have It since they have almost all channels.
DirecTV Now enables users to record whatever they want to the cloud DVR, but they only offer 20 hours of space, with no option to expand. The platform further allows users to watch content on up to two devices at once. A third can be added by paying $5 per month. Read our DirecTV Now review to get the full picture.
7. PlayStation Vue
|Bundles||Access ($49.99/mo), Core ($54.99/mo), Elite ($64.99/mo), Ultra ($84.99/mo)|
|Customization||Channel bundles - Sports Pack ($10/mo), Espanol Pack ($4.99/mo, $3.99/mo with PlayStation Plus) Premium channels - HBO ($15/mo, or included in Ultra), Showtime ($10.99/mo, $8.99/mo with PlayStation Plus, or included in Ultra), FX+ ($5.99/mo), Epix ($3.99/mo, $2.99/mo with PlayStation Plus), Cinemax ($15/mo), Fox Soccer Plus ($14.99/mo or $12.99 with PlayStation Plus), Hi-YAH! ($2.99/mo or $1.99/mo with PlayStation Plus) Bundles - HBO + Cinemax ($21.99/mo or $19.99/mo with PlayStation Plus), Epix Hits + Showtime ($13.99/mo or $11.49/mo with PlayStation Plus)|
|Device support||Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, Roku, PS3, PS4, browser|
|DVR||Up to 500 programs, 28 days limit|
|Free trial||Yes, 5 days|
One of the best streaming services we reviewed – PlayStation Vue – starts off with four bundles for you to pick from before adding several extra channel packs and premium networks. On PlayStation Vue, you’ll find FS1, FS2, ESPN, ESPN 2, and TBS in all four bundles, while regional FOX Sports channels are “hidden” in the Sports pack, which costs $10 per month. So, if you’re subscribing to PlayStation Vue, you can go for Elite or Ultra bundles, with the mention that the latter also features premium networks. Adding the Sports pack might also be a good idea.
PlayStation Vue gives users access to enough cloud DVR space for 500 programs. Plus, you can enjoy up to five simultaneous streams, as well as a split-screen feature that enables users to watch content from three different networks, at the same time, on the same screen. Read our PlayStation Vue review for more details.
|Price||Postseason – $24.99, Full Season- $115.99/yr, or $24.99/mo. (Prices vary by date of subscription)|
|Multi-screen streaming||2 - One mobile and one desktop|
|Device support||Windows, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Blu-Ray (Panasonic, LG, Samsung, Sony), TiVo, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS smartphones and tablets, Android smartphones and tablets|
|Free trial||Only during Free Preview campaign|
Another way to enjoy MLB Games is to get an MLB.TV subscription. The regular season costs $115.99 in its entirety or $24.99 per month, but you can also get access to the postseason for $24.99. If you don’t subscribe from the start of the season, you’ll only pay a portion of the price.
The MLB.TV works anywhere in the world, but the people living outside the United States and Canada don’t have to suffer through the game blackout issues that Americans and Canadians do. You can go ahead and read our MLB.TV review for more information.
Can I Get MLB TV for One Team?
Yes! MLB.TV also offers users the option to watch only the games of a single team, no matter where they are and if they are subject to blackouts or not. Such a subscription costs $84.99 for the reason.
Are MLB Games Subject to Blackouts?
Yes! Pretty much all sports leagues in the US practice this, as broadcasting rights get split to Regional Sports Networks (RSN). So, when all the games are on, your RSN only broadcasts the games of the local team. This is, of course, quite annoying because you may not root for the local team, or you may have lived elsewhere for the better part of your life and can’t simply switch allegiance.
Can I Bypass MLB Games Blackouts?
Well, yes, you can! One way is to pick the MLB TV Team subscription, which costs $84.99 per season and gets you access to a certain team’s games, no matter where they are. Another way is to use a VPN such as ExpressVPN to connect to a server that’s located in a different state or city before connecting to an online stream.
Who Is the Highest Paid MLB Player in 2018?
Mike Trout is reported to have won $35.8 million in 2018, most of it from salary, but also via various endorsement deals. Trout plays of the Los Angeles Angels is a seven-time MLB All-Star and were named MVP in 2014 and 2016, coming in second in another four years.
Which Baseball Team Makes the Most Money?
According to a 2018 report on MLB valuations, the New York Yankees continue to hold the spot as the most valuable team in MLB, with a worth set at over $4 billion.
There are so many channels that help users watch the MLB games, so we’re sure the list above has been of help in getting you to take that final step to watch the games online.