Looking for a legal way to watch baseball online without an expensive cable TV subscription? These days, there are many great ways to enjoy MLB live stream action on your TV, phone, tablet, or computer at a fraction of the price of cable. In fact, you can watch the MLB online easier than nearly any other sport.
Currently, MLB TV coverage is spread across the following networks: ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, FOX, and FOX Sports 1. The good news is that there are cord cutting options out there that allow you to access nearly all the coverage from each channel, minus the cable contract.
Let’s take a look at the top legal MLB live stream options.
Get Your MLB Live Stream with Sling TV
Note: Sling TV will be very useful during the 2016 MLB Playoffs, offering access to FS1, TBS, ESPN, FOX and more! Click here to try a free 7 day trial!
Created by Dish Network, Sling TV is popular live streaming service that allows you to stream popular cable channels online without a cable subscription. And it is a great way to watch MLB online. Some of the most notable channels include AMC, TNT, CNN, HGTV and more…but for fans looking to watch baseball online, what you’ll really be interested to know is that Sling TV gives you access to a number of channels that host MLB!
Sling TV now offers a couple different channel packages, with prices starting from just $20 a month. That twenty bucks (with no contract, I might add!) gives you access to 25+ great cable channels. For MLB fans, you can use Sling TV to watch MLB online on channels like ESPN, TBS, FOX, FS1, and more! Most channels are available nationwide, but FOX is only in select markets. Click here for more info on channel availability.
ESPN has a deal with the MLB which allows them to broadcast up to 90 regular season games per year, including Monday and Wednesday night games, as well as the “Sunday Night Baseball” franchise. They also have the rights to regular season tie breakers, as well as a single wild card game.
TBS broadcasts Sunday afternoon games during the last 13 weeks of the regular season. As for the postseason, each year TBS broadcasts one of the League Championship Series, two of the MLB Division Series, and one Wild Card Game.
That’s a whole lot of baseball and other content for only $20 per month. Want to watch MLB online all season long? Right now, if you sign up for 3 months of Sling TV, you can get a free Roku device, which allows you to get your MLB live stream on your TV. Sling TV also offers a free 7-day trial if you want to give the service a test drive first.
Are you interested in watching all of your favorite MLB teams while you’re away from home but are worried about data overage fees on your mobile phone? If your carrier is T-Mobile, then this deal is for you! For $14/month, you get to watch ESPN, TBS, and other basic channels offered by Sling TV — that’s 30% off of the usual $20 monthly price. You can take advantage of this promotion for 12 months, and you can still cancel at any time. Go here to sign into your T-Mobile account and learn more about this amazing deal.
MLB.TV Lets You Watch Baseball Online (Out-of-Market Only)
MLB.TV is the official streaming service of Major League Baseball, making it a go-to way to watch the MLB online. For $109.99 per year (or $24.99 per month if you choose month-to-month), you can live stream all out-of-market regular season MLB games. If you just want to follow one out-of-market team, you can do so for $84.99 a year. Keep in mind that games in your local market will be blacked out. This makes MLB.TV a great option for fans who live far from their favorite teams.
Want to watch the Playoffs? While the standard MLB.TV service doesn’t carry live streams of playoff games, it does allow you to watch all playoff games on demand, but not live. You can learn more about how to watch the MLB Playoff online here.
What devices is MLB.TV available on? Almost all of them! From the Roku 3 to Apple TV, most major streaming players allow you to watch an MLB live stream via MLB.TV. The app is also available on most mobile devices and tablets, as well as popular gaming consoles like Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Watch Baseball Live for Free with an Antenna
FOX has a large contract with MLB as well, which is split up between their broadcast network and FOX Sports 1. To watch the games on FOX, all you need is a good antenna like the Mohu Leaf, and you’ll get 12 Saturday afternoon games throughout the season, the All-Star Game, and a Division Championship game (alternating each year). You can also watch the World Series for free in HD on FOX.
Want to get an MLB live stream on a mobile device? If you have a Tablo DVR, you’ll be able to stream FOX’s MLB games to connected devices, regardless of where you are at the time. Just make sure you have paired your device with your Tablo before attempting to stream.
Playstation Vue’s MLB Live Stream
Playstation Vue is a service, similar to Sling TV, that offers live streams of popular cable channels online. Where Playstation Vue differentiates itself from Sling TV in respect to MLB fans is it offers a way to watch MLB online via FOX and FOX Sports 1. It also carries TBS, and has recently added the ESPN family of networks.
Vue is now available nationwide, with some exceptions. The Access Slim package s $29.99 a month and comes with a long list of cable channels plus some local networks. One catch, however, is that local networks (such as FOX) are not available live in the majority of markets, so this isn’t a good way to watch those MLB games online.
Vue also comes up short with device compatibility at the moment. The only devices supported are Playstation 3 and 4 game consoles, Fire TV, Chromecast, and iPhones/iPads, so you won’t be able to stream it on all devices. And if you plan on streaming outside of your home network, you’re out of luck as there are strict mobile restrictions with the service. Read our PlayStation Vue review for more info.
However, if you’re a Playstation owner in one of the aforementioned markets, you may be interested in how to watch baseball online with Playstation Vue. You can click here to learn more.
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