You can watch MLB games live without cable with one of the following options: fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV or Playstation Vue. In this article, we’ll help you decide which streaming option is best for you. Let’s get started!

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Watch MLB on fuboTV

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Even though fuboTV is one of the best sports-oriented streaming services out there, it may leave MLB fans feeling somewhat unsatisfied with its channel lineup. The fact that this streaming service doesn’t carry ESPN or TBS is a major downside. However, fuboTV does have great local TV affiliate support and lots of niche sports channels you won’t find elsewhere.

fuboTV Pricing and Packages

The $55/month fubo Standard package comes with around 90 channels, half of which are sports channels. Various add-on packs let you get even more channels.

Standard
7-day free trial
$54.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

30 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Family
7-day free trial
$59.99+/ month

92 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Entertainment
7-day free trial
$69.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

SIGN UP
Ultra
7-day free trial
$79.99/ month

113 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME included

Sports Plus add-on

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*Note that in order to see the Family, Entertainment, and Ultra plans, you need to first press "Start Free Trial." After you create an account, you'll see all of these plans.

To learn more about fuboTV’s pricing and packages, click here.

fuboTV Channels

As mentioned earlier, roughly half of the channels in the basic lineup are sports channels. Many of the sports channels that fuboTV carries are not carried by competing streaming services. None of the ESPN channels are available through fuboTV, though. TBS isn’t on the roster, either. On the other hand, fuboTV has signed most of the local FOX affiliates in the US.

To learn more about fuboTV’s channels, click here.

fuboTV Supported Devices

fuboTV has above average device support:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV and TV Stick (1st gen and up), Chromecast and Roku (2, 3 and 4)
  • Smart TVs: Android TV (4.4 and up)
  • Game consoles: None
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS
  • Desktop browsers: Most Mac and PC browsers

Click here to learn more about fuboTV’s device support.

fuboTV Simultaneous Streams

fuboTV lets you watch TV on two devices at once. If you have a larger number of people you intend to share your account with, you upgrade to three streams for $6 per month. 

To learn more about fuboTV’s simultaneous streaming policy, check here.

fuboTV DVR

fuboTV offers a cloud DVR service, which lets you record up to 30 hours of video without any additional costs. The Cloud DVR Plus add-on costs $10/month more and boosts your recording limit to a rather impressive 500 hours.

To learn more about fuboTV’s DVR, click here.

fuboTV On-Demand Library

fuboTV’s on-demand library isn’t huge, but it has a decent amount of content.

Click here to learn more about fuboTV’s on-demand library.

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Watch MLB on Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV‘s major selling point is its huge on-demand catalog. When there’s nothing interesting on live, you can choose from thousands of TV episodes and movies. Another nice thing about this service is that it has good local TV station coverage. It has all the major ESPN channels, but lacks MLB Network.

Hulu with Live TV Pricing and Packages

Hulu’s main subscription plan comes with over 60 other cable TV staples. The cost is $45/month.

Hulu + Live TV
7-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

67 Channels

2 simultaneous streams

ESPN and Disney

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For more information about Hulu with Live TV’s plans, click here.

Hulu with Live TV Channels

Hulu with Live TV’s base plan includes ESPN– and as mentioned above, its support for local TV broadcast stations is quite good. However, there’s no way to get MLB Network through Hulu with Live TV.

Click here to see the full list of Hulu with Live TV channels.

Hulu with Live TV Supported Devices

Hulu with Live TV has above average support for TV devices. Whether your have an Amazon Fire TV or Roku, you’ll likely find a Hulu with Live TV app.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain Samsung and LG televisions as well as some devices based on Amazon Fire TV or Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.

Click here to learn more about devices that work with Hulu with Live TV.

Hulu with Live TV DVR

If you hate commercials, you may want to consider buying Hulu with Live TV’s DVR upgrade. Without it, you’ll have to sit through repetitive advertisements when you watch your recordings.

Click here to learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s DVR.

Hulu with Live TV On-Demand Library

Hulu has one of the largest libraries of on-demand content on the internet. Hulu with Live TV subscribers can watch Hulu originals and all the other shows and movies for free.

Learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s on-demand library here.

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Watch MLB on Sling TV

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If you like the idea of creating your own TV channel lineup, you may want to look into Sling TV. Sling TV was one of the first streaming services to hit the market and it’s still the leader when it comes to customization. It’s a great way to catch MLB games and all kinds of other sports, as well.

Sling TV Pricing and Packages

Sling TV offers three options for new subscribers. You can choose between two base plans or get both base plans for a discounted price. Both base plans cost $25. After you get a base plan, you can expand your entertainment options by purchasing channel add-on packs. Sports Extra costs $10/month. It will give you access to MLB Network and several other sports channels.

Sling Orange
Free Roku Deal
$25.00/ month

34 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

1 simultaneous stream.

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Sling Blue
Free Roku Deal$25.00/ month

49 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

3 simultaneous streams

SIGN UP
Sling Orange + Blue
Free Roku Deal
$40.00/ month

56 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

4* simultaneous streams

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* You get 1 stream for Sling Orange channels and up to 3 simultaneous streams for Sling Blue channels.

To learn more about Sling TV pricing, check here.

Sling TV Channels

Sling TV carries both ESPN and MLB Network. Those are the two cable TV channels that have deals to air MLB games. You need the Sports Extra add-on to get MLB Network and the Sling Orange base plan to get ESPN. NFL RedZone and NBA TV are some of the other sports channels included with the Sports Extra add-on.

To learn more about Sling TV channels, check here.

Sling TV Supported Devices

Sling TV has great device support:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all versions), Chromecast, Roku (LT and up), AirTV.
  • Smart TVs: LG TV (Web OS 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0, as well as select 2016-2018 models), Samsung TV (2016 through 2018 models), Android TV (4.4 and up), Roku TV, Mi TV.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android (4.4 and up),  iOS (11 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets).
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome is recommended for use with Mac and Windows.

Check here for more info on Sling TV’s supported devices.

Sling TV Simultaneous Streams

With Sling Blue, you get three simultaneous streams. That’s more than industry standard (which is two streams), and more than you’d get with Sling Orange (only one stream). 

To learn more about Sling TV’s simultaneous streams, click here.

Sling TV DVR

Sling TV doesn’t come with a free DVR, but you can add recording functionality for $5/month extra. You can’t record any Sling Orange channels, though.

To learn more about Sling TV’s DVR, check here.

Sling TV On-Demand Library

Sling TV does have an on-demand content library, but it’s somewhat limited compared to some streaming services.

Click here to learn more about Sling TV’s on-demand library.

Watch MLB on PlayStation Vue

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Sony’s PlayStation Vue is a full-featured cable replacer with a deep channel menu that includes both MLB Network and TBS. This makes it one of the very best options for MLB fans.

PlayStation Vue Pricing and Packages

There are four different plans to choose from: Access, Core, Elite and Ultra. Prices range from $45 to $80.

For more information about PlayStation Vue’s plans, click here.

PlayStation Vue Channels

The best PlayStation Vue plan to get if you’re a football fan is Core. It’s reasonably priced and comes with all the cable channels that air MLB games, including MLB Network and TBS. PlayStation also carries almost all the local FOX affiliate stations.

Click here to see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels.

PlayStation Vue Supported Devices

Unless you need a streaming service for Xbox, you’ll likely find a compatible PlayStation Vue app:

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Android TV (all gens), Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick (all gens), Chromecast (1st gen and up) and Roku (firmware 8.0 and up).
  • Smart TVs: Amazon Fire TV (all gens), Android TV (all gens) and Roku (firmware 8.0 and up).
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android OS 5.0 and up, iOS 9 and up, and Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and up.
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge are recommended (most recent versions will work).

Click here to learn more about devices that work with PlayStation Vue.

PlayStation Vue Simultaneous Streams

One of the best things about PlayStation Vue is its generous account sharing policy. You can use one account to stream to five different screens at once.

Click here to learn more about PlayStation Vue’s account sharing features.

PlayStation Vue DVR

In addition to the generous five-stream simultaneous stream limit, PlayStation Vue users get unlimited DVRs. This combination makes PlayStation Vue very competitive when it comes to features.

Click here to learn more about how PlayStation Vue’s DVR works.

PlayStation Vue On-Demand Library

PlayStation Vue has some on-demand content. Many of the titles it has are recently aired TV shows. Most TV shows expire after a few weeks. There is a small selection of movies in the library, too.

Click here to learn more about PlayStation Vue’s on-demand library.

How to Watch MLB on Amazon Fire TV

You can watch MLB on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV or Playstation Vue. Free trials will let you find out how you like each service. Just download the apps from the Amazon app store to get started.

How to Watch MLB on Roku

You can watch MLB on Roku with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV or Playstation Vue. Go to Roku’s app store and download the app that meets your entertainment needs.

How to Watch MLB on Apple TV

You can watch MLB on Apple TV with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV or Playstation Vue. Apple’s app store has all the apps. They all have free trials, so you could even install them all on your Apple TV if you want to compare them.

Filling In the Local TV Coverage Gap

Because all the cable replacement services are still working out deals with local affiliates, a TV tuner is the only sure-fire way to get Fox MLB games on your computer and smart devices.

Here’s a simple guide for setting up your computer to record broadcast MLB games.

First, get an antenna ($15 – $20)

Basic Mohu Leaf TV antennas work great, plus they are cheap and look cool. Amazon Basic TV antennas are quite good, as well.

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Source: Mohu

Then, get a HDHomeRun TV Tuner ($80)

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HDHomeRun TV tuners are innovative because they send TV signals to your devices via your WiFi network, yet they actually cost less than standard plug-in USB TV tuners. Source: HDHomeRun

HDHomeRun TV tuners are convenient compared to other TV tuners because you can set them up in any part of your house. There’s no need to attach it to the side of your computer via USB. They’re also quite inexpensive compared to the competition.

Additionally, HDHomeRun TV tuners are super easy to use. All you have to do is connect your HDHomeRun to your WiFi router. Once its plugged in, you can access live TV on pretty much any platform (Mac, PC, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, Android, Kodi, Plex and more) via the HDHomeRun app.

Here’s another reason to like HDHomeRun: you can access its EPG (Electronic Program Guide) for free. However, you do have to upgrade to a paid subscription to unlock DVR functionality. A yearly DVR subscription costs just $35, which is a nice deal compared to what other DVR services charge.

Once you get HDHomeRun’s DVR service, you can just use your computer’s hard drive to save recorded TV shows. Alternatively, you can buy a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device if you don’t have enough storage space.

Alternatively, just get a Mohu Airwave ($150)

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Like HDHomeRun, Mohu Airwave’s EPG (Electronic Program Guide) is free. Airwave is also equally easy to use compared to HDHomeRun.

The most innovative thing about Mohu Airwave is the way its program guide integrates YouTube, Hulu and other internet video sites into its EPG. Other TV tuners’ EPGs aren’t compatible with internet video sites and only allow you to switch between OTA (Over-the-Air) channels.

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Mohu Airwave’s EPG provides an easy way to switch between local TV channels and internet video sites like Netflix and Hulu. Source: Mohu

The main downside of Mohu Airwave is that it can’t record. If you want the ability to fast forward through commercials and boring moments during MLB games, HDHomeRun is still a better deal.

MLB TV 

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Source: MLB. TV

MLB TV is by far the best way to catch all the MLB games. Subscription prices are cheap and you can live stream all 2,430 MLB games including the World Series.

However, if you can’t watch an MLB game somewhere on TV, don’t expect to be able to catch it via MLB TV. All the usual blackout rules still apply when it comes to video streams. (You can, however, listen to any MLB game via MLB TV regardless of blackouts.)

Pricing

Thanks to a recent class action lawsuit that forced the MLB to lower the cost of its live streams, you can gain access to the best MLB TV subscription for just over 100 bucks. At the beginning of the 2018 season, a premium subscription to MLB TV cost just $112.99. Because of the lawsuit, the MLB cannot legally raise its prices by more than 3% next year.

  • MLB TV Premium – $115.99 per season / $24.99 per month
  • MLB TV Single Team – $89.99

The longer you wait to buy a season pass, the less you’ll have to pay, which makes sense, given that you’ll be missing out on part of the MLB season. For example, in June of 2017, MLB TV lowered the premium subscription fee to $100 and by the time September rolled around the price had dropped all the way to $4.

Features

At the beginning of the 2017 season, MLB TV kicked things off by announcing four new features.

Team View

Team view lets you “enjoy a team-centric experience” on all your devices. In other words, you can now change the look and feel of the MLB TV interface to reflect your favorite MLB team.

Amazon Alexa

The new MLB TV Alexa skill allows you to pull up an MLB audio feed by saying “Alexa, open MLB.”

More apps

Now, there are MLB TV apps for Android TV, FireTV, Xbox and Roku. Check the official At Bat site for the full list of compatible devices.

World Series games

2017 was the first time you could stream the World Series via MLB TV.

Alex Munkachy is a freelance writer, game developer and hobby robotics enthusiast. You can find his blog about robotics news and reviews at robotfanatics.com.