Major League Baseball season is kicking into gear, and with it, there is a new opportunity to change where you’re watching your Boston Red Sox games. If you’ve been tied to traditional cable for your Red Sox games, it may be time to cut the cord and lower your streaming costs. This year, you can stream Boston Red Sox baseball games and get several dozen popular TV channels without cable.

Our guide will walk you through your top 7 choices to stream every Red Sox game without the high cost of a cable subscription.

Which Channels Offer Red Sox Without Cable?

The Boston Red Sox are a powerhouse in the MLB, so it should come as no surprise that their games are available across a wide number of different sports broadcasting services. There are 28 Red Sox games set to be broadcast nationally this year, with over 100 more games also available to stream.

If you want to watch all of the national broadcasts for the Red Sox, you’ll need access to:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • Fox
  • Fox Sports 1
  • TBS
  • MLB Network

If you want to watch the remaining 124 games offered only to New England residents, you’ll need access to the New England Sports Network (NESN).

These networks are available through different cord-cutting streaming services, including leading services like Sling TV and fuboTV. You will, however, need to make sure you can access local Fox broadcasts in your area through any of the below options, as Fox availability varies depending on location and streaming agreements between local affiliates and the streaming services.

FuboTV

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Of the top options on our list, fuboTV carries all of the required networks except for ESPN, ESPN2, and MLB Network.

Channels and packages

fuboTV offers two channel packages for new subscribers: “fubo” and “fubo Extra”:

Between these two packages, your best option is the “fubo” package for $44.99 per month. Through the “fubo” package, you’ll get a local Fox affiliate in most cities, Fox Sports 1, TBS, and access to NESN (for New England residents only). You’ll also have over 80 other popular sports and entertainment cable channels, with no long-term contract.

Features and extras

With fuboTV, you’ll be able to stream on 2 devices at the same time, with the option to boost that to 3 for an extra $5.99 per month. You can also record up to 30 hours with the DVR, which can be boosted to a rather hefty 500 hours for an additional $9.99 per month. Importantly, the service offers a 72-hour replay option for most games, even if you don’t hit the record button on your DVR.

As for streaming devices, fuboTV has most users covered:

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Fire TV, Roku TV and Android TV
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS
  • Game consoles: None
  • Desktop browsers: fuboTV recommends Chrome, but most web browsers will work

Should you find fuboTV to be an interesting option, the service offers a 7-day free trial to new subscribers.

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Sling TV

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You can stream Red Sox games through Sling TV and get some rather large savings to boot. But while Sling TV is a good option for nationally-broadcast Red Sox games, if you’re hoping to get the 100+ games available through NESN, you’ll need to look elsewhere on the list.

Channels and packages

Sling TV offers three subscription packages: Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and Sling Orange + Blue

These packages vary based on channels. Sling Orange carries ESPN networks in its line-up, while Sling Blue offers Fox Sports networks. To maximize your Red Sox viewing potential with Sling, you’ll want Sling Orange + Blue at $40 per month.

That will get you a local Fox affiliate in most areas, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports 1, and TBS. Sling TV, unfortunately, does not carry MLB Network.

Features and extras

Sling TV’s subscription packages are a bit confusing when it comes to features. You’ll get 3 simultaneous streams with any channel available through Sling Blue, but only 1 stream for any channel that comes with Sling Orange.

For subscribers, that means ESPN and ESPN2 can only be streamed on one device at a time, while Fox, Fox Sports 1 and TBS can be streamed on up to 3 devices at once.

Sling TV also comes with no DVR included. You’ll need to pay $5 per month extra to get a 50-hour cloud DVR.

On the bright side, Sling TV has a fairly extensive list of supported devices:

  • Living room devices: Azulle Mini PC Sticks, Air TV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Xiaomi Mi TV
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku TV and certain models from LG and Samsung
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS
  • Game consoles: Xbox One
  • Desktop browsers: Sling TV recommends Chrome, although other browsers will likely work as well

If you want to give Sling TV a shot, the service offers a 7-day free trial to new subscribers.

Hulu + Live TV

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Hulu + Live TV offers most of what you’ll need for nationally-broadcast Red Sox games but is lacking NESN, making it only the best choice for Red Sox fans living outside of New England

Channels and packages

Hulu offers a standard channel package of 60+ channels at $44.99 per month. For that price, you’ll get ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports 1, TBS, and a local Fox affiliate in most cities. Hulu + Live TV does not offer MLB Network or NESN, however, so you’ll be missing any local games and several national Red Sox games.

Features and extras

Hulu + Live TV has some of the best features on the market, even after its recent price increase. The best is perhaps the inclusion of its on-demand video library for the cost of your subscription. You’ll be able to get all of Hulu’s thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows at no additional cost.

You can also get the on-demand library without commercials through Hulu + Live TV if you opt for the $50.99 per month subscription plan.

You’ll be able to stream on 2 devices at a time with this service. You can record up to 50 hours of video. You can get Hulu’s Unlimited Screens add-on for $9.99 per month to be able to watch on as many devices as you want when connected to your home network, or up to 3 outside of your home network.

You can also boost your cloud DVR to 200 hours with a $9.99 per month add-on. You can combine both the DVR and simultaneous streaming add-ons for $14.98 per month.

Hulu + Live TV has a great selection of dedicated apps as well:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku
  • Smart TVs: Certain Samsung and LG televisions, as well as Android TV and Roku TV
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers

If you try Hulu + Live TV, the service offers a 7-day free trial.

DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now is a service to pay attention to, particularly because the company plans to completely revamp its channel packages in the near future. For now, you can get between 65 to 125+ channels, although your best option is the “Just Right” package for $55 per month.

Channels and packages

DirecTV Now offers 4 English-language channel packages and a Spanish-language package (you can find out more on that through the DTVNow website):

  • Live a Little: 65+ channels / $40 per month
  • Just Right: 85+ channels / $55 per month
  • Go Big: 105+ channels / $65 per month
  • Gotta Have It: 125+ channels / $75 per month

The 85+ channel “Just Right” package is the best option to stream Boston Red Sox baseball games. That option provides you with ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, Fox Sports 1, MLB Network, and local Fox affiliates in most cities. With that combination, DirecTV Now is among the best options for those who want just the nationally-broadcast Red Sox games.

Features and extras

DirecTV Now plans to reform its features when it changes its subscription packages. For now, you’ll get a 20-hour cloud DVR with a 30-day limit on saved videos, 2 simultaneous streams, and a 72-hour replay on many channels. You can upgrade your simultaneous streams to 3 with a $5 per month add-on.

DirecTV Now has an edge on much of its competition when it comes to supported devices:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Samsung and Amazon Fire TV
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS
  • Game consoles: None (Xbox One consoles “coming soon”)
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari browsers are recommended, although you may be able to use other browsers as well

DirecTV Now currently has a 7-day free trial for new subscribers.

YouTube TV

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YouTube TV offers extensive coverage for those who want to stream Red Sox games without cable. You can watch ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, Fox Sports 1, MLB Network, local Fox affiliates in most areas, and NESN for those in New England. This makes YouTube TV the undisputed best option for Red Sox fans both in New England and everywhere else in the US.

Channels and packages

YouTube TV comes in at just $40 per month with 60+ channels on offer. You’ll get all of the aforementioned sports networks, depending on where you live, as well as a good number of must-have entertainment and news networks. For Red Sox fans, YouTube TV offers a solid way to help cut the cord on pricey traditional cable subscriptions.

Features and extras

YouTube TV’s features are among the best on the market in the cord-cutting industry. Not only will you get a massive unlimited cloud DVR with a 9-month expiration date on videos, you can also stream on 3 devices at once.

Furthermore, YouTube TV lets you share your account with up to 5 other people, all of whom get their own user profiles and their own cloud DVRs.

As for supported devices, YouTube TV’s biggest weakness is a lack of support for Amazon Fire TV. Beyond that, you’ll be covered with most popular devices:

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from HiSense, LG, Samsung and Sharp, as well as Android TV and Roku TV
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS
  • Game consoles: Xbox One
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome is recommended, although other browsers may also work

PlayStation Vue

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PlayStation Vue is one of three options on our list that offers NESN for local residents. You’ll also get ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports 1, TBS, MLB Network, and local Fox affiliates in most regions.

Channels and packages

Like DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue offers 4 channel packages that offer an increasing number of channels:

  • Access: 45+ channels for $45 per month
  • Core: 70+ channels for $50 per month
  • Elite: 85+ channels for $60 per month
  • Ultra: 85+ channels for $80 per month, including premium networks (HBO, Showtime)

The $50 per month “Core” package is going to be your go-to option with PlayStation Vue. With that, you’ll get all of the primary channels you need to watch nationally-televised Red Sox games, and local games if you’re in New England and can receive NESN broadcasts.

If you’re outside of New England, you can get the Sports Pack add-on that offers NESN National, but note: Red Sox blacked-out games are NOT available through NESN National, so you may not want to bother signing up for it.

Features and extras

PlayStation Vue’s features are among the best on the market, especially for the price. You’ll get a 28-day unlimited cloud DVR and a rather incredible 5 simultaneous streams per account (more than any other service on our list without paying extra for it).

PlayStation Vue also lets you create up to 10 individual user accounts, all of which get their own cloud DVR.

Despite the name, PlayStation Vue is available on a large number of devices. You do not need a PlayStation to use the service. There are standalone apps and functionality with the following devices:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku
  • Smart TVs: Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire tablets
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge are recommended

MLB.TV

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If you can’t access NESN due to blackout restrictions, you can still stream Red Sox baseball games, both live and on-demand. MLB.TV is the MLB’s standalone service for MLB fans who have a favorite team, but don’t live in that area.

Plans and coverage

MLB.TV offers two subscription options:

  • All Teams: $118.99/year, or $24.99/month for every out-of-market game
  • Single Team: $91.99/year (about $8/month) for every out-of-market game for a single team of your choice

If you combine the “Single Team” option with one of the cord-cutting services in the list above, you’ll easily come in at far less than traditional cable, while getting most or every Boston Red Sox game live or on-demand. In fact, combining MLB.TV with YouTube TV, for example, will come in at less than $50/month and get you every Red Sox game this season.

MLB.TV also offers:

  • All 300 Spring Training games live
  • HD-quality streaming
  • Wide device support

Blackout rules still apply with MLB.TV for some games, based on where you live. Specifically, you won’t be able to watch games for teams in your region or city, so MLB.TV is best for those who live outside of their team’s home region. Some blackouts also exist for nationally-televised games.

Features

With your MLB.TV subscription, you’ll be able to watch videos in 60 frames-per-second HD. Tuning into games already in progress will offer a 90-second recap with the Catch-Up feature (only for Apple TV 4 users, but rolled out to others in the future). You can also watch up to four games at once with Multi-View, pause and replay live games, watch pitch-by-pitch action, and receive game stats on the screen, among other unique features.

The service is currently available through the following devices:

  • Living room devices: MLB.TV app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Sticks and Roku.
  • Smart TVs: MLB.TV app for certain Samsung televisions, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku TV
  • Mobile devices and tablets: At Bat app for Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire tablets
  • Game consoles: MLB.TV app for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers

MLB.TV does not offer a free trial or a money-back guarantee.

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