Cord-cutters living in the Pacific Northwest will have a tough time streaming Mariners baseball. Root Sports, the regional sports channels with most of the games, requires a cable subscription. Streaming TV services will let you watch nationally broadcast games and there are other options for Mariners fans in the rest of the country. Here are seven ways to watch the Seattle Mariners without a cable subscription.

Which Channels Stream Mariners Baseball?

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ESPN, Fox and TBS have licenses to broadcast Major League Baseball games nationally. In addition, the MLB has its own TV channel, the MLB Network.

Due to the nature of the streaming business, only a few of the streaming services carry all of the channels baseball fans want. Another issue is the inconsistent support for the local affiliates of national broadcast channels. Some streaming services may carry your local Fox station and some may not. Without that support, you won’t be able to watch any games streamed on Fox unless you tune in with a TV antenna.

Each team gets to sign its own TV deal for regional broadcasts. Unfortunately for fans living in the Pacific Northwest, the Mariners went with Root Sports. The regional sports channel is only available through cable or satellite TV providers, so cord-cutters cannot access Root Sports’ live streams.

Streaming Services for Mariners Fans

fuboTV

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Founded as a soccer streaming service, fuboTV has evolved to become a mainstream option for cord-cutters. It still offers the largest array of sports-focused channels, but it also carries popular entertainment and news channels.

As focused on sports as fuboTV is, the streaming service doesn’t do a great job of supporting baseball fans. Fox, FS1 and TBS are the only channels on its listing that air baseball games.

Channels and packages

You will find Fox, FS1 and TBS in fuboTV’s channel listing. However, you can’t watch ESPN or its sister channel ESPN2. Moving from the basic fubo subscription plan to the fubo Extra plan adds a few more sports and entertainment channels.

Features and extras

If you can’t be home for the big game, fuboTV lets you record your live TV with a cloud DVR service. The standard option lets you record up to thirty hours of content. A $10 per month upgrade boosts the recording capacity to five hundred hours.

Only two devices can stream fuboTV content at the same time. Small households may get by with this limit, but larger households may want to spring for a third simultaneous device. The upgrade adds another $6 to your monthly bill.

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Devices based on Fire TV, Roku and Android TV.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: fuboTV recommends Chrome.

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PlayStation Vue

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Sony launched its streaming service at the same time as AT&T and DISH. The entertainment company offered a solid lineup and premium features. Even though it never had the lowest pricing, the subscription plans have been competitive. Unfortunately, PlayStation Vue shares branding with Sony’s gaming console, which created some confusion in the marketplace. The streaming service runs on a wide range of platforms, making it worth considering.

Channels and packages

You will need to get the step-up Core plan in order to maximize your baseball-watching options. Levelling up to Elite level unlocks all of the broadcast and basic cable channels in PlayStation Vue’s lineup. Going to Ultra adds premium move channels to your selection.

  • Access: 45+ channels for $45 per month.
  • Core: 70+ channels for $50 per month.
  • Elite: 94 channels for $60 per month.
  • Ultra: 96 channels for $80 per month.

Features and extras

You can’t upgrade PlayStation Vue’s features because you don’t need to. Sony includes premium features with all of its subscription plans. The cloud DVR lets you record as much content as you want and keep it for four weeks. PlayStation Vue also allows five simultaneous streaming devices — the most of any service without paying for an upgrade.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Televisions based on Amazon Fire TC, Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, Amazon Fire Tablets and iOS.
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.

Sling TV

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Sling TV tries to be a TV company for the 21st Century, but you can tell that it’s owned by the old-school satellite TV company DISH. Its confusing subscription plans advertise low prices but are designed to get you to pay more. Having said that, Sling TV offers a level of customization that no other streaming service can match.

Channels and packages

You will have to subscribe to both Sling Orange and Sling Blue to get the most Mariners games. Sling Orange carries ESPN and ESPN2. Sling Blue carries Fox, FS1 and TBS. However, neither package lets you get the MLB Network.

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$25.00/ month

34 channels

ESPN

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1 simultaneous stream.

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49 channels

ESPN

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3 simultaneous streams

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$40.00/ month

56 channels

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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.

Customization is Sling TV’s greatest strength. Dozens of expansion packs, called “Extras,” let you add channels that match your specific interests. The Heartlands Extra offers rodeo and outdoors channels. Extras for Kids, Sports and Movies deliver content for the whole family. If someone in your household is learning a foreign language, you can even get TV channels from other countries.

Features and extras

The combined price for Sling Orange and Sling Blue does not include the cloud DVR service. Sling TV charges an extra $5 per month to activate the fifty-hour recording capacity. All of the other services include a cloud DVR, so keep that in mind when comparing prices.

Another thing to watch out for its the way Sling Orange works differently from Sling Blue. Channels like ESPN and Disney that are exclusive to Sling Orange will not work with Sling TV’s cloud DVR. In addition, only one device at a time can stream Sling Orange content.

Three devices can be streaming channel available on Sling Blue at the same time.

Despite these limitations, Sling TV does have apps on a large number of streaming platforms.

  • Living room devices: Azulle Mini PC Sticks, Air TV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Xaomi Mi TV.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Models based on Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Also, certain models from LG and Samsung.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu is best known for its on-demand streaming. Since it was founded by the major networks, it gets the latest episodes from most currently-airing TV shows. Over the past two years, Hulu with Live TV has been building a similar reputation as a popular choice among cord-cutters.

Channels and packages

There is only one subscription plan for Hulu with Live TV. For $45 per month, you get about fifty TV channels. With the exception of the MLB Network, you can get all of the channels that carry nationally-aired Mariners games.

The subscription also includes access to Hulu’s enormous library of on-demand content. An extra $4 added to your monthly payment will reduce ads from all of these programs.

Features and extras

Although you get a fifty-hour cloud DVR with your subscription, you may want to consider getting the $15 upgrade. Not only do you get two hundred hours of recording capacity, but you can fast forward through any ads during the games.

By default, Hulu with Live TV will only let you stream to two devices at the same time. A $15 upgrade removes all streaming limits on your home network and lets you stream to three devices while on the road.

  • 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.

DirecTV Now

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Although it has a good selection of channels, AT&T-owned DirecTV Now has been slow to add new features. It also is not as affordable as other streaming TV options.

Channels and packages

By stepping up to the Just Right plan, you can get all of the national TV channels that carry MLB games. The Go Big plan adds a mix of lifestyle, sports and entertainment channels. The Gotta Have It plan throws some premium movie channels into the mix.

  • 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.

Features and extras

For years, DirecTV Now customers did not have a cloud DVR. Even now, the cloud DVR recording service is still technically a “beta” trial. It only lets you record twenty hours of content and can’t be upgraded.

DirecTV Now restricts all subscribers to two simultaneous streaming devices. Adding a third device will cost you another $5 per month.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Samsung and Amazon Fire TV televisions.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None, but Xbox One support is “coming soon”.
  • Desktop browsers: DirecTV Now only streams to Chrome and Safari browsers. With Internet Explorer and Firefox, you can only manage your settings.

YouTube TV

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YouTube TV has more going for it than name recognition. Its executives realized that support for local network affiliates was one of the weakest aspects of streaming TV. So they decided to sign deals with just about every station owner. If other streaming services don’t have your ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC stations, there’s a good chance that YouTube TV will.

Channels and packages

Like many of the newer streaming services, YouTube TV only offers one subscription plan. For $40 per month, you will get more than seventy channels. All of the national networks that carry MLB games are in YouTube TV’s lineup.

Features and extras

Only PlayStation Vue comes close to matching YouTube TV’s unlimited standard cloud DVR. But YouTube goes a step further by letting you keep your recorded content for nine months. Even better, the user profiles feature means each person in your household (up to six) will get their own DVR library.

When it comes to device support, however, YouTube TV is stuck in the middle of the pack. No matter how many profiles you create, only three devices can use your YouTube TV account at the same time. In addition, YouTube TV does not have an app for Amazon’s FireTV platform.

  • 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 televisions based on Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

MLB.TV

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MLB.TV is a subscription streaming service produced by Major League Baseball. The best way to look at it is as a way to round out the baseball you already get locally. You can watch just about every game that’s played outside of your home market. What you can’t do is watch your local team. People living in the Pacific Northwest can use MLB.TV to watch every team except their Mariners. On the other hand, if you live somewhere else then you can watch as much Mariners baseball as you want.

Blackout rules

Even with a subscription to MLB.TV, you’ll have to deal with Major League Baseball’s blackout policies. In order to protect the TV deals it’s signed, MLB may block games in your area. This will happen with ESPN’s weekend games, for example.

Plans and coverage

MLB.TV offers two annual subscription plans. For $92, you will get all of the games played by a single team. For $119, however, you unlock games played by every MLB team.

Features

The specific app you need will vary by device. Searching for MLB in your device’s app store may be the best way to find it.

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

One of the best features of MLB.TV is its support for video streaming at 60 frames per second. That lets you watch fast-paced action without blurring or dropped frames. Unfortunately, this feature is not available on Android-based platforms.