How to Stream and Watch MLB Games Online

Get a local baseball fix free or spend some cash to get all the games you want

What to Know

  • 2020 baseball is back for 60 games from July 23 through September 27 with the World Series in October. You can watch all of it online.
  • You can use streaming services like fuboTV or Hulu to watch in-market MLB games but you won't see games outside of your regional market.
  • Need those out-of-market games? Sign up for a subscription to MLB.TV for less than $60 for this year's shortened season.

This article explains how to watch your favorite baseball team play online during the 2020 season. Some options are free, the most comprehensive ones are paid.

How to Watch Baseball With MLB.TV

You've got two paid options. You can get a subscription to a streaming service or you can use the MLB.TV app.

This app is best for people who live outside of the market area their favorite team plays in. If you're in San Diego, for instance, and the Chicago Cubs are your favorite team, you won't be able to see them play unless they head to San Diego for some reason.

MLB.TV offers a 3-day free trial, so you can test it out to be sure you're happy with the offerings. There are three paid options that offer games live and on demand:

  • Watch a single team's regular out-of-market team for $49.99 all season long.
  • Watch every team's regular out-of-market games for $24.99/month or $59.99/entire season.

The subscription runs (in normal seasons) from March through October. It does not include World Series games.

To sign up, follow these steps:

  1. Go to MLB.com to sign up.

  2. Select the streaming option you want: Yearly, Monthly, or Single Team.

    MLB.com sign up screen for MLB.TV
  3. You can select Buy Now but you might as well try the 3-day trial to be sure this app will work for your needs. Either way, click Sign Up.

  4. Enter your personal information. You do not need to agree to receipt of commercial emails.

  5. Click Register.

After that, the app will guide you through a few questions about your favorite team and you'll be ready to start watching games.

Where to Stream Major League Baseball Online (Free)

If you just want to catch a game or two, signing up for a free trial with a streaming service that offers baseball is the quickest and easiest solution. ESPN recently teamed up with fuboTV, for example, and you can get a free 7-day trial to catch the game you're looking for. The MLB.TV app also offers a 3-day free trial.

Other streaming providers offering free trials with baseball access are:

You can even travel and still get access to your regional games using some of these services. Each one will vary so if you plan on traveling much, check with customer service to confirm how to watch your favorite team while out of town. Check for geographic restrictions: Some services won't show you baseball content while you're out of the country.

If you're seeking the full season of baseball for free, however, you'll have to get a little crafty and use the old do-it-yourself approach or see what you can catch on the Reddit MLB baseball stream.

This is a subreddit community, so you're taking your chances a bit but you can find free live baseball games on here that other users post from a variety of sites. Users will upvote the best streams, so pay attention to the number of downvotes before you access one. You can run into a variety of pop-up ads using these recommendations, so be sure you have a good pop-up blocker installed before you settle in for your game.

To do it yourself, the most reliable option for a full season of free baseball on your trusty television is to go with an antenna. Even then, you're only going to be able to watch local games. But if that's all you need, then go buy an antenna and tune it to your local CBS, Fox or NBC station showing the game.

If you prefer to catch games on your PC or phone, you'll need a TV tuner for your computer to catch free over-the-air digital TV stations instead. To watch on your phone, you'll need to subscribe to a streaming service.

How to Watch Baseball With a Streaming Service

If you go with a streaming provider, you can watch any baseball game playing on channels your service and selected plan offers. As mentioned earlier, streaming services showing baseball games include ATT TV Now, fuboTV, Hulu +Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

See which channels your favorite team will be playing on this year. That will help you determine which streaming service offers the channels you need most.

You need to be sure that you have purchased the live portion of the streaming service: Hulu, for instance, offers a very inexpensive next-day television offering but you won't be able to watch live baseball using that plan. Instead, you'll need to subscribe to Hulu + Live TV to ensure you can watch games in real time.

Each service has different pricing; select a plan includes both the live baseball games you want along with other television services that make sense for you. Once you're signed up, just tune in to the game you want.

Be careful when you select a streaming provider. Some games you want might only be available on ESPN and if your service or plan doesn't include ESPN, you're out of luck for that particular game. Also, be sure to select a plan that offers local channels so you can watch games on FOX if needed.

Learn how to cut the cord and cancel cable so you can go with a streaming service.

A Word About VPNs and Streaming Baseball

Out-of-market games might or might not be available to you through a streaming service. Accessing the service through a VPN could help you skirt some of those pesky market issues, particularly if you travel much.

VPNs let you pretend you are in a different location than you actually are, which means the IP address sent to the streaming service will indicate you are in one city when you're actually in another. That effectively outsmarts the system and lets you access games in different markets.

However, you'll need a VPN that offers servers in the markets you want to access and things can get a bit complicated each time you want to watch a game. Carefully research VPNs before you sign up with one to be sure it has servers in the markets you want. A free VPN service might or might not offer the services you need so you might have to fork over a few extra dollars each month for a paid VPN provider if you decide to go this route.