How to Stream and Watch MLB Games Online (2021)

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

The 2021 MLB games will air on local CBS, Fox, and NBC stations, but streaming services won't cover in-market games, leaving them exclusively to cable providers. Need all the games? Sign up for a subscription to MLB.TV and use a VPN to avoid market restrictions.

MLB 2021 Season Details

Regular Season: April 1, 2021, to October 3, 2021

World Series: Begins October 26, 2021

Stream: CBS.com, NBC.com, Fox.com, fuboTV, Hulu, MLB.TV.

Since the pandemic, MLB's offerings have been adjusted. In-market games are temporarily exclusive to cable providers, as well as users with a VPN and an MLB.TV subscription, while packages through other streaming services will offer only out-of-market games for the time being.

How to Watch Baseball With MLB.TV

Blackouts, or game restrictions, impact all the MLB.TV subscription packages. Regardless of the package you sign up for, you'll need to pair MBL.TV with a VPN to make sure you watch can both in-market and out-of-market games.

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

  • Watch a single team's regular out-of-market games for $49.99 for the entire season.
  • Watch every team's regular out-of-market games for $24.99/monthly and $129.99 for the 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. Select Buy Now or try the three-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 guides you through a few questions about your favorite team, and you'll be ready to watch games.

Where to Stream Major League Baseball Online (Free)

If you only 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 seven-day trial to try out the service.

Other streaming providers offering free trials with baseball access are:

You can even travel and 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. Alternatively, use a VPN to avoid region-locked content restrictions.

If you're seeking the full season of baseball for free, see what you can catch on the Reddit MLB baseball stream. Users 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 streams, 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'll only be able to watch local games. But if that's all you need, 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 watch free over-the-air digital TV stations. 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. Streaming services showing baseball games include 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'll need to purchase the live portion of the streaming service. Hulu, for instance, offers an inexpensive next-day television offering, but you can't watch live baseball using that plan. Instead, subscribe to Hulu + Live TV to ensure you can watch games in real time.

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

Be careful when you select a streaming provider. Some games 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.

Verify that your streaming service of choice currently offers the games you want to watch because, with the pandemic and MLB's blackout rules, content can be harder to access for this season of baseball.

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