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MLB Extra Innings Review 2021

If you’re already a cable or satellite subscriber, MLB Extra Innings is a home-run add-on for baseball diehards (but probably not casual fans).

Price: $120–$180/yr.

Features: All MLB games, MLB.TV included

What is MLB Extra Innings?

MLB Extra Innings is an add-on sports package available through cable and satellite TV providers like Xfinity, DIRECTV, Cox, and DISH. It’s designed for ball fans who want to watch all the Major League Baseball action, broadcasting over 80 games a week during a regular season.

MLB Extra Innings covers games from all markets, which is great for New York fans stuck in California or vice versa. You can also watch multiple games simultaneously, and access to streaming service MLB.TV is included with an MLB Extra Innings subscription.

TL;DR: MLB Extra Innings offers serious baseball coverage.

Is MLB Extra Innings good?

If you live and breathe baseball, MLB Extra Innings is a gotta-have addition to your cable or satellite package. For an extra $120–$180 a season, you’ll have more games than you could probably ever watch (even with those multiple screens). Like NFL SUNDAY TICKET, MLB Extra Innings is a fanhood statement.

But, if you only kinda-follow your local baseball team and don’t know a changeup from a groundout, MLB Extra Innings probably isn’t for you. Stick with basic cable or an antenna to get the channels that carry most MLB games (like FOX, TBS, and ESPN).

MLB Extra Innings pros and cons

Pros

  • Grants access to all games
  • Includes MLB.TV

Cons

  • Requires cable or satellite subscription
  • Expensive pricing

MLB Extra Innings free trials and deals

MLB Extra Innings isn’t offering any deals right now, but we’ll update you before the 2021 season kicks in on April 1.

MLB Extra Innings plans and pricing

Price Games Video Details
$120–$180/yr. 160+/yr. 1080p, 4K View plans

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Seasonal cost for MLB Extra Innings varies by provider, and some allow you to pay in installments rather than full price upfront. MLB Extra Innings isn’t available on any livestreaming TV services, like YouTube TV or Hulu + Live TV, but we suspect that’ll change eventually.

MLB Extra Innings is available through these TV providers:

You’ll get a little more bang for your buck with DIRECTV, which includes the Game Mix (watch up to eight games simultaneously) and MLB Network Strike Zone (quick highlights and updates) extras. All provider packages include MLB.TV.

Don’t have a cable or satellite subscription? We have some recommendations in our Best TV Providers review.

MLB Extra Innings vs. MLB.TV

Price Games Video Details
$120.00–$180.00/yr. 160+/yr. 1080p, 4K View plans
$49.99–$59.99/yr. 160+/yr. 720p, 1080p

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Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

MLB Extra Innings and MLB.TV aren’t really “competition” to each other—both are owned and operated by Major League Baseball. Also, as mentioned before, MLB.TV is part of the MLB Extra Innings package. Like a beer and hot dog combo, each serves a different but complementary craving . . . who else is hungry all of a sudden?

MLB Extra Innings is tied to traditional cable or satellite, and it carries both in- and out-of-market games. MLB.TV is a streaming service that delivers live and on-demand content (think ESPN+, but just for baseball). It requires no cable or satellite TV subscription, and it streams only out-of-market games.

MLB.TV also comes in two tiers: you can sign up for a single-team plan ($49.99 a season), which covers games featuring only your guys, or the inclusive all-teams plan ($59.99 a season). Unlike MLB Extra Innings, MLB.TV is available during the off-season ($24.99 a month)—baseball 24/7/365!

Combine MLB Extra Innings with a streaming service

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MLB Extra Innings specs and features

Since MLB Extra Innings is technically a set of cable/satellite channels, specs and features vary by provider. Your receiver box will need to be configured for internet service, either by wired Ethernet or wireless Wi-Fi, in order to view MLB.TV content (which is pretty much every receiver box, because it’s 2021).

MLB.TV supported devices

You get MLB.TV with MLB Extra Innings, but if you’re a cord-cutter who’s just interested in MLB.TV as a standalone streaming service, it’s easy to get. You can watch MLB.TV on these devices and platforms:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • PlayStation 4
  • Roku
  • Samsung TVs
  • Android TVs
  • iOS/Android mobile devices
  • Mac/PC laptops, computers

Need some new streaming gear? Check out our Best Streaming Devices 2021 review.

MLB Extra Innings video quality

MLB Extra Innings broadcasts in 1080p HD resolution across cable and satellite. As of 2020, select games on DIRECTV and DISH are available in 4K, so if you want to see the stitches on the ball, go with satellite.

Final take: Is MLB Extra Innings worth it?

MLB Extra Innings is for true baseball fans who want all the games at all times during the season. It’s not cheap, but it is easy to add to your cable or satellite TV plan, and you’ll have access to MLB.TV during the off-season (baseball doesn’t sleep during the winter for some of us).

For the more casual baseball fan, though, MLB Extra Innings is probably going to be more ball action than you want—or want to pay for. MLB.TV alone might be more your speed, especially if your favorite team is on the other side of the country.

MLB Extra Innings FAQ

Is MLB Extra Innings the same as MLB.TV?

MLB Extra Innings and MLB.TV are different services. MLB Extra Innings is an add-on package available through cable and satellite providers (but no livestreaming TV services as of yet) that carries both in- and out-of-market MLB games. MLB.TV is a standalone streaming service that carries only out-of-market games.

MLB.TV is included with MLB Extra Innings.

Do local blackouts apply to MLB Extra Innings?

Local blackouts, which happen when RSNs (regional sports networks) or area broadcasters have dibs on a game instead of a national cable or satellite provider, also apply to MLB Extra Innings.

But, since you already have a cable or satellite subscription, you’ll likely have access to your area RSNs and local channels, so you can probably catch the game without a problem. You can also set up a simple digital antenna to watch locally-broadcast games.

How much does MLB Extra Innings cost?

The annual cost for the MLB Extra Innings add-on varies between cable and satellite providers, ranging from $120 to $180.

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