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How To Watch MLB Network

Swing into baseball season with MLB Network’s around-the-clock coverage.

You can watch MLB Network on most cable, satellite, and live TV streaming services. It’s an excellent channel to pair with other sports networks to stay in the know about America’s pastime.

From live games to daily studio shows, MLB Network has it all in one place. Keep reading to explore more about the channel and how to get it on your TV. Sports logo featuring animated athlete with raised hands.

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Best MLB Network TV plans

The best TV plan for watching MLB Network depends on your budget, TV setup, and viewing habits. But for the most comprehensive option, you’ll want DIRECTV STREAM. Its CHOICE plan and above includes MLB Network alongside regional sports networks (RSNs) and national MLB channels like FOX, ESPN, and TBS. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive plans—starting at $84.99 per month.

You can get MLB Network cheaper through Sling TV if you don’t need RSN coverage. The channel is part of Sling TV’s Sports Extra add-on, detailed further in our cheapest TV plans section.

Which TV providers carry MLB Network?

MLB Network is widely available across most TV providers, though YouTube TV is a notable exception. Our provider table below illustrates MLB Network’s availability across 14 popular services.

Provider Type Price MLB Network Details
Cox Cable $61.00–$152.00/mo.

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DIRECTV Satellite $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

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DIRECTV STREAM Streaming $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

DISH Satellite $84.99–$114.99/mo. View plans

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Fubo Streaming $32.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Hulu + Live TV Streaming $76.99–$89.99/mo. View plans

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Optimum Cable $35.00–$125.00/mo. View plans

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Philo Streaming $25.00/mo. View plans

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Sling TV Streaming $40.00–$55.00/mo. View plans

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Spectrum Cable $69.99–$74.99/mo. View plans

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Verizon Fios Cable $69.00–$129.00/mo. View plans

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Vidgo Streaming $69.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Xfinity Cable $20.00–$80.00/mo. View plans

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YouTube TV Streaming $72.99/mo. View plans

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Cable and satellite TV subscribers can get MLB Network by signing up for MLB EXTRA INNINGS. This option allows viewers to enjoy the channel alongside out-of-market games without upgrading to a higher-tier base plan.

Some TV providers may offer MLB Network through a separate sports add-on. For example, Spectrum’s Sports View package includes MLB Network and other crucial channels for only $7 a month.

If you’re not interested in MLB EXTRA INNINGS and its out-of-market coverage, we recommend checking with your provider to see if other add-on options exist.

What’s the cheapest way to get MLB Network?

Cheapest MLB Network TV plan
50 hr. DVR included; 30+ add-on channels and packages

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The cheapest way to get MLB Network is $51 a month via Sling TV’s Orange or Blue base plan with the Sports Extra add-on. As a fun bonus, the add-on includes MLB Network Strike Zone for Wednesday and Friday night whip-around coverage.

Unfortunately, Sling TV’s standalone Orange and Blue plans don’t carry ESPN and FOX Sports channels together. You need the combined Sling Orange + Blue plan for better national MLB coverage.

Another downside to Sling TV is its lack of local channels in most markets. It’s a big deal for baseball fans because FOX broadcasts the MLB All-Star Game and World Series. But an over-the-air antenna can pick up FOX, and some Sling TV deals offer free antennas.

What’s on MLB Network?

MLB Network has live regular-season and playoff games. It also shows Spring Training matchups, the MLB Draft, and World Baseball Classic coverage. Yet, most of its content consists of studio shows, analysis programs, and documentaries, as outlined in the list below.

  • Bench
  • High Heat
  • Hot Stove
  • International Talk
  • MLB Central
  • MLB Now
  • MLB Tonight
  • Off Base
  • Play Ball
  • Quick Pitch
  • Top 100 Right Now!
  • Top 10 Right Now!

What’s MLB Network?

MLB Network is a premium TV channel owned by Major League Baseball. Charter Communications, Cox Communications, NBC Sports Group, and TNT Sports hold minority ownership.

Launched in 2009, the channel gained popularity through its Hot Stove, MLB Tonight, and MLB Network Showcase presentations. Its focus remains on MLB coverage. But the channel occasionally features Minor League Baseball and college baseball events—offering a range of bat-and-ball content.

How to watch MLB Network FAQ

How do I stream MLB Network?

You can stream MLB Network through live TV streaming services like DIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, and Sling TV. The channel is also available for streaming through the MLB app by signing in with an eligible TV provider.

Is MLB Network free with Amazon Prime?

No, MLB Network isn’t free with Amazon Prime Video. But some MLB games stream for free on Prime Video in select regions. You can also watch out-of-market MLB games on Prime Video with an MLB.TV add-on subscription.

Is MLB Network free on Hulu?

Yes, Hulu + Live TV includes MLB Network at no extra cost. Subscribers can also watch nationally televised MLB games from FOX, FS1, ESPN, and TBS.

Is MLB Strike Zone the same as MLB Network?

No, MLB Network Strike Zone is a separate channel from MLB Network. It broadcasts live whip-around coverage on Wednesday and Friday nights during the regular season.

Does MLB Network show MLB Big Inning?

No, MLB Big Inning doesn’t air on MLB Network. While the channel produces the broadcast, it’s available to watch exclusively through MLB.TV and Apple TV+.

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