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How to watch MLB live streams: Baseball season is here

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The Major League Baseball season is finally here. The MLB season began last week with a scheduled game for every team in MLB (although rainy conditions in the Northeast led to some postponements). The viewing situation is complicated, so we've broken down everything you need to know about watching MLB live streams.

The regular season runs through September 29th, so you can look forward to a busy spring and summer of games. The off-season begins in October. Major League Baseball games are broadcast across various channels, including ESPN, TBS, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), the MLB Network, and regional sports networks (typically FOX, ABC, and NBC).

You probably know your regional sports network better than anyone, so we'll focus on live streaming games that are broadcast nationally. There's also Max, Apple TV+ and MLB.TV, but we'll get to that later. For those without cable, it can be difficult to figure out how to live stream MLB games without breaking the bank, but we've found some promising options that will give you access to most of the national games this season.

Whether you're a die-hard fan of a team or just want to catch a game tonight, we've got you covered when it comes to watching MLB. Read on to learn about all of your streaming options, including access to a free daily game.

How to watch MLB in the USA

When it comes to national games, ESPN, TBS, FS1 and the MLB Network are your go-to sources. Apple TV+ also comes into play on Friday evening. Your local FOX, ABC and NBC affiliates (and other regional sports networks) cover nearby games. Therefore, you will need to check your local listings for this information. As always, every game is subject to local lockdown. If you don't have cable, it's time to try a live TV streaming service like Sling TV or Hulu + Live TV to take advantage of the nationwide broadcasts. Note that both Hulu + Live TV and Sling TV may also carry your regional sports network, depending on your region.

Of these options, Sling TV offers the best value for money. To maximize your baseball viewing options, consider getting the Sling Orange and Blue combo plan, which costs $55 per month (a deal considering each individual plan costs $40 per month). Sling Orange has ESPN and TBS, while Sling Blue has FS1. To get MLB Network, you'll need to purchase the Sports Extra add-on for $11 per month. Your total spend on this package will be $66 per month.

Sling TV subscription

For just the essentials without any unnecessary bells and whistles, Sling TV is the streaming service you're looking for. It's more customizable than other plans and offers three options to choose from, so you only pay for what you need. New members receive $10 off their first month.

Hulu + Live TV also carries ESPN, TBS and FS1. Additionally, they just announced that they have added the MLB Network to the service. Monthly rates start at $76.99. Hulu + Live TV also bundles Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu's on-demand catalog.

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV includes over 90 channels, as well as Hulu's on-demand library and access to Disney Plus and ESPN Plus. Adding live TV increases the price significantly, but it's a rolling one-month contract that you can cancel at any time. However, among live TV services, this is one of the best.

DirecTV will be the most expensive option we'll show you today, but it's also the best choice for true fans to watch as many games as possible. The DirecTV Choice package with Sports Pack gets you ESPN, TBS, FS1 and the MLB Network, as well as access to many regional sports networks via the Internet option. This costs about $115.98 per month and is part of a 24-month contract. Therefore, read the fine print carefully if you are thinking about signing up. You can also try Choice with DirecTV Stream for $123.98 per month (currently $98.99 for the first month) if you're looking for something more monthly.

DirecTV stream

DirecTV Stream, formerly known as AT&T TV, offers streaming access to a wide range of live channels via an included Android TV box with voice control.

On Friday evenings, Apple TV+ is your go-to. The streaming service has the rights to broadcast two baseball games live on Friday night. Subscriptions start at $9.99 per month and include a one-week free trial.

Apple TV Plus (monthly plan)

Apple TV Plus offers a small but growing catalog of exclusive hit titles including Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, Foundation and more, as well as the ability to purchase additional movies and shows. There don't appear to be any discounts, but there is a 7-day free trial to start with before you pay. If you're thinking about buying an Apple device soon, you'll usually get free access for a few months.

For $29.99 per month, MLB.TV broadcasts live MLB games that are no longer on the market. Although this is a relatively expensive option considering that some games are missing, we highlight it because it has a free Game of the Day feature. All you have to do is open an account and then you will have access to a free game every day.

Max with advertising (monthly plan)

Formerly HBO Max, now just Max, this streaming service is the US home of premium content from HBO and Warner Bros. Since the rebrand, it is now also the home of Discovery's reality, food, true crime and more. Pricing starts at $10 per month for ad-supported videos, $16 for ad-free videos, and $20 for 4K viewing.

Select games will also be available for live streaming via Max as part of the service's B/R Sports add-on. Games airing Tuesdays on TBS are available on Max. Subscriptions for Max start at $9.99 per month and the Sports add-on is temporarily free with the service but will eventually cost an additional $9.99 per month.

How to watch MLB from anywhere

If you want to keep up with baseball while traveling abroad, it might be time to try a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Virtual private networks change the location of your electronic device so you can access websites and apps that may not be available in certain areas. Additionally, they are effective ways to improve your online privacy. Since the live TV channels we've highlighted require US payments, this is particularly suitable for Americans who are currently abroad and want to maintain their existing subscriptions.

Our first suggestion is ExpressVPN, which is straightforward and easy for beginners and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Check out our ExpressVPN review to learn more.

ExpressVPN plan

With its consistent performance, reliable security and extensive global streaming features, ExpressVPN is the best VPN on the market that excels in every way and offers many advanced features that make it exceptional. Better yet, you can save up to 49% and get three additional months free today.

Note: The use of VPNs is illegal in certain countries and using VPNs to access region-locked streaming content could violate the terms of service for certain services. Insider does not advocate or condone the illegal use of VPNs.