MLB Takes Broadcast Control Of Padres Games — Your Streaming Options Now

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The first domino to fall in the ongoing Bally Sports saga is Bally Sports San Diego and this has now resulted in the MLB taking over production and distribution of local Padres games. For those looking to watch today’s game, there are multiple options now available.


Diamond Sports Group had previously filed for bankruptcy in March of this year. Since then, it had remained unclear what would happen to the distribution of games. More specifically, how long Diamond Sports and Bally Sports could retain control.

When it comes to the San Diego Padres, who take on the Miami Marlins later today, that control has now been lost. The MLB has confirmed that it has taken over production and distribution of Padres games starting from today (May 31st), and including for today’s game.


For those looking to watch today’s game, there are multiple options now available. What’s more, the new arrangement also ensures fans can now watch on TV or stream digitally without local blackouts (subject to national exclusivity).

Streaming options for Padres games:

DirecTV Stream$75+
Padres.comFree (through June 4)
MLB.comFree (through June 4)
*subject to RSN fee

For those looking to stream the Padres, DirecTV Stream (channel 694-3) and Fubo are both now carrying Padres games at no additional cost. If you are already signed up to either of these live TV services then you can simply tune in and start watching.

If you don’t want to sign up for a full live TV package, MLB.TV is another option. The standalone baseball subscription is now confirmed to be carrying all in-market Padres games for $19.99 per month following a 7-day free trial.


While the options above are more long-term, it is actually possible to stream today’s game for free. Through June 4th, Padres games will be available to watch for free by signing up and streaming through,, or through one of the MLB apps.

If still a cable customer, Padres games can also be watched through DirecTV (channel 694-3), AT&T U-Verse (channel 781), Cox (Yurview channel 4), and Spectrum (channel 305).

John Finn

By John Finn

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