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How To Watch MLB Network Without Cable — As Cheap As Possible

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MLB Network includes access to live games (subject to local blackouts) as well as a variety of studio programming, news, highlights, analysis and interviews, making it a great option for those looking to stream more Major League Baseball.

While MLB Network is available through a number of popular live TV streaming services, it’s not available through all of them. Most notably, YouTube TV doesn’t offer MLB Network with its base live TV package, or as a channel that can be added to the base plan. Considering the popularity of YouTube TV, this does mean a large number of homes will need to consider switching services if they want a live TV plan that includes MLB Network.

Here is a summary of the cheapest live TV plans with MLB Network.

Sling TV$51 ($56 in ABC areas)Orange/Blue + Sports Extra
Hulu Live TV$77Base
Fubo$88 (+ RSN fee)Pro + Fubo Extra
DirecTV Stream$109Choice

Live TV with MLB Network from $51 a month

The cheapest way to watch MLB Network without cable is Sling TV. While Sling offers two main base plans to choose from, neither include access to MLB Network. Instead, MLB Network can be added to either base plan through the Sports Extra add-on.

Sports Extra costs an additional $11 a month. Considering the Sling Orange and Sling Blue base plans cost $40 a month, the total minimum cost for both base plan and add-on is $51 a month. It should be noted that Sling now charges a $5 ABC fee in some areas, so the overall minimum cost could be as high as $56 a month for some homes.

Sling Orange
Sling TV new app
32 channels
1 stream
50 hours DVR
50% Off Your First Month

Other ways to watch MLB Network

If Sling TV isn’t the right fit, the next cheapest option is Hulu Live TV. As Hulu only added MLB Network in March 2024, it is one of the newer options for live TV shoppers to choose from. The base Hulu plan costs $76.99 a month and not only includes more than 95 live TV channels, but also ESPN+, making it a good option for sports fans.

Hulu Live TV
Hulu LIve TV guide$77+ a month
95+ channels
2 streams
Unlimited DVR
Disney+ and ESPN+
Sign up

Fubo is another option. Similar to Sling TV, Fubo doesn’t include MLB Network in its cheapest Pro plan. However, it can be added to Pro through either the Fubo Extra or Sports Lite add-ons. At $7.99 a month, Fubo Extra is the cheaper option, taking the total of Pro + add-on to $87.98 a month. Alternatively, subscribers can opt for the $89.99/month Elite plan, which includes the Fubo Extra add-on by default.

Whether opting for Pro + Fubo Extra or Elite, Fubo does charge an additional RSN fee in many locations, which can increase the price by as much as $15 a month.

fuboTV live guide listings$80+ a month
190+ channels
10 streams
1000-hour DVR
7-Day Free Trial

DirecTV Stream offers four main live TV packages for consumers to choose from, making it one of the more versatile services. As MLB Network is only included with the Choice and higher packages, the cheapest plan costs a minimum of $108.99 a month. At this price, DirecTV Stream is one of the most expensive options for watching MLB Network.

DirecTV Stream
Directv stream live guide$80+
75+ channels
20 streams (at home)
Unlimited DVR
Sign up

MLB Network and TV Everywhere

MLB Network TV Everywhere

Many live TV services also provide the option to access a network’s own app and website. For example, the MLB Network website. This is made possible through the use of TV Everywhere support, which allows live TV subscribers to log in with their live TV credentials.

However, not every live TV streaming service offers TV Everywhere support, or for every channel that it carries, and this is also the case with MLB Network.

At present, DirecTV Stream is the only live TV provider that offers MLB Network TV Everywhere support. As a result, Fubo, Hulu Live TV and Sling TV subscribers won’t be able to log in to the MLB app or website using their live TV credentials.

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By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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