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- The 2022 Major League Baseball season began on April 7th.
- Select MLB games will be televised nationally by Fox, ESPN, TBS and MLB Network.
- Some games can also be streamed on Apple TV, Peacock and ESPN+.
The 2022 Major League Baseball season has officially begun, and teams are playing all 162 games on the schedule. More than 100 MLB games are televised nationally during the season, along with local television coverage.
MLB’s national broadcast partners include Fox, ESPN, TBS and MLB Network. ESPN+, Peacock and Apple TV are now part of the league
Partner. MLB.TV also offers its own streaming package for fans to watch a single team ($120) or any game outside of their local market and national broadcasts ($140).
Below we’ve broken down the various services that offer access to MLB live streams during the season, including services that stream national shows and local stations.
When does the 2022 MLB season begin and end?
The 2022 MLB season began on April 7 and will run through October 5. The playoffs are expected to start on October 7th.
How to watch MLB games
You can watch national MLB games during the regular season on channels like ESPN, Fox, FS1, TBS and MLB Network. You can also stream select games live on MLB.TV, ESPN+, Peacock, and Apple TV streaming services.
If you don’t have a cable or satellite plan with access to the broadcast channels above, you can sign up for a live TV streaming service like Sling TV, YouTube TV, or DirecTV Stream to watch national games.
To help you decide which subscription plan is right for your MLB streaming needs, we’ve listed each service’s offerings below.
Sling TV is one of the cheapest options for streaming national MLB games. Sling Blue ($35/month) includes access to Fox, FS1 and TBS. There’s also a Sling Orange plan ($35/month), which adds ESPN but misses Fox.
For the best of both worlds, you can combine Sling Blue and Orange for $50 a month. You can also add MLB Network through Sling’s Sports Extra package for an additional $11 per month. This brings your total to $61 per month to get access to any channel that shows MLB national games.
DirecTV Stream offers multiple packages with Fox, MLB Network, TBS, FS1, and ESPN. The cheapest plan with all five channels is the DirecTV Stream Choice plan at $90 per month. The Choice plan also gives you access to multiple regional sports networks for local games that aren’t broadcast nationally.
You can use this search tool to check if DirecTV Stream covers your regional sports network.
YouTube TV is another comprehensive option for streaming national MLB games all season long. The service costs $65 per month and includes Fox, FS1, ESPN, TBS and MLB Network, as well as some regional sports networks depending on the region.
also includes the option to watch off-market games via the MLB TV add-on for an additional fee. This means you can see a mix of local games, nationally televised games and out of market games all in one place.
Apple TV is offering Friday Night Baseball with two free games every week through June 24. You don’t need an Apple TV Plus subscription to watch it, but you do need to sign in with an Apple ID.
An Apple TV Plus subscription may be required when additional games are added to the Friday Night Baseball schedule later this season. Apple TV is a great option for casual fans who just want to watch a few games each week.
NBC’s Peacock streaming service will broadcast MLB games on Sunday afternoons during the 2022 season under the new name MLB Sunday Lead-Off. Viewing requires a Peacock Premium subscription, which starts at $5 per month or $50 per year.
Games will air every Sunday from May 8th through September 4th at 11:30am or 12:00pm ET.
ESPN+ will air select MLB games during the regular season, including a live game nearly every month. ESPN+ costs $7 a month or $70 a year and also includes access to other live sports like NHL, UFC and La Liga, as well as ESPN’s library of streaming shows.
MLB.TV offers a streaming package with tons of MLB games, but you only get access to games outside of your local market and games that aren’t aired on national shows like ESPN or Fox. The service costs $140 for access to each team or $120 for a single team. You can also subscribe monthly for $25.
The MLB.TV app is available for Apple, Android, Roku,
, PlayStation, Xbox and Samsung Smart TVs. Games that are banned in your market can be viewed approximately 90 minutes after they end.