Excited for opening day? 3 streaming services MLB fans should consider

A flood of offers followed as teams handed out $1 billion to free agents when the lockdown ended.

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Baseball is officially back! After a 99-day lockout, Major League Baseball and its players’ association have reached an agreement to resume baseball operations. A flood of offers soon followed as teams handed out $1 billion to free agents when the lockout ended: Former MVP Freddy Freeman went to the Los Angeles Dodgers; Nick Castellanos landed with the Philadelphia Phillies; and Carlos Correa has found a home with the Minnesota Twins.

With an abbreviated spring training schedule, Opening Day kicks off the action on April 7. Are you scrambling to figure out how you’re going to connect to the MLB season? Here are some of the best streaming options available for the American hobby.

For baseball fanatics: MLB TV (now with one month free trial)

Price: $129.99 for the year (pay for the plan in one payment), $24.99 per month (free trial: 7 days; can cancel after each month)

If you are a baseball fanatic, this is probably the package you should buy. It’s probably the most profitable service if you plan on tracking through MLB’s long 7-month, 162-game season.

Beyond MLB TV’s reasonable pricing, it does a good job of capturing the fan experience from home. Fantasy baseball fans in particular can take advantage of the split-screen feature that allows users to watch multiple games at the same time. There’s also a live pitch tracker that shows where each pitch was located in a given at-bat, as well as the type of pitch. Unlike other professional sports league TV packages, MLB TV also airs postseason games at no additional cost.

The big downside to MLB TV: Blackout games. If you’re in the same area as your favorite team, you won’t be able to watch live on game day via MLB TV. This is due to other services’ local broadcast rights prohibiting MLB TV from broadcasting live games within the clubs’ television territory.

If you want to avoid blocked games: YouTube TV (now with a two-day free trial)

Price: $64.99 per month for the basic plan (two-day free trial; can cancel after each month)

YouTube TV has a user-friendly interface that allows customers to customize their preferences, DVR games without any storage limits, and rewind in real time. One of its best features for sports fans? If you jump into a live match that has already started, you can watch a match summary of what happened before logging in. If you don’t have time to watch a four-hour baseball game, YouTube TV helps you speed up the entertainment without any interruptions. in the game-action.

The price is higher than MLB TV’s monthly and annual plans, but includes the MLB Network in its basic package. YouTube TV also helps fans escape blackout games by granting access to local networks, which is a plus for those who want to watch games in their area. The basic plan gets you Fox, NBC, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, Fox Sport 1, Fox Sports 2 and more. This covers your bases – pun intended – for national games. YouTube TV did not respond to a request for comment on its pricing model.

If you want more than sports: Hulu (with live TV module)

Price: $69.99 per month, includes ESPN+ with sports package

Hulu is a better option for those who want more from their TV experience than just watching sports. Although it doesn’t offer the MLB Network in its basic plan, Hulu has a unique customization process that allows users to track exactly what they are looking for when they click on the app. It’s also owned by Disney, which offers ESPN+ with its sports package. Fans can access ESPN’s live feature films, documentaries and select games by signing up for Hulu’s live TV package.

MLB fans can get everything they need in terms of baseball with Hulu if they’re just looking to watch games from home. DVR storage ranges from 50 to 200 hours, which is enough to record all your favorite local games. It also includes Fox Sports, ABC, TBS, ESPN and ESPN 2 – which should also have you covered for domestic games. Hulu did not respond to request for comment on its live TV pricing model.

Neal T. Doss