How to watch MLB baseball online

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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani (Image credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball is back with another season.

While baseball is a sport that loves to tout its traditions, this MLB season is adding some new elements both on the field and with how fans can watch America’s national pastime. This includes perhaps being available for online viewing in more ways than ever before.

Here is everything you need to know on how to watch MLB online in 2022.

How to watch MLB online: live TV streaming services

The majority of baseball games across the season will air on traditional TV channels, whether it’s with nationally televised games on ESPN, Fox, TBS and the MLB Network, or area-specific broadcasts of games on regional broadcasters. But live TV streaming services allow their subscribers to be able to watch these broadcasts online (as well as on their TV if they so choose).

Games on Fox and ESPN are included in the channel lineups of FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV. TBS is available on Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV, while MLB Network is available (included in base or as an add-on channel) with FuboTV, Sling TV and YouTube TV.

As far as regional broadcasters, you’ll have to check to see if whoever carries the games for your favorite team is covered by any of these live TV streaming services, as it varies depending on subscriber location.

How to watch MLB online: ESPN Plus

ESPN Plus will be streaming MLB baseball games throughout the entire 2022 season. Get a full breakdown of how to watch MLB on ESPN Plus right here, but essentially know that select regional broadcasts of games will be available over the course of the season.

ESPN Plus is available as a standalone streaming service, as part of the Disney Bundle and is now included as a standard feature for Hulu with Live TV subscribers.

How to watch MLB online: Apple TV Plus

Apple TV Plus is stepping up to the plate to stream MLB games this season, the streaming service’s first foray into live sports. Apple TV Plus will offer Friday Night Baseball double headers, and here’s the best part, it will be free to anyone (no Apple TV Plus subscription required) for a limited time.

In addition to the live game action on Friday nights, Apple TV Plus will have a live pre- and post-game show, as well as the nightly MLB Big Inning program that will show highlights and give live look-ins to games.

Friday Night Baseball on Apple TV Plus will begin on April 8, with games currently scheduled through June 24. No information on if games after June 24 will be available for free or not. The weekly games will be available for those in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Brazil, South Korea, Japan, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Check out Apple TV Plus’ full Friday Night Baseball schedule right here.

How to watch MLB online: Peacock

Peacock is playing ball this season, offering what it has dubbed its MLB Sunday Leadoff that will feature games every Sunday morning starting in May. Baseball fans wanting to watch their team on Peacock will need to be a subscriber to Peacock Premium.

How to watch MLB online: MLB.TV

If you want to watch nearly every MLB game possible, the best choice available is MLB.TV. The official MLB out-of-market packages give subscribers more access than any other plans.

There are three subscription options for MLB.TV. The first is a monthly package priced at $24.99 per month. There is also a yearly package where you pay for the entire season; it traditionally is $139.99 for a full year, but MLB.TV is currently offering it for $129.99 for a limited time. Both the monthly and yearly package allows you to stream every team live. The third option allows consumers to just stream their favorite team's game for the entire season, that normally costs $119.99 but is currently being offered at $109.99.

Games available through MLB.TV are subject to local and national blackout restrictions.

In addition to live games, MLB.TV offers MLB Big Inning, a show offering live look-ins to games going on; local pregame and postgame coverage; updated streaming apps with new playback controls and available in-game details; and an expanded content library.

MLB.TV works with iOS devices, Android devices, Roku, Apple TV, AndroidTV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Samsung. MLB.TV can also be an add-on channel for Prime Video subscribers

T-Mobile and Sprint subscribers can get a free season of MLB.TV if they redeem the providers' offer before April 11.

MLB.TV is also available for UK consumers.

How to watch MLB online: MLB mobile app

The MLB mobile app offers monthly ($2.99 per month) and yearly ($19.99) subscription deals for baseball fans. With the MLB mobile app fans can access the MLB.TV free game of the day, in-game highlights, home and away radio broadcasts, condensed games and more, including being able to access MLB.TV and MLB Network coverage if signed up for those services.

The MLB app is available through the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

How to watch MLB online: Other options

How to watch MLB online: Peacock 

There have been reports that MLB and Peacock are working on a deal that would bring exclusive Sunday games to NBCUniversal’s streaming service, but no official deal has been announced as of yet. We’ll update should a deal be finalized. 

How to watch MLB online in the UK

Baseball may be America’s national pastime, but if you’re a fan of the game over in the UK, you can still watch it via BT Sports. In most cases, baseball action will be available on the BT Sport ESPN channel.

You can sign up for BT for a £25 monthly pass, which includes all BT Sport channels, including BT Sport ESPN.

As mentioned above, MLB.TV and Apple TV Plus’ Friday Night Baseball games are also available for UK viewers.

How to watch MLB: regional networks

Here's a breakdown of the regional networks for each team and what services they are available on:

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Team/Sports Network AT&T TV NowSling TVHulu Live YouTube TVFubo TV
Arizona Diamondbacks / FS Arizona x Row 0 - Cell 2 x x Row 0 - Cell 5
Atlantic Braves / FS Southeast x Row 1 - Cell 2 x x Row 1 - Cell 5
Baltimore Orioles / MASN Row 2 - Cell 1 Row 2 - Cell 2 Row 2 - Cell 3 Row 2 - Cell 4 Row 2 - Cell 5
Boston Red Sox / NESN Row 3 - Cell 1 Row 3 - Cell 2 Row 3 - Cell 3 x x
Chicago Cubs / Marquee Sportsx Row 4 - Cell 2 x Row 4 - Cell 4 Row 4 - Cell 5
Chicago White Sox / NBCS Chicago x Row 5 - Cell 2 x x x
Cincinnati Reds / FS Ohio x Row 6 - Cell 2 x x Row 6 - Cell 5
Cleveland Indians / FST Ohio x Row 7 - Cell 2 x x Row 7 - Cell 5
Colorado Rockies / AT&T SN Rocky Mtn Row 8 - Cell 1 Row 8 - Cell 2 Row 8 - Cell 3 Row 8 - Cell 4 Row 8 - Cell 5
Detroit Tigers / FS Detroit x Row 9 - Cell 2 x x Row 9 - Cell 5
Houston Astros / AT&T SN Southwest Row 10 - Cell 1 Row 10 - Cell 2 Row 10 - Cell 3 Row 10 - Cell 4 x
Kansas City Royals / FS Kansas City Row 11 - Cell 1 Row 11 - Cell 2 x x Row 11 - Cell 5
Los Angeles Angels / FS West x Row 12 - Cell 2 x Row 12 - Cell 4 Row 12 - Cell 5
Los Angeles Dodgers / Spectrum SN LA Row 13 - Cell 1 Row 13 - Cell 2 Row 13 - Cell 3 Row 13 - Cell 4 Row 13 - Cell 5
Miami Marlins / FS Sun & FS FL x Row 14 - Cell 2 x x Row 14 - Cell 5
Milwaukee Brewers / FS North-Wisc. x Row 15 - Cell 2 x x Row 15 - Cell 5
Minnesota Twins / FS North x Row 16 - Cell 2 x x Row 16 - Cell 5
New York Mets / SNY x Row 17 - Cell 2 x x x
New York Yankees / YES x Row 18 - Cell 2 x Row 18 - Cell 4 Row 18 - Cell 5
Oakland Athletics / NBCS CA x x x x x
Philadelphia Phillies / NBCS Philly Row 20 - Cell 1 Row 20 - Cell 2 x x x
Pittsburgh Pirates / AT&T SN Pitt. Row 21 - Cell 1 Row 21 - Cell 2 Row 21 - Cell 3 Row 21 - Cell 4 Row 21 - Cell 5
San Diego Padres / FS San Diego x Row 22 - Cell 2 x x Row 22 - Cell 5
San Francisco Giants / NBCS Bay Area x x x x x
Seattle Mariners / Root Sports NW Row 24 - Cell 1 Row 24 - Cell 2 Row 24 - Cell 3 Row 24 - Cell 4 Row 24 - Cell 5
St Louis Cardinals / FS Midwest x Row 25 - Cell 2 x x Row 25 - Cell 5
Tampa Bay Rays / FS Sun & FS Florida x Row 26 - Cell 2 x x Row 26 - Cell 5
Texas Rangers / FS Southwest x Row 27 - Cell 2 x x Row 27 - Cell 5
Toronto Blue Jays / SN One (Canada) Row 28 - Cell 1 Row 28 - Cell 2 Row 28 - Cell 3 Row 28 - Cell 4 Row 28 - Cell 5
Washington Nationals / MASN Row 29 - Cell 1 Row 29 - Cell 2 Row 29 - Cell 3 Row 29 - Cell 4 Row 29 - Cell 5

Blue Jays fans living in Canada may want to look into SportsNet Now for streaming those local games. Sportsnet Now is a sports streaming service that covers the Toronto Blue Jays as well as other Canadian sports including NHL and Toronto Raptors.

The Sportsnet Now app is available for mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets. You can also watch SportsNet now on TV with their apps for Apple TV, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. They also support Chromecast.

Check out Sportsnet Now

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.