Everything you need to know for the 2023 Season
Major League Baseball has been a leader in streaming for quite some time. In fact, when the WWE launched its streaming service back in 2014, it was using MLB’s tech from MLB.TV. So it’s safe to say that MLB.TV is one of the best streaming services out there, from a quality and feature perspective.
MLB.TV is a great way to watch baseball games this year, after all it is called “America’s pastime”, so it is fairly popular in the US. Though not quite as popular as Football, surprisingly. Anyways, here’s everything you need to know about MLB.TV, and to get ready for the 2023 season.
What is MLB.TV?
Simply put, MLB.TV is a streaming service from Major League Baseball, which allows you to watch all out-of-market games. And that part is key. Basically, if you live in a city, and have cut the cord but can’t watch your local RSN, you won’t be able to watch your local team with MLB.TV. For example, if you live in St Louis, you won’t be able to watch the Cardinals on MLB.TV, unless they are blacked out. Which is rare, but does happen. But if you live in St Louis, and want to watch the Red Sox, you can watch every game.
But MLB.TV is a bit more than just live baseball games. It also includes a number of documentaries, films about the World Series, vintage episodes of This Week in Baseball TV, and old classic games. Among other things. So it is a good service to have if you’re a big Baseball fan.
How much will MLB.TV cost?
For 2023, MLB.TV is seeing a price increase. All annual plans are going up $10. So the full plan is going to cost you $149.99 this season. If you’re only interested in one plan, MLB.TV does have a single team plan available for $129.99 for the season. And finally, there is a monthly plan that comes out to $24.99. However, if you do opt for this monthly plan and subscribe in February to watch Spring Training, it’ll end up costing you almost $200 for the full season. From Spring Training to the World Series.
So what all is included in this price? Well, you do get over 250 Spring Training games, which start in late-February and last through to mid-March. You’ll also get to watch every out-of-market game live and on-demand. Keep in mind that if the team you’re watching is currently playing in your market, those games won’t be available, unless it’s blacked out.
Will Minor League games be included?
For the first time ever, MLB.TV will also include Minor League games. Which makes the price increase a bit easier to swallow. That means there’s going to be more than 7,000 games included in the First Pitch app. MLB.TV has not confirmed if that’s just Triple-A or both Double-A and Triple-A minor league teams.
Are there discounts available?
There are no discounts available for MLB.TV, but if you are a T-Mobile customer, you will likely get it for free.
T-Mobile is the official wireless partner of the MLB, once again in 2023. So it is very likely that it will give all of its customers a year of MLB.TV for free. However, this usually starts right before Opening Day, so you won’t get Spring Training included here. But hey, that’s still a $150 value here. And a big deal for baseball fans out there.
Is there a free trial?
MLB.TV does offer a free trial. It’s a 7-day free trial, but it is only available for the Yearly and Monthly plans. Not the Single Team plan. You can cancel during your free trial at any time, and still have access to MLB.TV before the trial expires. Keep in mind that on the 8th day, you will be charged for your subscription.
How can I sign up for MLB.TV?
You can sign up for MLB.TV by clicking here. That will take you to the page to choose your plan. You can choose from the Yearly, Monthly or Single Team plan. Of course, with the Single Team plan, you will need to choose the team you want to buy it for. Keep in mind that blackout and other restrictions do apply.
What new features are coming in 2023?
In 2023, the MLB is adding a few new features to the streaming service. That includes a new GameDay Mode that allows users with select connected devices, access advanced data and pitch-by-pitch analysis of the game they’re watching.
It is also offering up MLB Big Inning. Which offers a viewing experience similar to what the NFL RedZone offers. This is going to give viewers the chance to look in at different games around the league at their most crucial moments.
Now, MLB.TV has always had local pre-game and post-game shows available. But this year, they’ve added a few more teams to this feature. Here’s the full list:
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- Atlanta Braves
- Boston Red Sox
- Chicago Cubs
- Cincinnati Reds
- Cleveland Guardians
- Detroit Tigers
- Los Angeles Angels
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- Milwaukee Brewers
- Minnesota Twins
- New York Mets
- San Diego Padres
- Seattle Mariners
- St Louis Cardinals
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Toronto Blue Jays
What features does MLB.TV have?
MLB.TV has plenty of great features that you can use to make your baseball experience even better. This includes Live Game DVR Controls. So you can pause and rewind live games. Unfortunately, you can only fast-forward to the live part of the game, so you can’t jump through all of the commercials.
It also has full game archives of the 2021 and 2022 season. There’s also no local or national blackout restrictions here. You can also set your app to remove spoilers and watch as if the game was live.
MLB.TV also allows you to overlay the home or away team’s radio broadcast over the live video on supported devices.
It offers a Spanish Audio Sync, considering Baseball is very popular in Spanish-speaking countries, and there’s quite a few Spanish-speaking players in the US, this might be one of the most popular features on MLB.TV.
Finally, you can also choose from Home and Away feeds. So you can always get the feed that favors your team. There are also many other features available for MLB.TV, which you can see here.
What devices is MLB.TV available on?
MLB.TV is available on virtually every platform out there. Here’s the full list:
- Android TV
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
- Samsung Smart TVs
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X|S
However, not every feature is available on every platform. The feature parity actually leaves a lot to be desired. But this does come down to the type of tech included in each platform.