MLB Network & MLB.TV are leaving YouTube TV
In another jab to sports lovers, YouTube TV has confirmed that MLB Network and MLB.TV are not returning to the service for the 2023 season. YouTube TV sent out an email today to subscribers, informing them of this change.
The email stats that they had recently informed members of the deal expiration for the MLB Network on January 31, 2023. Now the email is also clarifying that this does also include MLB.TV add-on and standalone channel on YouTube TV. Starting on February 16, 2023, MLB.TV content will no longer be available on YouTube TV. And you will no longer be charged, those that were on the monthly plan were also refunded during the off season.
Honestly, this isn’t that big of a deal. It just means that you can no longer buy MLB.TV and watch it through YouTube TV. You weren’t getting a discount by doing it through YouTube TV, just the ability to watch through YouTube TV really. So you can still sign up for MLB.TV from the MLB itself.
YouTube TV is one of the few without MLB.TV
Now, surprisingly, YouTube TV is one of the few without MLB.TV for the 2023 season. Surprisingly, DIRECTV Stream, FuboTV and Sling TV all have it available, but it’s not available on the base plan. For DIRECTV Stream, you’ll need to pay $99, fuboTV will charge you the $86 per month for the plan plus $11 per month for the add-on. While Sling TV will charge you $40 per month plus the $11 per month for the add-on.
A bit surprising to see it pulled from YouTube TV entirely. Instead of just being moved to an add-on, at least for the MLB Network. Since MLB.TV was already a standalone purchase. Perhaps this is the move that the MLB is going to be making in the future with contracts at these other streamers expiring. Similar to what Bally Sports did, before it launched Bally Sports Plus.