Since so much of what we do here at Baseball Rewatch points you to MLB.tv, and since you need a subscription to watch, it’s a good idea to keep tabs on the best time to buy the service.
Throughout the MLB season the price on a subscription goes down. Subscriptions last all the way through the end of the baseball season and through the offseason. That last bit is where we are the most helpful; if you score a deal on MLB.tv in the last week or two of the season the price often gets down to below 10 bucks, which means that you could have 3+ months of watching great baseball games (listed here, of course, without any spoilers) for less than the price of a beer at a minor league baseball stadium.
All righty, let’s take a look at the 2018 MLB.tv subscription prices and sales throughout the season. You can revisit this list and use it to estimate the best time to purchase MLB.tv for yourself in 2019, if you don’t want to splurge for the entire season or perhaps work during the school year. Also, you may want to check out the sales from 2017. While they do not do the same sales and prices each year, the price does go down somewhat steadily throughout the year.
2018 MLB.tv Subscription Prices
Entire year – $115.99
This starts at the beginning of Spring Training and includes every live out-of-market game. Your local teams will be blacked out.
However, you can watch the archive recording of in-market games 90 minutes after the conclusion of the game. This is, again, where we here at Baseball Rewatch come in. You can check back here and find out if your team’s game is listed as the best of the day, then watch it just as if it were live, spoiler-free. This is, of course, assuming you don’t track your team’s progress by the minute on the MLB app, which is included with your subscription.
Price per game: $0.72
That’s the full 162-game season (of course you can watch more than one game per day, so just about as much baseball as you can handle), plus more with Spring Training.
Memorial Day Sale – $69.99
Leading up to Memorial Day (starting May 26, 2018) the price for MLB.tv for the rest of the year went down to $69.99. Most teams have played about 54 games by this point, leaving 108 games in the season.
Price per game: $0.64
All-Star Sale – $39.99
Just before the All-Star break, MLB.tv went on sale for just $39.99 for the rest of the season. At about 95-96 games in for most teams, this means that you have about 67 games left. The sale began on July 13, 2018.
Price per game: $0.60