List of 2018 MLB.tv Subscription Prices and Sales

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

How to watch the MLB postseason on the cheap

Thanks to the power of the internet, you don’t have to settle for a huge cable bill to be able to watch all the MLB postseason you want. There are several options available, and each has benefits and drawbacks but by being a bit clever you can watch postseason baseball on the cheap. Let’s take a look.

SUMMARY

Who wants to read about all the various options when you’re only going to choose one? Read further for more details, but here is the four-step process

  1. Sign up for Sling TV (Orange) for a free trial on or before October 3. This will get you the AL Wild Card Game on ESPN. (FREE)
  2. Switch to Sling TV (Blue). Once the 10/3 AL WC game is over, you won’t need ESPN anymore. Switching to Sling TV Blue  will get you the other networks you need for the rest of the MLB postseason: FS1, TBS, and Fox. ($25)
  3. In some areas, Fox is not included in the Sling TV package. Get a digital antenna for the broadcast. ($30 for the top-rated antenna, $8-10 for the well-reviewed cheap one)
  4. Cancel Sling. You should be at just under one month.

 

Total cost:

WAYS TO WATCH THE POSTSEASON

Pay-Per-Month Streaming Services

You can always watch pretty much all the postseason games with most cable subscriptions, but who wants to pay for that anymore? Cord cutting is the way of the future. There are a few popular and inexpensive ways to watch the MLB postseason without cable, like Hulu Live TV ($40/month), Playstation Vue ($40/month), Direct TV Now ($35/month), and Sling TV ($25/month for the “Blue” service). We’ll talk about Sling since it is the cheapest, and it’s also the one we actually use. (Plus you can get a free Roku streaming stick when you first sign up for Sling, which is a pretty cool bonus. This will turn any screen with an HDMI port into a “smart” TV.)

How it works: With a PC, a smart TV, or a TV connected to a streaming device (like the aforementioned Roku stick, an Amazon Fire stick, and plenty of options) you can use the internet to “stream” television with one of the services mentioned above. Using one of these streaming services gives you more channels than broadcast TV, but less of the fluff and cords (and cost!) than ‘traditional’ cable.

MLB.tv

You can also use your MLB.tv subscription. You won’t be able to watch the games live, but you can use us here at Baseball Rewatch for spoiler-free game recommendations and watch 90 minutes after the conclusion of the live game. All you need to do is have a bit of patience and stay away from social media! If you buy late in the season, it’s only about $4 and you can dip back into old games all throughout the offseason. This pairs especially well with our back posts, which tell you – without any spoilers or scores revealed – which games are the most exciting from each day of the season.

Postseason.TV

This is a stupid service, and I have no idea why it’s even a thing. It’s live “companion” coverage from the TBS broadcasts only. This means you only get alternate camera angles along with the talking head commentary. If you want to choose a camera angle and sit and watch kinda-sorta like you’re at the game, this is the option for you. Five bucks, ALCS only. It should be called ALCSAlternateFeed.TV.

THE NETWORKS

Next, to choose the right services we need to know what networks and channels are broadcasting the games. Each series within the postseason can have a different broadcaster, so we need to know which channels those are so we can find the low-cost viewing options. All details below are for 2017.

ESPN

ESPN will show the American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday, October 3. ESPN is available on Hulu Live TV ($40/month), Playstation Vue ($40/month), Direct TV Now ($35/month), and Sling TV (Orange, $20/month).

FS1

Fox Sports One, aka FS1, is the home for the ALDS (October 5-11) and ALCS (October 13-21). The ALCS will also be broadcast on the traditional Fox channel. FS1 is available on Hulu Live TV ($40/month), Playstation Vue ($40/month), Direct TV Now ($35/month), and Sling TV (Blue, $25/month).

Fox

Fox will show the ALCS and the World Series. You can pick up this top-rated digital TV antenna for about thirty bucks on Amazon, or go with this nearly-equally-excellent thinline antenna for under $10. Fox is available over the air and in some areas with the aforementioned streaming services.

MLBN

The Major League Baseball Network is the home for Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS (also showing on FS1). This means that if you get FS1, you won’t need MLBN.

TBS

The NLDS and NLCS can be watched on the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS). TBS is available on Hulu Live TV ($40/month), Playstation Vue ($40/month), Direct TV Now ($35/month), and Sling TV (Both Orange, $20/month, and Blue, $25/month).

SUMMARY #2

So you can see that you have several options to affordably cobble together the stations you need in order to watch the MLB postseason on the cheap. Using the internet and a wise selection of the streaming service that suits your needs, you can watch all through October for about $25-50. As we mentioned at the beginning, Sling TV is the cheapest option, but you may consider one of the other services if there are other shows or events you would like to watch once the World Series concludes.

How to watch the 2017 MLB Postseason on the cheap

2017 Deals on MLB.tv

MLB.tv Deals Throughout the Year: When is the best time to buy MLB.tv?

Here at Baseball Rewatch, we love MLB.tv. It’s a great resource – despite the blackout restrictions, which is a whole other issue – and for the cost, you can watch as much pro baseball as you like for a few buck per game (if you’re a casual fan) down to pennies per game (if you keep it on year-round). So if you’re flexible, when is the best time to buy MLB.tv? What are the best deals throughout the year?

You can typically get MLB.tv for a year-long subscription for around $110-120 USD. However, there are sales throughout the year, so if you are a casual fan sometimes you can save big by waiting a few months. Let’s take a look at the best deals on MLB.tv subscriptions throughout the year, and what you can reasonably expect in the upcoming year based on what they’ve offered in the past. We’ll break it down by out of pocket costs, cost(s) per month, and how much of the live regular season you get.

MLB.tv deals throughout the year

MLB.tv Pricing

Note that the subscription options DO NOT include the locally blackouts (e.i. the closest 1-3 teams), the postseason, All-Star game, and certain national broadcasts. Subscriptions ARE active until March 1st of the following year, when it will automatically renew unless you manually cancel it. That means you can “rewatch” games during the offseason, so remember to check back here to find the most entertaining games from the past year to watch without any spoilers.

2017 annual cost: $112.99 for the full year. Sign up anytime after the 2016 postseason, and you can watch old games throughout the year (use BaseballRewatch.com to find the best ones!), plus get access to spring training and the entire 2017 regular season. If you buy in November, that’s basically $10.27 per month for 11 months, and if you re-up annually it comes to $9.42 per month.

  • Out of pocket: $112.99
  • Cost per month of valid subscription: $9.42 (12 months, includes the offseason)
  • Cost per month of the actual season with live baseball:  $18.33 (6 months)
  • Percentage of regular season: 100%

 

May 26-29 (Memorial Day sale): $56.49 which is 50% off for the rest of the year. This is a great deal, you only miss a little less than the first two months (and spring training) but you get half off.

  • Out of pocket: $56.49
  • Cost per month of valid subscription: $6.27 (9 months, includes the offseason)
  • Cost per month of the actual season with live baseball:  $14.12 (a little over 4 months)
  • Percentage of regular season: 69%

 

June 13-18, 2017 (Father’s Day sale): $39.99 for the remainder of the 2017 regular season. That’s a little over three and a half months for just forty bucks, plus you get the offseason.

  • Out of pocket: $39.99
  • Cost per month of valid subscription: $4.70 (8.5 months, includes the offseason)
  • Cost per month of the actual season with live baseball:  $11.42 (a little over 3.5 months)
  • Percentage of regular season: 58%

 

June 29, 2017 (iPhone 10th Anniversary sale): $10 for remainder of the 2017 regular season. This may or may not happen again next year, we’ll just have to wait and see. A killer deal.

  • Out of pocket: $10
  • Cost per month of valid subscription: $1.11 (9 months, includes the offseason)
  • Cost per month of the actual season with live baseball:  $3.33 (a little over 3 months)
  • Percentage of regular season: 55%

 

July 4, 2017 (Independence Day sale): $20.17 for the remainder of the 2017 regular season. That’s most of July, plus August and September. Three months for twenty bucks, which comes out to  $6.72 per month.

  • Out of pocket: $20.17
  • Cost per month of valid subscription: $2.52 (8 months, includes the offseason)
  • Cost per month of the actual season with live baseball:  $6.72 (roughly 3 months)
  • Percentage of regular season: 50%

 

August 26, 2017 (towards the end of the season): $9.99 for the remainder of the 2017 regular season. This sale happens typically towards the end of each season. I think the intention is to draw in the bargain-hunters (who can pass up ten bucks?!) and hook you in. The actual date may vary from year to year, but this is pretty consistent.

  • Out of pocket: $9.99
  • Cost per month of valid subscription: $1.67 (6 months, includes the offseason)
  • Cost per month of the actual season with live baseball:  $8.33 (a little over one month)
  • Percentage of regular season: 18-20%

 

September 18, 2017: $3.99 for the remainder of the 2017 regular season. This is another discount because the season is drawing to a close.

  • Out of pocket: $3.99
  • Cost per month of valid subscription: $0.72 (5.5 months, which includes the offseason)
  • Cost per month of the actual season with live baseball:  $8.00 (about a half of a month)
  • Percentage of regular season: 8%

 

Hopefully you can use this information to make the best choice for your viewing habits and wallet. Please comment if we’ve missed any regular sales!