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

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!