MLB Opening Day is on the horizon, with a start date of March 26 2020. All 30 teams are set to play on the day for the third season running.
Despite coronavirus concerns, the spring training schedule will play out, followed by the regular season, as planned. However, media access will be limited.
In other words, clubhouses won’t be open anymore, and players will make themselves available to reporters during events such as press conferences. This policy is in place with the NBA, NHL and MLS also.
With MLB Opening Day going ahead, where is the best place to stream the event? Here are some suggestions.
Sling TV (Orange)
Best for: Combo packages
Price: $35 a month
Sling TV has ESPN available on its Orange plan, so viewers can watch the MLB Opening Day by signing up for this package. Available channels include ESPN, Disney Channel, A&E, TNT, AMC and HGTV. There are also extras, such as 10 hours of Cloud DVR storage for free, watching local networks such as CBS and Fox with an HD antenna offer and Premium channels such as Stars and Showtime. The Sling Orange package is usually $30 a month, but special offers mean it could be $20 for the first month. It can be combined with Sling Blue for a total of $35 a month.
AT&T TV Now (Plus or Max)
Best for: Families
Price: $65 – $80 a month
The Plus and Max packages with AT&T TV Now feature ESPN, making MLB Opening Day accessible. The Plus package is priced at $65 a month and features over 45 channels. These include HBO, CNN, National Geographic and Nick Jr. Meanwhile, the Max package costs $80 a month and includes over 60 channels. These include Disney Channel, The CW, TNT and Paramount Network.
Best for: Sports fanatics
Price: $4.99 a month
ESPN is the channel which brings coverage of events such as MLB Opening Day, so you can be sure it will be covered with an ESPN+ subscription. Priced at either $4.99 a month for a standalone package or $12.99 a month for the combo package with Disney+ and Hulu, the service provides events from MLB, NHL, MLS, FA Cup and so on. College sports such as football and basketball are also available.
Hulu (Live TV)
Best for: Original series
Price: $54.99 a month
Hulu offers a Live TV package with access to live sports, news, entertainment and more. There is also unlimited access to the on-demand streaming library included. The price of the service is $54.99, and there is a one week free trial available. The channels available include ESPN, so MLB Opening Day can be accessed. There are over 65 channels on offer in total.
Best for: Mobile streaming
Price: $84.99 a month
Spectrum TV lists ESPN as an available channel on its Silver package. The other perks of this package include free HD channels, HBO and Showtime as part of the lineup and thousands of movies and shows available in the on demand section. Live TV can be watched on the go with the Spectrum TV app. This package is available for $84.99 a month for 12 months.
Best for: Multiple accounts
Price: $49.99 a month
ESPN is available on YouTube TV. Live TV is on offer for $49.99 a month, providing users with access to over 70 networks. Six accounts are included per household, and there is also free unlimited cloud DVR storage space on offer. There is usually a free trial available, providing access to channels such as CNN, ABC and MSNBC with no payment required.
Xfinity Instant TV (X1)
Best for: 4k Ultra TV
Price: $69.99 – $99.99 a month
Subscribers gain access to live TV, sports, streaming and music with the X1 package. The Xfinity Stream app is available to those who want to watch events such as MLB Opening Day on the go. Features include hundreds of channels, DVR and 4k Ultra HD. Most of the free shows and movies in the content library are available on demand.
Best for: Veterans and overseas citizens
Price: $0 – $39 a month
USTVnow, which is available for military veterans and US citizens living abroad, offers ESPN among other channels in 720p and HD. Other networks available in HD include ABC, CBS, CW, Fox, PBS, Animal Planet, Comedy Central, Fox News, National Geographic and Sundance. There is a free package, a basic package at $19 or $29 and a basic + DVR package for $29 or $39.