If you want to watch this year’s MLB All-Star Game, you no longer need a television with an antenna or cable subscription. For the first time ever, you can officially stream it using the MLB At Bat mobile app on your iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone device, or through MLB.TV on a variety of streaming devices, like the Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One and PS4.
The MLB All-Star Game is an annual event that occurs around the mid-point of the baseball season in July, in which the league’s best players play against each other in a fun, yet competitive game. It’s the American League versus the National League, and the winner gets home-field advantage during the World Series at the end of the season.
If you’re interested in seeing the best players in the game all in one place, then the All-Star Game is a can’t miss opportunity, and now that MLB.TV allows you to stream the game, there are now more ways than ever to watch the Midsummer Classic.
Update: Yesterday’s All Stare Home Run Derby was delayed by about an hour. Today’s All Star Game should kick off on time, with broadcasts starting at 4:30 PM EDT and first pitch at 5 PM EDT. Meteorologists are predicting that the sky over tonight’s game will be cool and clear.
On Your Television
If you already have cable, that’s most of the battle and you’re good to go. All you need to do is just tune in to FOX at 7:30 PM EDT (first pitch will be at approximately 8 PM ET) to watch the festivities. If you don’t have cable, which isn’t too surprising to hear since so many people are getting rid of it in favor of streaming options, you’re not completely left out of luck, but it won’t be as easy as flipping the channel on your remote.
If you have a game console, an Apple TV, Roku or other streaming device of some kind, more than likely you can get access to MLB.TV, which supports over 400 devices. MLB.TV lets you watch any game all season long, just as long as you’re not in a blackout area. The service will be streaming the All-Star Game for the first time ever this year.
You will need an MLB.TV Premium subscription in order to stream the Midsummer Classic, but we suggest getting the MLB.TV Premium package anyway, as that will get you full access to the MLB At Bat mobile app for free, as well as give you the option between home and away broadcast feeds. Plus, it’s only $20 more for the entire season compared to the non-Premium version, and you’ll be paying at least $110 anyway, so it’s a bargain upgrade.
On Your Smartphone or Tablet
If you’ll be out of the house when the All-Star Game takes place, you can stream it live to your smartphone or tablet using the MLB At Bat app.
MLB At Bat is an app that’s available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices, and it allows you to watch live baseball games right on your phone or tablet. The app itself is a free download, and a one-time $10 charge will get you access to all sorts of stats, highlights, replays and more for the rest of the season (originally $20 at the beginning of the season).
The app also allows baseball fans to keep up with their favorite team and the rest of league by checking out stats, schedules, standings, news and more.
The app works alongside of MLB.TV to provide all live games throughout the season, as well as the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. Likewise, you’ll also need an MLB.TV Premium subscription to watch the All-Star Game on your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to watch it anywhere that you can get a decent internet connection for streaming, whether it’s over WiFi for LTE.
It’s not clear whether or not the All-Star Game will be blacked out for users who live nearby, but we wouldn’t be surprised either way. Reading through a few Reddit threads on the subject hint that the events won’t be blacked out, so that’s certainly good news for those who’ve suffered enough already this season by blackouts.
One big complaint with MLB.TV (as well as other live sports apps) is that it has blackout restrictions, meaning that if you live near the team you’re wanting to watch, you won’t be able to. This is to get more people to the stadium to watch the game, rather than just stay at home and watch it on the TV (and it also has to do with broadcast licensing rights and a whole bunch of other nonsense). It’s a clever move for the parties involved, but it’s really annoying for us fans.
There’s an easy way around blackout restrictions if you watch the games on your iOS or Android device, although the recent updates to MLB At Bat seem to block these methods, so your mileage may vary based on how you set up your VPN and what VPN service you use.
The 2014 MLB All-Star Game starts at 7:30 PM ET on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX, and it will also be available to stream on MLB.TV and MLB At Bat, officially.