Where to watch MLB (and more baseball) in Australia

There’s plenty of baseball to stream in Australia on multiple channels, including MLB, Japanese baseball, Korean baseball and more.

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Nathan Lawrence
Jul 07, 2023
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Of the ball-hitting sports in Australia, cricket has everything pegged. Still, baseball is a growing sport both for players and those keen to watch the game played at its highest level. While you can find baseball on some of the best sports streaming services in Australia, there are options for watching homegrown matches as well as some of the biggest leagues from around the world. Basically, if you want to stream baseball, we’ve got all your main bases covered.

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Watch baseball online in Australia

Stream baseball on Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Apple Plus and others.

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While there aren’t any free streaming options for American baseball in Australia, there are multiple choices. The US-based Major League Baseball (MLB) is the big one to watch. You can catch MLB matches on Kayo Sports or via Foxtel Now with the Sport add-on. Foxtel Now costs $54 a month with Sport (two HD streams), or it’s a $25 monthly fee for Kayo One (one HD stream) or $35 for Kayo Basic (two 4K streams).

But that’s not the only way to watch MLB with an Australian streaming service. In 2022, Apple TV Plus added Friday Night Baseball to its content offering, which translates to a couple of MLB games on Saturday mornings (because of the US time difference). Apple TV Plus has a seven-day trial and then it’s $9.99 per month thereafter.

Alternatively, watch ESPN sports including MLB on Fetch TV. Outside of initial setup costs, either pay $6 per month for the Fetch TV Vibe Pack or $20 per month for the Ultimate Pack to catch MLB and other American sports. Look at NBN providers like Aussie Broadband, iPrimus, iiNetand Internode if you’d like to bundle Fetch TV with an NBN plan.

If you prefer local matches, you’ll want a subscription to OnDemand to watch Australian Baseball League (ABL) bouts. Match replays, at the very least, are available for free. When I signed up for an account, there was mention of a subscription required to watch live matches, but there weren’t any payment details I could access. If you are asked for a registration code at sign-up, the official ABL website advises using ‘BaseballAustralia’ for free access.

How else can I stream baseball in Australia?

There are more MLB streaming options to access from Australia if you use a virtual private network (VPN) service. The big one in the US is MLB.tv, which offers easy streaming for the entire MLB season. You’re looking at US$24.99 a month for all teams or US$139.99 for the year, otherwise it’s US$119.99 per year for a single team. This is the best way to avoid coverage blackouts that are unfortunately common with US sports.

Before signing up, you’ll want to use a US VPN server, then connect whenever you’re streaming a match to avoid geoblocks. Here’s a list of the VPNs I’ve reviewed that work great with US streaming:

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Avoid US baseball coverage blackouts
In Australia, ‘blackouts’ refer to too little electricity or possibly too much booze. In the US, there are regional coverage blackouts for popular sports, including baseball. Basically, if you connect to a VPN location in a US state that’s hosting a match with the local team, you may not be able to stream it because of coverage blackouts. Frustrating! To get around this, switch US server locations to a different state and you should be good to go.

Watch World Baseball Classic in Australia

After a six-year hiatus, the World Baseball Classic struck back in March 2023. The next one isn’t happening until 2026. For highlights and select match replays, head to the official World Baseball Classic YouTube channel. The 2023 World Baseball Classic matches were shown live on Prime Video Japan and Hulu with the Live TV add-on.

To access Hulu + Live TV content from Australia, here’s a list of VPNs that offer speedy streaming with the US-based streaming service:

Watch Japanese Baseball in Australia

Japan won the 2023 World Baseball Classic, so it should come as no surprise that baseball is a big deal in that part of the world. Pacific League TV is a Japanese streaming service for the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league, but the site and match commentary are in Japanese. There’s a great guide on Reddit for accessing NPB matches.

This Reddit guide mentions that you can watch one NPB game for free on the English Pacific League YouTube channel (with English commentary). The other outlet worth trying for NPB matches is a DAZN subscription via a Japanese VPN server.

Watch Korean Baseball in Australia

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) League is another popular global baseball league, with matches played in South Korea. According to a handy Reddit guide, full match replays and highlights are available for free viewing on the KBO Naver TV website (albeit site and commentary are in Korean). That Reddit page also outlines live options, including Twitch channels for live matches, but they only work if you’re connected to a Korean VPN server while viewing.

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Baseball at the Olympics
Compared to other sports, baseball is a relatively new entry to the Summer Olympic Games, starting in 1992 and last played at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. For Olympic baseball replays, search for ‘baseball’ on the official Olympics YouTube channel. Baseball is set to be an Olympic event again at the 2028 Summer Olympics, and you’ll find live coverage on 9Now.

Watch MLB World Series Baseball in Australia

The easiest way to stream World Series Baseball in Australia is to tune in to ESPN. Alternatively, use one of the VPNs listed above to access non-Australian sports streaming services. To stream ESPN in Australia, go with either Foxtel Now with the Sport add-on, Kayo Sports or Fetch TV with the Vibe or Ultimate Packs. Stream World Series Baseball each year at the end of the regular MLB season.

Compare streaming services

Interested to see how the streaming services above stack up against the competition? Take a look at the table below for a comparison of your streaming options in Australia.

Service
Details
Monthly price
More info
Binge LogoBinge Standard plan
4K streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$18/mth
Apple TV+Apple TV+ plan
4K streaming
6 streams (Family Sharing)
Deal: 7-day free trial
$12.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Standard plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: $139.99 for 12mths
$13.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Premium plan
4K streaming
4 streams
Deal: $179.99 for 12mths
$17.99/mth
NetflixNetflix Standard + Ads
HD streaming
2 streams
$7.99/mth
StanStan Basic plan
SD streaming
1 stream
$12/mth
Kayo SportsKayo One Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$25/mth
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org AustraliaFoxtel Now Essentials
HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels
Deal: 10-day free trial
$25/mth
ShudderShudder plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Hayu | Provider logoHayu Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Paramount+Paramount+ plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$9.99/mth

Baseball Australia frequently asked questions

Stream MLB matches on Kayo Sports or Foxtel Now, plus Friday Night Baseball is available on Apple TV Plus in Australia. Alternatively, use a US VPN server to access an MLB.tv subscription for all MLB matches.
You can’t directly watch the MLB Network in Australia but you can catch MLB matches on Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports and Apple TV Plus. The other option is to connect to a US VPN server and pay for an MLB.tv subscription to access all MLB matches.
Unfortunately, no free-to-air channel has baseball matches in Australia. For MLB, subscribe to Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports or Apple TV Plus. For ALB matches, subscribe to the OnDemand website for live streams.
Nathan Lawrence
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Nathan Lawrence
Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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