MLB Extra Innings vs. MLB.TV Review 2020

Which one should you get? Well, it depends on where you live.
  • Best Overall
    Covers in-market games
    Needs a cable or satellite subscription
  • Best for Out-of-market
    Covers out-of-market games
    Local games blacked out

The MLB season is upon us, and we know you’re here because you have to find the best way to watch the O’s, the ‘Stros, or the D-backs.

But which service should you get to watch your favorite ball team? MLB Extra Innings or MLB.TV?

Basically, it all boils down to where you live.

If you live near your favorite team, you should get MLB Extra Innings. If you live far from your favorite team, you’ll do just fine with MLB.TV.

But let’s play ball and make a s’more. And get s’more information on which service is best for you. (The Sandlot, anyone?)

How much do MLB Extra Innings and MLB.TV cost?

Both are about the price of 2–3 baseball hats

Both of these services are for the baseball junkies, so we’ve broken them down in this table for you.

You’ll also notice that you get MLB.TV with MLB Extra Innings. It’s how you catch all those out-of-market games, and it already comes with your subscription package.

Because of the shortened 2020 season, DISH, DIRECTV, Xfinity, and MLB. TV have decreased their price by half.

How do MLB Extra Innings and MLB.TV compare?
Package detailsMLB Extra Innings (Xfinity)MLB Extra Innings (DISH)MLB Extra Innings (DIRECTV)MLB.TV
ProviderComcast Xfinity logoDISH Authorized RetailerDIRECTV logoMLB TV LOGO
Annual prices$90$89.99$90$59.99 (all teams), $49.99 (single team)
Streaming optionYesYesYesYes
Cable subscriptionRequiredRequiredRequiredNot required
Available off-seasonNoNoNo$24.99/mo.
ExtrasMLB.TVMLB.TVMLB.TV, Game Mix, MLB Network Strike ZoneAt Bat Premium app, MLB Gameday Audio
Learn moreView PlansView PlansView PlansView Plans

Data effective 7/22/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

Still not sure which service you should get?

If you live in the same market as your favorite team, go with a cable or satellite subscription and get MLB Extra Innings. You’ll get your local sports channels along with 90 out-of-market games each week.

And if you live in San Francisco but you’re a New York Yankees fan, go with the stand-alone streaming service MLB.TV. You could even opt to get single-team coverage for a cheaper price.

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DISH, Xfinity, or DIRECTV?
Not sure which satellite or cable company you should sign up with? Check out our reviews of DISH, Xfinity, and DIRECTV to find more information on pricing and channel lineups.

MLB Extra Innings vs. MLB.TV contracts

Because of the shortened MLB season, you’ll pay the price upfront.

In a normal full season, you could pay for MLB Extra Innings or MLB.TV by the month. But not for this 2020 season.

But keep in mind, if you don’t cancel your subscription, you’ll be charged the regular season price for MLB Extra Innings or MLB.TV when the 2021 season starts.

What is MLB Extra Innings?

MLB Extra Innings gets you out-of-market baseball coverage on top of your local coverage. This means you need a cable or satellite subscription to sign up for MLB Extra Innings.

If you already have a cable or satellite subscription, then your choice is easy!

But if you don’t, you’ll have to pay a lot more for MLB Extra Innings than you do for MLB.TV. Obviously, you’d need to sign up for a cable or satellite package plus MLB Extra Innings.

So what makes MLB Extra Innings worth the extra money? Here are some of the perks you get with the service:

  • All out-of-market games
  • MLB Network access
  • On Game Mix, you can watch eight games at the same time

When you combine your MLB Extra Innings subscription with your cable or satellite subscription, you get access to the entire league. That’s a home run in our eyes.

Now let’s take a look at the main cable and satellite services that offer MLB Extra Innings.

MLB Extra Innings pricing and plans

How do the MLB Extra Innings providers compare?
ProviderServiceMonthly priceDetails
DISHSatellite$59.99–$94.99/mo.*View Plans
XfinityCable$70.99–$89.49/mo.†View Plans
DIRECTVSatellite$59.99–$134.99‡View Plans
Data effective 7/22/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For 24 months with a 2-year agreement and eAutoPay.
† For the first 12 months. Some packages require a 1-year contract.
‡ For 12 months with a 2-year contract, paperless bill, & autopay. Price increases for months 13-24.

DISH

Within the larger question of MLB Extra Innings vs. MLB.TV, there’s another battle going on: DISH vs. DIRECTV. You can read our review to figure out which satellite option is best for you and your family.

But there’s one big reason why DISH is the better choice for the baseball fanatics: MLB Extra Innings is about $60 less for the regular season (if you were to consider keeping MLB Extra Innings for the 2021 season).

If you’re an LA Dodgers fan, that $60 could be better spent on a new Mookie Betts jersey. But before you sign up for anything, get more details in our DISH review.

Xfinity

If you happen to live in an area that supports Xfinity cable, you’re in luck. You could get the cable and MLB Extra Innings combo for about $160 for the 2020 season.

That doesn’t sound so bad when you realize you get front row tickets on your couch every single day.

Now, what are you getting yourself into with Xfinity? Check out our Xfinity review for all the info.

DIRECTV

You can add MLB Extra Innings to any DIRECTV package. Even with the most basic DIRECTV packages, you’ll get your local sports regional channels.

So, feel free to go with a cheaper option. If you’re going to pay more than $180 for MLB Extra Innings for the 2021 season, you might as well save a few bucks.

What are your package options for DIRECTV, you ask? Well, let us help you decide which one is best for you in our DIRECTV review.

Should I get MLB Extra Innings?

Again, if you live in the same market as your team, get MLB Extra Innings so you can get access to all of the games.

It also makes a lot of sense if you already have DISH, DIRECTV, or Xfinity. Or if you’ve been thinking about biting the bullet to sign up for one, then there’s no better time than baseball season.

What is MLB.TV?

MLB.TV is a streaming service that gets you out-of-market baseball games. No contract and no need to sign up for a cable or satellite subscription.

During the off-season, you can get access to every regular season and postseason game from the previous season. (Baseball all year, oh yeah.) You can also watch some 2020 Spring Season training games live.

MLB.TV pricing and plans

How much is MLB.TV?
PlanPriceAvailable Offers
Single Team$49.99 for the seasonView Plan
All Teams$59.99 for the seasonView Plan

Single-team coverage

Let’s say you grew up in Los Angeles, and you’re a huge Doyers fan. But later, you move to Texas for a job. Well, the MLB.TV single-team coverage will be perfect for you.

But if you want to scope out the competition or you’re a fan of the league as a whole, then all-teams coverage will be more up your alley.

All-teams coverage

When one team just isn’t enough, then the all-teams coverage subscription is the better pick. You only pay an extra $10 or so compared to the single team coverage, which is a steal considering how many hours of baseball you’ll get in return.

Should I get MLB.TV?

MLB.TV makes a lot of sense for fans who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription and aren’t interested in signing up for one. You can get all the baseball you can handle with no strings attached with MLB.TV.

Just watch out for the blackouts. (Speaking of which . . . )

Beware of blackouts

In addition to the cost, there’s another factor to consider. And you might not like it.

Blackouts. Dunh, dunh, duuuuunh.

Each baseball team has a deal in place with a regional sports network (RSN) serving that market. For example, the YES Network is the television home of the New York Yankees, besides a few games that broadcast on national providers like ESPN or FOX.

So if you live in the New York market, you won’t be able to see Yankees (or New York Mets) games on MLB Extra Innings or MLB.TV. The league “protects” the RSN by blacking them out from the local market, whether the team is playing home or away.

But if you don’t live in the home market, you won’t need to worry about blackouts. Yankees fans living in Florida will be able to keep tabs on their team day in and day out.

To avoid this headache, make sure your cable or satellite package has the regional network that broadcasts your team’s games.

And if you get MLB.TV and you’re in a blackout area for a specific game, it will be available as an archived game 90 minutes after it has ended.

Recap: MLB Extra Innings is the winner.

MLB Extra Innings will get you access to all games in the league, plus an MLB.TV subscription

MLB Extra Innings and a cable or satellite subscription are worth it for diehard baseball fans. (We know you’re one because you’re reading this.)

You’ll get access to all of the games in the league every single day, and you can watch the games on your phone while you’re at church, waiting in line at the grocery store, or on your lunch break.

And it’s a one-time $90 ticket to watch your favorite team play right in your living room.

If both of these services aren’t what you’re looking for when it comes to MLB game coverage, check out our best streaming service for sports review.

What do you think?

Do you have MLB Extra Innings or MLB.TV? What’s your experience with it been? Or do you like a different streaming service better? Drop us a comment below!

  • grote15

    A lot of people say they have problems streaming their MLB TV onto their TVs. I have a ROKU device and a reg HD TV. Will I have any problems.? What other devices work well if I want to stream to a 2nd TV?

    • http://dev-reviewsorg.pantheon.io Scott T.

      The ROKU should work fine. Here is the MLB page for more info: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/subscriptions/index.jsp?product=roku

      If you want to try another device, there’s plenty to choose from: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/subscriptions/index.jsp?content=products

      Still, we hear the ROKU is the best; however, aside from the streaming device, an internet service that can handle streaming is the most important thing you’ll need.

      • Lyle

        If I get MLB.TV can I record games? I’ve had extra innings on direct tv for 4 years now and love it

        • http://dev-reviewsorg.pantheon.io Scott T.

          No, but you can watch games live or on demand.

    • Chris

      I’ve never had issues with MLB TV on Roku. It obviously all depends on your internet but you get great options with audio. If I remember correctly, you can watch the TV broadcast with the radio broadcast audio, or even just cut out all audio and you get the sound in the park as if you were there!

  • http://dev-reviewsorg.pantheon.io Scott T.

    Sounds like it, and that’s a nice benefit.

  • http://dev-reviewsorg.pantheon.io Scott T.

    Yeah, that sounds terrible. We’re curious if others have a similar experience…

  • Donald Banhart

    I have had both of these services. And in my honest opinion. I’m going to pay for TV regardless so that is not an issue. While Yes MLB TV is cheaper. I like the extra innings pkg because. I can switch between games much faster plus. I don’t have to rely on internet connection. Plus it comes with MLB TV, which I love for streaming on the go. And lastly, I really enjoy watching the commercials from other cities, and Canada. Well that’s my opinion. Hope it helps.

    • Birch

      Go easy on the periods there, Donald.

  • Beverly Griffen

    I’ve watched at least one game every day on MLB.TV since 2013 and can count the number of streaming issues I’ve had on one hand. So I don’t believe this is a problem MLB.TV as much as with various internet providers. However, if your internet service isn’t consistent or is hated with a lot of other users, I see where it would be impacted.

    I got Extra Innings in 2015 to try it as it seemed like it would be more convenient. I was extremely disappointed. I wanted to watch the Giants games, which are usually one of the the later games of the day. Over 75% of the games had another gam still going on on that channel so I missed the first few innings of my game. Also, they didn’t have both Home and Away broadcasts for every game – they did for most but it wasn’t 100% of the time (and I’m. It just talking about when it was a national broadcast. The other big frustration that they didn’t mention was that only about 25-30% of the games shown were in HD – most were in SD. I know I’m picky about this but I don’t like to watch sports in SD. ALL games on MLB.TV are in HD.

    These two issues could have changed and improved since 2015 – I haven’t tried it again since then. Also, I don’t need to view local games as I can do that on regular cable and I understand MLB.TV isn’t as effective for local viewers.

    With Extra Innings, Comcast automatically renewed it the following year even though I cancelled it at the end of the season. I ended up having to call 3 different times to get it off my bill.

    One other perk MLB.TV offers now on tablets & smartphones is access to MLB Network live programming (once you log in with your cable provider). I don’t use that a ton but it has been nice when traveling and MLB isn’t part of the TV service where I’m staying.

  • disqus_obmuiGNhJz

    I hate that they post the real time scores on the Roku app. You have to go through the screen to get a game. I want to watch the game from the beginning and not have any spoilers. If I want the scores, I’ll go to my phone.

    • Craig Hanks

      Go to the settings and turn on the “hide scores” option. It will hide all spoilers across the app.

  • Dave Purpura

    The DirecTV version of MLB Extra Innings is a tremendous value. Dedicated channels for every game and both feeds the majority of the time … plus MLB.TV is included. The cable version has limited channels and limited HD.