Baseball might be America’s pastime, but the sport is becoming an increasingly popular one in Australia, thanks in part to the Australian Baseball League (ABL). If your local diamond isn’t enough to satisfy your baseball needs, the MLB (Major League Baseball) is where the serious swinging action is at. But where exactly should you be tuning in? Canstar Blue looks at how you can watch Major League Baseball Down Under – and what it will cost you.
Major League Baseball on Kayo
Covering four regular season games per week (including live coverage and replays), Kayo additionally offers Aussie baseball fans the post-season and the World Series as part of its coverage. Also included is the MLB Strike Zone, which gives viewers an in-depth guide to the scores, stats and highlights, allowing those who can’t fit in the whole nine innings a chance to still catch the big moments, or help those new to the sport find their feet.
Still a relatively new sports streaming platform, Kayo is your gateway to more than 50 sports from across the globe, including lots of U.S. action like basketball and American football. If football is your thing, Kayo also has live coverage from the A-League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga as well as Australian internationals.
- Kayo subscriptions start from $25 per month, with a 14-day free trial.
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Major League Baseball on Foxtel & ESPN
As part of Foxtel’s sports package, you’ll receive multiple ESPN channels, meaning you’ll be able to catch a number of regular MLB games, both through Foxtel Now and the Foxtel App. Last year, Aussie baseball fans were treated to five MLB games per round, with the same number expected for the 2019 season, in addition to a variety of talk-show programs to ensure you’re kept up to date with the latest.
- Foxtel’s Sport Pack starts from $29 per month, but can be bundled with other packs if you want a break from sports.
A subscription-based service, MLB.TV offers two tiers for baseball fans to choose from – the Lite tier (a free service that includes highlights, breaking news and up-to-dates scores, as well as access to one full match) in addition to the paid subscription tier. The paid tier offers live-streams to all games, including the World Series, with replays of your favourite games also available. Audio options and matches from previous seasons are also available, making it a handy option for those on the go or those looking to re-live the glory days.
- A MLB.TV subscription will cost you $24.99(USD) a month, or $112.99(USD) a year, making it one of the more expensive options for all your MLB action.
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