How To Watch Regional Sports Networks on Live TV Streaming Services

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Are you considering cutting the cord from your cable company but are worried about access to your local sports team’s games?

Regional Sports Networks (often referred to as “RSNs”) own the in-market broadcasting rights to many professional baseball, basketball and hockey teams. And they’re becoming increasingly difficult to access via live TV streaming services in 2023.

For example, Atlanta Braves fans cannot find the telecast of games on Bally Sports South via YouTube TV, Sling TV or Hulu + Live TV. Those are three of the most popular services for streaming live TV!

As an avid sports fan myself, I feel your pain. I have tested out all of the live TV streaming options in search of the best solutions.

DIRECTV STREAM and Fubo are likely your best options in 2023, but they’re going to be expensive.

In this article, I’m going to help you understand why you aren’t seeing your favorite team on many of the popular streaming services and find a cost-effective solution for streaming them— without running back to the cable company.

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Why Are RSNs So Hard To Find on Live TV Streaming Services?

The short answer is: Cost.

The long answer is a little more complex.

The Regional Sports Network business model is built on exclusive broadcasting rights for games in local television markets.

Some teams, like the New York Yankees (YES Network) and Chicago Cubs (Marquee Sports Network), have decided to create their own television networks to broadcast their games. They sell their product directly to cable and streaming companies.


But most teams have instead chosen to sell those broadcasting rights to an external broadcasting company like Bally Sports.

These external companies pay millions in fees to own the exclusive broadcasting rights to games. They then make money by selling advertising on the platform and selling access to their channel to cable, satellite and streaming services.

The cable and satellite companies have traditionally charged a regional sports fee to all customers (whether they actually watch the RSNs or not) to cover the cost of acquiring the channel for their subscription package.

Streaming services have been less cooperative in that regard. YouTube TV, for example, decided that it was no longer worth paying Bally Sports for access to its channels because it did not want to pass that cost on to its customers.

Other streaming services, such as Fubo, have opted to offer RSNs by charging a mandatory regional sports fee on top of their advertised monthly subscription rate.

As consumers, this creates a no-win situation: Many streaming services we like don’t have the RSNs. And the streaming services that do have them are among the most expensive on the market.

Which RSN Do You Need for Your Favorite Team?

If you are a fan of a Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA) or National Hockey League (NHL) team, your choices for watching the games will be determined by your location.

Before moving forward with making a subscription purchase, you must first determine if you are considered to be in the team’s local broadcast market or not based on your ZIP code. Most leagues have a tool for this, like MLB’s blackout restriction check.

Here’s the breakdown of options once you’ve made that determination:

If you live in what is deemed the team’s local TV market, you’ll have a few options. You’ll need live TV streaming, traditional cable or satellite to access the games via RSN. Some may have the option to use a standalone streaming subscription like Bally Sports+, but that is not available in all markets.


If you live outside the local market, you should be able to view the games via subscription to MLB.TV, NBA League Pass or ESPN+ (for NHL games).

For those in the local market, here are the RSNs that correspond with your favorite teams in each league:

RSNs for Major League Baseball (Click to Expand)
MLB TeamRegional Sports NetworkLive TV Streaming Options
Arizona DiamondbacksBally Sports ArizonaDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Atlanta BravesBally Sports South and Bally Sports SoutheastDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Baltimore OriolesMid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN)DIRECTV STREAM
Boston Red SoxNew England Sports Network (NESN)DIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Chicago CubsMarquee Sports NetworkDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Chicago White SoxNBC Sports ChicagoDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV YouTube TV
Cincinnati RedsBally Sports OhioDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Cleveland IndiansBally Sports Great LakesDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Colorado RockiesAT&T SportsNet Rocky MountainDIRECTV STREAM
Detroit TigersBally Sports DetroitDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Houston AstrosAT&T SportsNet SouthwestDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Kansas City RoyalsBally Sports Kansas CityDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Los Angeles AngelsBally Sports WestDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Los Angeles DodgersSpectrum SportsNet LADIRECTV STREAM
Miami MarlinsBally Sports FloridaDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Milwaukee BrewersBally Sports WisconsinDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Minnesota TwinsBally Sports NorthDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
New York MetsSportsNet New York (SNY)DIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
New York YankeesYES NetworkDIRECTV STREAM
Oakland AthleticsNBC Sports CaliforniaDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
Philadelphia PhilliesNBC Sports PhiladelphiaDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
Pittsburgh PiratesAT&T SportsNet PittsburghDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
San Diego PadresBally Sports San DiegoDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
San Francisco GiantsNBC Sports Bay AreaDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
Seattle MarinersRoot Sports NorthwestDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
St. Louis CardinalsBally Sports MidwestDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Tampa Bay RaysBally Sports SunDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Texas RangersBally Sports SouthwestDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Toronto Blue JaysSportsnet (Canada)-Canadian TV-
Washington NationalsMid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN)DIRECTV STREAM
RSNs for National Basketball Association (Click to Expand)
NBA TeamRegional Sports NetworkLive TV Streaming Options
Atlanta HawksBally Sports SouthDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Boston CelticsNBC Sports BostonDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
Brooklyn NetsYES NetworkDIRECTV STREAM
Charlotte HornetsBally Sports SoutheastDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Chicago BullsNBC Sports ChicagoDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
Cleveland CavaliersBally Sports OhioDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Dallas MavericksBally Sports SouthwestDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Denver NuggetsAltitude SportsDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Detroit PistonsBally Sports DetroitDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Golden State WarriorsNBC Sports Bay AreaDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
Houston RocketsAT&T SportsNet SouthwestDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Indiana PacersBally Sports IndianaDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Los Angeles ClippersBally Sports WestDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Los Angeles LakersSpectrum SportsNetDIRECTV STREAM
Memphis GrizzliesBally Sports SoutheastDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Miami HeatBally Sports SunDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Milwaukee BucksBally Sports WisconsinDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Minnesota TimberwolvesBally Sports NorthDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
New Orleans PelicansBally Sports New OrleansDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Oklahoma City ThunderBally Sports OklahomaDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Orlando MagicBally Sports FloridaDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Philadelphia 76ersNBC Sports PhiladelphiaFubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
Phoenix SunsBally Sports ArizonaDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Portland Trail BlazersRoot Sports NorthwestDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Sacramento KingsNBC Sports CaliforniaDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
San Antonio SpursBally Sports SouthwestDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Toronto RaptorsTSN-Canadian TV-
Utah JazzAT&T SportsNet Rocky MountainDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Washington WizardsNBC Sports WashingtonDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
RSNs for National Hockey League (Click to Expand)
NHL TeamRegional Sports NetworkLive TV Streaming Options
Anaheim DucksBally Sports SoCalDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Arizona CoyotesBally Sports ArizonaDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Calgary FlamesSportsnet (Canada)-Canadian TV-
Carolina HurricanesBally Sports SouthDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Chicago BlackhawksNBC Sports ChicagoDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
Colorado AvalancheAltitude NetworkDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Columbus Blue JacketsBally Sports OhioDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Dallas StarsBally Sports SouthwestDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Detroit Red WingsBally Sports DetroitDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Edmonton OilersSportsnet (Canada)-Canadian TV-
Florida PanthersBally Sports FloridaDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Los Angeles KingsBally Sports WestDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Minnesota WildBally Sports NorthDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Montreal CanadiensSportsnet AND TSN (Canada)-Canadian TV-
Nashville PredatorsBally Sports SouthDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
New Jersey DevilsMSGDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
New York IslandersMSGDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Ottawa SenatorsTSN (Canada)-Canadian TV-
Philadelphia FlyersNBC Sports PhiladelphiaFubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
Pittsburgh PenguinsAT&T SportsNet PittsburghDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
San Jose SharksNBC Sports CaliforniaDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
Seattle KrakenRoot Sports NorthwestDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
St. Louis BluesBally Sports MidwestDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Tampa Bay LightningBally Sports SunDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Toronto Maple LeafsSportsnet (Canada)-Canadian TV-
Vancouver CanucksSportsnet (Canada)-Canadian TV-
Vegas Golden KnightsAT&T SportsNet Rocky MountainDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo
Washington CapitalsNBC Sports WashingtonDIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
Winnipeg JetsTSN (Canada)-Canadian TV-

Which Live TV Streaming Services Offer Your RSN?

Now that you know which RSN broadcasts the in-market games for your favorite team, let’s take a look at the availability of these channels on live TV streaming services.

Let’s start with the places you won’t find them: Discount streaming bundles like Frndly TV and Philo are great for cheap live TV, but they don’t dabble in the live sports market. There are no RSNs available with their products.

Sling TV and VIDGO TV offer popular live sports channels like ESPN, FS1 and SEC Network, but they do not offer RSNs.

YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV do not have agreements with Bally Sports, which has the broadcasting rights for many teams. So while those two are among our top live TV streaming picks, they will leave many sports fans wanting more.

That leaves us with two major players in the live TV streaming RSN space: DIRECTV STREAM and Fubo.

DIRECTV STREAM has access to all of the RSNs, but you’re going to pay a premium for it. The cheapest channel package that includes RSNs is the Choice package, which costs $99.99 per month.

Fubo recently added Bally Sports RSNs to its menu, so many streamers may find them as a viable DIRECTV STREAM alternative. However, you will be need to pay $75 per month for its base subscription and will be subjected to a regional sports fee that pushes that monthly cost to $87.

Here’s a quick reference for which live TV streaming services offer your local RSN:

Altitude Sports NetworkYesYesNoNo
AT&T SportsNet PittsburghYesYesNoNo
AT&T SportsNet Rocky MountainYesYesNoNo
AT&T SportsNet SouthwestYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports ArizonaYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports DetroitYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports FloridaYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports Great LakesYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports IndianaYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports Kansas CityYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports MidwestYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports New OrleansYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports NorthYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports OhioYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports OklahomaYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports San DiegoYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports SouthYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports SoutheastYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports SouthwestYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports SunYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports WestYesYesNoNo
Bally Sports WisconsinYesYesNoNo
Marquee Sports NetworkYesYesNoNo
Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN)YesNoNoNo
NBC Sports Bay AreaYesYesYesYes
NBC Sports BostonYesYesYesYes
NBC Sports CaliforniaYesYesYesYes
NBC Sports ChicagoYesYesYesYes
NBC Sports PhiladelphiaNoYesYesYes
NBC Sports WashingtonYesYesYesYes
New England Sports Network (NESN)YesYesNoNo
Root Sports NorthwestYesYesNoNo
Spectrum SportsNet LAYesNoNoNo
SportsNet NYYesYesYesYes
YES NetworkYesNoNoNo

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