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How to Watch The Boston Red Sox Live Without Cable in 2023

Updated on Jason Gurwin

If you’d like to watch the Red Sox live online, we’ll break down your options to watch the team’s games and share how you can start watching with a free trial.

The Red Sox were the first U.S. MLB team to produce their home games in 4K.

Where to Watch the Next Red Sox Game

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Boston Red Sox v. Baltimore Orioles

The next Red Sox game is against the Baltimore Orioles on March 30, 2023 at 2:10 PM EDT. You can watch the game on NESN with a 5-Day Free Trial of DIRECTV STREAM.

The Best Way to Watch Boston Red Sox Games
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Comedy Central
Comedy Central
Discovery
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Disney Channel
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Food Network
Food Network
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What Channel is The Red Sox Game on?

If you live in the Boston area, you’ll see Red Sox games on NESN or NESNplus. To watch those games, you’ll need a free trial to DIRECTV STREAM or fuboTV. NESN offers streaming of select games in 4K with your fuboTV subscription.

If you’d like to watch the regional broadcast outside Boston, you can pick up a subscription to MLB.TV to watch the games live or on demand.

Nationally televised games may appear on ESPN, Fox, FS1, or TBS. Additional MLB games will appear on Apple TV+ (Fridays) and Peacock (Sundays). Those games will be exclusive to those platforms and will not be available on any other service.

If you just want NESN, they now offer a direct-to-consumer subscription for $29.99 a month.

Boston Red Sox Schedule

2023 Season

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Baltimore Orioles
Thu, Mar 30 2:10 PM
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Baltimore Orioles
Sat, Apr 1 4:10 PM
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Sun, Apr 2 1:35 PM
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Mon, Apr 3 7:10 PM
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Tue, Apr 4 7:10 PM
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Wed, Apr 5 1:35 PM
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Detroit Tigers
Thu, Apr 6 1:10 PM
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Sat, Apr 8 1:10 PM
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Sun, Apr 9 1:10 PM
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Mon, Apr 10 6:40 PM
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Tue, Apr 11 6:40 PM
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Wed, Apr 12 6:40 PM
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Thu, Apr 13 1:10 PM
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Los Angeles Angels
Fri, Apr 14 7:10 PM
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Sat, Apr 15 4:10 PM
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Sun, Apr 16 1:35 PM
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Mon, Apr 17 11:10 AM
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Tue, Apr 18 7:10 PM
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Wed, Apr 19 7:10 PM
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Mon, Apr 24 6:35 PM
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Cleveland Guardians
Fri, Apr 28 7:10 PM
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Tue, May 2 7:10 PM
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Wed, May 3 7:10 PM
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Cleveland Guardians
Tue, Jun 6 7:10 PM
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Wed, Jun 7 7:10 PM
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Thu, Jun 8 7:10 PM
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Fri, Jun 30 7:07 PM
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Sat, Jul 1 3:07 PM
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Sun, Jul 2 1:37 PM
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Wed, Jul 5 7:10 PM
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Thu, Jul 6 7:10 PM
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Chicago Cubs
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Mon, Jul 17 9:40 PM
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Wed, Jul 19 3:37 PM
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Sat, Jul 22 4:10 PM
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Tue, Jul 25 7:10 PM
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Wed, Jul 26 7:10 PM
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Fri, Jul 28 10:15 PM
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Sun, Jul 30 4:05 PM
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Mon, Jul 31 9:40 PM
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Wed, Aug 2 4:10 PM
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Toronto Blue Jays
Fri, Aug 4 7:10 PM
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Sat, Aug 5 4:10 PM
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Sun, Aug 6 1:35 PM
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Mon, Aug 7 7:10 PM
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Tue, Aug 8 7:10 PM
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Wed, Aug 9 7:10 PM
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Thu, Aug 10 7:10 PM
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Detroit Tigers
Fri, Aug 11 7:10 PM
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Sat, Aug 12 4:10 PM
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Sun, Aug 13 1:35 PM
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Washington Nationals
Tue, Aug 15 7:05 PM
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Wed, Aug 16 7:05 PM
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Thu, Aug 17 4:05 PM
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New York Yankees
Fri, Aug 18 7:05 PM
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Sat, Aug 19 1:05 PM
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Sun, Aug 20 3:33 AM
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Mon, Aug 21 8:10 PM
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Tue, Aug 22 8:10 PM
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Wed, Aug 23 8:10 PM
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Thu, Aug 24 2:10 PM
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Los Angeles Dodgers
Fri, Aug 25 7:10 PM
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Sat, Aug 26 4:10 PM
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Los Angeles Dodgers
Sun, Aug 27 3:33 AM
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Houston Astros
Mon, Aug 28 7:10 PM
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Tue, Aug 29 7:10 PM
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Wed, Aug 30 4:10 PM
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Kansas City Royals
Fri, Sep 1 8:10 PM
NESN≥ $99.99----
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Sat, Sep 2 7:10 PM
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Sun, Sep 3 2:10 PM
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Mon, Sep 4 4:10 PM
NESN≥ $99.99----
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Tue, Sep 5 6:40 PM
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Wed, Sep 6 6:40 PM
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Baltimore Orioles
Fri, Sep 8 7:10 PM
NESN≥ $99.99----
Baltimore Orioles
Sat, Sep 9 4:10 PM
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Baltimore Orioles
Sun, Sep 10 1:35 PM
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New York Yankees
Mon, Sep 11 7:10 PM
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New York Yankees
Tue, Sep 12 7:10 PM
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New York Yankees
Wed, Sep 13 7:10 PM
NESN≥ $99.99----
New York Yankees
Thu, Sep 14 3:33 AM
NESN≥ $99.99----
Toronto Blue Jays
Fri, Sep 15 7:07 PM
NESN≥ $99.99----
Toronto Blue Jays
Sat, Sep 16 3:07 PM
NESN≥ $99.99----
Toronto Blue Jays
Sun, Sep 17 1:37 PM
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Texas Rangers
Mon, Sep 18 8:05 PM
NESN≥ $99.99----
Texas Rangers
Tue, Sep 19 8:05 PM
NESN≥ $99.99----
Texas Rangers
Wed, Sep 20 2:05 PM
NESN≥ $99.99----
Chicago White Sox
Fri, Sep 22 7:10 PM
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Chicago White Sox
Sat, Sep 23 4:10 PM
NESN≥ $99.99----
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Sun, Sep 24 1:35 PM
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Tampa Bay Rays
Tue, Sep 26 7:10 PM
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Tampa Bay Rays
Wed, Sep 27 6:10 PM
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Baltimore Orioles
Thu, Sep 28 6:35 PM
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Baltimore Orioles
Fri, Sep 29 7:05 PM
NESN≥ $99.99----
Baltimore Orioles
Sat, Sep 30 7:05 PM
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Sun, Oct 1 3:05 PM
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All Live TV Streaming Services to Watch the Boston Red Sox

Can I watch the Boston Red Sox with DIRECTV STREAM?

Yes, you can watch Boston Red Sox games on NESN and ESPN as part of their DIRECTV STREAM Choice package for $99.99 a month. DIRECTV STREAM is the renamed AT&T TV, which recently rebranded their streaming service.

DIRECTV STREAM has 65 channels as part of their service, including sports channels like ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, Fox Sports 2, MLB Network, NBA TV, NHL Network, TBS, TNT, and USA Network.

This is the full DIRECTV STREAM Channel List.

Every DIRECTV STREAM subscriber can record up to Unlimited on their Cloud DVR, while up to 20 subscribers can stream at the same time.

DIRECTV STREAM supports a wide-range of devices to stream the Boston Red Sox including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, and VIZIO Smart TV. DIRECTV STREAM is not available to stream on PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo.

Can I watch the Boston Red Sox with fuboTV?

Yes, you can watch Boston Red Sox games on NESN and ESPN as part of their fubo package for $74.99 a month, after a 7-Day Free Trial a month.

You can also add MLB Network as part of the Sports Plus ($11) add-on for live out-of-market games and highlights.

fuboTV has 90 channels as part of their service, including sports channels like ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, Fox Sports 2, MLB Network, NBA TV, NFL Network, NFL RedZone, NHL Network, and USA Network.

This is the full fuboTV Channel List.

Every fuboTV subscriber can record up to 1000 hours to their Cloud DVR, or can upgrade to a Cloud DVR.  While 3 subscribers can stream at the same time, you can add up to five streams for $10 a month.

fuboTV supports a wide-range of devices to stream Boston Red Sox games including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, Xbox, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, and VIZIO Smart TV. fuboTV is not available to stream on PlayStation and Nintendo.

Can I watch the Boston Red Sox with AT&T TV?

Yes, you can watch Boston Red Sox games on NESN and ESPN as part of their Choice package for $84.99 a month. AT&T TV (previously called AT&T TV NOW), has been replaced by DIRECTV STREAM.

AT&T TV has 65 channels as part of their service, including sports channels like ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, Fox Sports 2, MLB Network, NBA TV, NHL Network, TBS, TNT, and USA Network.

This is the full AT&T TV Channel List.

Every AT&T TV subscriber can record up to 20 hours on their Cloud DVR, while up to 20 subscribers can stream at the same time.

AT&T TV supports a wide-range of devices to stream the Boston Red Sox including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, and VIZIO Smart TV. AT&T TV is not available to stream on PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo.

Can I watch the Boston Red Sox with Sling TV?

Yes, you can watch Boston Red Sox games on ESPN as part of their Sling Orange package for $40 a month. You can also add MLB Network as part of the Sports Extra ($15) add-on (or $11 if you only subscribe to Sling Orange/Blue).

Sling Orange has 30 channels as part of their service, including sports channels like ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, NFL Network, TBS, TNT, and USA Network.

This is the full Sling TV Channel List.

Every Sling TV subscriber can record up to 50 hours to their Cloud DVR,  while 1 users can stream at the same time. You can upgrade to a 50 Hour DVR for $5 a month.

Sling TV supports a wide-range of devices to stream Boston Red Sox games including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, Xbox, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, and VIZIO Smart TV. Sling TV is not available to stream on PlayStation and Nintendo.

Can I watch the Boston Red Sox with Hulu Live TV?

Yes, you can watch Boston Red Sox games on ESPN as part of their Hulu Live TV package for $69.99 a month, after a Sign Up a month.

Hulu Live TV has 70 channels as part of their service, including sports channels like ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, Fox Sports 2, NFL Network, TBS, TNT, and USA Network.

This is the full Hulu Live TV Channel List.

Every Hulu Live TV subscriber can record up to Unlimited on their Cloud DVR, while 2 users can stream at the same time. For $14.99/month, you can upgrade to a 200 Hour DVR (with skippable ads) and use on unlimited screens at home and three on-the-road.

Hulu Live TV supports a wide-range of devices to stream Boston Red Sox games including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, and VIZIO Smart TV.

Can I watch the Boston Red Sox with YouTube TV?

Yes, you can watch Boston Red Sox games on ESPN as part of their YouTube TV package for $64.99 a month.

YouTube TV has 60 channels as part of their service, including sports channels like ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, Fox Sports 2, MLB Network, NBA TV, NFL Network, TBS, TNT, and USA Network.

This is the full YouTube TV Channel List.

Every YouTube TV subscriber can record to their Unlimited Cloud DVR, while 3 users can stream at the same time.

YouTube TV supports a wide-range of devices to stream Boston Red Sox games including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, PlayStation, Xbox, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, and VIZIO Smart TV. YouTube TV is not available to stream on Nintendo.

DIRECTV STREAM Cash Back

Let us know your e-mail address to send your $50 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up for DIRECTV STREAM.

You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.

Sling TV Cash Back

Let us know your e-mail address to send your $25 Uber Eats Gift Card when you sign up for Sling TV.

You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.

Hulu Live TV Cash Back

Let us know your e-mail address to send your $35 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up for Hulu Live TV.

You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.