Only one live TV streaming service, DIRECTV STREAM in its “Choice” package, carries MASN for in-market fans in the Mid-Atlantic.
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The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, or “MASN,” is a regional sports network majority owned by the Baltimore Orioles. The Washington Nationals also own a stake in MASN. In this post, we will break down the best options for watching MASN live without cable, plus the latest free trials sports fans can use to watch MASN free of charge.
Which markets can I watch MASN in?
According to the MASN website, the channel serves a seven-state area, which gives it one of the largest reaches of any regional sports network. MASN is available in all of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. MASN also serves major portions of North Carolina and Pennsylvania and parts of West Virginia.
Which live TV streaming providers carry MASN?
At present, DirecTV Stream, through its upgraded “Choice” package, is the only live TV streaming provider that carries MASN.
|DIRECTV STREAM – Choice
|Hulu + Live TV
|Sling Orange & Blue
$99.99 / month
$9.99 / month
$74.99 / month
$69.99 / month
$5.99 / month
$50 / month
$72.99 / month
What sports can I watch on MASN?
In addition to the Orioles and Nationals MLB games, MASN broadcasts 140 ACC college sporting events throughout the year, including 17 ACC football games through a special TV deal that gives MASN rights to broadcast the popular NCAAF league.
How much does it cost to stream MASN?
Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to stream MASN a la carte. Instead, Orioles and Nationals fans need to sign up for a DirecTV Stream Choice package.
Can I watch the Ravens or Commanders NFL games on MASN?
No, although MASN does broadcast NCAAF in addition to its MLB coverage, the channel does not have the rights to show Ravens or Commanders games. However, MSAN does offer some Ravens coverage in the form of commentary.
Why is MASN blacked out?
It is unlikely NCAAF games on MASN will be blacked out because MASN uses a flex scheduling approach to pick games a week or two before they air.
However, Orioles and Nationals games will be blacked out on MASN when they conflict with an exclusive national MLB broadcast. As I wrote in my piece on why I expect MLB blackouts to increase, when a media giant, like Apple, pays MLB for the TV rights to show a game, or series of games, exclusively, RSNs, like MASN, lose out. For example, now that Apple TV+ has an exclusive Friday Night Baseball doubleheader, when the Orioles or Nationals appear in that game the MASN coverage will be blacked out.
The same is true for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball and TBS’ Tuesday Night Baseball.
As a practical matter, and with the exceptions of Apple TV+ and Peacock, DirecTV Stream carries all the channels you need to watch these national broadcasts, so as long as your remote control is handy, you can still get the Orioles or Nationals game, just on a different channel.