The YES Network is a popular regional sports network, or “RSN,” that broadcasts Yankees baseball games in the New York metro area.
YES Network is a rare RSN in that it enjoys a very large viewing audience (estimated at 293,000 viewers per game) and is majority owned by the New York Yankees.
The Yankees became majority owner in the YES Network when Disney sold a number of RSN’s in its portfolio in 2019 so the Justice Department would approve its purchase of 21st Century Fox. At present, the only option for live streaming the YES Network is with the DIRECTV STREAM “Choice” package.
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We’ve heard from a lot of upset Yankees fans this season as the number of YES Network blackouts has increased. For example, Amazon has the rights to 21 YES Network broadcasts in 2022, which means fans in the tri-state area can’t watch these Yankee’s games without signing up for Amazon-Prime. For many Yankees fans, this makes their YES Network subscriptions less valuable.
How big is the YES Network Territory?
The YES Network territory covers almost all of the state of New York, all of New York City, and the northern half of New Jersey. If you live in this territory, watching the YES Network will be the only way you can stream most Yankees, Nets, and NYC FC soccer games.
If you live outside of the YES Network territory, but still want to watch Yankees or Nets games, the two best options are MLB.TV for baseball and NBA League Pass for basketball.
DIRECTV STREAM is the only live TV streaming service that carries the YES Network
YouTube TV no longer carries the YES Network, which leaves only DIRECTV STREAM as the only live TV streaming service that offers Yankees games for New York and New Jersey fans.
How much does the YES Network cost through DIRECTV STREAM?
Probably the biggest appeal of DIRECTV STREAM for sports fans is the service has the best coverage for MLB and NBA games because it carries the largest number of RSNs, including the YES Network.
Since DIRECTV STREAM does not offer its lineup of RSN’s to its base level Entertainment Package subscribers, cord cutters who want access to the YES Network will be required to pay $89.99 for the “Choice” Package. In addition to the YES Network, the DirecTV Choice package also comes with ESPN, ESPN 2, TNT, and FS1, all of which offer an excellent sports lineup in their own right.