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How to Watch the Pittsburgh Pirates Live Without Cable

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MLB fans in Pittsburgh can watch the Pirates live without cable on SportsNet Pittsburgh with DIRECTV STREAM Choice, or Fubo. Out-of-market fans can watch the team with an MLB.TV subscription.

How to watch the Pirates live without cable
Table of Contents
  1. Important channels
  2. For local fans
  3. Out-of-market
  4. National TV
  5. More MLB Teams

In this Pittsburgh Pirates viewing guide, I will break down the best, and cheapest, options for live streaming Pirates baseball.

Our top pick, DIRECTV STREAM “Choice” offers Sportsnet Pittsburgh, MLB Network, ESPN, TBS, FS1, and ACC Network for watching Pitt basketball and Pitt football. With the exception of streaming exclusive games, in-market Pirates fans can watch every game on DIRECTV STREAM “Choice.”


Watch MLB Network, ESPN, FS1, TBS, ACC Network, and more.

$99.99 / month

5 Day Free Trial

FuboTV Sports Lite

Upgrade to fuboTV Sports Lite to get access to MLB Network.

$84.99 / month

7 Day Free Trial


For out-of-market Pirates fans.

$24.99 / month

Signup for MLB.TV on ESPN+

Important channels

Pirates regular season games will still be carried on Sportsnet Pittsburgh this season.

FuboDIRECTV STREAM – ChoiceHulu + Live TVSling TV Blue + Sports ExtraYouTube TV
MLB Network MLB Network
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

For local fans

Not only does fuboTV carry MLB Network, the platform is also our top pick for live streaming the Pittsburgh Steelers during the NFL season.

On fuboTV Pittsburgh fans can watch NFL action on FOX, CBS, ESPN, and NBC. In addition, fuboTV allows users to record an entire team’s season to DVR, rather than having to record each game one by one. This is a big plus for Pirates and Penguins action, since the MLB and NHL seasons are so long.

Read our fuboTV sports review.

DirecTV Stream “Choice” gets you MLB Network, as well as the channels you need for streaming the Steelers.

Read our DirecTV Stream review for sports fans.


With AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh shutting down, MLB.TV may be taking over a chunk of Pirates games.

MLB.TV is the premium out-of-market option for MLB fans. With MLB.TV fans can circumvent the regional broadcast rules and watch any game they like, including Pittsburgh Pirates games. If you want to follow just one team all summer, the rate drops to a one time annual fee of $109.99.

ESPN+ carries one out-of-market MLB game per day during the regular season. While adding ESPN+ won’t allow you to follow the Pirates pitch for pitch, you will get a diverse lineup of MLB games, and may get treated to a Pirates game once in a blue moon.

Read our ESPN+ review.

National TV

Unlike the Yankees or Red Sox, the Pirates have a regional following, and as such, won’t be on national TV as often as some teams. When the Pirates do take the big stage, and AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh is blacked out, here is how to watch.

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