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How to Watch the Tampa Bay Rays Live Without Cable in 2023

Written by John O'Connor

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MLB fans in Florida can watch the Rays live without cable on Bally Sports Sun with DIRECTV STREAM “Choice” or Fubo. Out-of-market, follow the Rays’ regular season by adding MLB.TV to ESPN+.

How to watch Tampa Rays games

MLB fans in Tampa, and across the Gulf Coast, can watch the Rays live on Bally Sports Sun with Bally Sports Plus, DIRECTV STREAM, or fuboTV.

DIRECTV STREAM “Choice,” with the combination of unlimited DVR, Bally Sports Sun, and WTVT FOX 13 for watching Buccaneers football, is the best option for watching the Rays in 2023. If you don’t live in the Tampa area and want to watch out-of-market Rays games, MLB.TV will be your best bet.


Watch Bally Sports Sun, ABC, CBS, as well as WTVT FOX 13 Tampa Bay for Buccaneers games.

$99.99 / month

5 Day Free Trial


Watch Bally Sports Sun, ESPN, FS1, and more.

$74.99 / month

7 Day Free Trial


For out-of-market Rays fans.

$24.99 / month

Signup for MLB.TV on ESPN+

The most important channels for Tampa Bay Rays fans

For local fans, most Rays games will be broadcast on Bally Sports Sun. Bally Sports Sun is widely available across Florida and Southern Alabama. Unfortunately, you can’t watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Bally Sports Sun, but you can stream WTVT FOX 13 Tampa on DIRECTV STREAM.

When the Rays are on national TV, ESPN, FOX, FS1, MLB Network, and TBS are the major channels, plus Apple TV+ and Peacock have purchased the rights to about 36 exclusive games each MLB season. When the Rays appear in a nationally televised exclusive game, Bally Sports Sun will be blacked out.

DIRECTV STREAM – ChoiceFuboHulu + Live TVSling BlueYouTube TVSling Orange & Blue
MLB Network MLB Network
Bally Sports Sun Bally Sports Sun

For local Rays fans

If you live in Florida or Southern Alabama, Bally Sports Sun will give you access to the the majority of Rays games. The only option for streaming Bally Sports Sun is through DIRECTV STREAM’s “Choice” package.


With DIRECTV STREAM, Tampa fans can watch Rays baseball and Lightning hockey. In Tampa, DirecTV Stream also offers WTVT, FOX 13 for Buccaneers games.

Miami Heat, Florida Marlins, and Orlando Magic games will also be available in many cities across Florida with DIRECTV STREAM.

Read our DIRECTV STREAM review.

If you don’t live in Tampa


If you don’t live in Tampa and want tune into regular season Rays games, Bally Sports Sun won’t be available by default. In order to circumvent the regional TV rules, MLB.TV offers a premium out-of-market package that allows fans to watch any MLB game they choose.


During the regular season, ESPN+ offers one out-of-market MLB game everyday. While this option won’t allow you to follow the Rays all season, it is an option for catching a wider array of games.

Read our ESPN+ review.

When the Rays are on national TV

As a team that plays in the AL East, the Rays regularly face some of baseball’s most popular franchises, the Yankees and Red Sox. As such, they will be on national TV more than some other teams. When the Rays appear on national TV, here is how to watch.

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