MLB Extra Innings Free Preview Starts Today (Finally)

If you’re ready for the baseball season to start, you’ll love the free preview of MLB Extra Innings. The season’s starting late this year, and while other sites can debate the politics and the people involved in that decision, we’re just happy it’s finally happening.

MLB games on DIRECTV are always in the 700 channels. If you have the Sports Pack or your regional sports networks, you’ll find them in the 600s. Although there’s no schedule for 4K games, I have a feeling we’ll see quite a few this year. They’ll be somewhere on channels 104-106.

Why MLB Extra Innings

If you’re a baseball fan, you’ll love watching every out-of-market game from every team. There are literally thousands of broadcasts, making this the best value of any of the sports packages.

Plus, you’ll get the MLB.TV Premium streaming package for free. If you bought this separately you would pay almost as much as you pay for Extra Innings, and you wouldn’t get the games live on DIRECTV.

So really, it’s a 2-for-1 deal. Not only that, you get live satellite coverage, which is always going to be more reliable than streaming. Streaming services can get bogged down when too many people are watching. Satellite TV works the same no matter how many people are tuned in.

Here’s what you need to know

With Extra Innings you get every out-of-market game. This is perfect for the displaced fan because you can follow your team all around the country and watch the home team broadcast, complete with commercials that will make you wish you were back in the old neighborhood.

With an AT&T unlimited plan you can stream DIRECTV content without affecting your data cap. Just use the free DIRECTV app for over 100 live channels. All the video you want, all day and all night, from anywhere in the US. For baseball, use the MLB At Bat app on your mobile device or the MLB.TV app on, well, basically any other device including PCs, Macs, smart TVs, streaming boxes, the list goes on and on. It’s practically impossible to find a device that doesn’t support MLB.TV.

And a little of what you won’t like

It’s only fair to point out that this package doesn’t exempt you from blackout rules. Those rules don’t make sense today, but they still exist. Generally a local game will be blacked out anywhere that “they think” is your local market. In some cases it’s a bit ridiculous — Las Vegans, I know you don’t think of yourselves as being in the same market as Southern California but the league thinks you are.

The MLB.TV package carries the same blackout rules unfortunately. I’m not going to say you can’t fool it with a VPN, I’m just saying that you probably shouldn’t, if you are one of those people who likes to live within the law.

Also, in past years, you haven’t been able to activate MLB.TV during the free preview period unless you actually bought Extra Innings. Kind of a bummer but it’s pretty clear why they did that.

Try first, then buy

The first week of MLB Extra Innings is free. If you like what you see — the Strike Zone Channel, all the live games from either home team channel, the audio options and many other benefits of the MLB At Bat app, you can sign up for Extra Innings at your provider’s web site or by calling Solid Signal at 888-233-7563.

If you own a bar or restaurant you’re probably already signed up for Extra Innings but if you’re not, our commercial reps can help you get set up at 888-233-7563.

Why wait for the preview to be over? The price is the same so you may as well sign up now! Call us or use your login at directv.com for easy self-service.

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Stuart Sweet
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