Last week we found out that MiLB.tv was being rolled into MLB.tv this year. In the past the two were separate options, though you could bundle the minor league package with the big league one. Now if you subscribe to MLB.tv you get MiLB.tv included at no additional cost.
One of the great things about this aside from the cost savings if you are an MLB.tv subscriber is that now it opens up the ability to watch minor league baseball games on your television through the MLB app without jumping through a ton of hoops and using a second device to stream the games on and then cast it to your television. But for some reason MLB hasn’t made it nearly as simple as it could be.
There will not be a list of the minor league games for you to choose from like there is for the big league games. In order to watch the game(s) you want, you must go into the MLB app and make the big league club your “favorite team” and then all available minor league games from that team’s affiliates will be available for you to watch through the MLB app on your television/smart TV device (Roku, Fire Stick, Xbox, etc). That will include home and road games if they are available.
All games for Triple-A Louisville and Double-A Chattanooga are available. Nearly every game for High-A Dayton is available as only one team in the league had no broadcast ability last season, but there are rumors that will change this season – but no announcement has been made so don’t count those chickens before they hatch. Single-A Daytona is going to have a very limited number of games as only the St. Lucie Mets and Bradenton Marauders broadcast their games in the Florida State League. That could change, but as of now there aren’t any rumors or rumblings of teams within that league adding broadcast abilities.
As of today there will be 435 games available from the Reds affiliates. You will get all 150 games for Louisville, all 138 games for Chattanooga, 126 games for Dayton, and 21 games for Daytona.
There is no limit to the number of times you can change your “favorite team”, so if you wanted to watch a game that doesn’t involve a Cincinnati Reds affiliate you could simply go in and change your favorite team to the Orioles in order to watch Grayson Rodriguez pitch for Norfolk on your television. You will still be able to simply log onto your computer or the First Pitch app on your phone/tablet and stream games that way, too, if you would like.
MLB.com has a little more information if you’d like to read it.