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After a long negotiation process, it was announced on July 7 that Major League Baseball would return in 2020 with a 60-game regular season, instead of the usual 162. There are a number of new rules in place, including routine coronavirus testing, no celebratory contact like high-fives and hugs, plus the banning of spitting and chewing tobacco.
In terms of Canadian baseball fans, the Toronto Blue Jays remain hugely popular despite enduring some very lean years since their consecutive World Series triumphs back in 1992 and 1993. Yet watching them live in this country is not always an easy proposition.
That is especially so following MLB.TV’s announcement back in February it will blackout Blue Jays games in Canada. That decision drew the Blue Jays in line with the rest of the MLB’s 29 teams, who all face blackouts in their local markets with MLB.TV. The situation is more straightforward if you just want your baseball fix from all other MLB teams.
The Blue Jays are owned by Rogers Communications, which holds the MLB broadcast rights in Canada through Sportsnet. Read on to find out all your viewing options.
If you have a cable subscription in Canada, you can watch MLB on Sportsnet, TVA Sports, TSN or RDS. Blue Jays games are on Sportsnet or TVA Sports, Sportsnet’s French-language partner. If not, you have streaming options for certain games and teams through DAZN, SN NOW or MLB.TV.
Back in 2018, global streaming service DAZN announced it would start carrying MLB Network, the Major League’s 24/7 TV network. MLB Network offers analysis, breakdowns and highlights of all 30 teams plus 1 live game per day. It costs just $20 per month or $150 for an annual pass.
There’s a 30-day free trial and a great number of other sports, including exclusive NFL and English Premier League. We have put together a full review of DAZN Canada for you including the content available, devices and special features.
Streaming service Sportsnet NOW is free if you already have a TV subscription. Sportsnet NOW offers 2 streaming options: SN NOW and SN NOW+. You can livestream Blue Jays games, plus more than 150 other MLB match-ups, the All-Star game, the postseason and the World Series.
SN NOW will cost you $19.99 per month and you can cancel at any time. It has a range of features including Split-screen View, Replays and Video on-Demand. On top of the MLB, you get NHL, 41 Toronto Raptors games and much more. SN NOW+ has more sign-up options. It is $9.99 for a 7-day pass, $27.99 per month or you can pay $20.83 per month for an annual pass. The annual pass is billed once at $249.99. All options are plus any applicable taxes.
SN NOW+ also lifts more than 500 regional blackouts for every NHL game that is exclusive to Sportsnet in Canada. Plus you get additional NBA, soccer, IndyCar and more. SN NOW is compatible with Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV. You can also tune in using your smartphone or tablet.
As stated above, Toronto Blue Jays games are now subject to blackouts on MLB.TV in Canada. But with an MLB.TV subscription, you get access to every other out-of-market team. There’s a free 7-day trial period. If you don’t cancel your trial by the 8th day, you will be billed the monthly or annual price.
MLB.TV has also opened up its 2018 and 2019 season archives for free, including postseason. You just need to create an account and log in. With the latest news, scores and statistics, MLB.TV provides baseball fans with everything they need to keep up-to-date.
There are typically monthly and annual options. But for this abbreviated season, there is a vastly reduced flat yearly charge of US$59.99. It also boasts a range of features. Multi-View lets you watch up to four games at once. There’s a catch-up feature, full game archives and much more.
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All games are available in HD and 60fps, provided your device and Internet connection can handle it. It also sports real-time highlights and player stats that update as the game progresses. You can choose between home and away announcers for each game. Alternatively, you can bypass the video altogether and just listen to the live game day audio feed, freeing your eyeballs to focus on other tasks.
Most modern devices support MLB.TV, giving you plenty of ways to watch the ball game. The MLB.TV website offers the most versatile viewing experience, with support for 60fps HD video.
No matter how many devices you own, you can only access a single MLB.TV account on one desktop and one mobile device simultaneously. Sharing accounts is against MLB.TV’s terms of service and doing so can lead to account deactivation. For information on billing, devices, troubleshooting and much more, check out MLB.TV’s full online support hub.
MLB.TV makes use of adaptive streaming technology, adjusting video quality based on the speed of your Internet connection. Speeds between 1.8Mbps and 3Mbps will get you an SD stream, speeds between 3Mbps and 5Mbps will get you an HD stream and anything above 5Mbps will get you access to 60fps HD.
Considering a typical MLB game lasts around three hours, this means MLB.TV will chew through roughly 2.4GB per game when streaming in SD, 4GB per game when streaming in HD and 6.8GB when streaming in 60fps HD. If you just want to listen to the game day audio feed, that will use up roughly 675MB per game.
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