Thursday’s Red Sox-Astros playoff game is being telecast on MLB Network, which for some raises the question: “Where is that on my TV?’’
There’s no simple answer, because it depends on your television service provider and your level of service. However, MLB Network does have a very easy-to-use finder that requires three pieces of information: the country in which you reside, the type of television service you have, and your ZIP code.
For example, in Boston, MLB is on Comcast channels 269 (standard definition) and 914 (high definition), DirecTV channel 213, and Dish channels 152 (SD) and 152 and 9434 (HD).
Verizon customers in many areas surrounding Boston can find it on channels 86 and 1530 (SD) and 586 (HD).
With Thursday’s game starting at 4:05 p.m., which falls in the end-of-work/commute home hours for many, live streams may be the best choice. MLB Network’s postseason games will be streamed online for customers of participating pay TV providers through MLB.com’s At-Bat app, MLBNetwork.com/Watch, and MLB.tv. Users must log in using their pay TV account username and password.
The network also has a list of participating providers and more information about live streams on its website.
An MLB Network spokesman said the network is available on the following providers in the Red Sox’ “home TV territory’’: Cablevision (Optimum), Charter Spectrum, Comcast (Xfinity), Cox, DirecTV, DirecTV Now, Dish, Frontier, Norwood Light Broadband, PlayStation Vue, RCN, and Verizon FiOS.
The level of service at which MLB Network is available can vary.
For those who do not have a pay TV subscription, MLB offers a postseason viewing subscription that includes all World Series games and select playoff games or $24.99.
After Thursday’s Game 1, the rest of the Red Sox-Astros series is on Fox Sports 1. Most service providers have a channel locator on their websites.