In this age of cable-television cord cutting and the ever-growing list of streaming options to watch live sports, it can get confusing for viewers who just want to watch the Red Sox on a high-quality provider at a reasonable price.
With Opening Day less than a week away, it seems appropriate to share the ways Red Sox fans can watch the team this season. So here’s a brief guide to the options on which NESN can be found:
■ Cable, phone, wireless, and Internet providers Cox (primarily in Rhode Island for New England viewers), Xfinity (a rebranding of Comcast), Spectrum, and Verizon Fios, among others; satellite providers DirectTV and Dish Network; and online streaming services Fubo TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV, which it should be noted is not the same thing as the video website YouTube.
It is recommended to check the websites for specifics on what they provide, how to use them, and how much they cost. The three online subscription services generally cost in the range of $50 per month.
■ NESN is not currently available on Hulu, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now but is hoping to be included in their packages at some point.
■ The best option for out-of-market Red Sox fans is the MLB.tv streaming service. Most television providers outside of New England offer the MLB Extra Innings package as an option.
■ The Red Sox also have several games on network or cable television outlets, including Fox, Fox Sports 1, MLB Network, and ESPN.
■ In-market live streaming is available on NESNgo. This comes in handy during day games (such as the home opener April 9) when fans may be at work and can’t watch on television. If you’re a NESN subscriber through a major video provider (excluding Spectrum and Dish Network) and reside in NESN’s territory (New England except for Fairfield County, Conn.), you can stream NESN’s Red Sox broadcasts.
The Red Sox open their season Thursday against the Mariners in Seattle. That game will air on ESPN, but NESN will have pre-game and postgame shows.
The home opener April 9 against the Blue Jays will air on NESN in New England — and will include the ring ceremony for the 2018 World Series champions. It will also air on ESPN, but outside of NESN’s territory.