4 Best Ways to Watch YES Network Without Cable for 2024

While you won’t find YES Network on YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, or fuboTV, DIRECTV STREAM and the YES app enables fans to watch their favorite teams anytime, anywhere.

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Published: January 1, 2024

New York sports fans seeking ways to watch games without expensive cable have reliable options. 

In 2024, two main choices exist for accessing YES Network without cable: DIRECTV STREAM or a direct subscription to the YES app. YES Network broadcasts New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets games, but these in-market games are only accessible to viewers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and northeastern Pennsylvania. 

While YES Network is not available on YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, or fuboTV, DIRECTV STREAM and the YES app offer fans the flexibility to watch their favorite teams on various devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast with Google TV. 

Some Smart TVs support these two streaming options as well. 

For fans dedicated to not missing any games, DIRECTV STREAM’s Choice plan is a straightforward solution for following your teams without a traditional cable package. A DIRECTV STREAM subscription provides access to a broad range of cable and broadcast channels beyond YES Network, catering to Yankees and Nets fans with coverage on FOX, FS1, TBS, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV, and ABC.

Unlike the YES app, DIRECTV STREAM features a no-commitment 5-day free trial. DIRECTV STREAM Choice has over 105 TV channels, including local and specialty channels. 

I hope you will forgive that I am a cord-cutting Red Sox fan who has been streaming NESN since 2017 back when PlayStation Vue was a thing. In the spirit of goodwill, I’m here to give you some direction on how to get YES Network without being tied to the pricing of a cable or satellite package.

The most cost-effective method is a subscription to the YES app. A YES app subscription costs $24.99 per month or $239.99 annually, granting access to all live games from the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, and New York Liberty.

Below is a summary of DIRECTV STREAM plans featuring YES Network, with monthly prices and select channels highlighted. Note that availability and prices may vary by location.

PlanMonthly PriceUnique ChannelsSports Networks
CHOICE™$108.99Cooking Channel, ESPNU, GSN, MLB Network, NBA TV, SEC NetworkIncludes Regional Sports Networks (YES Network based on ZIP code)
ULTIMATE$119.99FXM, NHL Network, Universal Kids, Starz Encore channels, TMCIncludes Regional Sports Networks (YES Network based on ZIP code)
PREMIER™$164.99HBO/Max channels, Showtime, Cinemax, STARZ, Sportsman Channel, BoomerangIncludes Regional Sports Networks (YES Network based on ZIP code)

DIRECTV STREAM: YES Network Streaming Without Cable

PLANPRICECHANNELS
Entertainment$79.99/month75+
Choice$108.99/month105+
Ultimate$119.99/month140+
Premier$164.99/month150+
Device support: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast with Google TV along with Smart TVs by Samsung, Sony Bravia.

DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) offers YES Network on its three different plans: Choice, Ultimate, and Premier. YES Network is not available on the Entertainment plan, nor is it included with the new $14.99 per month Sports Pack add-on.

DIRECTV STREAM Choice Plan: Watch YES Network, ESPN & RSNs

DIRECTV STREAM Choice has more than 105 channels for $99.99 per month. Choice subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR for recording TV shows and sporting events. You don’t need a cable or satellite receiver box. And there are no added fees for the regional sports channels.

On top of that, Choice has harder-to-find regional sports channels such as MSG Network, and SportsNet New York

The Choice channel lineup includes: A&E, ABC, ACC Network, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, BET, Bravo, Big Ten Network, CBS, CNBC, CNN, Discovery Channel, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU, FOX, FOX Deportes, FS1, FS2, Golf Channel, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, History, ion TV, Longhorn Network, MLB Network, MSNBC, MTV, NBA TV, NBC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Pac-12 Network, Paramount Network, PBS, SEC Network, TBS, Telemundo, TLC, TNT, TruTV, Turner Classic Movies, USA Network, and The Weather Channel.

DIRECTV STREAM Ultimate Plan: Streaming YES Network and NBA TV

The ULTIMATE plan from DIRECTV STREAM steps up the game with over 140 channels for $119.99 per month, catering to a wider audience with unlimited Cloud DVR. 

Notably, sports fans will get channels like NFL Network, NHL Network, NBA TV, and the Golf Channel, alongside comprehensive entertainment from FX, FXX, and National Geographic Channel. 

Children and family members can enjoy Disney XD and Universal Kids, while lifestyle aficionados can tune into the Cooking Channel and Magnolia Network.

DIRECTV STREAM Premier Plan: YES Network Live with Max

At the top of DIRECTV STREAM’s offerings is the PREMIER plan, priced at $164.99 per month, providing access to over 140 channels along with the unlimited Cloud DVR.

This plan is unrivaled for those seeking extensive entertainment options, including premium movie channels like Max, Showtime, Cinemax, and STARZ.

The PREMIER plan is a sports lover’s dream, featuring a plethora of regional sports networks including the YES Network, ESPN, and Tennis Channel, ensuring you don’t miss out on any action. Beyond sports, it also includes a plethora of channels catering to every family member’s taste, from BBC World News and Comedy Central for the adults to Disney Channel and Cartoon Network for the younger viewers.

With DIRECTV STREAM’s ULTIMATE and PREMIER plans, you’re not only getting a rich selection of sports, entertainment, and family channels but also the flexibility of a no-contract subscription that you can cancel anytime, just like with the Choice plan.

Premier subscribers get a free 5-day trial, ensuring that you can explore the vast array of channels and features without immediate commitment. Whether it’s the regional sports networks, the extensive list of premium, specialty channels, or the flexible subscription options, DIRECTV STREAM ensures a tailored viewing experience free from the traditional constraints of cable TV.

How to Watch YES Network FAQ

Frequent questions arise from readers eager to stream YES Network and watch Yankees games without a cable subscription.

Who carries YES Network in 2024?

In 2024, YES Network is accessible through several pay TV providers, including Optimum, Spectrum, Fios, Xfinity, DIRECTV, DIRECTV STREAM, Blue Ridge Communications, and Cox Contour, among others, as listed on yesnetwork.com. For direct streaming, subscribers can opt for the YES app.

Is the YES Network app free?

Downloading the YES app is free. However, to watch live games, you need an account with a participating cable or streaming provider. Direct subscription is available for $24.99 per month, offering live access to Yankees and other sports events.

Device support for the YES app includes:

  • iOS and iPad OS devices (version 13 and above)
  • Apple tvOS (version 13 and above)
  • Google Chromecast (Google TV, Ultra, 3rd Gen)
  • Roku (version 9 and above)
  • Amazon Fire TV (version 9 and above)
  • Android TV (version 9 and above)
  • Supported web browsers are Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari (last 2 versions). The app provides schedules, scores, and game highlights.

Can I watch YES Network on Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime does not offer YES Network. In 2022, Amazon Prime Video streamed 22 Yankees games. Prime members interested in Yankees games outside the YES Network broadcast area may consider MLB.TV. National broadcast Yankees games are available on Peacock and Apple TV+.

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15 thoughts on “4 Best Ways to Watch YES Network Without Cable for 2024”

  1. Who wants to start a suit about all these issues….I asked my cousin in NJ where I am moving back to. He said it is a bit beyond his expertise and probably a tough area to challenge….I guess we could march across Macombs Bridge 🙂 My issue is that in PA just the Lehigh Valley could get Mlbtv for watching the Yankees and whole season only $149…but my sisters in Poconos were blacked out from it…crazy so we couldn’t watch together like we use to commenting back and forth during the game. Moving to NJ means no more MLBtv for Yankees because I am “in market”. Crazy. I would have to get Directv choice streaming because my condo community only has Service Electric. so the season would cost close to 1K if we make October.

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  2. I have Amazon fire tv and I have been trying to watch the Yankee’s game for two weeks but MLB channel doesn’t cover it I live in Delaware why can’t I get it on regular tv. I don’t want to pay for it when the season is almost over

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  3. I am a die hard Yankees fan that lives in Missouri, signed with MLB and Yes channel but I have a bunch of blackout it made not sense and they have a lot of games on the YES app is near impossible to follow unless you pay more , any suggestions please

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    • Do you use a VPN?? If so and you have it set to New York try changing the city to Chicago and this should eliminate your blackout problem. If you do not use a VPN then I do not know the answer. I hope this helps.

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  4. It’s so despairing. I only want baseball and news and local channels. I shouldn’t have to subsidize so called premier channels and Hallmark channels. I am angry about this. For households with only 1 or 2 people it shouldn’t cost this much to watch The Yankees if you live in NYC. It is exceptionally greedy.

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  5. I was told today by AT&T that the only way to get YES Network with AT&T TV is to get the Premier package, which is $129.99 / month.

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  6. if you get MLB at bat and are a student or ex military you can subscribe to a $75.00 per year rate and that gets you most Yes network Yankee TV and Radio broadcasts . You also can get most other team broadcasts home and away. Comes to about $7.50 per month. Non student is about $100.00 per year. Best MLB baseball deal out there bar none!!!

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  7. Still haven’t found a place in Delaware, where I get the full channel of YES. I do get it now with Verizon, but I’ve had to pay an extra $50 just to get this channel, along with other channels, but my YES channel blackouts all of the games.

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    • It depends on where you live. Keep in mind, YES Network is a regional network. Also with Vue in particular, you should double check that it has your correct zip code listed. When I had Vue, sometimes it would switch zip codes on its own, and carve out local channels that should be included in your subscription.

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  8. But if you get sling for the whole baseball season, it isn’t cheaper. 6 months of baseball would be more than the baseball package for all teams. Now, you definitely get more for your money with sling for six months, but if you’re just trying to watch the Yankees play all games I feel like the better option would be the baseball package.

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  9. We had Sling last year exclusively for the YES Network. Cancelled last fall and restarted it a few weeks ago. No YES Network on either my Roku or my AppleTV. Multiple calls to customer service. They agree I should have YES per my zip code and IP address. They have been unable to fix the issue and refuse to refund my money. I would stay away from Sling if all you are wanting it for is YES.

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