By Jim Kimble / Updated March 6, 2023
There are a number of ways to watch Detroit Tigers games live without a cable TV or satellite package during the 2023 season.
But watching home games requires a subscription to a live TV streaming service that carries Bally Sports Detroit.
Nationally televised games during the regular season in 2023 are on FOX, ESPN, FS1, TBS and MLB Network. A few post-season games air on ABC.
How to watch Detroit Tigers Games Live
The Detroit Tigers broadcast most of their games on Bally Sports Detroit. The regional sports network (formerly known as FOX Sports Detroit) has exclusive rights to in-market Detroit Tigers games.
Bally Sports Detroit is currently on three live TV streaming services, Bally Sports+, DIRECTV STREAM and fuboTV. Bally Sports+ has a 7-day free trial. DIRECTV STREAM has a 5-day free trial. Fubo has a 7-day free trial.
You can watch every home game this season on DIRECTV STREAM and fuboTV if you live in the broadcast area of Bally Sports Detroit. National broadcast games are on ESPN, FOX, FS1, and TNT.
Bally Sports Detroit is available to pay TV subscribers in four states.
Michigan, Northeastern Indiana, Northwest Ohio and Northeast Wisconsin are all within the home broadcast area.
|Streaming Service||Bally Sports Detroit||ESPN/FOX/FS1/TBS|
|Hulu Live TV||No||Yes|
Apple TV+ is streaming two live baseball games on Friday nights during the 2023 Major League Baseball season. The Friday night games are free, and part of the National Broadcast schedule.
NBC’s Peacock is streaming exclusive Sunday morning games, but requires a subscription.
You can watch these games on any Smart TV or streaming device that supports the two streaming apps.
Cord-cutters can watch some national broadcast games for free using a TV antenna.
How to Stream Detroit Tigers Games
Watching live Detroit Tigers games without cable TV is pretty simple. You just need a few things to start streaming MLB games on your TV.
- A streaming service that carries Bally Sports Detroit and the channels that carry national broadcast games
- A Smart TV or streaming device such as a Roku connected to your TV
You can watch live TV channels through the app of streaming services such as DIRECTV STREAM. Live TV streaming services have apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast with Google TV.
These apps are available on Smart TVs, iPhones/iPads (iOS), and Android smartphones. You can watch live TV on a PC through a web browser. Gamers can watch on Xbox and PlayStation game consoles.
DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) has every channel needed to watch Detroit Tigers games in 2023.
A subscription to the Choice package costs $99.99 per month for 105 channels.
Bally Sports Detroit, ESPN, MLB Network, FS1, and local channels such as FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS are included in the Choice lineup.
Subscribers can get three months of HBO Max, Showtime, Cinemax and EPIX for free before the monthly rates kick in. You can watch live TV on up to 20 screens at once.
You can sign up for a free 5-day trial without any obligations.
Every plan includes unlimited Cloud DVR and a robust library of on-demand movies and shows. There are no contracts. There are no additional regional sports fees.
You can subscribe month to month and cancel whenever you want.
DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets. You can look over the different channel lineups before making any decisions.
fuboTV has more than 152 channels in its Pro plan, including Bally Sports Detroit. This option was not available to Tigers fans last season.
The Pro plan has a large roster of regional networks and national sports channels for MLB and NBA fans. Bally Sports, AT&T SportsNet and NESN are available to in-market subscribers.
Pro plan subscribers get ESPN Networks, FS1, FOX, NBA TV, NFL Network, ACC Network and Big Ten Network.
A subscription costs $74.99 per month. You can watch TV or on-demand content on 10 screens at once. fuboTV adds a regional sports fee. It costs $10.99 per month for one regional network. It’s $13.99 per month if you have two RSNs in your area.
You should look over the channel lineup for your area before signing up.
fuboTV has entertainment channels, including Discovery, Paramount Network, USA Network and Hallmark Channel. Subscribers get 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR for recordings, so you can watch replays of games whenever you like.
Elite and Premier subscribers can live stream Detroit Tigers games on FS1 and FOX in upscaled 4K when they are available. There’s a huge on-demand library of movies and TV shows for when you don’t need live TV.
fuboTV works on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV (tvOS) and Android TV. Samsung Smart TVs, Vizio SmartCast TVs, Hisense, and TVs running Google TV or Android TV are supported. Gamers can watch fubo on Xbox game consoles.
You can get a 7-day free trial. There are no contracts or obligations.
Bally Sports+ is a new streaming service that offers live home games for the Detroit Tigers.
MLB fans will be able to watch games that are offered on Bally Sports Detroit.
According to ballysports.com, the service has rights to stream games from the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays.
The service does give you access to TV channels such as ESPN that air national broadcast games, but it’s a great budget option for people wanting access to home games.
Bally Sports+ costs $19.99 per month, or $189.99 per year following a 7-day free trial.
If you have satellite or cable TV service, you can still use your account credentials to activate the Bally Sports app.
MLB.tv live streams all out-of-market games for every team.
Detroit Tigers games are blacked out for fans living in the team’s home broadcast region. The service allows subscribers who live in an out-of-market area to watch games.
A subscription to MLB.tv costs $24.99 per month. Amazon Prime members can get a free 7-day trial of MLB.tv through Amazon Channels. The regular rate kicks in once the trial ends.
Apple TV+ is delivering two weekly Friday night games during the 2023 MLB season.
The first leg of MLB games will be free to anyone with internet access, according to Apple. The New York Post reported Apple TV’s schedule of games that begin on April 7.
|April 7||2:20 p.m.||Rangers at Cubs|
|April 7||7:20 p.m.||Padres at Braves|
|April 14||6:40 p.m.||Giants at Tigers|
|April 14||7:10 p.m.||Angels at Red Sox|
|April 21||7:05 p.m.||Blue Jays at Yankees|
|April 21||7:20 p.m.||Astros at Braves|
|April 28||8:10 p.m.||Phillies at Astros|
|April 28||10:10 p.m.||Cardinals at Dodgers|
|May 5||6:40 p.m.||White Sox at Reds|
|May 5||7:10 p.m.||Twins at Guardians|
|May 12||8:10 p.m.||Royals at Brewers|
|May 12||8:10 p.m.||Cubs at Twins|
|May 19||7:07 p.m.||Orioles at Blue Jays|
|May 19||7:20 p.m.||Mariners at Braves|
|May 26||7:05 p.m.||Padres at Yankees|
|May 26||7:10 p.m.||White Sox at Tigers|
|June 2||5:10 p.m.||Brewers at Reds|
|June 2||8:10 p.m.||Guardians at Twins|
|June 9||7:05 p.m.||Royals at Orioles|
|June 9||9:38 p.m.||Mariners at Angels|
|June 16||8:10 p.m.||Pirates at Brewers|
|June 16||10:10 p.m.||White Sox at Mariners|
|June 23||6:40 p.m.||Pirates at Marlins|
|June 23||7:05 p.m.||Mets at Phillies|
|June 23||7:05 p.m.||Brewers at Pirates|
|June 30||9:38 p.m.||Diamondbacks at Angels|
Apple TV+ works on most major streaming devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast with Google TV. Smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio, Panasonic and Hisense are also supported.
Peacock begins streaming Sunday morning MLB games on April 23.
Games will be available on the Premium plan. Peacock Premium costs $4.99 per month. There is a free 7-day trial for Peacock Premium.
|April 23||12:05 p.m.||Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies|
|April 30||12:05 p.m.||Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins|
|May 7||11:35 a.m.||Baltimore Orioles at Atlanta Braves|
|May 14||11:35 a.m.||Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Guardians|
|May 21||11:35 a.m.||New York Yankees at Cincinnati Reds|
|May 28||11:35 a.m.||Los Angeles Dodgers at Tampa Bay Rays|
|June 4||11:35 a.m.||St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates|
|June 11||11:35 a.m.||Arizona Diamondbacks at Detroit Tigers|
|June 18||1:05 p.m.||Baltimore Orioles at Chicago Cubs|
|July 2||12:05 p.m.||Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles|
|July 9||12:05 p.m.||Texas Rangers at Washington Nationals|
|July 16||12:05 p.m.||San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates|
|July 23||12:05 p.m.||San Diego Padres at Detroit Tigers|
|July 30||12:05 p.m.||Los Angeles Angels at Toronto Blue Jays|
|August 6||12:05 p.m.||Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Guardians|
|August 13||12:05 p.m.||Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox|
|August 20||1:05 p.m.||Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros|
|August 27||12:05 p.m.||Los Angeles Angels at New York Mets|
|September 3||1:05 p.m.||Philadelphia Phillies at Milwaukee Brewers|
Peacock works on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku. The service has apps for a wide variety of Android TV-enabled Smart TVs, including Sony. Smart TVs by LG, Samsung, Vizio and Hisense are supported as well.
You can sign up for a free 7-day trial for Peacock Premium.
ESPN+ is streaming one live MLB game per day that is part of the national broadcast schedule.
Out-of-market games are still governed by local blackout restrictions.
You will need your local regional sports channel to watch home games.
Replays are made available after a live game streams on ESPN+. A subscription to ESPN+ costs $9.99 per month.
- Sign up for ESPN+
How to Watch Tigers games free with a TV antenna
A TV antenna is the best way to watch Detroit Tigers games that are carried on ABC and FOX for free.
If you have a TV antenna handy, but haven’t used it in a while, plug it into your television’s coax port and scan for channels. FOX broadcasts games throughout the regular season. ABC becomes a key channel for post-season games.
If you are new to TV antennas, here is a list of resources that I have written to get you started.
- How to Choose the Best TV Antenna and OTA DVR
- How to Connect Multiple TVs to One Antenna
- Review: The Best Indoor TV Antennas
- Review: The Best Outdoor TV Antennas
How to Watch Detroit Tigers FAQ
These are questions readers ask when searching for ways to watch or stream Detroit Tigers games without a pay TV provider.
How can I watch the Detroit Tigers game?
Bally Sports+, DIRECTV STREAM and fuboTV carry Detroit Tigers games that air on Bally Sports Detroit.
Bally Sports+ has a 7-day free trial, and costs $19.99 per month. The service works on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, XBox game consoles, Samsung Smart TVs, and Smart TVs operating on Android TV.
DIRECTV STREAM has the network in the Choice package. The Choice plan has 105 live TV channels including ESPN, and a number of other regional sports networks. You can sign up for a free 5-day trial without any obligation.
fuboTV carries BS South in the Pro plan, which has 152 channels and key MLB channels, including ESPN, FS1 and local FOX stations. There is a 7-day free trial without any obligations.
Can I watch the Detroit Tigers on YouTube TV?
YouTube TV does not carry Bally Sports Detroit. But YouTube TV does have local FOX stations, FS1, ESPN and TBS. Those channels air nationally televised games. A subscription costs $64.99 per month, includes unlimited Cloud DVR and a free trial that lasts 7 days.
Can I watch the Detroit Tigers on Hulu?
Hulu Live TV has ESPN, FS1, TBS and local FOX channels that carry out-of-market games. But Hulu’s live TV plan does not carry Bally Sports Detroit, which has home games for the Detroit Tigers. A subscription includes 75 live TV channels, and unlimited Cloud DVR for $69.99 per month.
Are Detroit Tigers games on Bally Sports Plus?
Bally Sports+ is a new streaming service that has the rights to stream Detroit Tigers games live without a cable subscription.
According to ballysports.com, the service currently has rights to stream games from the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays.
Bally Sports+ costs $19.99 per month, or $189.99 per year following a 7-day free trial. MLB fans will live games, highlights and on-demand programming.
How can I watch Tigers games without Bally Sports?
Even without Bally Sports Detroit, you can watch Detroit Tigers games on DIRECTV STREAM and fuboTV. There are games on ESPN, FS1, FOX, and TBS. Apple TV+ and Peacock will also stream weekend games.
Can I watch the Tigers games on Sling TV?
Sling Orange subscribers can watch the Tigers when games are on ESPN and TBS. FS1 is on the Sling Blue plan. Sling TV does not carry any regional sports networks.
Local FOX stations are in a limited number of markets. If you live in or around one of these cities, then you should be able to watch the Tigers when games are on local FOX stations:
- Dallas/Fort Worth
- Los Angeles
- Minneapolis/St. Paul
- New York
- San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
- Tampa/St. Petersburg
- Washington, DC
What channel is the Detroit Tigers game on tonight?
Detroit Tigers games are typically on Bally Sports Detroit. The schedule below breaks down what channel or streaming service has national broadcast games for the 2023 MLB season.
|DAY||Tigers MLB NATIONAL BROADCAST SCHEDULE|
|Sunday night||ESPN or ESPN2|
|Monday night||ESPN or FS1|
|Wednesday Night||ESPN, FS1, MLB Network|
|Thursday Night||ESPN, FOX and MLB Network|
|Friday Night||Apple TV+|
|Saturday Night||FOX, FS1|
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Note: This article was originally published on March 23, 2022. It has been updated to reflect new streaming options, prices and updated schedules.
Founder and Editor of The Cord Cutting Report. Before launching the site in 2016, he worked for more than two decades as a staff writer or correspondent for a number of daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe. His enthusiasm for tech began with the Atari 2600. Follow @james_kimble