How to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a rich history as they played in the very first World Series. They’re eager to return to that glory following a tough 2019 season where they posted a 69-93 record. 

For fans wanting to catch a Pirates game live, there’s a better alternative to cable. Streaming platforms give you a great way to catch a Pirates live stream without the higher costs. This guide will help you learn how to stream Pirates games without cable. 

What channels show the Pittsburgh Pirates games?

To watch Pirates live, you’ll need a streaming service that offers a great mix of sports channels. For this season, all of the Pirates games air on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, so it’s important to find a platform that offers this channel. 

Streaming Pittsburgh Pirates live without cable

To watch a Pirates stream, you won’t have much of a selection with many streaming services not carrying the channel you need. As this chart illustrates, AT&T TV is the lone streaming option you have available. 

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AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

How to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates on AT&T TV

AT&T TV is the best option for watching all of the Pirates action. The reason for this is they’re the only platform to carry AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh. Along with this channel, they also carry ESPN, FOX, TBS, and FOX Sports 1, where you’ll catch playoff action should the Pirates make it to the postseason. You’ll need to have at least the Choice package, which also includes the MLB Network. This package starts from $60 per month, includes over 90 channels, and one year free of HBO Max. You can try the platform free for one week. 

Read our AT&T TV review for more information.

How to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates on Hulu + Live TV

Unfortunately, catching the Pirates games live won’t be possible with Hulu + Live TV. The reason for this is the service doesn’t carry AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh. That said, if Pittsburgh makes the playoffs you’ll be able to watch all of the action as the platform carries FOX, TBS, FOX Sports 1, and ESPN. 

You can try Hulu’s live TV for free for seven days. During setup, it’ll ask you for your favorite teams. By choosing the Pirates, it’ll show you when they broadcast on the platform and the service can even record the games for you. 

Again, this won’t be applicable unless the Pirates make the playoffs. Hulu’s base package for live TV starts from $55/mo. and comes with access to Hulu’s ever-changing library of popular shows and movies. 

Read our Hulu + Live TV review for more information.

How to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates on YouTube TV

YouTube TV won’t be the best way to watch Pirates game live because the platform does not carry AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh. On its own, it’s a great streaming service as it features the MLB Network, FOX Sports 1, ESPN, TBS, and FOX, all of which air baseball games. 

The only way this platform comes in handy for Pirates fans is if Pittsburgh makes the playoffs. In general, YouTube TV offers the most recording space (unlimited) and the longest free trial (two weeks) so it’s not a bad service to try out on its own. And if you do decide to keep it, the base package will run you $65/mo. 

How to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sling TV

Sling TV is a great option if you want affordable access to watch sports, TV shows, and movies. That said, it won’t be a smart choice to watch Pirates game live due to the platform not carrying AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh. 

Similar to Hulu’s live TV platform, the service will only be useful for Pirates fans if the team makes the playoffs. If they do, the platform carries FOX, TBS, ESPN, and FOX Sports 1, all of which air the playoff games. 

If you want to try out Sling TV even with these limitations, you’ll receive a free three-day trial. And with packages starting at $30, it isn’t a bad option when you package it with another option. 

Read our Sling TV review for more information.

How to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates on MLB.TV

Another way to stream a Pirates game live is with MLB.TV. This is a platform designed for die-hard baseball fans or those who don’t live near Pittsburgh and want access to out of market games. 

To see if you’re eligible to watch the Pirates live, you’ll visit MLB.TV’s website then enter your zip code. Doing this gives you access to the blackout restrictions in your area, which means if you live in or near Pittsburgh, then you might not have access to the games. 

However, if you do, you can subscribe to watch the remaining Pirates games for only $19.99 for the rest of the season. This gives you access to all of the Pirates live streams as well as the archives where you can watch every Pirates game this season. The platform also gives you a chance to listen to local radio play-by-play with your live stream for a more local feel. And if you’re an avid baseball fan who wants access to more games, you can watch all out of market games for $24.99 for the rest of the season.