Pirates and Penguins fans will definitely want AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh. Below we explain all you need to know to watch without cable.
In a hurry? AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh isn’t widely available but there are two excellent streaming choices:
- DIRECTV STREAM: Provides the best access to RSNs nationwide and a great overall streaming service. A 5-day free trial is now available for DIRECTV STREAM.
- FuboTV: A great deal with 110+ channels, roughly a third of which are sports-focused. FuboTV allows you to try out its service free for 7 days.
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AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh is the must-have channel for anyone who is a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Pittsburgh Penguins. It also features a significant amount of coverage of the West Virginia Mountaineers, albeit usually not live game broadcasts.
What Is AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh?
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh is a regional sports network (RSN), meaning that it provides coverage of sports events to viewers located in its broadcast area. In this case, those situated in Pittsburgh and nearby can access this channel and watch all or a significant portion of its content.
This network was founded in 1986 and was initially focused on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Its name was, appropriately, the Pirates Cable Network.
However, it was quickly changed to the KBL Entertainment Network, indicating that it was going to show more than baseball. A later name used was Prime Sports KBL, which was followed by Fox Sports Pittsburgh, Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh, FSN Pittsburgh, and Root Sports Pittsburgh until it adopted its current moniker in 2017.
This regional sports network’s coverage area covers the vast majority of Pennsylvania – all but the Philadelphia metropolitan area – as well as all of West Virginia and nearby portions of Maryland, Ohio, and New York. In fact, its stretch into Ohio goes all the way to Columbus.
However, with that said, make sure to also take note of any blackouts that may occur. For example, Pirates fans in Columbus and Penguins fans in Buffalo, NY, will need to get an out-of-market package to watch those games as their broadcasts on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh will be blacked out where they are. The ones related to these clubs are MLB.TV ($24.99/mo) and ESPN+ ($6.99/mo).
The principal focuses for AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh are the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Live game coverage of the Pirates is extensive. In fact, the channel was scheduled to show all 162 regular-season games that the team had on its 2021 slate. Generally, every Pirates contest not shown regionally or nationally on an outlet such as Fox, ESPN, and TBS, will be on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.
As for the Penguins, during that team’s 82-game 2021-22 campaign, they were scheduled to be on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh 69 times. The rest were slated for coverage on ABC, ESPN, TNT, and ESPN+. Note that postseason contests played by the Penguins may be broadcast on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh as well.
Also, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh carries a tremendous amount of programming related to the West Virginia Mountaineers. These are generally coaches shows featuring the school’s football, men’s basketball, and baseball head coaches and Mountaineer GameDay, which is related to the school’s football and men’s basketball games. However, WVU live game broadcasts are not common.
In some cases, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins will be playing at the same time. This is most apt to occur in April. However, even in those situations, both contests receive thorough coverage with one of the games bumped to AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh’s subchannel: Pittsburgh 2, also known as Pit2.
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh Commentators
Greg Brown and Joe Block split play-by-play announcing duties for the Pittsburgh Pirates while Bob Walk and John Wehner do the same in the analyst role. Those not in the television booth are usually in the radio booth at that time.
Josh Getzoff is the Pittsburgh Penguins’ play-by-play commentator for the team’s local television broadcasts. He had previously served in that role on the radio.
Streaming AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Those looking to stream AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh and are in its broadcast area have two options.
DIRECTV STREAM provides access to AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh to those eligible to receive it as well as any other regional sports networks available in that area to Choice plan ($89.99/mo) and above subscribers. However, note that this selection of RSNs varies considerably. For example, subscribers in Pittsburgh just get the one while their counterparts in Buffalo enjoy access to the MSG Network, SNY, YES Network, and Bally Sports Great Lakes as well.
Those who select that Choice plan will also receive channels such as ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), MLB Network, TBS, and TNT, allowing them to watch any Pirates and Penguins games shown on those channels as well. Also included in the Choice plan is the ACC Network, which regularly features the Pittsburgh Panthers, Big Ten Network, a regular home for the Penn State Nittany Lions, SEC Network, and ESPNU.
However, do also consider that FuboTV does not carry TBS nor TNT, which may cause you to miss games played by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins, possibly postseason contests.
On the plus side, if you are located outside a metropolitan area in Pennsylvania, you will also get NBC Sports Philadelphia.
FuboTV also includes CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and FS2 in its base plan. You can get MLB Network and NHL Network with the Fubo Extra add-on ($7.99/mo) or the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone add-on ($10.99/mo).
Meanwhile, the ACC Network is featured in FuboTV’s base plan for those in certain areas, including Pittsburgh, while the Big Ten Network is included in it for everyone.
The base plan comes with 1000 hours of cloud DVR and simultaneous streaming on up to 10 devices. For more information, see our FuboTV review.
If you want to follow the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Panthers without access to AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, consider these options.
Solely focusing on regional and national broadcasts is one. In other words, get a streaming service that provides access to channels such as ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, TBS, and TNT. A couple that do are Hulu + Live TV ($69.99/mo) and Sling TV ($50/mo). Also, note that Hulu + Live TV’s base price includes access to ESPN+, which exclusively streams some Penguins games.
Another option is to focus on over-the-air channels through the use of an antenna. Doing this grants you access to Pirates games on Fox, ABC, or NBC and Penguins matchups on ABC. However, keep in mind that these instances are relatively rare, albeit more common in the Penguins’ case.
An affordable alternate way to follow every game that these teams play is through their radio broadcasts.
Meanwhile, if you are located outside of either club’s blackout area, you need to subscribe to an out-of-market league pass, such as, in the case of the Pirates and Penguins, MLB.TV ($24.99/mo) or ESPN+ ($6.99/mo). As for ESPN+, remember that the Penguins will also be on there periodically for everyone, including local fans.
TVs and Devices to Live Stream AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android phones and tablets
- Apple TV
- iOS (iPhone, iPad)
- Samsung smart TVs
- Web browsers.
DIRECTV STREAM also allows you to use its own device, which is available directly from them.
FuboTV also supports these:
- Android TV smart TVs
- Hisense smart TVs
- LG smart TVs
- Vizio SmartCast TVs
- Xbox One gaming systems.
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh is the channel that you want if you are looking to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins or Pittsburgh Pirates play as often as possible. And your two streaming service options are FuboTV ($69.99/mo) and DIRECTV STREAM ($89.99/mo).
How can I watch the Pirates’ divisional rivals?
Other teams in the National League Central can also be streamed. See the following:
- Chicago Cubs — Marquee Sports Network
- Cincinnati Reds — Bally Sports Ohio / Bally Sports Indiana
- Milwaukee Brewers — Bally Sports Wisconsin
- St Louis Cardinals — Bally Sports Midwest
How can I watch the Penguins’ divisional rivals?
Other teams in the Metropolitan Division, see these articles:
- Carolina Hurricanes — Bally Sports South
- Columbus Blue Jackets — Bally Sports Ohio
- New Jersey Devils — MSG
- New York Islanders — MSG
- New York Rangers — MSG
- Philadelphia Flyers — NBC Sports Philadelphia
- Washington Capitals — NBC Sports Washington
How can I watch sports on other channels without cable?
See the guides below.
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