How to Watch Cincinnati Reds Live Without Cable

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If you want to watch every Reds game of the regular season, you have options depending on where you are located. You definitely don’t need cable. Below we explain everything.

In a hurry? If you live outside the Reds’ broadcast area, MLB.TV will provide you with access to most games for $24.99/mo. But if you are a fan in and around Cincinnati, you need Bally Sports Ohio. There’s only one way to get it, but it’s a good one: The DIRECTV STREAM Choice plan for $89.99/mo. A 5-day free trial is now available for DIRECTV STREAM.

The Cincinnati Reds are one of the storied franchises in baseball. In fact, Opening Day in Cincinnati has historically been revered as the sport’s most traditional and supported. As a result, the Reds have opened their season at home every year since it joined the National League in 1890 with three exceptions: 1966 (rainouts), 1990 (lockout), and 2022 (lockout).

Are you a Reds fan interested in following the team on Opening Day and throughout the following six or seven months? If yes, you should secure access to either DIRECTV STREAM ($89.99/mo) if you are in Bally Sports Ohio’s broadcast area or MLB.TV ($24.99/mo) if you are outside of the Reds’ blackout region.

Also consider MLB Radio ($2.99/mo) if neither apply to you, which is the case for many in Tennessee.

About the Cincinnati Reds

Although the Reds have no direct connection with the Red Stockings of 1869, the city of Cincinnati does. It played host to the sport’s first fully professional team that year and, as a result, is the birthplace of professional baseball.

As for the Cincinnati Reds franchise itself, it got its start in 1882 in the American Association, a major league, before moving to the National League in 1890.

Cincinnati played in four World Series from its founding through 1969. Those occurred in 1919, 1939, 1940, and 1961. The Reds won the 1919 and 1940 editions.

Later, the Big Red Machine became a dominating force in the sport as Cincinnati claimed six division titles in the 1970s and World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.

In 1990, the Reds impressively and stunningly swept the Bash Brothers and the Oakland Athletics in the World Series to claim their last world championship.

More recently, the team has made the playoffs four times since 2010. However, the Reds lost every playoff round in that span, going 2-9 in postseason games since then.

With that said, there is hope for the future as Cincinnati entered its 2022 campaign off of back-to-back winning seasons. The 2021 Reds completed play with an 83-79 mark, which was good for third place in the NL Central.

Since 1912, Cincinnati has played in just three stadiums: Crosley Field (1912-70), Riverfront Stadium (1970-2002), and Great American Ball Park (2003-present).

Cincinnati Reds TV Channels

The vast majority of Cincinnati Reds games are broadcast on Bally Sports Ohio, which is also unofficially known as Bally Sports Cincinnati. Essentially, all matchups not on national or regional television or exclusively streamed by an MLB partner will be on this regional sports network (RSN).

Bally Sports Ohio also carries games played by the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, and MLS’s Columbus Crew.

When the Reds are being showcased to a larger audience, you can find the broadcast on your local Fox, ABC, or NBC affiliate or on Fox Sports 1 (FS1), ESPN, TBS, or MLB Network.

Another possibility is the game being streamed by Peacock Premium or Apple TV+.

Watching the Reds

Reds games appear in many forms. You can find games over-the-air (OTA), on national “cable” channels and RSNs, and increasingly exclusively streaming.

Antenna

Antenna

If you have an antenna, you can watch the Reds play whenever they feature on network television. During the regular season, this will not be often, but you will be assured of watching the team’s biggest games if they make it to the World Series since those matchups are all shown on Fox.

Our Indoor Antenna Guide will get you all set up. It’s quite easy!

Streaming

There are two kinds of streaming services that relate to watching Cincinnati Reds games. The first are the live TV streaming services that provide you access to the kinds of live channels that were once only available via cable.

And then there are specialty streaming services that stream live games independently of live channels. MLB.TV is an especially important member of this group, so we give it its own section.

Live TV Streaming Services

DIRECTV STREAM

DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) is your lone option for getting Bally Sports Ohio if you are a cord cutter. It and any other regional sports networks that you are eligible to receive because of where you are situated can be accessed after getting its Choice plan ($89.99/mo). This channel is available throughout Ohio and in parts of West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and New York.

All DIRECTV STREAM plans come with unlimited cloud DVR storage if you sign-up online. (And you are, right?) It also allows you to stream on up to 20 devices at home and three on the road. See our DIRECTV STREAM review for more information.

Conversely, if you are outside of that area, you should also consider Hulu + Live TV ($69.99/mo), Sling TV ($50/mo), FuboTV ($69.99/mo), Vidgo ($59.95/mo), and YouTube TV ($64.99/mo). Each of them allow you to watch many of the non-Bally Sports Ohio broadcast Reds games.

Specialty Streaming Services

  • Apple TV+ ($4.99/mo): Will exclusively stream a couple Cincinnati Reds matchups this season. This is part of a deal that started with the 2022 campaign to stream two MLB games every Friday.
  • Peacock Premium ($4.99/mo): Will exclusively stream 18 Sunday MLB games for at least the 2022 and 2023 seasons. The Reds will likely be featured. (Peacock review)
  • ESPN+ ($6.99/mo): Regularly streams MLB games throughout the season although these are generally subject to blackout restrictions, so this streaming service is best for out-of-market Reds fans. (ESPN+ review).

MLB.TV

MLB.TV provides access to all out-of-market games and so is a spectacular option for Cincinnati Reds fans who are situated outside of this club’s blackout region. However, note that this area is considerable, covering Ohio and Tennessee as well as portions of Indiana, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Mississippi, including some regions that do not receive Bally Sports Ohio through DIRECTV STREAM.

The base plan is $24.99/mo or $139.99/yr (there are also special deals). If you are only interested in the Reds, you can get a Single Team package for $119.99/yr. Only the monthly plan comes with a free trial, however.

For everyone to whom the Reds’ blackout area does not apply, you can watch almost all Reds games that are broadcast on that channel through MLB.TV. The only ones that will be blacked out to you will occur when Cincinnati plays a team local to you.

Note that MLB.TV does not provide access to any playoff games. To watch those, you will need to turn to a live TV streaming service or (in some cases) an antenna.

Raisel Iglesias pitching for Cincinnati Reds
Cropped from Raisel Iglesias Cincinnati Reds by Jeff Warrington under CC BY 2.0.

Devices to Live Stream Reds Games

The major services support most steaming devices in use today. We’ll just focus on the two most important streaming services for the Reds: DIRECTV STREAM and MLB.TV.

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android mobile devices
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • iOS mobile devices
  • Roku
  • Samsung smart TVs
  • Web browsers.

If you like, you can also get a DIRECTV STREAM device directly from the company. MLB.TV also supports Android TV devices as well as PlayStation and Xbox gaming systems.

Wrapping Up

Cord cutters who are also Cincinnati Reds fans and want to watch their favorite team as often as possible should get DIRECTV STREAM ($89.99/mo) if Bally Sports Ohio is available to them. If they are outside the Reds’ blackout zone, then they should get MLB.TV ($24.99/mo).

If watching occasional baseball games is good enough, a streaming service like Sling TV will fit the bill.

FAQs

What channel is the Reds game on tonight?

Generally, the Reds will be Bally Sports Ohio. In the few cases that it is not, including if it is the postseason as no playoff games are on Bally Sports Ohio, then your focus should turn to ESPN, TBS, FS1, MLB Network, ABC, NBC, and Fox. If it is not being shown on any of those channels either, it may only be available online through Apple TV+ or Peacock Premium (both $4.99/mo).

What radio stations cover the Reds?

The flagship station for the Reds has been Newsradio 700 WLW since 1969. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Reds Radio Network expands far from Cincinnati, reaching much of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Also, one station apiece in Virginia, Tennessee, and Illinois broadcasts Reds games. Regardless of where you are, you can listen to the broadcasts through MLB Radio ($2.99/mo).

How do I go about watching Reds games for free?

If you are not blacked out from MLB.TV streams of Bally Sports Ohio-produced Reds broadcasts, you can periodically check out the team’s games for free, courtesy of the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day. Otherwise, your best option is to use an antenna to watch any of the club’s contests that are shown on Fox, NBC, and ABC.

Is it possible to watch Reds games on my phone?

Yes, you absolutely can watch the Reds play on your phone. The app that you will want to download, log into, and use for this purpose will depend on how you are able to access these games. For example, DIRECTV STREAM, Bally Sports, MLB.TV, and all the other services have apps that run on iOS (iPhone) and Android devices.

What is the Cincinnati Reds 2022 schedule?

This year, the Reds will play Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Guardians, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, St Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles, and Philadelphia Phillies.

Here is the complete Reds regular-season schedule in EDT. Most games other than those noted should air on Bally Sports Ohio.

  • Thu Apr 7 7:20 pm: @ Braves
  • Fri Apr 8 7:20 pm: @ Braves
  • Sat Apr 9 7:20 pm: @ Braves
  • Sun Apr 10 1:35 pm: @ Braves
  • Tue Apr 12 4:10 pm: vs Guardians
  • Wed Apr 13 12:35 pm: vs Guardians (MLBN)
  • Thu Apr 14 10:10 pm: @ Dodgers
  • Fri Apr 15 10:10 pm: @ Dodgers (Apple TV+)
  • Sat Apr 16 10:10 pm: @ Dodgers (MLBN)
  • Sun Apr 17 4:10 pm: @ Dodgers
  • Mon Apr 18 9:40 pm: @ Padres
  • Tue Apr 19 9:40 pm: @ Padres
  • Wed Apr 20 4:10 pm: @ Padres
  • Fri Apr 22 6:40 pm: vs Cardinals (Apple TV+)
  • Sat Apr 23 4:10 pm: vs Cardinals
  • Sun Apr 24 1:40 pm: vs Cardinals
  • Tue Apr 26 6:40 pm: vs Padres
  • Wed Apr 27 6:40 pm: vs Padres
  • Thu Apr 28 12:35 pm: vs Padres
  • Fri Apr 29 8:40 pm: @ Rockies
  • Sat Apr 30 8:10 pm: @ Rockies
  • Sun May 1 3:10 pm: @ Rockies
  • Tue May 3 7:40 pm: @ Brewers
  • Wed May 4 7:40 pm: @ Brewers
  • Thu May 5 1:40 pm: @ Brewers
  • Fri May 6 6:40 pm: vs Pirates
  • Sat May 7 12:35 pm: vs Pirates
  • Sat May 7 6:40 pm: vs Pirates
  • Sun May 8 1:40 pm: vs Pirates
  • Mon May 9 6:40 pm: vs Brewers
  • Tue May 10 6:40 pm: vs Brewers
  • Wed May 11 12:35 pm: vs Brewers (YouTube)
  • Thu May 12 6:35 pm: @ Pirates
  • Fri May 13 6:35 pm: @ Pirates
  • Sat May 14 6:35 pm: @ Pirates
  • Sun May 15 1:35 pm: @ Pirates
  • Tue May 17 6:10 pm: @ Guardians
  • Wed May 18 6:10 pm: @ Guardians
  • Fri May 20 7:07 pm: @ Blue Jays
  • Sat May 21 3:07 pm: @ Blue Jays
  • Sun May 22 1:37 pm: @ Blue Jays
  • Mon May 23 6:40 pm: vs Cubs
  • Tue May 24 6:40 pm: vs Cubs
  • Wed May 25 6:40 pm: vs Cubs
  • Thu May 26 12:35 pm: vs Cubs
  • Fri May 27 6:40 pm: vs Giants
  • Sat May 28 4:10 pm: vs Giants
  • Sun May 29 1:40 pm: vs Giants (Peacock)
  • Tue May 31 7:10 pm: @ Red Sox
  • Wed Jun 1 7:10 pm: @ Red Sox
  • Thu Jun 2 6:40 pm: vs Nationals
  • Fri Jun 3 6:40 pm: vs Nationals
  • Sat Jun 4 4:10 pm: vs Nationals
  • Sun Jun 5 1:40 pm: vs Nationals
  • Mon Jun 6 6:40 pm: vs D-backs
  • Tue Jun 7 6:40 pm: vs D-backs
  • Wed Jun 8 6:40 pm: vs D-backs
  • Thu Jun 9 12:35 pm: vs D-backs
  • Fri Jun 10 8:15 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Sat Jun 11 2:15 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Sun Jun 12 2:15 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Mon Jun 13 9:40 pm: @ D-backs
  • Tue Jun 14 9:40 pm: @ D-backs
  • Wed Jun 15 3:40 pm: @ D-backs
  • Fri Jun 17 6:40 pm: vs Brewers
  • Sat Jun 18 4:10 pm: vs Brewers
  • Sun Jun 19 1:40 pm: vs Brewers
  • Tue Jun 21 6:40 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Wed Jun 22 6:40 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Thu Jun 23 12:35 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Fri Jun 24 10:15 pm: @ Giants
  • Sat Jun 25 7:15 pm: @ Giants (Fox)
  • Sun Jun 26 4:05 pm: @ Giants
  • Tue Jun 28 8:05 pm: @ Cubs
  • Wed Jun 29 8:05 pm: @ Cubs
  • Thu Jun 30 8:05 pm: @ Cubs
  • Fri Jul 1 6:40 pm: vs Braves
  • Sat Jul 2 4:10 pm: vs Braves
  • Sun Jul 3 1:40 pm: vs Braves
  • Mon Jul 4 6:40 pm: vs Mets
  • Tue Jul 5 6:40 pm: vs Mets
  • Wed Jul 6 6:40 pm: vs Mets
  • Thu Jul 7 6:40 pm: vs Pirates
  • Fri Jul 8 6:40 pm: vs Rays
  • Sat Jul 9 4:10 pm: vs Rays (FS1)
  • Sun Jul 10 1:40 pm: vs Rays
  • Tue Jul 12 7:05 pm: @ Yankees
  • Wed Jul 13 7:05 pm: @ Yankees
  • Thu Jul 14 7:05 pm: @ Yankees
  • Fri Jul 15 8:15 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Sat Jul 16 2:15 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Sun Jul 17 2:15 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Fri Jul 22 6:40 pm: vs Cardinals
  • Sat Jul 23 6:40 pm: vs Cardinals
  • Sun Jul 24 1:40 pm: vs Cardinals
  • Mon Jul 25 6:40 pm: vs Marlins
  • Tue Jul 26 6:40 pm: vs Marlins
  • Wed Jul 27 6:40 pm: vs Marlins
  • Thu Jul 28 12:35 pm: vs Marlins
  • Fri Jul 29 6:40 pm: vs Orioles
  • Sat Jul 30 6:40 pm: vs Orioles
  • Sun Jul 31 1:40 pm: vs Orioles
  • Mon Aug 1 6:40 pm: @ Marlins
  • Tue Aug 2 6:40 pm: @ Marlins
  • Wed Aug 3 6:40 pm: @ Marlins
  • Fri Aug 5 8:10 pm: @ Brewers
  • Sat Aug 6 7:15 pm: @ Brewers (Fox)
  • Sun Aug 7 2:10 pm: @ Brewers
  • Mon Aug 8 7:10 pm: @ Mets
  • Tue Aug 9 7:10 pm: @ Mets
  • Wed Aug 10 1:10 pm: @ Mets
  • Thu Aug 11 7:15 pm: vs Cubs (Fox)
  • Sat Aug 13 6:40 pm: vs Cubs
  • Sun Aug 14 1:40 pm: vs Cubs
  • Mon Aug 15 6:40 pm: vs Phillies
  • Tue Aug 16 6:40 pm: vs Phillies
  • Wed Aug 17 12:35 pm: vs Phillies
  • Fri Aug 19 7:05 pm: @ Pirates
  • Sat Aug 20 7:05 pm: @ Pirates
  • Sun Aug 21 1:35 pm: @ Pirates
  • Mon Aug 22 7:05 pm: @ Phillies
  • Tue Aug 23 7:05 pm: @ Phillies
  • Wed Aug 24 7:05 pm: @ Phillies
  • Thu Aug 25 7:05 pm: @ Phillies
  • Fri Aug 26 7:05 pm: @ Nationals
  • Sat Aug 27 7:05 pm: @ Nationals
  • Sun Aug 28 1:35 pm: @ Nationals
  • Mon Aug 29 6:40 pm: vs Cardinals
  • Tue Aug 30 6:40 pm: vs Cardinals
  • Wed Aug 31 6:40 pm: vs Cardinals
  • Fri Sep 2 6:40 pm: vs Rockies
  • Sat Sep 3 6:40 pm: vs Rockies
  • Sun Sep 4 1:40 pm: vs Rockies
  • Tue Sep 6 7:40 pm: @ Cubs
  • Wed Sep 7 7:40 pm: @ Cubs
  • Thu Sep 8 2:20 pm: @ Cubs
  • Fri Sep 9 8:10 pm: @ Brewers
  • Sat Sep 10 7:15 pm: @ Brewers (Fox)
  • Sun Sep 11 2:10 pm: @ Brewers
  • Mon Sep 12 6:40 pm: vs Pirates
  • Tue Sep 13 12:35 pm: vs Pirates
  • Tue Sep 13 6:40 pm: vs Pirates
  • Wed Sep 14 12:35 pm: vs Pirates
  • Thu Sep 15 7:45 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Fri Sep 16 8:15 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Sat Sep 17 7:15 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Sun Sep 18 2:15 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Tue Sep 20 6:40 pm: vs Red Sox
  • Wed Sep 21 6:40 pm: vs Red Sox
  • Thu Sep 22 6:40 pm: vs Brewers
  • Fri Sep 23 6:40 pm: vs Brewers
  • Sat Sep 24 6:40 pm: vs Brewers
  • Sun Sep 25 1:40 pm: vs Brewers
  • Mon Sep 26 6:35 pm: @ Pirates
  • Tue Sep 27 6:35 pm: @ Pirates
  • Wed Sep 28 12:35 pm: @ Pirates
  • Fri Sep 30 2:20 pm: @ Cubs
  • Sat Oct 1 2:20 pm: @ Cubs
  • Sun Oct 2 2:20 pm: @ Cubs
  • Mon Oct 3 6:40 pm: vs Cubs
  • Tue Oct 4 6:40 pm: vs Cubs
  • Wed Oct 5 TBD: vs Cubs

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