How to Watch the Miami Marlins Without Cable

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It is a great time to be a Marlins fan. Regardless of where you live, you can watch every game they play. And you don’t need to rely on cable or satellite to do it. Read on to learn everything you need to know!

In a hurry? If you live well outside of Florida, you can watch almost all Marlins games with MLB.TV for $24.99/mo. Local fans need Bally Sports Florida. To get it, you need DIRECTV STREAM with the Choice plan for $89.99/mo. A 5-day free trial is now available for DIRECTV STREAM.

The Miami Marlins have been in existence since 1993 and have two World Series championships to their credit since then. They are just one of six franchises to have won multiple titles in that time. However, they have struggled as of late.

With that said, 2020 was a solid year for the team as it advanced to the National League Division Series, and its fans are hoping for more of the same in the years to come.

If you would like to follow the Miami Marlins on a regular basis, you should secure access to Bally Sports Florida as the vast majority of their games are shown on that regional sports network. If you are in its broadcast area, you can watch it thanks to DIRECTV STREAM ($89.99/mo).

Conversely, if you are outside of the Marlins’ blackout area, get a subscription to MLB.TV ($24.99/mo) to watch the Marlins.

About the Marlins

The Marlins have had an interesting history, to say the least. After recording losing records their first four seasons, they claimed the World Series in 1997, outlasting Cleveland in a seven-game classic.

Then, after returning to their losing ways and recording five more losing records, the Marlins won another World Series, beating the Yankees in the 2003 Classic.

More recently, the club ended 10 straight losing seasons with an above-.500 record in 2020, going 31-29, and sweeping the Cubs, 2-0, in a Wild Card Series. However, that postseason run came to an end at the hands of the Braves, 3-0.

Incredibly, that was the first postseason series loss in the club’s history as it had gone 7-0 prior to then, including three series wins apiece in 1997 and 2003.

Unfortunately, Miami’s 2021 campaign was back to the norm for this club as the Marlins went 67-95. They were a decent 23-24 on May 24 but went 44-71 the rest of the season.

Miami Marlins
Cropped from Marlins First Pitch at Marlins Park, March 4, 2012 by Roberto Coquis under CC BY 2.0.

Marlins TV Channels

When the Miami Marlins are shown on national or regional television, you can find the game on Fox, ESPN, TBS, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), NBC, or ABC. It is also possible that games may not be shown on any television network at all because Peacock Premium and Apple TV+ exclusively stream some MLB games.

Meanwhile, Bally Sports Florida will broadcast the rest of the club’s games. In fact, heading into the 2021 campaign, the channel announced that it would show all 162 of the contests on Miami’s schedule that season. It will probably not be quite 100% in years to come, but it will be a very high percentage.

Bally Sports Florida is available throughout Florida although its Marlins broadcasts are blacked out in the Tampa Bay area.

This regional sports network is also the home of the NBA’s Miami Heat while sister station Bally Sports Sun broadcasts MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays and the NHL’s Florida Panthers. However, keep in mind that those located in and near Miami are unable to watch Rays broadcasts on Bally Sports Sun.

Watching the Marlins

Those interested in watching the Marlins play have a few options.

Antenna

Antenna

Using an antenna will get you access to any Miami Marlins games on Fox, NBC, and ABC. However, those occurrences will most likely be relatively rare as the team does not garner high television ratings and is also usually not a contender.

With that said, if Miami makes a run to the World Series similar to what it did repeatedly during its first decade-plus, all of those Fall Classic games will be on Fox.

See our HD antenna guide for details on watching the Marlins for free.

Streaming

Streaming is what you are going to want to focus on, especially if you want to watch the team play on a near-daily basis.

Live TV Streaming Services

DIRECTV STREAM

DIRECTV STREAM offers its Choice plan ($89.99/mo) and above subscribers located in this channel’s broadcast area the ability to stream Bally Sports Florida programming as well as access to all other regional sports networks that it offers those in your area. One of the other ones is Bally Sports Sun.

Also included in the plan are ESPN, MLB Network, FS1, TBS, and local network affiliates. All plans come with unlimited cloud DVR storage (for online orders only) and streaming on up to 20 devices at one time. See our DIRECTV STREAM review for more information.

Meanwhile, other streaming services do not offer Bally Sports Florida but that do provide you with the opportunity to watch some Marlins games and several other MLB contests. These include FuboTV ($69.99/mo), Hulu + Live TV ($69.99/mo), Sling TV ($35/mo), Vidgo ($59.95/mo), and YouTube TV ($64.99/mo). Note that the Hulu + Live TV price includes access to ESPN+ and most of its MLB streams.

Specialty Streaming Services

Starting in 2022, Apple TV+ ($4.99/mo) is exclusively streaming several MLB games. These will consist of two on Friday evenings. Matchups featuring the Marlins may be included amongst them.

Peacock Premium ($4.99/mo) is also joining MLB’s increasing list of broadcast partners and is expected to exclusively stream games on Sundays. Get more info in our Peacock review.

ESPN+ ($6.99/mo) is a solid option for watching the Marlins play if you are outside of Bally Sports Florida’s broadcast area as it regularly streams games. Our ESPN+ review has more information.

MLB.TV

Miami Marlins fans who are unable to get Bally Sports Florida, which essentially applies to those situated outside of Florida (and those in the Tampa Bay area), should subscribe to MLB.TV ($24.99/mo or $139.99/yr) and watch its broadcasts through that streaming service. You can get it slightly cheaper ($119.99/yr) if you go for a single team package.

All of its games will be available except for when Miami plays a team that you are blacked out from. For example, you cannot watch its Marlins-Rockies broadcasts in Denver.

Devices for Live Streaming Miami Marlin Games

DIRECTV STREAM and MLB.TV both support these devices:

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

DIRECTV STREAM also has its own device that you can use. MLB.TV also supports Android TV and the Xbox gaming system.

Wrapping Up

Cord-cutters who want to see the Miami Marlins play as often as possible need to, in most cases, get either DIRECTV STREAM ($89.99/mo) if in Bally Sports Florida’s broadcast area or MLB.TV ($24.99/mo) if not.

FAQs

Where on TV are the Marlins playing tonight?

In most cases, tonight’s Marlins game is being broadcast on Bally Sports Florida. However, if that is not the case, check your local Fox, NBC, and ABC affiliates as well as the MLB Network, FS1, ESPN, and TBS. If it is not on any of those channels, it might only be available online through Peacock Premium or Apple TV+ (both $4.99/mo).

Which radio stations air Marlins games?

If you are in Florida, you are probably within listening distance of a station that is part of the Miami Marlins Radio Network. Those in Miami should tune to either 940 AM (WINZ) or 94.9 FM (WZTU) for English-language commentary. If you prefer to listen in Spanish, head to 710 AM (WAQI) instead. An MLB Radio subscription ($2.99/mo) will also grant you access to those broadcasts.

Is there a way to watch Marlins games for free?

If you are not in the Marlins’ blackout area, you can periodically watch the team play for free through appearances on the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day. Otherwise, you will need to have an antenna and focus on the times Miami is featured on network television.

How do I watch Marlins games on my phone?

In order to watch Marlins games on your phone, you will, for the most part, simply need to download either the Bally Sports app or the MLB app, the former one if you subscribe to DIRECTV STREAM and watch Bally Sports Florida’s broadcasts through it and the latter if you instead subscribe to MLB.TV. DIRECTV STREAM also has apps for Android and iOS phones.

What is the 2022 Marlins Schedule

This regular season, the Marlins plays San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, St Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland Athletics.

All these games should air on Bally Sports Florida and MLB.TV except as indicated. All times are EDT.

  • Fri Apr 8 4:35 pm: @ Giants
  • Sat Apr 9 4:05 pm: @ Giants
  • Sun Apr 10 4:05 pm: @ Giants
  • Mon Apr 11 9:38 pm: @ Angels
  • Tue Apr 12 7:07 pm: @ Angels
  • Thu Apr 14 6:40 pm: vs Phillies
  • Fri Apr 15 6:40 pm: vs Phillies
  • Sat Apr 16 6:10 pm: vs Phillies
  • Sun Apr 17 1:40 pm: vs Phillies
  • Tue Apr 19 6:40 pm: vs Cardinals
  • Wed Apr 20 6:40 pm: vs Cardinals
  • Thu Apr 21 6:40 pm: vs Cardinals (MLBN)
  • Fri Apr 22 7:20 pm: @ Braves
  • Sat Apr 23 7:20 pm: @ Braves
  • Sun Apr 24 1:35 pm: @ Braves
  • Tue Apr 26 7:05 pm: @ Nationals
  • Wed Apr 27 7:05 pm: @ Nationals
  • Thu Apr 28 1:05 pm: @ Nationals
  • Fri Apr 29 6:40 pm: vs Mariners
  • Sat Apr 30 6:10 pm: vs Mariners
  • Sun May 1 1:40 pm: vs Mariners
  • Mon May 2 6:40 pm: vs D-backs
  • Tue May 3 6:40 pm: vs D-backs
  • Wed May 4 12:40 pm: vs D-backs
  • Thu May 5 9:40 pm: @ Padres
  • Fri May 6 9:40 pm: @ Padres
  • Sat May 7 8:40 pm: @ Padres
  • Sun May 8 4:10 pm: @ Padres
  • Mon May 9 9:40 pm: @ D-backs
  • Tue May 10 9:40 pm: @ D-backs
  • Wed May 11 3:40 pm: @ D-backs
  • Fri May 13 6:40 pm: vs Brewers
  • Sat May 14 6:10 pm: vs Brewers
  • Sun May 15 1:40 pm: vs Brewers
  • Mon May 16 6:40 pm: vs Nationals
  • Tue May 17 6:40 pm: vs Nationals
  • Wed May 18 6:40 pm: vs Nationals
  • Fri May 20 6:40 pm: vs Braves
  • Sat May 21 6:10 pm: vs Braves
  • Sun May 22 1:40 pm: vs Braves
  • Tue May 24 6:40 pm: @ Rays
  • Wed May 25 6:40 pm: @ Rays
  • Fri May 27 7:20 pm: @ Braves
  • Sat May 28 4:10 pm: @ Braves
  • Sun May 29 1:35 pm: @ Braves
  • Mon May 30 4:10 pm: @ Rockies
  • Tue May 31 8:40 pm: @ Rockies
  • Wed Jun 1 3:10 pm: @ Rockies
  • Thu Jun 2 6:40 pm: vs Giants
  • Fri Jun 3 6:40 pm: vs Giants
  • Sat Jun 4 4:10 pm: vs Giants
  • Sun Jun 5 1:40 pm: vs Giants
  • Tue Jun 7 6:40 pm: vs Nationals
  • Wed Jun 8 6:40 pm: vs Nationals
  • Thu Jun 9 6:40 pm: vs Nationals
  • Fri Jun 10 8:10 pm: @ Astros
  • Sat Jun 11 4:10 pm: @ Astros
  • Sun Jun 12 2:10 pm: @ Astros
  • Mon Jun 13 7:05 pm: @ Phillies
  • Tue Jun 14 7:05 pm: @ Phillies
  • Wed Jun 15 1:05 pm: @ Phillies
  • Fri Jun 17 7:10 pm: @ Mets
  • Sat Jun 18 4:10 pm: @ Mets
  • Sun Jun 19 1:40 pm: @ Mets
  • Mon Jun 20 1:10 pm: @ Mets
  • Tue Jun 21 6:40 pm: vs Rockies
  • Wed Jun 22 6:40 pm: vs Rockies
  • Thu Jun 23 12:10 pm: vs Rockies
  • Fri Jun 24 6:40 pm: vs Mets
  • Sat Jun 25 4:10 pm: vs Mets
  • Sun Jun 26 1:40 pm: vs Mets
  • Mon Jun 27 7:45 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Tue Jun 28 7:45 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Wed Jun 29 7:45 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Fri Jul 1 6:05 pm: @ Nationals
  • Sat Jul 2 4:05 pm: @ Nationals
  • Sun Jul 3 1:35 pm: @ Nationals
  • Mon Jul 4 11:05 am: @ Nationals
  • Tue Jul 5 6:40 pm: vs Angels
  • Wed Jul 6 6:40 pm: vs Angels
  • Thu Jul 7 7:10 pm: @ Mets
  • Fri Jul 8 7:10 pm: @ Mets
  • Sat Jul 9 4:10 pm: @ Mets
  • Sun Jul 10 1:40 pm: @ Mets
  • Mon Jul 11 6:40 pm: vs Pirates
  • Tue Jul 12 6:40 pm: vs Pirates
  • Wed Jul 13 6:40 pm: vs Pirates
  • Thu Jul 14 12:10 pm: vs Pirates
  • Fri Jul 15 6:40 pm: vs Phillies
  • Sat Jul 16 4:10 pm: vs Phillies
  • Sun Jul 17 1:40 pm: vs Phillies
  • Thu Jul 21 1:10 pm: vs Rangers
  • Fri Jul 22 7:05 pm: @ Pirates
  • Sat Jul 23 7:05 pm: @ Pirates
  • Sun Jul 24 1:35 pm: @ Pirates
  • Mon Jul 25 6:40 pm: @ Reds
  • Tue Jul 26 6:40 pm: @ Reds
  • Wed Jul 27 6:40 pm: @ Reds
  • Thu Jul 28 12:35 pm: @ Reds
  • Fri Jul 29 6:40 pm: vs Mets
  • Sat Jul 30 6:10 pm: vs Mets
  • Sun Jul 31 1:40 pm: vs Mets
  • Mon Aug 1 6:40 pm: vs Reds
  • Tue Aug 2 6:40 pm: vs Reds
  • Wed Aug 3 6:40 pm: vs Reds
  • Fri Aug 5 2:20 pm: @ Cubs
  • Sat Aug 6 2:20 pm: @ Cubs (FS1)
  • Sun Aug 7 2:20 pm: @ Cubs
  • Tue Aug 9 7:05 pm: @ Phillies
  • Wed Aug 10 7:05 pm: @ Phillies
  • Thu Aug 11 1:05 pm: @ Phillies
  • Fri Aug 12 6:40 pm: vs Braves
  • Sat Aug 13 1:10 pm: vs Braves
  • Sat Aug 13 7:10 pm: vs Braves
  • Sun Aug 14 1:40 pm: vs Braves
  • Mon Aug 15 6:40 pm: vs Padres
  • Tue Aug 16 6:40 pm: vs Padres
  • Wed Aug 17 4:10 pm: vs Padres
  • Fri Aug 19 10:10 pm: @ Dodgers
  • Sat Aug 20 9:10 pm: @ Dodgers
  • Sun Aug 21 4:10 pm: @ Dodgers
  • Mon Aug 22 9:40 pm: @ Athletics
  • Tue Aug 23 9:40 pm: @ Athletics
  • Wed Aug 24 3:37 pm: @ Athletics
  • Fri Aug 26 6:40 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Sat Aug 27 6:10 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Sun Aug 28 1:40 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Mon Aug 29 6:40 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Tue Aug 30 6:40 pm: vs Rays
  • Wed Aug 31 6:40 pm: vs Rays
  • Fri Sep 2 7:20 pm: @ Braves
  • Sat Sep 3 7:20 pm: @ Braves
  • Sun Sep 4 1:35 pm: @ Braves
  • Tue Sep 6 6:45 pm: @ Phillies
  • Wed Sep 7 6:45 pm: @ Phillies
  • Thu Sep 8 6:45 pm: @ Phillies
  • Fri Sep 9 6:40 pm: vs Mets
  • Sat Sep 10 6:10 pm: vs Mets
  • Sun Sep 11 1:40 pm: vs Mets
  • Mon Sep 12 1:10 pm: vs Rangers
  • Mon Sep 12 7:10 pm: vs Rangers
  • Tue Sep 13 6:40 pm: vs Phillies
  • Wed Sep 14 6:40 pm: vs Phillies
  • Thu Sep 15 6:40 pm: vs Phillies
  • Fri Sep 16 7:05 pm: @ Nationals
  • Sat Sep 17 4:05 pm: @ Nationals
  • Sun Sep 18 1:35 pm: @ Nationals
  • Mon Sep 19 6:40 pm: vs Cubs
  • Tue Sep 20 6:40 pm: vs Cubs
  • Wed Sep 21 6:40 pm: vs Cubs
  • Fri Sep 23 6:40 pm: vs Nationals
  • Sat Sep 24 6:10 pm: vs Nationals
  • Sun Sep 25 1:40 pm: vs Nationals
  • Tue Sep 27 7:10 pm: @ Mets
  • Wed Sep 28 7:10 pm: @ Mets
  • Thu Sep 29 7:40 pm: @ Brewers
  • Fri Sep 30 8:10 pm: @ Brewers
  • Sat Oct 1 7:10 pm: @ Brewers
  • Sun Oct 2 2:10 pm: @ Brewers
  • Mon Oct 3 6:40 pm: vs Braves
  • Tue Oct 4 6:40 pm: vs Braves
  • Wed Oct 5 TBD: vs Braves
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