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#1 rickybeathard

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 11:46 AM

With the season fast approaching, what is the best way to watch Twins Baseball as a cord cutter? For the past several years, I've been using YoutubeTV to hit Fox Sports North, but now that channel has been dropped. So I'm just wondering what other people are doing? I don't really want to pay for a Hulu TV subscription on top of the Youtube, and I have no interest in going back to cable. Is there any way to access Fox Sports North just as a singular channel? Unfortunately I think MLB network is a no-go because I live in a neighboring state to MN and fall under the blackout. 

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 11:54 AM

 

With the season fast approaching, what is the best way to watch Twins Baseball as a cord cutter? For the past several years, I've been using YoutubeTV to hit Fox Sports North, but now that channel has been dropped. So I'm just wondering what other people are doing? I don't really want to pay for a Hulu TV subscription on top of the Youtube, and I have no interest in going back to cable. Is there any way to access Fox Sports North just as a singular channel? Unfortunately I think MLB network is a no-go because I live in a neighboring state to MN and fall under the blackout. 

 

Thank you for starting this thread. One thing I'll note is that channel availability on these streaming services can depend on where you're located. When I punch in my zip code, YouTube TV lists FSN as a channel that is available. 

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 12:26 PM

 

Thank you for starting this thread. One thing I'll note is that channel availability on these streaming services can depend on where you're located. When I punch in my zip code, YouTube TV lists FSN as a channel that is available. 

 

That's a good point. The Twins have a lot of fans down in Iowa and we're really suffering from the Fox regional packages being dropped. Which is further complicated by the fact that we're significantly affected by MLB's blackout policy, which renders MLB.tv useless (unless I decided to do MLB.tv + a VPN). The entire state of Iowa, for example, is within the blackout areas of the Twins, White Sox, Brewers, Cubs, Cardinals, and Royals.

If anyone has any good legal suggestions, I'm all ears. YoutubeTV was perfect until this latest fiasco with the Fox regional packages. It shouldn't be this difficult to watch your favorite baseball team. 

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 12:30 PM

YouTube TV still has FSN. 

 

I recommend going that route. Haven't had any issues with them (outside of the time they were about to drop the FS service). Really good DVR component (can record a million things at once). 

 

I think I'm paying $81/month with HBO & Shotime added in. 

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 12:46 PM

 

YouTube TV still has FSN. 

 

I recommend going that route. Haven't had any issues with them (outside of the time they were about to drop the FS service). Really good DVR component (can record a million things at once). 

 

I think I'm paying $81/month with HBO & Shotime added in. 

Unfortunately as @Tom Froemming mentioned, it can vary depending on zipcode. As of this spring, Fox Sports North is no longer available for many zipcodes in Iowa. 


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Posted 14 July 2020 - 12:54 PM

MLB does a hell of a job preventing people from watching their content. Sorry Iowa fans, they don’t want your eyes on their product. My suggestion wouldn’t necessarily be legal if you catch my drift. That may be your only hope in Iowa unfortunately.
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Posted 14 July 2020 - 01:44 PM

I live in Ames and watch Fox Sports North on Hulu Live. I know you said that you don't want both You Tube and Hulu Live, but being able to watch the games seals the deal for me.

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 02:57 PM

Moderator note - posts that describe how to get around legal methods of viewing content will not be allowed.

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 03:00 PM

 

I live in Ames and watch Fox Sports North on Hulu Live. I know you said that you don't want both You Tube and Hulu Live, but being able to watch the games seals the deal for me.

 

Thanks. I may have to bite the bullet and just do a couple months of Hulu Live. It's just frustrating because I honestly do not need another streaming/TV service. 


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Posted 14 July 2020 - 03:49 PM

 

Thanks. I may have to bite the bullet and just do a couple months of Hulu Live. It's just frustrating because I honestly do not need another streaming/TV service. 

I'm hoping you have to keep your subscription for about four months...All the way into November

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 04:32 PM

Hulu LIve has most of the YouTube TV channels and without the DVR is $10 a month cheaper. If you do get MLB TV and don't want to use a VPN you can still get the games a couple hours or so after they have ended. 

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 06:19 PM

AT&T now is $80/month for the plus package to get the RSNs.
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Posted 15 July 2020 - 02:23 PM

 

With the season fast approaching, what is the best way to watch Twins Baseball as a cord cutter? For the past several years, I've been using YoutubeTV to hit Fox Sports North, but now that channel has been dropped. So I'm just wondering what other people are doing? I don't really want to pay for a Hulu TV subscription on top of the Youtube, and I have no interest in going back to cable. Is there any way to access Fox Sports North just as a singular channel? Unfortunately I think MLB network is a no-go because I live in a neighboring state to MN and fall under the blackout. 

 

I'm in MN and can watch FSN on youtube tv, but YTTV jacked the price up again. So, we're going to go with Hulu Live TV. $10 bucks cheaper but slightly inferior to YTTV. 

 

Baseball should find a way to get rid of blackouts for the shortened Covid season. I'd gladly pay for MLB tv only if I could watch the Twins on there. 

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Posted 15 July 2020 - 03:38 PM

 

I live in Ames and watch Fox Sports North on Hulu Live. I know you said that you don't want both You Tube and Hulu Live, but being able to watch the games seals the deal for me.

Thanks for the tip!

 

Quick question: if you log in to the Fox Sports Go website (or app) with your Hulu Live credentials in Iowa, can you watch Twins games and Fox Sports North content? And do you also see Fox Sports Midwest content there too?

 

https://www.foxsportsgo.com/register


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 03:47 PM

 

Baseball should find a way to get rid of blackouts for the shortened Covid season. I'd gladly pay for MLB tv only if I could watch the Twins on there. 

If you're in the Twins MLB.TV blackout area, you should be able to get the FSN games on Hulu Live TV. $55 per month, no contract -- with a one week free trial, you can probably catch the whole 2020 regular season for $110. A 6 month baseball season would cost $330. (If MLB.TV ever gets rid of blackouts, it will probably cost at least that much or more.)

 

Unfortunately, there's really no way right now for MLB.tv subscription revenue to even come close to what the networks pay MLB for those exclusive local broadcast rights. And with everybody stuck at home and other entertainment options on hold, those rights are even more valuable for the TV networks right now.


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 03:48 PM

 

I'm in MN and can watch FSN on youtube tv, but YTTV jacked the price up again. So, we're going to go with Hulu Live TV. $10 bucks cheaper but slightly inferior to YTTV. 

 

Baseball should find a way to get rid of blackouts for the shortened Covid season. I'd gladly pay for MLB tv only if I could watch the Twins on there. 

 

Blackouts will generally be a bigger issue this year for many fans because of the regional schedules. In northern Indiana, I'm blacked out of Cubs, Sox, Reds and Tigers. That's 26 games out of 60, or 43 percent of the season. I'm blacked out of the final two weeks and would only be able to get 5 out of the last 26 games.


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 04:05 PM

 

Blackouts will generally be a bigger issue this year for many fans because of the regional schedules. In northern Indiana, I'm blacked out of Cubs, Sox, Reds and Tigers. That's 26 games out of 60, or 43 percent of the season. I'm blacked out of the final two weeks and would only be able to get 5 out of the last 26 games.

Hulu Live TV could help. Looks like it would have all of those blackout games, except for the Tigers.


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 04:25 PM

If you have not yet ditched cable/satellite, you may be able to get them down into the range of YouTube/Hulu. I need to do this soon.


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 04:44 PM

I usually use ESPN Game day or something like that and hang out in the game threads... It's not quite the same, but it works.


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 05:19 PM

 

Hulu Live TV could help. Looks like it would have all of those blackout games, except for the Tigers.

 

But no MLB Network, it appears.