How to watch the Twins in 2020
(Besides being 6 feet away from anyone and wearing a mask. )
This post is about streaming video. There are a lot of options now for cord-cutters (those without cable/satellite TV service). I will limit this post and its discussion to legal methods, though -- feel free to private message me otherwise.
First and foremost, you should know if you are in the Twins TV market or not. This will determine MLB.TV blackout policy. Enter your zip code at this link to check:
The Twins local blackout areas are all of Minnesota, Iowa, and both Dakotas, plus parts of east-central Wisconsin.
Outside the Twins TV market:
Get MLB.TV! You'll only be blacked out of the national TV games (only 2 on the Twins regular season schedule right now) and any games where the Twins play the team in your local market. (You may be able to temporarily subscribe to one of the services below, with a free trial even, to fill in those gaps. Or listen to the radio streams, which are not subject to blackout.)
MLB.TV is $60 for this short season, less 35% if you are student or military -- or better yet, free if you are a T-Mobile customer (or know a T-Mobile customer!) through August 3rd:
Inside the Twins TV market:
A couple years ago, there were 6 streaming services that carried Fox Sports North. Now we're down to 3: Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV Now. (Although a few years before that, there were zero, so it could be worse!)
Hulu Live TV: Currently the cheapest and most widely available way to get Fox Sports North in the Twins TV market is through Hulu Live TV at $55 per month. It looks like they cover pretty much the entire Twins MLB.TV blackout area. You can verify that Hulu Live TV will carry FSN for you by entering your ZIP code here:
YouTube TV: Some folks prefer YouTube TV although its price recently jumped to $65 per month, and it no longer carries FSN in Iowa. You can enter your zip code here to check:
AT&T TV Now: Finally, there's AT&T TV Now, which is $80 per month and again doesn't seem to offer FSN in Iowa. At that price, I won't bother linking them.
All 3 offer "cloud DVR" so you can record games, although Hulu Live TV charges $10 extra ("Enhanced Cloud DVR") in order to skip commercials. All 3 offer 1 week free trials for new customers. All 3 also offer national games on ESPN, FS1, and TBS, although notably Hulu Live TV does not carry MLB Network (which doesn't generally have any exclusive games in the regular season, but did have one last postseason).
In-Market wildcard: Fox Sports Go
You can't subscribe directly to it, but the Fox Sports Go website and apps allow you to sign in with a supported pay TV login and stream FSN (as long as you are in a location where that pay TV provider offers FSN). All 3 of the above pay TV services, plus many cable/satellite providers, support Fox Sports Go. This is especially useful as these pay TV providers limit how many devices/locations can watch simultaneously, but Fox Sports Go streams don't count against those limits.
You can see all of the supported providers and sign in to Fox Sports Go here:
Use MLB.TV if you can, Hulu Live TV if you just want to watch live or you are in Iowa, YouTube TV if you want to time-shift (record the game and skip commercials), and don't be afraid to use pay TV credentials with Fox Sports Go.
Feel free to share your baseball streaming experiences in the comments.