How to watch the Twins in 2021
(With vaccine and hot dog in hand!)
This post is about streaming video (those without cable/satellite TV service, aka "cord-cutters"). This post and its discussion will be limited to legal methods.
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 and any games where the Twins play the team in your local market. (You can also listen to all of the radio streams, which are not subject to blackout.)
MLB.TV is $130 for the season, less 35% if you are student or military -- or better yet, free if you are a T-Mobile or Sprint customer (or know one, or spend $5 to buy from one) and you sign up through April 5th. See details here:
Inside the Twins TV market:
In 2015, there were zero streaming services carrying Fox Sports North (now Bally Sports North). A few years later, there were 5. Last year, we were down to 3. Now there can be only one:
The Highlander AT&T TV.
For fans in Minnesota, the Dakotas, east-central Wisconsin, and western/nothern Iowa:
You can subscribe to AT&T TV to get streaming access to Bally Sports North. You can confirm channel availability by searching with your ZIP code here:
You'll need their "Choice" level package or higher, and the monthly no-contract price for this package is $85. There should be no special fees or taxes beyond that, and since there is no contract, you can cancel at any time without penalty. This package also includes MLB Network, ESPN, FS1, and TBS, so you should have access to all nationally broadcast games too.
While that is a higher monthly price than other services from previous years, note that AT&T TV allows up to 3 devices to simultaneously sign in and watch outside your home, in addition to up to 20 devices within your home. I think you will also be able to use your AT&T TV login credentials to watch through the Bally Sports website/app when it launches March 31st, which wouldn't count toward your AT&T TV device limits.
For fans in the rest of Iowa:
While AT&T TV doesn't appear to carry Bally Sports North outside of western/northern Iowa (check your zip code at the link above to make sure), if an AT&T subscriber elsewhere shares the account with you, they can set the game to record on the AT&T cloud DVR and you can watch the recording, in progress, from anywhere.
All AT&T TV plans include 20 hours of cloud DVR in the base price. Recording the games on the DVR is probably recommended anyway, as the AT&T TV app doesn't let you pause or rewind live TV on most devices -- but you can do all that while watching a DVR recording, even one in progress.
In-Market wildcard: Bally Sports app
You can't subscribe directly to it for 2021, but the Bally Sports website and apps, launching March 31st, should allow you to sign in with a supported pay TV login (including AT&T TV) and stream Bally Sports North (as long as you are in a location where that pay TV provider offers Bally Sports North). This is especially useful as pay TV providers limit how many devices/locations can watch simultaneously, but Bally Sports North streams shouldn't count against those limits.
Use MLB.TV if you can, share a pay TV login for Bally Sports if you can, or split AT&T TV if you must.
Feel free to share your baseball streaming experiences in the comments.
Happy streaming! Go Twins!