Back to school: In college? MLB.TV is free

Ultimate break from studying has no charge for rest of season

Back to school: In college? MLB.TV is free

Micah Beutell is a senior majoring in marketing at Lincoln Memorial University in Cumberland Gap, Tenn., and MLB.TV is a necessity for him now that he is back on campus. It's how he keeps up with his Orioles and an intense American League postseason chase.

"MLB.TV is great at school because it gives me something to look forward to after a long day of class and practice," said Beutell, a lacrosse player. "Getting home around 8 every day allows for me to kick back and unwind and watch baseball. Though the Orioles are my favorite team, it's great being able to tune in to a big inning for pretty much every game around the league."

Many college students across North America share Beutell's need for live Major League Baseball while away at school, and MLB Advanced Media announced Friday that the Internet's No. 1 sports streaming product is now free to college students for the rest of the year, fueled by Gatorade. College students simply have to verify with ID.me.

"I would recommend MLB.TV to college students because it is very affordable and easy to use," Beutell said. "If you are passionate about Major League Baseball, then this is a necessity. I've made friends on my floor because they hear me arguing strike-three calls or celebrating a Zach Britton save. Even in Tennessee at a small university, I am able to enjoy baseball with others and never miss a beat."

Beutell spends his summers in Salem, Va., where he works for the Class A Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League. At college, he says, his phone is frequently streaming games over the MLB.com At Bat app, whether in study hall or while doing a rehab or pre-practice bike session.

"My favorite way to watch is on my Roku stick in my room," Beutell said. "Being able to kick back and flip from game to game with ease is such a blessing."

That matters a lot when your team is one of many contenders for a postseason berth.

"I would like to think the bats can carry this team into a Wild Card Game, but both the Twins and the Angels have been impressive as of late and the stretch for the Orioles will not be easy," Beutell said. "If they can continue this impressive play, I like their chances."

All-access features include home and away feeds, allowing you to watch either TV broadcast feed live, including Spanish-language audio overlay on supported devices. Portability remains a hallmark, because with a single subscription, you can watch live out-of-market games on all supported connected devices, smartphones and tablets.

Revolutionary 60fps live streaming video is available to MLB.TV Premium subscribers. This HD technology is available on supported iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs as well as Chromecast, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Roku, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

"Alexa, open MLB" is a thing in 2017 for the first time, as MLB.TV Premium subscribers can listen to live games without blackout restrictions using the new MLB skill on the Amazon Echo platform. You can find MLB.TV on more than 400 devices, and subscribers have free access to all premium features in MLB.com At Bat (a $19.99 value), including home and away radio broadcasts, exclusive highlights and more.

There is another month of regular-season baseball to watch, and MLB.TV subscribers who authenticate with their cable providers can stream every FOX telecast of the 113th World Series.

"MLB.TV is big, because it allows my family to be able to see me play," Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon said. "For all the people in my family who aren't able to come to see me, they can watch me play and using that app helps a lot."

"It's always good now for my son to watch, too, to keep him occupied," Yankees infielder Todd Frazier said. "It's really a good app, for kids up and coming who want to watch game and don't have the TV around. I think it's really smart."

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.