How to Watch St. Louis Cardinals Baseball in 2022

In 2022, we wouldn’t really blame you if you no longer have a cable TV subscription. But if you’re a devoted Cardinals fan without cable, you may be wondering about how to keep up with your favorite team. This article will quickly guide you on all the ways to watch St. Louis Cardinals baseball in 2022.

Table of Contents

  • Where Can I Watch Cardinals Baseball?
  • What Network Is Cardinals Baseball Broadcast On?
  • Where to Watch Cardinals Baseball on Cable TV
  • Where to Live Stream Cardinals Baseball
  • Why Can't I Live Stream Cardinals Baseball?
  • TV Plans to Watch St. Louis Cardinals
  • FAQ

Summary

The Cardinals are the pride of St. Louis, which is the city National Broadband happens to be based in. We understand the confusion and frustration associated with wanting to catch a Cardinals game and having few options. There are a few options available to watch Cardinals baseball in 2022, including cable, satellite and live TV streaming options.

St Louis Cardinals opening day 2022
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Where Can I Watch Cardinals Baseball?

The St. Louis Cardinals are broadcast on Bally Sports Midwest the vast majority of the time. You can watch this network with a cable TV subscription – specifically Spectrum in the St. Louis area. The next options are to pay for a satellite TV provider, such as DIRECTV, or to pay for a live TV streaming service, like DIRECTV STREAM. A last option, only applicable for Cardinals fans far from St. Louis, is to pay for an out-of-market MLB.tv package. These packages are pricey but are the only option to watch if you happen to live a few states, or a thousand miles, away. If you attempt to purchase a Cardinals MLB.tv subscription within St. Louis’ market zone, you will be subject to MLB blackout restrictions.

What Network Is Cardinals Baseball Broadcast On?

The Cardinals are broadcast on Bally Sports Midwest, formerly known as Fox Sports Midwest. Any other Cardinals games will be broadcast on other networks that include ESPN, FOX, FS1, TBS, Apple TV+, Peacock and YouTube. This means that any TV-watching service you choose must carry Bally Sports Midwest if you want to watch Cardinals games. If it does not, your only option is to watch when they air on one of these other networks.

Where to Watch Cardinals Baseball on Cable TV

Cable TV subscribers should have no issues watching St. Louis Cardinals games in 2022. In fact, watching live sports remains a top perk of paying for a cable TV subscription today. In the St. Louis area, Bally Sports Midwest is carried on Spectrum, available on channel 824. Spectrum TV plans that carry Bally Sports Midwest start at $39.99 per month. Cable TV also carries other sports networks like ESPN, FS1, FOX, MLB Network and more, meaning you should hardly ever miss a game.

Cardinals fans throughout the entire Cardinals footprint who live in other states (Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and more) may have Bally Sports as a different channel number.

Cardinals fans can also watch Bally Sports Midwest with a satellite DIRECTV package. These packages start at $64.99 per month.

St Louis Cardinals' Pitcher in 2022
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Where to Live Stream Cardinals Baseball

Cardinals fans can live stream Cardinals games regularly on services that carry Bally Sports Midwest. One of these services is DIRECTV STREAM. Be aware that DIRECTV STREAM packages start at $69.99 per month, but are well worth the cost when factoring in live sports, content inclusions and the convenience involved in streaming TV through your internet connection.

Other live TV streaming services such as Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV do not currently support Bally Sports Midwest.

Cardinals fans living far from St. Louis and the Cardinals footprint can choose to purchase an out-of-market MLB.tv subscription. These subscriptions are a bit pricey but are quite literally the only choice that far-away Cardinals fans have, and their cost is worth it when opting for the one-time payment instead of the monthly one. For example, if you are a devout Cardinals fan living in Florida, buying a Cardinals MLB.tv subscription and doing the one-time payment should be a good choice for you.

Unfortunately, Cardinals fans who live within the Cardinals footprint and who do not want a cable TV or live TV streaming service that carries Bally Sports Midwest cannot watch Cardinals games. You will be subject to MLB blackout restrictions if you attempt to buy a Cardinals subscription on MLB.tv.

The only options for Cardinals fans within the Cardinals footprint are to buy a cable TV plan that includes Bally Sports Midwest, a satellite TV plan that includes Bally Sports Midwest, or a live TV streaming service that includes Bally Sports Midwest.

Why Can't I Live Stream Cardinals Baseball?

Bally Sports Midwest has had contract disputes with top live TV streaming services, meaning your options to view live Cardinals games are limited. As archaic as it may seem, your live TV streaming options are limited when it comes to watching live sports. The antiquated practice of MLB blackout restrictions does not help much either. Cardinals fans in the Cardinals footprint who do not want a cable TV, satellite TV or live TV streaming service cannot buy an MLB TV package for their favorite team. It would be beneficial for both fans and the league itself if MLB got rid of this practice and let fans watch whatever teams they wanted without restrictions.

TV Plans to Watch St. Louis Cardinals

Here is a quick rundown of a few popular TV plans to watch Cardinals games:

TV Plans to Watch St. Louis Cardinals in 2022
TV PlanStarting PriceTV Provider Type
Spectrum TV Select$59.99/mo.Cable TV
DIRECTV Entertainment$64.99/mo.Satellite TV
DIRECTV STREAM ENTERTAINMENT$69.99/mo.Live TV streaming
St. Louis Cardinals MLB.tv out-of-market subscription*$24.99 monthly OR $119.99 one-timeLive TV streaming

Frequently asked questions

I want to sign up for a TV plan that includes the Cardinals. Who can help me?

Call National Broadband today and get a free consultation on TV plans that include the sports teams you love, including the Cardinals.

What channel are the Cardinals on?

The St. Louis Cardinals are broadcast on Bally Sports Midwest, which is available on Spectrum and other TV services.

Where can I live stream the St. Louis Cardinals?

You can live stream the Cardinals with the Bally Sports app with a qualifying TV subscription, or you can stream Bally Sports Midwest with a DIRECTV STREAM package. Otherwise, out-of-market Cardinals fans can purchase an MLB.tv subscription.

Can I watch the Cardinals with cable TV?

Yes, you can watch the Cardinals on Bally Sports Midwest with a Spectrum cable TV plan.

What are MLB blackout restrictions?

Blackout restrictions are due to broadcast exclusivity rights. A blackout restriction refers to a contractual agreement between a team and a network that determines where a team can be broadcast. For example, Cardinals games are only available to watch through Bally Sports Midwest in their MLB-determined footprint. This means that a fan who lives within the Cardinals footprint who does not have access to Bally Sports Midwest cannot watch Cardinals games.

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