Good luck finding the Phillies on TV tonight.
Thanks to a busy sports schedule in Philadelphia on Saturday night, the Phillies-Marlins game scheduled for 6:10 p.m. will not air on NBC Sports Philadelphia or NBC Sports Philadelphia+. Outside of a handful of smaller cable companies in the Lehigh Valley and central New Jersey, the game won’t air on TV at all.
Why? The network simply does not have space.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will air Game 1 of the Sixers’ NBA first-round playoff game against the Toronto Raptors at 6 p.m., while NBC Sports Philadelphia+ will air the Flyers’ game against the Buffalo Sabers at 7 p.m.
NBC10, which airs a handful of Phillies games this season, is forced to air the USFL debut at 7 p.m., even though it’s a simulcast of the same show on Fox 29.
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Instead, NBC Sports Philadelphia to broadcast Phillies-Marlins game on NBC Sports app, which is available on Apple TV, Google TV, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, and Samsung. The game will also be streamed on mobile devices on the MyTeam app and on your computer on the NBC Sports Philadelphia website. You will need a cable subscription to watch any of the streaming options.
Subscribers who normally watch games using a streaming service like YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and fubo TV can also authenticate NBC Sports Philadelphia’s streaming options.
The Phillies-Marlins game will be available on TV for a handful of cable customers, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia:
Service Electric customers in the Lehigh Valley can find the game on channel 902.
Astound Broadband customers in the area can find the game on Channel 994.
Central New Jersey Optimum customers can find the game on Channel 206.
Phillies fans should get used to jumping through digital hoops to watch games, as a handful of games will appear exclusively on streaming services this season.
Peacock will broadcast two Phillies games as part of its new Sunday morning package – June 19 against the Washington Nationals and July 24 against the Chicago Cubs. These games will be exclusive to Peacock, where a subscription to its paid tier will cost viewers $9.99 per month.
Luckily, if you’re a Comcast Xfinity subscriber, you can get Peacock for free. Anyone else will have to pay.
Apple TV+ will also show some Phillies games, according to sources from the MLB Network, which produces the shows. So far, the streaming service has only announced the first half of its 12-week run Friday night baseball dual calendar. Apple’s game will be free, but you’ll need to create an account on their service.
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