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How To Watch The Houston Astros

Can the Astros vie for a third World Series title?

MLB: Houston Astros at San Francisco Giants
Credit: Bob Kupbens-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, the Houston Astros were 90-72 and missed out on advancing to the World Series by a single home victory. It would have been their fifth appearance in seven seasons. This season, the Astros are aiming for their eighth straight ALCS appearance and a seventh American League West championship. But what the ‘Stros really want is another World Series championship to add to their 2017 and 2022 trophies. First-year manager Joe Espada leads a team that returns Astros veterans Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, and Justin Verlander. Can he lead this team back to the promised land? Read on to find out how you can follow the Houston Astros in 2024.

What channels are Houston Astros games on?

Houston’s regional sports network (RSN), Space City Home Network, was designed for the rabid Astros fan. It features live games, interviews, and analysis from the local broadcast team. Nationally televised coverage is available on ESPN, Fox, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), MLB Network, and TBS. For out-of-market fans, an MLB.TV subscription will keep you close to the action. 

DIRECTV STREAMFuboHulu + Live TVSling TVYouTube TV
Space City Home Network
Fox Sports 1
MLB Network
*Local channels only available in select locations

Watch the Houston Astros on DIRECTV STREAM

  • Suggested Plan: Choice
  • Price: $108.99
  • Free Trial: Yes, 5-Days

DIRECTV STREAM’s Entertainment plan starts baseball fans off right with ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TBS for national matchups. However, Astros fans will want to upgrade to the Choice plan to get MLB Network and locally aired games on Houston’s regional sports network (RSN), Space City Home Network. DIRECTV STREAM is one of only two live TV streaming services to offer the Houston area RSN and the only one that doesn’t charge a supplemental regional sports fee. 

DIRECTV STREAM offers unlimited cloud DVR storage, although technically, you can only save recordings for up to nine months. However, subscribers can enjoy unlimited streams at home and up to three out-of-home streams for Astros games on the go.

Watch the Houston Astros on Fubo

  • Suggested Plan: Pro
  • Price: $79.99
  • Free Trial: Yes, 7-Days

Fubo stands out as one of the ultimate destinations for sports fans, especially if you’re rooting for the Astros. The Pro plan includes ESPN, Fox, FS1, and Space City Home Network. This means you don’t need to upgrade for local coverage. On the downside, you will have to pay a regional sports fee, which ranges in price depending on your location. Another glaring downside is the exclusion of TBS from the platform. However, Astros fans will be able to get unlimited DVR storage, which is a brand-new feature addition.

Watch the Houston Astros on Hulu + Live TV

  • Suggested Plan: Hulu + Live TV
  • Price: $76.99
  • Free Trial: Yes, 3-Days

Hulu + Live TV includes ESPN, Fox, FS1, MLB Network, and TBS for national coverage of the Astros. Space City Home Network is not part of the channel roster, so fans will miss out on catching any games that air locally. One of the pros of having a Hulu + Live TV subscription is also getting access to programs on Disney Plus and ESPN Plus. This bundle provides loads of entertainment and sports options, from blockbuster films and award-winning documentaries to combat sports. Another plus? Unlimited DVR storage.

Watch the Houston Astros on Sling TV

  • Suggested Plan: Sling Orange & Blue
  • Price: $55
  • Free Trial: N/A

As a Houston Astros fan, you’ll need the Sling Orange & Blue plan to watch games on ESPN, Fox, FS1, and TBS. Although Sling TV doesn’t carry local RSNs like Space City Home Network, fans will have everything they need to watch regular national coverage. If you’re a die-hard Astros fan, you may want to consider one of the live TV services that includes Space City Home Network, or else you’ll run the risk of missing out on some regular season games.

Despite Sling TV’s limited DVR storage and lack of local RSNs, it remains one of the top contenders due to its competitive pricing. Plus, for even more coverage, Astros fans can add MLB Network to their streaming suite at a small monthly cost.

Watch the Houston Astros on YouTube TV

  • Suggested Plan: Base
  • Price: $72.99
  • Free Trial: Yes, 7-Days

With YouTube TV, ESPN, Fox, FS1, and TBS are all included, so Houston Astros fans can conveniently enjoy national broadcasts. Fans have even more access to other sports channels like ESPNEWS, ESPNU, FS2, Golf Channel, and NBA TV to keep busy during the baseball off-season. And of course, NFL Sunday Ticket is exclusively on YouTube TV and it’s a must-have for any NFL fan who wants comprehensive coverage during the regular season.

Keep in mind that YouTube TV doesn’t offer RSNs like Space City Home Network, but you do have access to unlimited DVR storage. Along with that, YouTube TV’s personalized profile features will enhance your streaming experience and tailor it to your needs.

Watch games on Apple TV+

  • Suggested Plan: Base
  • Price: $9.99
  • Free Trial: Yes, 7-Days

If you’re looking for top-notch original content, look no further than Apple TV+. The Emmy award-winning “Ted Lasso” is one of several critically acclaimed series available to subscribers. In addition to original programming, there’s also content for die-hard sports fans, particularly baseball fans. The appropriately named “Friday Night Baseball” series features a doubleheader every Friday night during the MLB season. Plus, there’ll be plenty of baseball action thanks to the hundreds of games that are aired all season. You can take advantage of a free trial before you subscribe, and the monthly plans are fairly budget-friendly. 

How to watch Houston Astros games out-of-market

  • Suggested Plan: Single Team
  • Price: $104.99/year
  • Free Trial: Yes, 7-Days

Even if you don’t live in the Houston area, you won’t have to worry about missing the Astros. When you subscribe to MLB.TV, you’ll be able to tune into out-of-market games from your current location. MLB.TV offers up multiple plans for baseball fans to choose from. Get a plan that just includes streaming Astros games, one that airs all teams, or a hybrid that gives you the best of both worlds. You can try out the service risk-free with a free trial before committing to a paid subscription. To join in on the fun, subscribe to MLB.TV on the official website or buy a subscription through Amazon Prime Video.


What streaming service is the Astros game on?

Houston fans have several options to follow the Astros. DIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV all feature some mix of the staple channels for Astros games, including ESPN, Fox, FS1, MLB Network, and TBS. If you’re looking to stream local games, DIRECTV STREAM and Fubo are your top options.

Does Amazon Prime have the Astros game?

Amazon Prime Video has streamed a couple of Houston Astros games this season. It also has MLB.TV, a subscription service that lets you watch Major League Baseball games that are out-of-market during the regular season.

How do I stream Space City Home Network?

Space City Home Network is only available to stream on DIRECTV STREAM and Fubo. As long as you’re subscribed to a plan with either provider, you’ll get access to your local RSN.

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