Padres on TV: 2021 Television Coverage

There’s no bigger mess in baseball than trying to watch your favorite team on local tv. Television broadcast rights are a tangled mess of ancient rules, broadcast restrictions and corporate greed. The channel packages and streaming options seem to change every year. As usual, its the fans who come up short.

For the 2021 season, watching games in person may still not be an option for everyone. Here’s what you need to know to watch San Diego Padres games on television for free for the 2021 season.

The channel you need to know is Bally Sports San Diego (formerly called Fox Sports San Diego). If you are looking for a comprehensive tv schedule, that’s the network where Padres games are televised.

What Channel is Bally Sports San Diego

Bally Sports San Diego can be found at the same channel number the old Fox Sports San Diego occupied in your lineup. Bally Sports San Diego can be found on the following Cable and Satellite provider at the channels listed:
  • AT&T U-verse: 776 & 1776 (HD)
  • Cox Communications: 56 & 1056 (HD), and in Spanish 68 & 406
  • DirecTV: 694
  • Dish Network: 439
  • Spectrum (San Diego): 61 & 322
  • Spectrum (El Centro): 20 & 322

AT&T TV Now is the only streaming TV service to offer the channel. Hulu and YouTube no longer carry it.

The games will be called by Don Orsillo and analyst Mark Grant. In Spanish-language broadcast, es el hombre, el mito, la leyenda, Eduardo Ortega, along with former Padres catcher Carlos Hernandez.

Throughout the season, a few select games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN, FS1 or FOX Sports.

A great resource for info and broadcast tv schedule is the FSSD / Bally Sports website.

Streaming / Cordcutters

For cord cutters, YouTube TV, Hulu and FuboTV are not an option thanks to a corporate stalemate with Sinclair Broadcast Group. This can change at any time. All it takes is the delivery of a peach pie filled with billion dollar bills.

Bally Sports app – Fox Sports Go is the companion mobile app and will stream any Padres game that is being broadcast on FOX Sports San Diego / Bally Sports. The app, which will be rebranded automatically to Bally Sports, can be accessed through all the biggies: iOS, Apple TV, Android, Fire, Roku TV, etc. and online at FOXSportsGO.com. Log in with your TV provider password free (meaning, at no additional charge on top of your monthly cable subscription). More info.

What about the MLB App?

The technology is there and the games are being broadcast on the MLB.TV app… but Padres games will be blacked out for the local market.

Do not confuse this with the standalone MLB Ballpark App for navigating your experience at the stadium.

Padres Spring Training on TV

Looking to watch spring training games? All Cactus League games will be broadcast on Fox Sports San Diego this spring at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Or listen to the Padres on the radio.

Wherever you are watching, please visit our Padres Store, support the site and get your gear for the season!




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