TV Answer Man, what’s the 411 on watching the ‘Stros and Guardians on Sunday? I know it’s Peacock but do you need a special decoder ring to watch the game? Please explain the details on this thing. — Mark, Galveston, Texas.

Mark, the NBC-owned Peacock streaming service will offer 18 Major League Baseball games this season on Sunday mornings, including today’s (August 7) matchup between the Houston Astros and Cleveland Guardians at 12:05 p.m. ET from Progressive Field In Cleveland.

Unlike Apple TV+’s Friday night MLB streaming doubleheaders, Peacock is requiring fans to subscribe to one of its two Premium plans (starts at $4.99) to watch the games. (Apple has promised to stream the games for free through September.) And there are no free trials for the Premium plans.

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If you don’t subscribe, there will be no other way to watch the Astros-Guardians game, or any of the remaining games on Peacock’s schedule. Since they are Peacock exclusives, they will not be available on any other service or channel, including NBC, MLB TV, MLB Extra Innings, or the teams’ regional sports channels.

And, you will have to subscribe to a Peacock Premium plan. (Unless you have Cox, Charter or Comcast which include a free Peacock Premium subscription with its video service.).

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If you decide to subscribe to Peacock, you will be able to access the games on the Peacock app or at the Peacock web site. You can see a list of supported devices here.

Mark, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!

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