TV Answer Man, I want to watch the Sox today on Peacock. But can you watch for free? — Roger, Evanston, Illinois.

Roger, the NBC-owned Peacock streaming service will offer 18 Major League Baseball games this season on Sunday mornings, including today’s (August 21) matchup (noon ET; pregame show at 11:30 a.m.) between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Chicago’s RHP Dylan Cease (12-5, 2.09) will face Cleveland’s RHP Aaron Civale (2-5, 5.63).

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 Padres-Nats 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.

But is there a way to get a Peacock Premium subscription for free?


Cox, Charter’s Spectrum TV and Comcast all include a free Peacock Premium subscription with its video service.

If you don’t subscribe to one of those three cable TV services, you will need a separate Peacock Premium subscription. (And there are no free trials.) If you decide to subscribe to Peacock, you will be able to access the game on the Peacock app or at the Peacock web site. You can see a list of supported devices here. he Peacock app or at the Peacock web site. You can see a list of supported devices here. 

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

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