How to watch Cubs games on the Marquee channel

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updated April 11, 2021, 10:15am

Cubs Home Opener is April 1, that’s no joke!

We couldn’t be more excited! (Well, no that’s not true. We would be way more excited if it was safe for us to load the kids up, take the Red Line down to Wrigley and enjoy a game at the Friendly Confines). But this is second best news!

Now that the Cubs are back on the schedule, how are we going to watch games? What is the Marquee Sports Network? How do we get it with cable? Can we stream it? Are there any other options? Please let us watch some Cubbies baseball!

Here is a link to the Cubs 60 game schedule for 2020

What is the Marquee Sports Network?

Starting with the 2020 season, the Marquee Sports Network will be home to the Chicago Cubs. The Marquee Sports Network launched on February 22, 2020. It will feature “game broadcasts…pregame and postgame coverage, exclusive Cubs content, local sports programming and original shows geared towards sports fans.” – according to their website.

They will be broadcasting all of the Cubs games, except those selected as national broadcast games.

To be clear, this is a regional sports network, not a national sports network. The Marquee Network will be available to the Chicagoland area as well as select markets in Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota.

Do not be confused with Marquee TV, which is a Opera, Theater and Drama streaming service. We watched a lovely rendition of the Cinderella Opera on Marquee TV. It’s a great service, but does not include the Cubbies.

How do I get the Marquee Sports Network?

Here are a few of the major cable providers in the Chicago area that will carry the channel:

  • AT&T Uverse
  • DIRECTV
  • WOW
  • RCN
  • Comcast/Xfinity
  • Metronet

How can I stream the Marquee Sports Network without cable?

Cubs games will no longer be broadcast on WGN. You will not be able to watch Cubs games with an antenna. Nationally broadcast Cubs games will be on either FOX or ESPN (FOX games can be watched with an antenna). Here is the National Broadcast Schedule. All other Cubs games will be on the Marquee Sports Network.

As of right now, Fubo TV and AT&T TV are the only streaming services that include the Marquee Sports Network.

There is a dedicated streaming app and you can stream from their website, but you must have a cable or streaming provider to log in.

Fubo TV

Fubo has over 100 live channels for streaming sports and all your favorite shows. There is no contract so you can cancel anytime. If you cancel, you will continue to pay for and have access for the rest of the month. Fubo is available on all major streaming devices.

If you cancel during your free trial, the trial will cancel immediately and you will not have access for the remainder of the trial.

If you live in the Chicago Cubs broadcast area (Chicago, Illinois and select areas of Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota and Michigan) the Marquee Network will be available beginning April 7, 2021. Double check your zip code on Fubo’s website to make sure you can get the Marquee Sports Network in your area. There are 3 channel packages available. The Marquee Network is available in all channel packages. Here are the prices for the different channel packages:

  • Starter – $64.99/month
    • 250 hour DVR
    • fubo base plan
    • Family Share
  • Pro – $69.99/month
    • 1000 hour DVR
    • fubo base plan
    • Unlimited Screens
  • Elite – $79.99/month
    • 1000 hour DVR
    • fubo base plan
    • fubo Extra
    • Family Share
    • Unlimited Screens

You can stream from 2 devices at the same, meaning two people can use your Fubo account to watch TV at the same time. Family Share gives you an additional stream for a total of 3 streams at a time. “Unlimited Streams” actually allows for up to 10 streams at a time on your home network plus an additional 2 streams on a cellular network for a total of 12 streams.

There are multiple add-on packages available on Fubo including many international sports packages.

AT&T TV

AT&T TV has over 65 channels of live TV and sports. It is billed monthly and does not require a contract. You can cancel at any time. If you cancel you will be billed for the remainder of the month, you will continue to have access during this time. AT&T TV has 3 channel packages.

  • Entertainment – $69.99/month*
    • 65+ channels
    • 20 hours of Cloud DVR
  • Choice – $84.99/month
    • 90+ channels
    • 1 year of HBO Max included
    • 20 hours of Cloud DVR
    • Regional Sports Networks without fees
    • 20-21 NBA League Pass Premium
  • Ultimate – $94.99/month
    • 130+ channels
    • 1 year of HBO Max included
    • 20 hours of Cloud DVR
    • Regional Sports Networks without fees
    • 20-21 NBA League Pass Premium
  • Premier – $139.99/month
    • 140+ channels
    • 1 year of HBO Max included
    • Other premium channels included

*plus a $8.49 Regional Sports fee

The Marquee Sports Network is included in all channel packages for subscribers living in the Chicago Cubs broadcast area (Chicago, Illinois and select areas of Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota and Michigan).

You can add Unlimited DVR for $10/month. You can stream up to 20 (whaaat??) streams at the same time on your home network. Up to 3 streams can be used at the same time on the go (these count towards your 20 total streams). Some channels, such as premium channels, limit themselves to 3 streams no matter where you are.

Marquee Sports Network App and TV Everywhere

Fans living within the Chicago Cubs broadcast territory will be able to stream all Marquee Network programming and live Cubs games on the Marquee Network App. Access to the app is free but will require a cable or streaming provider log in.

To further clarify, you must have a cable or streaming package that includes the Marquee Network in order to access live content on this app.

It will be available on desktop, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Android, iOS. It is available for download at www.watchmarquee.com

Will more streaming services pick up the Marquee Network?

There is really no way to know. They have had a rocky relationship with streaming services recently. The Marquee Network was available on Hulu Live last year, but not this year. This year, the Home Opener was not available on Fubo TV, presumably because they were not able to reach a deal in time. Who knows what next year will bring.

I don’t live near Chicago, how can I watch Cubs games?

This is probably the most straightforward answer. If you are a Chicago Cubs fan and live outside of their market, you can subscribe to MLB TV or the At Bat app.

This isn’t an option for fans in the Chicago area because of blackouts.

OUR PLAN

YouTubeTV is our favorite streaming service. Ideally, the Marquee Network would be available on there (maybe next year). Until then, we will cancel our YTTV subscription and subscribe to Fubo TV. Once the Cubs season is over, we will go back to YTTV.