Wow, this has been a world series in the past, when the Washington Nationals – facing elimination – blew the Houston Astros 7-2 last night after one of the most controversial referee calls – against National, no less – in the game’s history. . You will not miss tonight’s match, which will decide which team will be world champion. Yes, Major League Baseball makes it difficult for wire cuts to capture the series, but our guide shows you how to watch the final without signing up for a long-term contract with a cable company.
If you have an aerial antenna and live within easy reach of your local Fox TV affiliate, you can catch the action without spending a dime when game 7 of the World Series starts at 20.08 Eastern time. Do not live within easy reach of the local Fox-affiliated Broadcasting Tower? No worries, you still have many options.
Sling TV is the best option to watch the season without a cable subscription. In fact, you can access a significant number of games for what you pay for a few beers at the ballpark. The Sling Orange + Sling Blue package includes ESPN, TBS, Fox Sports 1 and local Fox affiliates in select markets for just $ 25 per month. You can get MLBN by subscribing to the Sports Extra package for an additional $ 10 a month.
If you are hesitant to add a streaming subscription to your budget just for the privilege of watching seasonal baseball, remember that with a Sling TV package you get access to many other popular cable channels, including CNN, HGTV and Comedy Central. There is no contract, so you can cancel as soon as the World Series ends, even though you may not think so. Sling TV also offers a free seven-day trial period, so you can essentially watch the first week of postseason games without spending a dime.
You can also capture each game with a PlayStation Vue subscription. That’s the good news. The downside is that the PlayStation Vue core suite, which includes ESPN, TBS, Fox, FS1 and MLBN, will cost you $ 55 per month. The service can be used on PS3 and PS4 consoles and has dedicated apps for Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV and Android and iOS devices. You can also stream it to your TV via Google Chromecast or on your Windows or MacOS computer via a web browser. You can read our complete guide to PlayStation Vue here.
AT&T TV now
AT&T TV Now, formerly DirecTV Now, offers ESPN, FOX, FS1 and TBS as part of its $ 50 per month Plus plan that provides access to 45 TV channels. You can get the same channels in the Max package, which supports more than 60 channels and includes HBO and Cinemax, but the cost of these packages jumps to $ 70 per month.
None of the packages include MLBN, so you may want to miss some ALDS (American League Division Series) games, but you will have full coverage of the Wild Card Round, Championship Series and World Series.
Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV
Unlike the competition, Hulu and YouTube TV do not offer subscription levels with their live TV services. It’s an approach that suits everyone and costs $ 45 and $ 50 a month, respectively. The extra five dollars you pay for YouTube TV are provided by MLBN, which Hulu with Live TV does not offer. As with many of the services, there are 7-day free trials available for both subscriptions.
FuboTV has evolved from a football-centric streaming service to one that offers a full range of entertainment. That’s $ 55 per month subscription now includes many of the same channels as the other services described here, which can make it easy to overlook, especially since it’s one of the more expensive options. However, FuboTV made a big game for seamstresses this year by streaming MLB games in 4K throughout the season, a move that extends into the post season. It certainly makes the monthly costs easier, but keep in mind that it does not offer ESPN or MLBN in its only channel package. That means you will not be able to see the AL Wild Card game and probably more ALDS games. The regular 7-day free trial is available. Here is our review.
If you are an MLB.TV subscriber, you already have streaming access to postseason games – sort of. Although Major League Baseball’s subscription service delivers live streams of every game outside of regular seasons, the league’s blackout policy prevents it from live streaming the playoffs and the World Series anywhere in the United States or Canada. Instead, archived streams of postseason games are available to subscribers in black areas approximately 90 minutes after the end of the game.
If you have the willpower to adhere to a self-imposed media blackout (and can avoid spoilers), this is not a bad way to look at the October action without incurring the cost of an additional streaming subscription. Even if you’re not currently a subscriber, it may be worth signing up, as it’s the most affordable way to capture the post season: At the moment, MLB offers $ 27 subscriptions to capture the rest of this year’s games (with a 90-minute delay, of course) ).
Major League Baseball continues to be stingy with live streaming. But hopefully as the NFL and NBA continue to expand their online viewing options, the league will reconsider its policy in the coming seasons. Until then, you can take advantage of these cable options, and together with our guide to other screen baseball apps, you can create your own Diamond Club where you can watch baseball’s 10 best teams slug it out to Fall Classic.
Updated October 30, 2019 to report how you can take the last game in the World Series.