It seems like the only reason people still have cable in 2016 is to watch live sports. But what if you’re a baseball fan who already cut the cord and removed cable?
Fortunately, you’re not alone. Today, there are plenty of legal ways to watch the 2016 MLB playoffs and World Series on your computer without Cable.
Game 1 took place last night as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0. Game 2 is later today, with the following games taking place Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, if necessary.
How do you watch the 2016 MLB World Series without cable? Here are some of the options you have to watch this epic World Series.
Over the Air
You don’t need cable at all to watch the World Series on your TV. You can catch it over the air through Fox – as long as you have an antenna (provided your TV has a tuner, which most do). Unless you have the latest Vizio TV models, your TV probably has a tuner.
Unfortunately for cord cutters, this is the only free (legal) way to watch the World Series. Otherwise, you’ll need to subscribe to one of the options below.
Sling TV lets you view a number of sports, entertainment, and lifestyle channels over your computer in exchange for a $20 per month subscription fee (that fee is for Sling Orange, which is the basic Sling package). You could have watched the early rounds of the playoffs with that basic subscription package. However, the World Series, being aired on Fox, will require you to buy the $25 per month Sling Blue package.
Playstation Vue may be the easiest way for Playstation owners to watch the World Series. It’s also an easy option for Roku or Amazon Fire TV device users. It’s a streaming TV service that offers similar channels to Sling TV. The Playstation Vue Access subscription is priced at $40 per month and includes ESPN, TBS, Fox, and FS1. You can also stream to devices like Apple TV, Xbox One, Windows, and Mac OS.
Yes, that’s $15 more per month than the Sling TV option – but you also get about 60 more channels.
MLB.tv gives online streaming access to the World Series – sort of. Unfortunately, blackout restrictions prevent you from watching MLB.tv anywhere in America or Canada – at least for live postseason games. If you’re in a blackout area, then you need to wait for 90 minutes after the game’s over before you can watch it.
If you don’t mind staying off the internet and sports channels during games, then this is the cheapest way to watch MLB postseason baseball. It costs $3.99 for the rest of the playoffs.
Alternatively, there’s also Postseason.tv, which was available for the American League playoff series.
Will MLB Postseason Live Streaming Get Better Next Year?
Ultimately, baseball is one of the worst sports for live streaming options. Many baseball fans are hoping that the MLB will copy the examples of the NFL, NBA, and NHL in promoting live streaming as a valid, cost-effective option for cord cutters.
There’s a reason this World Series is so special: the Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908 (yes, that’s a ridiculous stat). Meanwhile, the Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948. For one of these teams, a decades-long streak will finally be over.