Cord cutters looking to watch the LA Dodgers take on the Houston Astros in the 2017 World Series don’t need a pricey TV subscription, even though Major League Baseball has placed more hurdles in front of cord cutters than any of the four professional sports leagues. The league’s draconian policies have rendered the prospect of watching the Grand Old Game without a pricey TV subscription seem as reachable as a Clayton Kershaw slider. But the World Series is a different matter.
The LA Dodgers won the sixth game of the World Series last night, forcing a final game against the Houston Astros tonight in Los Angeles. The game starts at 8:00 p.m.
World Series Schedule
Here’s the schedule for the 2017 World Series. First pitch for each game is at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
Game 1: Tuesday, October 24 in Los Angeles
Game 2: Wednesday, October 25 in Los Angeles
Game 3: Friday, October 27 in Houston
Game 4: Saturday, October 28 in Houston
Game 5: Sunday, October 29 in Houston
Game 6: Tuesday, October 31 in Los Angeles (if necessary)
Game 7: Wednesday, November 1 in Los Angeles (if necessary)
Over the air
Of all the channels carrying postseason games, Fox is the only one available over the air. The good news is Fox is the exclusive broadcaster of the World Series, so you’ll need only an antenna to see the American League and National League champs battle for the Commissioner’s Trophy. Don’t live within range of your local Fox affiliate’s broadcast tower? No worries, you still have plenty of options.
Sling TV is your single best option for watching the postseason without a cable subscription. In fact, you can access a significant amount of games for what you’d pay for a couple of beers at the ballpark. (Here’s a guide to Sling’s entire channel lineup.)
If you’re hesitant to add a streaming subscription to your budget just for the privilege of watching postseason baseball, remember that with a Sling TV package you get access to many other popular cable channels, including CNN, HGTV, and Comedy Central. There’s no contract, so you can cancel as soon as the World Series ends, though you might find you don’t want to. Sling TV also offers a free seven-day trial.
If you own a PlayStation console, a Roku device, an Apple TV, or an Amazon Fire TV device, you have an additional option for streaming postseason games: PlayStation Vue. This streaming-TV service offers many of the same channels as Sling TV, but you’ll need to stream via a web browser if you want to use a Windows or MacOS computer. You can read our complete guide to PlayStation Vue here.
Playstation Vue’s basic Access package will get you ESPN, TBS, Fox, and FS1 for $40 a month. That’s $15 more than the comparable Sling TV package, but it also includes more than 50 channels to Sling Blue’s 40 plus. On the other hand, Sling TV allows you to stream to more devices, including the Xbox One and to Sling TV apps for Windows and MacOS computers.
AT&T’s DirecTV Now service is a pretty good deal—just $10 per month for 60 channels—if you also subscribe to one of the company’s wireless plans with unlimited data. It costs $35 per month for everyone else. There’s no annual contract, but you’ll be billed automatically every month unless you cancel. Here's our full review.
Hulu with Live TV
Unlike the competition, Hulu doesn't offer tiers of service with its live TV service: It's a one-size-fits-all approach that costs $40 per month. As with many of the services, there's a 7-day free trial available.
FuboTV puts more emphasis on sports entertainment than any other streaming service, and true to its name, it's particularly strong when it comes to soccer. The usual 7-day free trial is available, but you can get the service for just $20 per month for the first two months. After that, it increases to $40 per month, but you can cancel any time. Here's our review.
Major League Baseball continues to be stingy with live streaming. But hopefully as the NFL and NBA continue expanding their online viewing options, the league will rethink its policies in upcoming seasons. Until then, you can take advantage of these cable alternatives, and along with our guide to second-screen baseball apps, create your own Diamond Club from which to watch baseball’s 10 best teams slug it out to the Fall Classic.
Editor’s note: This entire story has been updated for the 2017 World Series. We also added information about DirecTV Now and fuboTV.