It’s that bitter sweet time of the year again where the air gets a little colder and the peanuts & crackerjacks go back into storage. That’s right, we’re coming up on to the MLB Postseason! That means we’re sadly about to lose our beloved baseball for a few months, but luckily we’re also about to see some of the best baseball games of the year.
Now if you love baseball but hate cable, you’re probably wondering how you can watch the MLB postseason without cable. The good news for you is that it’s never been easier, and today I’ll show you how. Let’s get started!
Before we can find out how to watch the MLB Postseason without cable, we’ve got to know which networks we’re going to need. Here are the stations that will air the MLB Postseason: ESPN, TBS, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), MLB Network, & FOX.
Note: All Times Eastern Time Zone
Note: All times and teams TBD
Note: All teams and times TBD. All games air on FOX.
So we know the channels to watch, and when the games will be on; now lets take a look at how to watch the 2016 MLB Postseason without cable.
Though much of the first post season games will air on what we call “standard cable television channels”, the back half of the playoffs, and ALL of the World Series games will be available via an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, an OTA antenna is simply a modern iteration of the old rabbit ears from yesteryear. The only difference is that these new antennas access a digital signal (vs. analog), which allows for up to a 1080i HD resolution.
With this (indoor or outdoor) antenna, you’ll be able to pick up the Fox Network which, as I previously stated, will have its fair share of the Post Season games and EVERY World Series Game; making it a great low-cost option for the casual baseball fan.
If you’re looking to watch the rest of the MLB Post Season without cable, then what you’re going to need is a subscription to either Sling TV or PlayStation Vue. Here’s what you need to know:
Both services allow you to live-stream television channels for a relatively low-cost, depending on your subscription. With Sling TV, the package you’re looking for is the Blue subscription; which will cost you $25 a month.
That $25 will give you access to TBS, FS1, and in select areas Fox itself. Noticeably absent is ESPN, which is a bummer if you like other sports than just baseball. But it’s not that big of a deal for the Post Season as there is only 1 game airing on ESPN. If you live in the right area, you can conceivably get the entire Post Season from Sling if you wanted to.
Worth mentioning here, ESPN is available on Sling, just not through these packages. So if you go with Sling, you will need to decide which package fits your needs the best.
As far as PlayStation Vue is concerned, you’re looking a $30 a month subscription. This will give you TBS, FS1, and ESPN; no streaming access to the regular Fox network, but with an antenna that’s not too much of a problem.
Which streaming service you pick won’t make too much of a difference unless you live in one of those areas where Sling TV offers live streaming of Fox; if that’s the case, you’ll want Sling TV. But for the rest of us, it boils down to personal choice.
Another way we use to be able to watch the Post Season is through the service MLB.tv. This services allowed you to stream MLB games via the MLB network to your phone computer or tablet and for the post season, and it ran $10 a month. But looking into it again this year, it looks like MLB.TV has made a deal with big cable, as the site page now states that you need to login with your cable TV provider credentials. This is really upsetting. Where NFL and the NBA seem to be moving forward and finding ways to accommodate cord-cutters, MLB seems to be moving the opposite direction. “Bad Call MLB.”
Cord cutters sound off! Who is going to make it to the World Series this year? Will the Cubs be able to break their curse, or will history continue to repeat itself? Will the Giants win tonight’s Wild Card match-up against the Mets? Let us know in the comments below or reach out to us on social media!
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