Just as the summer months are starting to heat up, so too is the 2017 Major League Baseball season. If you’re a sports fan that’s looking for a way kill the cable bill while keeping the MLB action that you know and love, then I’ve got good news.
Today we’re not only going to show you how to watch baseball without cable, we’re also going to give you a peak at the MLB schedule for July 2017.
In order to get your monthly fill of Major League Baseball this month, you’re going to need access to three television channels: Fox, FS1, and ESPN. Now let’s take a look at how to access to all three without a traditional pay TV subscription.
The first thing you’re going to want to get is an over-the-air antenna; which gives you access to the major broadcast networks, like FOX, ABC, CBS & NBC. Aside from the initial cost of the actual antenna, everything is completely free. No fees or subscriptions needed.
As stated, the main reason why you want an OTA antenna is to pick up Fox. Although you’re only going to be able to pick up one or two games this month (plus the 2017 All-Star Game), the World Series is set to air on Fox so if you only care about baseball, it is still a sound investment.
While it is true that certain streaming services will offer live OTA streaming in their plans, there’s no guarantee that it will be available in your area or that Fox will come with the plan. Simply put, your best option is to spend a little money on an OTA antenna now, so that you can save yourself the headache later.
To get access to our other two channels, FS1 and ESPN, we’re going to need a Live Television streaming service. As you might have guessed, these services let you live stream cable channels without having to actually sign up with a cable service. They are month to month and far less expensive than a bloated Cable TV contract.
A year or two ago, Sling TV was the only service that was offering live television. But now the offerings have grown to a handful of services; each with their own pluses and minus. Those services are: Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu Live TV, and DIRECTV NOW.
Sling TV can either be the cheapest option or the most expensive depending on how you go about it. For $20 a month, you can get the Orange plan; which gives you ESPN but not FS1. Considering that the majority of MLB games this month air on FS1, it’s not that great of a deal for you.
Likewise, the $25 a month Blue plan includes FS1 but not ESPN. However, there’s only three ESPN games this month, so you don’t miss TOO much if you stop there. To get both FS1 and ESPN, you’ll need the $40 plan; which includes channels from both the Orange and Blue subscriptions.
Sling TV is available on most streaming devices, with the exception of direct competitors like PlayStation Vue; who also happens to be your next option for live television streaming.
For $30 a month, you can get access to their cheapest plan, the Access Slim package, and get both ESPN and FS1. Not only that, but you also get unlimited DVR storage for 28 days; which means you don’t have to miss a single second of the game.
PlayStation Vue has relatively wide device support, although you won’t find it on competitor devices like the Xbox One.
The third option you have is Hulu Live TV. There’s only one subscription plan, and it costs $40 month; but you get access to both FS1 and ESPN. Although this is the most expensive option, you also get access to Hulu’s on-deman library as well. If you’re already a Hulu subscriber, this might be your most cost effective route.
However, since Hulu Live TV is still just rolling out, there isn’t wide device support for the app. Currently Hulu Live TV is available on Android, iOS, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Xbox One.
Finally, we have DirecTV Now. Owned by AT&T, and having nothing to do with the company DirectTV, DIRECTTV NOW is probably the least desirable option. The cheapest plan is $35 and you only get access to ESPN. Maybe DIRECT TV NOW will add FS1 in the future, but for right now you’re better off with the other options outlined today.
Lots of information here; and for most of us, watching MLB is not the only thing we care about. If you want to streamline the decision making process use untangle.tv. This is a nifty service that allows you to input the shows you most care about, and it, in return, delivers a customized streaming package that meets your every need.
Now that we know how to get access to the channels we need, here’s the MLB Broadcast Schedule for July:
Which game are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!
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