There are now many ways to watch the Reds play without an expensive cable subscription. Several different cable replacers carry Fox Sports Ohio. That’s the cable channel that carries the majority of the regular season games. Other channels that broadcast MLB games include MLB Network, FOX, FS1, TBS, ESPN and ESPN2– and there are many streaming services that carry those as well.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about how to watch the Cincinnati Reds online without cable.

fuboTV

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fuboTV is the best streaming service for sports fans with 4K-capable TV sets. Source: fuboTV

fuboTV has been the leader in HD streaming since its debut. It was one of the first streaming services to support 1080p and 720p channels. The most recent development in this area is 4K streaming. Several of fuboTV’s channels, including BTN, FS1 and NBCSN, now broadcast some sports events in 4K. No other cable replacer offers 4K streaming.

The main downside of fuboTV is the fact that it still hasn’t worked out a deal with Disney to broadcast the ESPN channels. Fox Sports Ohio is available, though. That makes fuboTV worth checking out if you’re looking for a way to catch Cincinnati Reds regular season games.

Channels and pricing

fuboTV is great for fans of soccer and other sports that are more popular abroad because it has channels you won’t find on most other streaming services. In fact, roughly half of the 90 channels you’ll get with fuboTV’s $45 base plan are sports channels. ESPN, ESPN2 and the MLB Network are not available through fuboTV, though.

Features

As mentioned earlier, fuboTV is the only streaming service that offers 60 frames-per-second 4K streams. This makes fuboTV an excellent choice for anyone with a TV and a TV device that can support 4K.

All fuboTV subscribers get a free 30-hour DVR, which you can use to record games if you’re not around to watch them live. The simultaneous stream limit is two devices, but you can upgrade to three devices if you are willing to pay $6 extra each month.

Here’s another way around fuboTV’s account sharing limit: you can unlock and use a wide array of sports TV apps with your fuboTV credentials when your kids or roommates are using your account. Some of the TV Everywhere apps that you can unlock with fuboTV include FOX Sports Go, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, the Olympic Channel app, Big Ten Network Go and NBC Sports.

fuboTV’s own app works with most TV devices:

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Devices based on Fire TV, Roku and Android TV.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: fuboTV recommends Chrome.

Related: FuboTV Review for 2018 – Sports With A Side Of Basic Cable Channels

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Sling TV

Sling TV’s $25 Sling Blue base plan is one of the cheapest ways to get access to Fox Sports Ohio without cable. Source: Sling TV

Sling TV was one of the very first streaming services to give cord-cutters a way to stream cable channels online– and it’s still one of the cheapest. Sling TV’s diverse add-on packs sweeten the deal. On the other hand, other streaming services have better features.

Channels and pricing

If you only care about Fox Sports Ohio, Sling TV’s $25 Sling Blue subscription is all you need. For $40, you can get both base plans: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. That’ll give you access to almost all the channels that air MLB games. The only channel you’ll miss out on if you go that route is MLB Network. You may need a TV antenna to pick up the games that FOX airs, though. There are still quite a few local FOX affiliates that Sling TV has yet to sign a deal with.

Sling Orange
Free Roku Deal
$25.00/ month

34 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

1 simultaneous stream.

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Sling Blue
Free Roku Deal$25.00/ month

49 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

3 simultaneous streams

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Sling Orange + Blue
Free Roku Deal
$40.00/ month

56 channels

ESPN

Free Roku Express

4* simultaneous streams

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* You get 1 stream for Sling Orange channels and up to 3 simultaneous streams for Sling Blue channels.

Features

The main downside of Sling TV is its meager feature set. You can’t record TV at all unless you get the $5 cloud DVR add-on. Even after you buy it, you can’t record any Sling Orange channels. Account sharing is allowed, but you can only stream to one device at a time when you watch Sling Orange content. Sling Blue channels can only be streaming to two screens simultaneously.

On the other hand, Sling TV does have a robust app lineup:

  • Living room devices: Azulle Mini PC Sticks, Air TV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Xaomi Mi TV.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Models based on Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Also, certain models from LG and Samsung.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

PlayStation Vue

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If you don’t live close to Ohio, PlayStation Vue may be worth a look. It’s one of the streaming services that let you stream out-of-market sports channels.  Source: PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue is now accessible on not only PlayStation Vue consoles, but also via the web and through popular TV devices made by Apple, Google, Roku and many others. Even though Vue is slightly more expensive in comparison to other streaming services, its feature set is strong– and so is its channel lineup.

Channels and pricing

PlayStation Vue carries not only Fox Sports Ohio, but also all the other channels that air MLB games.

Reds fans that live outside the Reds’ market will want to check out PlayStation Vue’s $10 Sports Pack add-on. It’ll give you access to Fox Sports Ohio, no matter where you live. There is one requirement though: you have to subscribe to Core, Elite or Ultra. That means that you’ll have to pay a minimum of $50. That’s expensive for a streaming service, but still cheap compared to most traditional cable plans.

  • Access: 45+ channels for $45 per month.
  • Core: 70+ channels for $50 per month.
  • Elite: 94 channels for $60 per month.
  • Ultra: 96 channels, including HBO and Showtime, for $80 per month.

Features

PlayStation Vue’s strong feature set includes five-device simultaneous streaming, an unlimited cloud DVR and apps for all the most popular TV devices:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Televisions based on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, Amazon Fire Tablets and iOS.
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.

Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV has Fox Sports Ohio and all the channels that air MLB games except MLB Network. Source: Hulu with Live TV

One of the most notable attractions of Hulu with Live TV is that all of its subscribers get complimentary access to Hulu’s large on-demand video catalog. The only MLB channel that the service doesn’t carry is MLB Network.

Channels and pricing

The $45 base subscription comes with 70 live channels, complete access to Hulu’s on-demand video catalog, plus FOX Sports Ohio, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, FS1 and TBS. MLB Network is the only missing part of the equation.

Features

Hulu offers several add-ons that enhance Hulu with Live TV’s features. Unlimited Screens ($15/month) lets you stream non-premium channels to an unlimited number of devices on your home network. Without the add-on, you can only stream to two devices concurrently. Enhanced Cloud DVR ($15/month) expands your DVR storage space from 20 to 200 hours.

Hulu with Live TV has apps for almost all TV devices:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Chromecast, Apple TV.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Samsung and LG smart TVs.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: iOS and Android.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Edge, Safari 10+, or Firefox 15+.

DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now has all the cable channels that carry MLB games. Source: DirecTV Now

What DirecTV Now lacks in features it makes up for with competitive subscription prices and its large menu of channels.

Channels and pricing

If you live in the Reds’ market area, you can get all the channels you need to watch Reds games with the $55/month Just Right deal. There’s no way to get FOX Sports Ohio if you live outside the market area, though.

Features

AT&T rushed DirecTV Now to market without a cloud DVR. However, a recent upgrade added a free 20-hour DVR and a new $5/month upgrade that lets you expand your simultaneous streaming limit from two to three devices.

DirecTV Now apps are available on most TV devices:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Apple TV, Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Televisions based on Fire TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari.

YouTube TV

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Google’s YouTube TV is yet another streaming service that has all the channels that broadcast Reds games. Source: YouTube TV

YouTube TV has its bases covered when it comes to MLB action. For Reds fans that live in the Reds’ market area, it’s one of the best options out there. The main downside of YouTube TV is the fact that it doesn’t carry HBO. In addition, its three-device streaming limit may be too restrictive for some. Lack of support for Amazon TV devices is another potential issue.

Channels and pricing

YouTube TV costs $40/month and comes with 60+ channels. All the channels you need to watch Reds games will be there, unless you live in a place where you can’t get FOX Sports Ohio.

Features

YouTube TV is one of just a handful of streaming services that offer unlimited cloud DVR recording. Your account will support up to six unique profiles. Each profile gets its own recommendations and a separate, unlimited cloud DVR. Account sharing is supported, but you can only stream to three screens at the same time.

Except for Amazon devices, YouTube TV is available on most of the popular TV device platforms:

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from HiSense, LG, Samsung and Sharp as well as televisions based on Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

MLB.TV

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Source: MLB

MLB.TV brings baseball into the 21st century with features like 60 frames-per-second broadcasts, next-day replays, multi-game views, bonus content and more. You can’t use it to watch live games if you live in the Reds’ market area, though. Source: MLB.TV

Even though all MLB.TV subscribers pay the same subscription prices, Reds fans that live outside of the Reds’ market area get a much better deal because they can watch most live games. Because of MLB.TV’s strict blackout policy, everyone else has to tune in the next day and watch replays or listen to audio broadcasts of the games.

Plans and coverage

A single-team pass costs $92 and lets you watch video recordings of all the Reds games for the entire season. People who live outside of the Reds’ market can tune in live. For $27 more, you can watch other teams play as well.

Blackout rules

As mentioned above, people who live in the Reds’ market area can’t watch live Reds games due to blackout restrictions. Even people who are located outside of the market won’t be able to watch games that are broadcast by ESPN and games that affect the playoffs.

Features

MLB.TV’s 60 frames-per-second video feeds ensure that you won’t miss anything during fast plays. There’s also Catch-up, which delivers a summary of any game’s major plays and a tiled view that MLB.TV calls Multi-View. You can use Multi-View to tune into several games at once.

MLB.TV has apps for most smartphones and TV devices:

  • Living room devices: MLB.TV app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Sticks and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: MLB.TV app for certain Samsung televisions and devices based on certain versions of Amazon Fire TV, Android TV or Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: At Bat app for Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: MLB.TV app for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.