How To Watch the MLB World Series Without Cable

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With the MLB World Series just a few days away, baseball fans are fired up and ready to catch the closing and most exciting games of the 2023 season.

This year, FOX has exclusive national television rights for the 2023 MLB World Series. If you still have cable or satellite, you can catch the game there, or stream it on the FOX website.

However, without cable, you might worry that you'll miss out on finding out who becomes this year's champion. But, luckily, streaming services provide a great alternative.

If you’re a cord-cutter looking for another way to catch the World Series, here are a few methods to watch the World Series without cable. When you utilize trial periods, you may even be able to watch for free.

Watch the MLB World Series on FOX

Much like last year's World Series, MLB again partners with FOX to provide exclusive coverage of the finals of the 2023 season. You just need to hit up the FOX sports channel once the World Series formally starts airing.

You can tune-in to our FOX channel guide to keep yourself up-to-date on the FOX programming schedule.

When to watch: It starts on October 27

The last games of MLB Regular season are still ongoing, but we've already got the games of the World Series line up. The games start on the week of October 27, 2023.

  • Game 1 on Friday, October 27
  • Game 2 on Saturday, October 28
  • Game 3 on Monday, October 30
  • Game 4 on Tuesday, October 31
  • Game 5 on Wednesday, November 1
  • Game 6 on Friday, November 3
  • Game 7 on Saturday, November 4

How to watch the World Series without cable: 3 methods

Method 1: Watch for free on a streaming provider—our top pick: Sling TV

Several online streaming services include FOX on their channel lists. All of them have some form of a free trial, so you can sign up and then cancel before you get charged to watch the World Series without cable, completely free. If you’re a big sports buff, you might need to eventually bite the bullet and stick it out with a streaming provider, though. Here are our recommendations for the best ones to choose.

Sling TV

The cheapest option to watch the World Series without cable is getting a subscription to Sling TV. With Sling TV Blue, you'll get access to the Fox channel lineup which is the main network provider for the MLB World Series.

Sling TV has local FOX channels in the following markets: Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Gainesville, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Orlando/Daytona/Melbourne, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. If you’re out-of-market, go for one of the other options instead.

You can read our full review of Sling TV if you want to find out more.

Fubo

Fubo is a subscription streaming service that was built for sports fans. They carry FOX, so you can stream the 2023 World Series. Fubo has a whole slew of compatible devices, and you can watch the World Series on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox and more.

A Fubo subscription starts on the pricier side. However, they do offer a 7-day free trial. Plus, you’ll get 160+ channels included, which is the most extensive channel lineup at that price on our list. With Fubo, you can stream the World Series (and anything else) on three or more screens at once.

You get get more info about its channel lineup from our Fubo channel guide.

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV is another streaming provider that carries FOX, where you can watch the World Series this year. They also have a 7-day free trial available. Hulu offers many supported devices, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung TV, Vizio, and more.

Hulu + Live TV roughly costs the same as the base Fubo subscirption, and there are no differing packages to choose from. This comes with over 90 channels, including ESPN, FS1, SEC and TNT for sports fans. Hulu currently offers two simultaneous streams, but you can opt for the Unlimited Screens add-on if that isn’t sufficient.

You can read more details on its subscription tiers  from our Hulu + Live TV plans and pricing guide.

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream offers FOX, where you can stream the World Series, and other sports channels like ESPN, FS1, and TBS. The cheapest plan is the Entertainment package, which includes these channels and over 65 others. It's one of the priciest streaming options on the market, but they also have the best trial period. If you cancel within 14 days of signing up, you’ll get a full refund. While it’s not technically a free trial, you could view it as one.

With DirecTV Stream, you also get the advantage of streaming on up to 20 compatible devices within your home and three out-of-network all at the same time. If you’ve got a big family full of sports and television lovers, this feature is a huge win. DirecTV Stream supports streaming on Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and more.

You can learn more about its compatibility list from our DirecTV Stream device support guide.

YouTube TV

A subscription to YouTube TV provides access to FOX, in addition to other baseball channels including the MLB Network, ESPN, TBS, FS1 and more. It’s another service that charges similar fees to DirecTV Stream and Hulu + Live TV, which includes 100+ channels, a more robust channel lineup than some others. YouTube TV allows for up to three simultaneous streams and six accounts per user.

You can try it out with a 7-day free trial. YouTube TV has a wide variety of supported devices, including several smart TV’s, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, and more.

If you're looking for more reasons to check out Youtube's streaming service, you can read our guide on Youtube TV original content.

Method 2: Use an Antenna

One easy way to watch the World Series without cable is to purchase an inexpensive TV antenna. It's also a great alternative in case of a stream black on your preferred streaming service. Use AntennaWeb to figure out which FOX channels are available near you if you go this route.

Method 3: MLB.tv

For a fraction of the price of most streaming services, you can gain access to the Postseason Package on MLB.tv. You can watch every game on demand, and some games live (you’ll need to check their website to be certain that they’re supported on your devices). You’ll also get access to future events like the 2024 Spring Training games if you go with this option. It’s not the best option available because there’s no free trial, but it is a relatively cheap way to watch the World Series.

Watch the World Series on Vidgo

Vidgo has positioned itself as a lower-priced, sports-oriented live-TV streaming service. It only has 2 of the Big 4 TV networks, but one of them is FOX, so you’ll be set for the World Series.

Its Plus Package costs less than the 3 services directly above, so check out our Vidgo Review to decide if it’s worth it. However, its Spanish-language plan is $30 cheaper, so if you want to watch the World Series on FOX Deportes, it’s worth a look.

Can I watch the World Series on ESPN+?

Unfortunately, the World Series isn’t available on ESPN+.

Watch the World Series through a VPN

If you're on Sling TV but are missing out on some of the FOX networks, don't panic. Your predicament can easily be solved through a VPN.

For instance, with ExpressVPN, you won't have to worry about any channel blockouts on any of your streaming services. VPNs can get guarantee that you'll never miss any of the action on the 2023 MLB World Series.

If you need more details on streaming with a VPN, you can read more on our detailed guide to VPNs.

Watch the World Series on Roku

There are a few ways to watch the World Series on your Roku device.

Watch the World Series with an antenna on a Roku TV

In many markets, Roku TV owners can get FOX with a digital OTA (over-the-air) antenna. Just plug your antenna into the back of your Roku TV and choose Live TV from the home screen. Read more about watching live TV on Roku and learn more about OTA antennas to see if this option is right for you.

Watch the World Series on a Roku streaming device

There are 2 ways to watch FOX on a Roku streaming device. One is if you still have a cable subscription. The other is with a streaming service that has FOX. All 5 services below include FOX with their entry-level plan and have a native Roku app.

Watch the World Series on Roku with your cable provider

If you still have a cable TV subscription, simply add FOX to your channel list, then go to Account > TV Provider, add your account info, then enter the activation code displayed on your screen.

You can also install FOX NOW from the Roku Channel Store, which has live TV and on-demand content. Open the FOX NOW app, click “Sign In”, open the activation page in a browser and enter your code, then enter your cable TV account info. The app will now be ready to use.

Watch the World Series on Amazon Fire TV

There are a few ways to watch the World Series on your Amazon Fire TV.

Watch the World Series with your cable provider on Amazon Fire TV

If you’ve still got cable TV, you can still enjoy your Fire TV’s user interface and have all of your content in one place.

Click on Live TV then choose your cable provider from the on-screen list. If you don’t see it, select “View All Providers” and scroll to yours. Input your login credentials and voila! You’ll see it in your Live TV menu. You’ll also have access to the native apps for the channels included with your cable package.

Watch the World Series with a digital antenna on Amazon Fire TV

Digital antennas are a great way to get local OTA (over-the-air) channels for free. Depending on where you live, these may include local affiliates for the major broadcast networks, including FOX.

If you’re not familiar with these devices, check out our guide to learn more about OTA antennas. Otherwise, to connect your antenna to your Fire TV, simply connect it to your TV with a coaxial cable, then scan for channels by going to Settings > Live TV > Channel Scan. From there, just follow the on-screen instructions.

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