Are you a big Cubs fan, but not a big fan of spending $100+ per month just to watch your team play in the MLB? If you want to watch the Chicago Cubs without cable, you’re in the right place. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the best ways you can watch Cubs games legally online, without a cable subscription.

Interested? Read on, and learn more about your options for watching the Chicago Cubs without cable.

What Channels Do I Need to Watch the Chicago Cubs?

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As most fans of nationally-popular MLB teams know, it’s not always possible to watch every game of the season because of blackout restrictions and streaming agreements between each individual MLB team. So we’re going to focus on the channels you need to get the vast majority of Chicago Cubs games for this season.

To watch the Cubs, you’ll need the following channels.

  • NBC Sports Chicago (80+ games)
  • ABC (about 25 games)
  • ESPN (about 10 games)
  • Fox (4 games)

If you can get these channels, you’ll get the vast majority of the Chicago Cubs games for this season without cable.

To view a full lineup of the Chicago Cubs season, and to see the broadcast channel for each individual game, we recommend that you consult the official Cubs MLB schedule.

Now that you know what channels you’ll need, we can take a look at your top options for how to watch the Chicago Cubs without cable.

fuboTV

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fuboTV is a sports-focused streaming service, so it’s no surprise that it has made it onto our list of the best ways to watch the Chicago Cubs without cable. Let’s take a look at this internet TV service now, and see if it’s right for you.

Channels and packages

With fuboTV, you get two channel packages to choose from, as you can see below.

The base-tier “fubo” subscription will cost you $45/month, and give you 80+ channels. You’ll get NBC Sports Chicago as well as Fox.

However, you won’t get ABC or ESPN, so you’ll miss out on a fair number of Cubs games. Because of this, while fuboTV is a viable option, we wouldn’t call it our #1 pick for watching Chicago Cubs games without cable.

If you want, you can also upgrade to the $50/month fubo Extra package, but the extra channels you’ll get are mainly oriented towards lifestyle entertainment and international sports, so you’re probably best off sticking with the $45/month fubo package.

Features

fuboTV has fairly standard features, compared to other competing internet TV services. You can stream on 2 devices at once, which is fairly standard, but you can add a third stream for a $6/month fee with the “Family Share” add-on.

You’ll also get a free cloud DVR with 30 hours of storage. If that’s not enough, though, you can pay $10/month to get an absurd 500 hours of storage, with no content expiration dates or time limits. You can also use the “Lookback” feature to watch most events and shows that have aired within the last 72 hours, even if you didn’t record them.

The service has good platform support, too. You can stream on your web browser, iOS and Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV, so you’ll be covered on just about any device. You can get a free trial of fuboTV now if you’d like to try it out for yourself.

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Sling TV

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Sling TV was the very first “internet TV” streaming service, and it launched way back in 2015, promising an “a la carte” approach to cable that would save you plenty of money. It’s the cheapest option on our list to watch the Chicago Cubs without cable, but it does have a few flaws and drawbacks.

Channels and packages

The Sling TV service comes in two primary packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, which cost $25 each or can be combined for $40/month, as you can see below.

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.

To get Fox and NBC Sports Chicago, you’ll need to subscribe to Sling Blue, and to get ESPN, you’ll need to get Sling Orange, so your best bet to watch the Chicago Cubs without cable is to subscribe to Sling Orange + Blue.

Neither package comes with ABC, though, so you’ll miss out on some of the season’s biggest games. However, you could use an OTA antenna, which would give you access to every game on ABC for free.

Features

One of the most confusing things about Sling TV is that the features vary somewhat based on the channel package you choose. Sling Blue channels like NBC Sports Chicago, for example, can be viewed on up to 3 devices at once. However, Sling Orange channels are limited to a single channel. This limitation remains in effect even if you subscribe to Sling Orange + Blue.

You also don’t get a free cloud DVR. You’ll have to pay $5/month for 50 hours of storage, bringing your cost to $45/month, or $30/month if you just get Sling Blue, and don’t watch Cubs games on ESPN.

Platform support is good, though. On the go, you can watch on your web browser and on iOS/Android devices. At home, you can watch on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku. If you’d like to give it a shot, you can get a free 7-day trial from Sling TV now.

Hulu + Live TV

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Launched by Hulu in 2017, Hulu + Live TV combines live TV with the huge library of Hulu on-demand shows, making it a very popular choice for cord-cutters. Get the details now.

Channels and packages

Hulu + Live TV comes in two basic packages, which share the same channels. The $45/month Hulu + Live TV package is cheaper, but on-demand shows will have ads. For $51/month, you can remove ads from your on-demand content. Naturally, live TV ads are not affected by this. There’s also a $44/month Live TV Only option, although you’re not saving much money to remove the on-demand library.

No matter which package you choose, Hulu + Live TV has every channel you need to watch the Chicago Cubs without cable, including Fox, ABC, ESPN, and NBC Sports Chicago, making it one of the best choices on our list. Other sports channels include CBS Sports Network, FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, Golf Channel and many more, for a total of 60+ channels altogether.

Features

Hulu + Live TV has fairly standard features, but they can both be upgraded, which gives you some flexibility. You’ll get a free 50-hour cloud DVR, which can be boosted to 200 hours of storage with the $10/month Enhanced DVR package.

You can also stream on only two devices at once. However, if you spend $10/month for the Unlimited Screens add-on, you can stream on up to three devices outside of your home network at once, and on unlimited devices at home.

Unlimited Screens and Enhanced DVR can be combined for $16/month.

As far as device support goes, Hulu + Live TV is impressive. You can stream on iOS and Android, as well as popular web browsers. At home, the Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV are supported, as are some LG and Samsung smart TVs. The Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch gaming consoles are also supported.

YouTube TV

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Source: YouTube TV

YouTube TV is Google’s attempt to grab a portion of the internet TV market, and it’s certainly been successful so far, offering great channels, standout features, and a streamlined user interface.

Channels and packages

YouTube TV keeps things very simple. You pay $40/month, and you get a channel package of 60-70+ channels, depending on your area. This lineup includes ESPN, NBC Sports Chicago, Fox and ABC, so you’ll get every channel you need to watch the Chicago Cubs without cable, as well as plenty of other great sports networks like MLB Network, FS1 and FS2, CBS Sports, and quite a few others.

Features

YouTube TV really stands out when it comes to features. You can stream on up to 3 devices at once with this service, which is better than Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, and DirecTV Now, and tied with Sling Blue.

Not only that, but you get an unlimited 9-month cloud DVR. You can save as many hours of content you want, with the only limit being a 9-month content expiration date. You can also create up to 6 user profiles, and each one gets their own DVR.

Device support used to be a bit sub-par for YouTube TV, which launched only supporting the Chrome browser, iOS and Android devices, and the Chromecast. Today, though, the Roku and Apple TV are also supported, as are a number of smart TVs from VIZIO, Sharp, Samsung, Hisense, and LG. The Xbox One is also supported.

PlayStation Vue

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PlayStation Vue is, contrary to popular belief, available on just about any platform, not just the PlayStation family of gaming consoles. And with family-friendly features, it’s a good option if you have a large household and want to watch the Chicago Cubs without cable.

Channels and packages

PlayStation Vue provides four channel packages for subscribers to choose from, as follows:

  • Access – 45+ channels, $45/month
  • Core – 60+ channels, $50/month
  • Elite – 90+ channels, $60/month
  • Ultra – All Elite channels plus HBO/Showtime, $80/month

The $40/month Access package will give you ABC, Fox, and ESPN, but not NBC Sports Chicago, so you’ll need to upgrade to the $50/month Core package if you want to catch most of the year’s biggest Chicago Cubs games without cable.

Features

As mentioned, PlayStation Vue has some features that make it a good choice for families, despite a higher price tag. The biggest reason is that you can stream on up to 5 devices at once, without paying an additional fee. This is better than any other service on this list.

You also get a pretty good DVR, which lets you store as much content as you want for up to 28 days, and you can create up to 10 user profiles. Each user gets their own DVR, so you don’t have to worry about running out of space, or your recordings accidentally being deleted.

Platform support is also surprisingly good. The PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles are both supported, but you can also watch on your web browser, on iOS and Android, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast.

DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now is AT&T and DirecTV’s attempt to recapture some of the cord-cutters who are canceling their subscriptions. While it offers a good lineup of channels, its features are below-average, and it’s’ currently the most expensive way to watch the Chicago Cubs without cable.

Channels and packages

With DirecTV Now, you get four basic channel packages to choose from, as follows:

  • Live A Little – 65+ channels, $40/month
  • Just Right – 85+ channels, $55/month
  • Go Big – 105+ channels, $65/month
  • Gotta Have It  – 125+ channels, $75/month

You can get ESPN, Fox, and ABC with the Live A Little package, but for NBC Sports Chicago, you’ll need the $55/month Just Right package.

Features

Given its high price tag, you’d expect better features from DirecTV Now. You can only stream on 2 devices at once by default, though you can boost this to 3 with a $5/month add-on.

DirecTV Now also gives you the worst cloud DVR on the market. You can record only 20 hours of content, which will be deleted after 30 days. Until the middle of 2018, though DirecTV Now didn’t’ have a DVR at all, so this is still an improvement.

Platform support is a lot better, but still not too impressive. You can stream on iOS and Android, web browsers, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.

MLB.TV

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All of the above options are reasonable ways to watch the Chicago Cubs without cable if you live in a market – such as Illinois – where Cubs games are broadcast by NBC Sports Chicago.

But what if you live far away from Chicago, and can’t get local coverage? If that’s the case, MLB.TV is the right choice for you.

For $92/year, you can watch every Chicago Cubs game from anywhere in the country, except games that are blacked out due to national broadcast restrictions. For $119/year or $25/month, you can also watch all out-of-market games from ever MLB team.

If you combine MLB.TV with an Over-The-Air (OTA) antenna for ABC and Fox, you’ll be able to watch almost every Chicago Cubs game without cable, even if you’re in an out-of-market area for Cubs games.

Eric Liston is a freelance writer and tech enthusiast based in Ohio, specializing in internet security, cord-cutting, and more.