You can watch the Chicago Cubs live without cable with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV. In this article, we’ll help you decide which option is best for you. Let’s get started!

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Watch the Chicago Cubs on 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.

fuboTV Pricing and Packages

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

Standard
7-day free trial
$54.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

30 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Family
7-day free trial
$59.99+/ month

92 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Entertainment
7-day free trial
$69.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Ultra
7-day free trial
$79.99/ month

113 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME included

Sports Plus add-on

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*Note that in order to see the Family, Entertainment, and Ultra plans, you need to first press "Start Free Trial." After you create an account, you'll see all of these plans.

The base-tier “fubo Standard” subscription will cost you $54.99/month, and give you 80+ channels. Learn more here.

fuboTV 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. Learn more here

fuboTV Supported Devices

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. Learn more here

fuboTV Simultaneous Streams

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.

fuboTV DVR

fuboTV gives you 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. Learn more here.

fuboTV On-Demand Library

The fuboTV on-demand library is quite good, with top movies and shows sourced from the various channels it carries. You’ll have plenty of content to watch, though you’ll have to sit through quite a few commercials. Learn more here

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Watch the Chicago Cubs on Hulu With Live TV

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Launched by Hulu in 2017, Hulu With 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.

Hulu With Live TV Pricing and Packages

Hulu With Live TV in a single package of channels, which costs $44.99/month and comes with around 60 channels, depending on your location. Learn more here.

Hulu + Live TV
7-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

67 Channels

2 simultaneous streams

ESPN and Disney

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Hulu With Live TV Channels

Hulu With 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. Learn more here.

Hulu With Live TV Supported Devices

As far as device support goes, Hulu With 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. Learn more here.

Hulu With Live TV Simultaneous Streams

You can stream on only two devices at once with Hulu With Live TV. However, if you spend $9.99/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. Learn more here.

Hulu With Live TV DVR

With Hulu With Live TV, you’ll get a free 50-hour cloud DVR, which can be boosted to 200 hours of storage with the $9.99/month Enhanced DVR package. Learn more here.

Hulu With Live TV On-Demand Library

With your Hulu With Live TV subscription, you get a free, ad-supported Hulu on-demand subscription. That means you can watch tens of thousands of top titles including Hulu Originals like The Handmaid’s Tale for no additional fee. Learn more here

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Watch the Chicago Cubs on 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.

Sling TV Pricing 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. Learn more here

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.

Sling TV 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. Learn more here

Sling TV Supported Devices

Platform support is good for Sling TV. 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. Learn more here

Sling TV Simultaneous Streams

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. Learn more here

Sling TV DVR

You don’t get a free cloud DVR with Sling TV. 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. Learn more here.

Sling TV On-Demand Library

The Sling TV on-demand library has a good selection of titles, provided by the various channels included in your streaming package. From recently-aired shows to past seasons and top movies, there’s plenty to watch. Learn more here.

Free 7-day Trial

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Watch the Chicago Cubs on AT&T TV Now

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AT&T TV Now is the new name for DirecTV Now. 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.

AT&T TV Now Pricing and Packages

AT&T TV Now offers a total of seven different packages, as follows:

  • Plus: 40+ channels / $50 per month. Includes HBO
  • Max: 50+ channels / $70 per month. Includes HBO, Cinemax
  • Entertainment: 65+ channels / $93 per month
  • Choice: 85+ channels / $110 per month
  • Xtra: 105+ channels /  $124 per month
  • Ultimate: 125+ channels / $135 per month

Those prices may seem a bit high, but don’t worry. You only need the Plus package to watch the Cubs. Learn more here.

Plus
7-day free trial
$50.00/ month

45+ channels

2 simultaneous streams

20 hours of DVR space

HBO
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Max
7-day free trial
$70.00/ month

60+ channels

2 simultaneous streams

20 hours of DVR space

HBO + Cinemax
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*Note that AT&T TV Now offers several other plans that are hidden until you click to sign up.

AT&T TV Now Channels

You can get ESPN, Fox, ABC and NBC Sports Chicago with the Plus package, so you’ll have all of the channels you need to watch the Chicago Cubs without cable this MLB season. learn more here.

AT&T TV Now Supported Devices

Platform support for AT&T TV Now is okay, but still not too impressive. You can stream on iOS and Android, web browsers, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku. Learn more here.

AT&T TV Now Simultaneous Streams

Given its high price tag, you’d expect better features from AT&T TV 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. Learn more here.

AT&T TV Now DVR

AT&T TV 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 AT&TV Now didn’t have a DVR at all, so this is still an improvement. Learn more here.

AT&TV TV Now On-Demand Library

The AT&T TV Now on-demand library has more than 40,000 pieces of content, depending on your subscription package, including recently-aired shows, past seasons and plenty of top movies. Learn more here

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Watch the Chicago Cubs on 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.

PlayStation Vue Pricing and Packages

PlayStation Vue provides four channel packages for subscribers to choose from, as you can see below. To get the channels you need to watch the Chicago Cubs without cable, you should get the Core package. Learn more here

Access
5-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

50 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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Core
5-Day Free Trial
$49.99/ month

75 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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Elite
5-Day Free Trial
$59.99/ month

96 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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Ultra
5-Day Free Trial
$79.99/ month

98 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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* You get 3 streams to use in-home or out-of-home streams and 2 extra streams to use in-home.

PlayStation Vue Channels

The $49.99 month Access package will give you ABC, Fox, and ESPN, but not NBC Sports Chicago, so you’ll need to upgrade to the $54.99/month Core package if you want to catch most of the year’s biggest Chicago Cubs games without cable. Learn more here.

PlayStation Vue Supported Devices

Platform support is surprisingly good for PlayStation Vue. 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. Learn more here.

PlayStation Vue Simultaneous Streams

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. Learn more here

PlayStation Vue DVR

You also get a pretty good DVR, with PlayStation Vue, 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. Learn more here

PlayStation Vue On-Demand Library

You’ve got plenty of on-demand content to choose from with PlayStation Vue, including recently-aired episodes, a decent selection of past seasons, and some top movies. Learn more here

Free 5-day Trial

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Watch the Chicago Cubs on YouTube TV

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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.

YouTube TV Pricing and Packages

YouTube TV keeps things very simple. You pay $49.99/month, and you get a channel package of 60-70+ channels, depending on your area. Learn more here

YouTube TV Channels

The YouTube TV 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. Learn more here

YouTube TV Supported Devices

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, and Amazon Fire TV support is coming in late 2019. Learn more here.

YouTube TV Simultaneous Streams

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 With Live TV, fuboTV, and AT&T TV Now, and tied with Sling Blue. Learn more here.

YouTube TV DVR

You also get an unlimited 9-month cloud DVR with YouTube TV. 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. Learn more here.

YouTube TV On-Demand Library

The YouTube TV on-demand library is great. You can watch plenty of on-demand shows and movies, which it gets from the various channels that are part of your lineup. Learn more here.

How to Watch the Chicago Cubs on Amazon Fire TV

You can watch the Chicago Cubs on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now or PlayStation Vue. YouTube TV will be adding Fire TV support in late 2019. Download the app for the service you’d like to use from the Amazon App Store, sign in, and enjoy. 

How to Watch the Chicago Cubs on Roku

You can watch the Chicago Cubs on Roku with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV. Just head to the Roku Channel Store and download the channel for the service you’re using. Then, sign up or log in, and enjoy watching the Cubs on Roku.

How to Watch the Chicago Cubs on Apple TV

You can watch the Chicago Cubs on Apple TV with one of these streaming services: fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV. Download the proper app from the App Store and sign in. That’s all there is to it.

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.

Watch the Chicago Cubs on 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.