If you’re a big fan of the MLB and the Detroit Tigers, the upcoming season is sure to be exciting. But if you’re looking to cut the cord on cable, you may be wondering how to watch the Detroit Tigers without cable. What are your options, and how can you make sure you never miss a game?

In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about watching the Detroit Tigers without cable. Read on to learn how to enjoy the current MLB season, cable-free.

What Channels Do I Need to Watch the Detroit Tigers?

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The Detroit Tigers, like most MLB teams, have a contract with local Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) to carry their games.

In this case, you’ll need Fox Sports Detroit to watch the Detroit Tigers. The vast majority of games will be televised exclusively on Fox Sports Detroit in Michigan.

There are some exceptions. Some Detroit Tigers games will be aired on MLB Network, YES Network, Fox Sports 1, and ESPN. However, only six Detroit Tigers games will be broadcast nationally this year, so as long as you can get a streaming service with Fox Sports RSNs in your area, you’ll be pretty much covered when it comes to watching the Detroit Tigers without cable.

Below, we’ll discuss your options for watching the Detroit Tigers without cable, and help you figure out which streaming service may be right for you.

fuboTV

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fuboTV is a sports-focused streaming service, so it should come as no surprise that it’s a good way to watch the Detroit Tigers without cable. Let’s discuss its channels, packages, and features now, to help you decide if it’s a good option for your needs.

Channels and packages

fuboTV comes in two main channel packages, which are call fubo and fubo Extra, as you can see below:

Thankfully, fuboTV has signed a deal with Fox Sports Detroit and most other Fox RSNs, so you’ll be able to watch every Detroit Tigers game televised on Fox Sports without cable if you live in a region that receives Fox Sports Detroit. With the base-tier fubo package, you’ll get Fox Sports Detroit, as well as FS1, FS2, NBCSN, CBS Sports, and a huge variety of other sports channels, for a total of 80+ channels overall. You won’t get any ESPN channels, though, but that only accounts for 2 of the 160+ games the Tigers will play in the regular season.

For an extra $5/month, you can get about 20 more channels with the fubo Extra package, but this isn’t necessary if you’re just interested in watching the Detroit Tigers without cable.

Features

fuboTV has reasonably good features. You can watch on up to 2 devices at once, and upgrade that to 3 simultaneous streams with the $6/month Family Share add-on, which is a nice option to have.

As far as DVR goes, fuboTV gives you 30 hours of free storage with no other limitations, and you can upgrade this to 500 hours for a $10/month fee if you really need a lot of extra space. fuboTV also has a “Lookback” feature which lets you view most programs up to 72 hours after they have aired, even if you forgot to record them.

Platform support for fuboTV is also pretty good, with support for most major devices, including iOS and Android, web browsers, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, and Roku. If you’d like to try it for yourself, you can get a free 7-day trial of fuboTV now. 

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Sling TV

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Sling TV is one of the oldest internet TV services. Founded in 2015 and currently owned by DISH Network, it offers an “a la carte” package which can be customized to your needs, and it’s the lowest-cost service on our list for watching the Detroit Tigers without cable.

Channels and packages

Sling TV offers two main packages, Sling Blue and Sling Orange. These packages can be purchased separately, or combined into Sling Orange + Blue, 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 Sports Detroit, you’ll need to subscribe to Sling Blue, which costs $25/month, and also comes with FS1 and FS2, TBS, NFL Network, and a few other sports channels. To get ESPN channels, though, you’ll need to subscribe to Sling Orange, so keep that in mind when picking your preferred package.

For sheer value, it’s hard to beat Sling TV. For just $25/month, you can watch almost every Detroit Tigers game this year without a cable package that could easily cost you 4x as much every month.

Features

Sling TV has a different simultaneous streaming policy, depending on which package you choose. Sling Blue lets you stream on 3 devices, while Sling Orange only lets you stream on a single device.

You don’t get a free DVR, either. You’ll need to pay $5/month for a 50-hour cloud DVR, which is unfortunate, but not too pricey. Sling TV also offers a 72-hour rewind feature on select channels, even if you don’t have a DVR.

Platform support for Sling TV is also really good. You can stream on your Android and iOS devices, as well as your web browser, as well as Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select LG and Samsung smart TVs. To try Sling TV out for yourself, you can visit the Sling website now, and get a free trial.

Hulu + Live TV

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Hulu + Live TV was launched recently by Hulu and has quickly become a popular choice for cord-cutters due to a low price, good channel selection, and upgradeable features.

Channels and packages

Hulu + Live TV has two basic packages, which both contain the same channels.

The only difference is that the $45/month Hulu + Live TV package includes ads for on-demand Hulu content, while the $51/month Hulu (NO ADS) package does not have ads when you watch on-demand Hulu content. Both packages include ads for live TV.

Hulu + Live TV provides about 60-70 channels depending on where you are, including Fox Sports Detroit if you live in the broadcast area for Tigers games. You’ll also get FS1 and FS2, ESPN, ESPN2, NBCSN, CBS Sports, and a number of other sports, news, and entertainment networks.

Features

Hulu + Live TV comes with a 50-hour free cloud DVR, which you can upgrade to 200 hours of storage for a $10/month fee with the Enhanced DVR package. You can watch on up to 2 devices at once by default unless you purchase the Unlimited Screens add-on. With this add-on, you can watch on unlimited devices on your home network, and up to 3 outside your home network. Enhanced DVR and Unlimited Screens can be combined for $15/month.

Uniquely, Hulu + Live TV gives you access to the Hulu on-demand library at no extra charge, which is a nice feature, and a value of about $6/month.

Platform support for Hulu + Live TV is also excellent. You can watch on both iOS and Android devices, your web browser, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV and a variety of smart TVs, as well as the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch gaming consoles.

YouTube TV

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YouTube TV was launched in early 2017 and has now expanded nationwide. With unbeatable features, great channels and a simple pricing system, it’s definitely one of our top choices for watching the Detroit Tigers without cable.

Channels and packages

YouTube TV keeps things simple. Pay $40/month, and you get access to a single package of 60+ channels, including Fox Sports Detroit. You’ll also get plenty of other sports channels like FS1 and FS2, ESPN, ESPN2, NBCSN, and even MLB Network, so this is a great option for big baseball fans.

Features

When it comes to features, it’s hard to beat YouTube TV. You can watch on up to 3 streams at once by default, tying Sling Blue, and beating DirecTV Now and Hulu + Live TV.

Even better is the cloud DVR you get with YouTube TV. You can save as much content as you want for up to 9 months, with no other restrictions and limitations. You can also create up to 6 user profiles, and each person gets their own personal DVR.

Platform support for YouTube TV used to be a bit poor, but has improved over the last year or so. Today, you can watch on iOS and Android, the Chrome web browser, Chromecast, Apple TV, and Roku, as well as a variety of smart TVs, and the Xbox One.

PlayStation Vue

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PlayStation Vue is a great way to watch the Detroit Tigers without cable if you have a large family, but it is a bit more expensive than most of the other options on our list. Find out if it’s right for you now.

Channels and packages

PlayStation Vue gives you four cable packages 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

To get Fox Sports Detroit, you’ll have to subscribe to a Core or higher package, so you’ll fork over $50/month, which is a bit pricey, but not too far away from the other top options on our list. You’ll also get MLB Network, as well as FS1 and FS2, ESPN and ESPN2, NBCSN, and a number of other great sports channels, though.

Features

PlayStation Vue’s best feature is its great simultaneous streaming policy. You can stream on up to 5 devices at once, with no interruptions, for free. This is better than any other internet TV streaming service on the market.

The service has a pretty good DVR, too. You can save unlimited shows for up to 28 days, and create up to 10 user profiles, allowing each one to access their own DVR, recommendations and more.

Platform support is also solid. Naturally, the PlayStation 3 and 4 are supported, but so are iOS and Android devices, web browsers, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Apple TV.

DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now, owned by AT&T, is the company’s attempt to keep cord-cutters who are fleeing from sky-high cable bills. Let’s see if it’s a good way to watch the Detroit Tigers without cable now.

Channels and packages

DirecTV offers four channel packages, like PlayStation Vue, 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

To get Fox Sports Detroit, you’ll have to get a Just Right or higher subscription, so you’ll be paying $55/month, which is the highest price on this list. In return, though, you’ll get plenty of other channels, including ESPN and ESPN2, FS1 and FS2, MLB Network, and many more.

Features

DirecTV Now has always been a bit behind the curve when it comes to features. A cloud DVR, for example, comes free with your subscription, but gives you only 20 hours of storage space, with a 30-day content expiration limit. The service does offer a 72-hour rewind for many TV shows and sports events, however, that won’t eat into your limited DVR.

You can only stream on 2 devices by default,  but you can add a third stream for a $5/month fee, which is nice.

Platform support is better, though. You can watch DirecTV Now on your iOS and Android devices, web browsers, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, and Roku.

MLB.TV

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Source: MLB.TV

All of the above options are the best way to watch The Detroit Tigers without cable if you live in Detroit or an area that gets Fox Sports Detroit. But what if you are not in the Detroit Tigers market, and can’t get Fox Sports Detroit?

If you don’t live in an area where Tigers games are broadcast, your best option is definitely MLB.TV. With this service, you can watch every out-of-market Detroit Tigers game for $92/year, or you can watch out-of-market games for all MLB teams for $25/month, or $119/year.

Note, however, that if a Detroit Tigers game is in your market – for example, you live in Kansas City, and the Kansas City Royals are playing the Detroit Tigers – it will be blacked out, and you will not be able to watch it until 90 minutes after it has aired, when the replay will be available on MLB.TV.

So, if you don’t live in Detroit, don’t worry! You can still watch the Detroit Tigers without cable by using MLB.TV.