With 9 World Series victories, the Athletics are among the top baseball teams in the MLB. Oakland fans have long been tied to traditional cable TV to watch most games, but that history is changing. Now, you can watch the Oakland Athletics online without cable through over half a dozen cord-cutting services.

If you’re ready to cut the cord and save money to gain access to Athletics games this season, we’ve got you covered. Below, we’ll explore your top options for viewing every Oakland Athletics game online this season.

Where Can I Watch the Oakland Athletics Online Without Cable?

All 162 Oakland A’s games will be broadcast live on TV this year. The majority of games will be available through NBC Sports California, while 15 games will be available through a mixture of Fox Sports 1, ESPN, and MLB Network. If you’re in California, you’ll be able to get NBC Sports California broadcasts, while most US residents can access Fox Sports 1, ESPN, and MLB Network games that are broadcast nationally.

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You can get all of these networks through traditional cable at a rather high price and with a lengthy contract. Or, you can cut the cord and get all of them through various over-the-top “skinny bundle” services. Most cord-cutting services offer most of the networks you need, while a few even offer every network you’ll need for A’s games.

Whether you live in the NBC Sports California broadcast region or not, you’ll have options to watch Oakland Athletics online this year at a much lower cost than traditional cable. Let’s explore the best options currently available to cord-cutters.

FuboTV

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With over 80 channels and a price point of less than $45 per month, fuboTV is a great option for those who want most Oakland Athletics games this year.

Channels and packages

If you head over to fuboTV’s website, you’ll be greeted with two key channel packages:

Oakland A’s fans will find the $44.99 per month “fubo” package to be their go-to choice. That package includes 80+ popular news, entertainment, and sports channels, including NBC Sports California and Fox Sports 1. Notably, Fox Sports 1 will be carrying the majority of the games broadcast nationally. The only thing you’ll miss with fuboTV is ESPN and MLB Network, both of which are only offering a small handful of A’s games this year.

Features and extras

fuboTV’s features are part of its appeal. You’ll get 2 simultaneous streams per account, a 30-hour cloud DVR, and a 72-hour rewind feature for most live shows and events that won’t count against your DVR storage. You can also purchase a $9.99 per month upgrade to your DVR to get 500 hours of video storage, or a $5.99 per month Family Share add-on, which adds a third simultaneous stream.

You’ll also find fuboTV has excellent app and device support:

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Fire TV, Roku TV and Android TV
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS
  • Game consoles: None
  • Desktop browsers: fuboTV recommends Chrome, but most web browsers will work

Interested? There’s a 7-day free trial with this service.

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Sling TV

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Sling TV is a great option to watch Oakland Athletics online without cable this year. In fact, this service carries every channel you need except for MLB Network.

Channels and packages

Sling TV offers two key packages for $25 per month and a combination of the two for $40 per month:

Between the two base packages, A’s fans should opt for Sling Blue, and for maximum regular season coverage, Sling Orange + Blue.

Sling Blue offers NBC Sports California and Fox Sports 1, which will net you almost every A’s game. But if you want those occasional games broadcast through ESPN this year, Sling Orange carries ESPN, so the Orange + Blue package may be the best option for superfans.

Features and extras

Sling TV’s extremely low price comes at the cost of some features. Sling Blue comes with 3 simultaneous streams, which is great, but none of Sling TV’s packages come with cloud DVR.

Even if you sign up for Sling Orange + Blue, you’ll need to purchase a 50-hour cloud DVR as an add-on for an additional $5 per month.

Also note that if you go with Sling Orange + Blue, all of the Sling Orange channels, including ESPN, can only be streamed on one device at a time.

All of that aside, Sling TV has some of the best apps and device coverage around:

  • Living room devices: Azulle Mini PC Sticks, Air TV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Xiaomi Mi TV
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku TV and certain models from LG and Samsung
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS
  • Game consoles: Xbox One
  • Desktop browsers: Sling TV recommends Chrome, although other browsers will likely work as well

Sling TV is available with a  7-day free trial period.

Hulu + Live TV

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Hulu + Live TV is one of the most popular internet TV services on the market and with good reason. It’s priced well, has 60+ great channels, and offers Hulu’s exclusive on-demand content library and originals.

Channels and packages

With Hulu, you’ll be able to get NBC Sports California, ESPN, and Fox Sports 1, alongside other major networks, for $44.99 per month.

The base package includes Hulu’s on-demand library (with ads). If you want Live TV only, you can opt for a $43.99 per month option, and if you want to remove ads on the on-demand videos, there’s a $50.99 per month option.

Features and extras

Hulu’s array of features are impressive for the cost. The service offers 2 simultaneous streams per account, which is fairly standard but also offers a 50-hour cloud DVR. You can also increase your DVR storage to 200 hours with a $9.99 per month add-on.

There’s also the option to increase your simultaneous streams for 3 outside of your home network, with unlimited simultaneous streams for devices connected to your home WiFi, also for $9.99 per month extra. You can combine both of those add-ons for $14.99 per month.

And as stated earlier, Hulu’s on-demand content library is part of the package and a unique feature compared to other services on our list.

You can use Hulu + Live TV on a large number of devices:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku
  • Smart TVs: Certain Samsung and LG televisions, as well as Android TV and Roku TV
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers

Hulu currently offers a 7-day free trial for new subscribers.

YouTube TV

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One of the most impressive options to watch the Oakland Athletics online without cable, YouTube TV carries the YouTube brand name and comes directly from the powerhouse that is Google.

Channels and packages

As long as you’re in the NBC Sports California broadcast region. you’ll be able to watch every single A’s game this year through YouTube TV and for just $40 per month. YouTube TV offers NBC Sports California (and NBC Sports California Plus), ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and MLB Network, all for just $40 per month. You’ll also get 60+ other TV channels to enjoy.

Features and extras

When it comes to features, YouTube TV doesn’t disappoint. For the price, you’ll get a 9-month cloud DVR with unlimited recording (videos only expire after 9 months). You can also create 6 separate user accounts, all of which get their own cloud DVR storage.

YouTube TV also supports up to 3 simultaneous streams per account. There are no feature add-ons available with the service, but those top-of-the-line features will get you covered for most of your needs.

You, unfortunately, won’t be able to use YouTube TV natively on Amazon Fire TV devices, but you can still use a number of other devices with this service:

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku (no Amazon Fire TV devices)
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from HiSense, LG, Samsung and Sharp, as well as Android TV and Roku TV
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS
  • Game consoles: Xbox One
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome is recommended, although other browsers may also work

YouTube TV comes with a 7-day free trial for new subscribers.

DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now will provide access to every Oakland Athletics game online without cable, but it’s a bit expensive and doesn’t have the best features, considering the cost.

Channels and packages

There are 4 key channel packages through DirecTV Now:

  • Live a Little: 65+ channels / $40 per month
  • Just Right: 85+ channels / $55 per month
  • Go Big: 105+ channels / $65 per month
  • Gotta Have It: 125+ channels / $75 per month

Oakland A’s fans will want to go straight to the “Just Right” package. At $55 per month, you’ll get 85+ channels, including MLB Network, ESPN, NBC Sports California, and Fox Sports 1. Again, that’s 100 percent coverage of the regular season, but it’s also the highest price on our list.  

Features and extras

DirecTV Now has so-so features, although there are some bright spots. While you’ll get a standard 2 device streams per account, you can boost that to 3 with a $5 per month add-on.

There’s also a 72-hour rewind feature for most channels that won’t count against your cloud DVR storage. Which is good, since DirecTV Now only offers a 20-hour cloud DVR that also has a 30-day expiration date on videos. It’s the most restrictive DVR on the market.

Since DirecTV Now has been on the market, it has widely expanded its supported apps and devices:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Samsung and Amazon Fire TV
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS
  • Game consoles: None (Xbox One consoles “coming soon”)
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari browsers are recommended, although you may be able to use other browsers as well

If this is an option to consider for you, there’s also a 7-day free trial.

PlayStation Vue

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PlayStation Vue rounds off our list of internet TV services, and it’s a great choice for watching the Oakland Athletics online without cable. In fact, it’s one of the few that offers every channel you need to get 100 percent A’s regular season coverage.

Channels and packages

There are 4 key channel packages available through PlayStation Vue:

  • Access: 45+ channels for $44.99 per month
  • Core: 70+ channels for $49.99 per month
  • Elite: 90+ channels for $59.99 per month
  • Ultra: 90+ channels for $79.99 per month, including premium networks (HBO, Showtime)

A’s fans will want to subscribe to PlayStation Vue’s “Core” package at $49.99 per month. For that price, you’ll get 70+ channels, including NBC Sports California, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and MLB Network.  

PlayStation Vue is the only option on our list that lets you purchase NBC Sports California even if you’re out of its market. The Sports Pack Add-on offers NBC Sports California and many other out-of-market regional sports networks.

However, blackout restrictions may still apply for some games, although pre- and post-game coverage will always be available. Contact Sony or NBC Sports California for more details on what games might be available out-of-market for this option.

Features and extras

PlayStation Vue offers great features for the price. The 28-day cloud DVR is certainly small compared to YouTube TV’s 9-month DVR, but it’s also unlimited, so you can record as much as you want within that time limit. You’ll also be able to create 10 user profiles per account and can stream on up to 5 devices at once, making PlayStation Vue one of the best, most shareable cord-cutting services for A’s fans.

Don’t let the name of this service confuse you, either. You can stream on many different devices and don’t need a PlayStation gaming console to make it work:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku
  • Smart TVs: Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire tablets
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge are recommended

Sony offers a 5-day free trial period for new subscribers.

MLB.TV

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If you’re not within the NBC Sports California market, MLB.TV may be a great option for you. MLB.TV offers out-of-market games for baseball fans eager to watch their favorite home team.

Plans and coverage

For those interested in this service (including Canadian MLB fans), there are two subscription options:

  • All Teams: $118.99/year, or $24.99/month for every out-of-market game
  • Single Team: $91.99/year (about $8/month) for every out-of-market game for a single team of your choice

The “Single Team” subscription option is great if you just want to watch A’s games and you’re currently living out-of-market. But if you want more than just the A’s, you’ll want to subscribe to the “All Teams” package.

Note that all nationally-broadcast games will be unavailable through this service, so those games on Fox Sports 1, ESPN, and MLB Network that are broadcast nationally may not be available through MLB.TV.

Features

MLB.TV may not be a major OTT service, but it still has unique features. You’ll be able to watch in 60 frame-per-second HD, get video streams from the pitcher’s perspective, in-game stats displayed on the screen via your app, pause and instant-replay live games, and more.

You can also use this service on a large number of devices:

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

If you’re considering MLB.TV, make sure you’re absolutely sure about the service before taking the leap. There is no free trial and no money-back guarantee.