You don’t need an expensive cable TV subscription to watch the Chicago White Sox anymore. Two of the team’s local broadcasters– WGN-9 and ABC-7– will let you tune in for free online if you live near Chicago. The regional sports channel NBC Sports Chicago is available through most cable replacement services, as are all the other channels that air MLB games: FOX, FS1, TBS, ESPN and ESPN2.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about how to watch the White Sox online without cable.

fuboTV

fuboTV has FOX, FS1, TBS and NBC Sports Chicago. However, it lacks ESPN, ESPN2 and the MLB Network. Source: fuboTV

Even though other streaming services have more to offer White Sox fans in particular, fuboTV is probably the best streaming service for sports fans in general.

Roughly half of the 50+ channels you’ll get when you subscribe to fuboTV are sports channels– and many of them broadcast niche sports that are more popular abroad.

Another perk for sports fans is the fact that several of fuboTV’s sports channels broadcast in 1080p and 720p. The company is currently working on adding 4K resolution streams to several of its sports channels. That extra clarity really makes a difference when you’re watching a sport like baseball.

In addition to sports channels, fuboTV has an excellent lineup of news channels. It’s also one of the few streaming services that carry the Smithsonian Channel. This varied mix of channels that aren’t easy to find through other services makes fuboTV one of the most unique streaming services out there right now.

Channels and pricing

fuboTV carries most of the channels you need to watch White Sox games. However, there are a few notable gaps that you should know about before you sign up. Because fuboTV has yet to make a deal with Disney, it does not broadcast any of the ESPN channels. Another missing piece of the puzzle is MLB Network.

Features

As mentioned above, high definition streaming is one of fuboTV’s major perks. The majority of the channels that broadcast in 720p, 1080p and 4K are sports channels.

Another nice thing about fuboTV is that it unlocks a huge variety of cable TV apps. You can use your fuboTV credentials to gain access to live streams and bonus content through FOX Sports Go, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, the Olympic Channel app, Big Ten Network Go, NBC Sports and many other TV Everywhere apps.

fuboTV has apps for most TV devices:

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Devices based on Fire TV, Roku and Android TV.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: fuboTV recommends Chrome.

Related: FuboTV Review for 2018 – Sports With A Side Of Basic Cable Channels

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Sling TV

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Sling TV is cheap compared to competing streaming service, plus it carries almost every channel that broadcasts White Sox games. The only missing channel is the MLB Network. Source: Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the most customizable streaming services out there– and it’s also one of the cheapest. Prices start at $25 and sometimes special discounts and deals drive prices down even lower. Once you buy a base plan, you can get more channels by purchasing channel add-on packs. There are more than twenty different channel add-on packs to choose from.

Another perk: Sling TV will give you a free high definition TV antenna if you’re willing to pay for several months of service in advance.

Channels and pricing

For just $25, Sling TV’s Orange plan will give you access to three of the channels you need to watch White Sox action: TBS, ESPN and ESPN2. That may be all you need to catch most games, particularly if you live near Chicago and you’re able to use the free ABC7 and WGN-9 apps.

If you’re willing to spend $40 per month, you can get both of Sling TV’s base plans: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. That’ll give you the ability to watch the White Sox when they play on FS1 and FOX. Make sure you check the Sling TV website before you sign up, though, because Sling TV’s FOX affiliate coverage is spotty in some parts of the country.

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.

Features

Sling TV’s features are somewhat basic compared to what other streaming services offer. For instance, you have to pay $5 extra each month if you want the ability to record TV content. Even with the cloud DVR upgrade, you can’t record ESPN, ESPN2 or any other Sling Orange channel.

The account sharing limit is also stingy. You can only stream Sling Orange channels to one device at a time. The limit for Sling Blue channels is two. Most other streaming services let you stream to at least three screens simultaneously.

On the other hand, Sling TV does have excellent support for TV Everywhere. Your Sling TV credentials will unlock all kinds of sports channel apps, including beIN SPORTS CONNECT, NFL Network, FOX NOW, NBC Sports and WatchESPN.

Another benefit of Sling TV is that there are apps for nearly every kind of TV device:

  • Living room devices: Azulle Mini PC Sticks, Air TV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Xaomi Mi TV.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Models based on Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Also, certain models from LG and Samsung.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV has ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1, TBS and NBC Sports Chicago. However, the MLB Network is not available. Source: Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV is like Hulu, only you get access to live channel feeds along with on-demand TV shows and movies. Its feature set is strong compared to the other streaming services. However, you’ll have to pay extra if you want to get the most out of them.

Channels and pricing

The MLB Network and WGN-9 are the only channels that air White Sox games that you won’t be able to get when you subscribe. Prices start at $45 and go up from there if you decide that you need the feature upgrades or additional channels. All Hulu with Live TV subscribers get ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, FS1 and TBS.

Features

Hulu with Live TV’s $15/month Unlimited Streams upgrade is designed to appeal to people with large families or lots of roommates. Unlimited Streams let you stream most channels to an unlimited number of TV devices on your home network. But if you don’t upgrade, you’ll have to make do with the default two-device streaming limit.

Similarly, all Hulu with Live TV subscribers get a free 50-hour cloud DVR. Upgrading to 200 hours costs $15 more per month. If you get both upgrades you can get a discount, though.

Hulu with Live TV has created apps for most TV devices:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Chromecast, Apple TV.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Samsung and LG smart TVs.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: iOS and Android.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Edge, Safari 10+, or Firefox 15+.

DirecTV Now

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AT&T’s newly revamped streaming service has all the channels that broadcast White Sox MLB games. Source: DirecTV Now

Several months ago, AT&T released a DirecTV Now upgrade that it called DirecTV Now 2.0. The relaunch smoothed out some bugs, gave DirecTV Now subscribers the ability to stream to three devices simultaneously for $5 extra per month and added a new 20-hour cloud DVR. These improvements brought DirecTV Now up to par with competing streaming services.

Channels and pricing

With DirecTV Now’s $55-per-month “Just Right” plan, you get five channels that air MLB games (FOX, FS1, TBS, ESPN and ESPN2) plus NBC Sports Chicago if you live near the windy city.

Features

As mentioned above, DirecTV Now recently added a 20-hour cloud DVR and a $5/month three-device simultaneous streaming upgrade.

The streaming service supports most TV devices:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Apple TV, Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Televisions based on Fire TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari.

PlayStation Vue

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In addition to carrying all the channels that air White Sox games, PlayStation Vue also has a five-device account sharing limit and an unlimited cloud DVR. Source: PlayStation Vue

Originally only available on PlayStation consoles, PlayStation Vue is now accessible through not only web browsers but also almost every TV device on the market. Its generous account sharing limit makes it an excellent choice for people that intend to share their account with family and friends.

Channels and pricing

The best PlayStation Vue plan to get if you’re a White Sox fan is Core, which has all the channels you need to watch White Sox games.

  • Access: 45+ channels for $45 per month.
  • Core: 70+ channels for $50 per month.
  • Elite: 94 channels for $60 per month.
  • Ultra: 96 channels, including HBO and Showtime, for $80 per month.

Features

PlayStation Vue’s most notable features include its unlimited cloud DVR and family-friendly five-device simultaneous stream limit.

There are now PlayStation Vue apps for nearly every kind of TV device:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Televisions based on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, Amazon Fire Tablets and iOS.
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.

YouTube TV

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YouTube TV is another streaming service that has all the White Sox broadcast channels. The base plan includes FOX, TBS, ESPN, ESPN2, the MLB Network and NBC Sports Chicago. Source: YouTube TV

Google’s YouTube TV lacks HBO and several other popular premium channels and there are no YouTube TV apps for Amazon TV devices. However, it is cheap and has above-average features.

Channels and pricing

YouTube TV’s $40 base plan has 60+ channels, including all the ones you need to watch the White Sox.

Features

Like PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV’s cloud DVR lets you record as many hours of TV programming as you like. Its simultaneous stream limit is three devices, which places YouTube TV in the middle of the pack when it comes to account sharing.

YouTube TV has apps for nearly every TV device except those made by Amazon:

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from HiSense, LG, Samsung and Sharp as well as televisions based on Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

MLB.TV

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MLB.TV posts on-demand game replays the day after each game airs, but its blackout policy will stop you from watching most live games if you live near Chicago. Source: MLB.TV

 

The first thing you should know about MLB.TV is that people who live outside of the White Sox market area get the best deal on the single-team subscription pass. Blackout restrictions will prevent you from watching most live games if you live anywhere near Chicago. On the other hand, features like next-day replays, excellent mobile apps and audio broadcasts of the games may make it worth checking out.

Plans and coverage

The single-team pass costs $92 and lets you watch most live White Sox regular season games and all the game replays. If you’re interested in watching other teams, you may want to go with the $119 All-Teams pass instead.

Blackout rules

Games that MLB.TV does not broadcast include regular season games with playoff implications and games broadcast by ESPN. If you live near the city, you probably won’t be able to watch any live games.

Features

MLB.TV’s main features include 60 frames-per-second video feeds, the ability to watch multiple games in one window and an instant replay feature called Catch-Up.

MLB.TV has apps for most smartphones and TV devices:

  • Living room devices: MLB.TV app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Sticks and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: MLB.TV app for certain Samsung televisions and devices based on certain versions of Amazon Fire TV, Android TV or Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: At Bat app for Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: MLB.TV app for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.
Alex Munkachy is a freelance writer, game developer and hobby robotics enthusiast. You can find his blog about robotics news and reviews at robotfanatics.com.