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The whole Major League Baseball season has been leading up to this. After the 162-game grind of the regular season and the demanding drama of the playoffs, just two teams will face off for the top prize in America's pasttime. The World Series is here, and baseball fans can't afford to miss a moment. But what if you don't have cable? Can you watch the World Series without cable? Can you stream the World Series online, no cable required?

The answers to these questions are full of good news for cord cutters. It is possible to watch the World Series without cable, and you'll have both online streaming and free over-the-air options. Everything you need to know is below in our guide to watching the World Series without cable (or satellite).

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream the World Series:

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When is the World Series, and what channel is the World Series on?

Experienced cord cutters know that when we look to watch live sporting events without cable, we usually check to see what channel we need and then find ways to get ahold of that channel online or over the air. That means that we'll need to know what channel the World Series is on. We'll also need to know when each game is, of course.

Fox holds the broadcast rights to the World Series. Every game will be broadcast on either Fox or FS1.

Here's the schedule:

Game 1: TBD at TBD
Date and time TBD
Channel TBD

Game 2: TBD at TBD
Date and time TBD
Channel TBD

Game 4: TBD at TBD
Date and time TBD
Channel TBD

Game 5*: TBD at TBD
Date and time TBD
Channel TBD

Game 6*: TBD at TBD
Date and time TBD
Channel TBD

Game 7*: TBD at TBD
Date and time TBD
Channel TBD

*If necessary

How to watch the World Series online or over the air without cable

We now know which channels we need in order to watch the World Series live, but our main question remains: How can we watch the World Series without cable?

Your best bet for getting live TV channels without cable is to subscribe to a live TV streaming service, or “skinny bundle.” Much like cable or satellite, live TV streaming services offer bundles of live television channels in exchange for a monthly fee. But there are important differences, too.

Unlike cable and satellite, live TV streaming services are native to the streaming world. They'll work on all sorts of different devices, from smart phones to Roku TVs. They have plenty of perks, too: Depending on which one you choose, you could time-shift TV with a cloud DVR, share a live feed with family members using other devices, or enjoy included on-demand content. Live TV streaming services also tend to feature slimmed-down channel bundles (hence the nickname “skinny bundles”) and similarly slimmed-down prices. Perhaps most importantly, live TV streaming services won't force you to sign a long-term contract.

So which of these live TV streaming services will work as ways to watch the World Series without cable? Here are our picks.

Stream the World Series for free with Hulu

Free Trial

The live streaming arm of popular streaming service Hulu is called Hulu + Live TV. It offers a live stream of FS1 and (in select markets) a live feed of your local Fox affiliate. That means that you'll be able to watch every single game of the World Series using Hulu + Live TV.

Stream the World Series for free with fuboTV

Free Trial

fuboTV is a live TV streaming service that was built with sports fans in mind. It offers FS1 and (in select markets) Fox, so it certainly lives up to its sport-centric reputation when the World Series is on.

Stream the World Series with Sling TV

Try It

Sling TV is the longest tenured of the skinny bundles, and it remains one of the most popular. Though its major-network coverage is a bit weak these days, it does offer an FS1 live stream. That means you can stream at least some World Series games online with Sling TV. Add an over-the-air antenna to your setup, and you'll be set for every game.

AT&T TV Now

Formerly known as DirecTV Now, this live TV streaming service is a solid option for anyone who wants to watch the World Series without cable. AT&T TV Now offers live streams of both FS1 and (in select markets) Fox.

YouTube TV

If you want to watch the World Series without cable, YouTube TV can help. Google's live TV streaming service offers live streams of both Fox (select markets only) and FS1. The coverage is pretty good, and so is YouTube TV's app.

Free over-the-air TV

Fox is a broadcast channel, which means that you can pick it up over the air — for free! There's no reason to pay money to watch World Series games on Fox when you can just set up an over-the-air antenna and enjoy them for free. Over-the-air TV won't help you get FS1, so you'll have to head to the sports bar or invest in a skinny bundle for those games. But for the big moments on Fox, an antenna is all that you need!

Can I watch the World Series on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

Using the solutions above, you can watch the World Series on all kinds of great devices. From your smartphone to your big-screen TV, you'll be covered! Let's talk about the specifics of platform support here.

If you're a Roku user, you can stream the World Series using Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, or YouTube TV.

Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all have apps for Fire TV devices.

Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV have apps for Apple TV devices, too.

Google's Android TV platform gets support from Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV work well with Chromecast.

If you want to watch the World Series on the go, you can. Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each have apps for both iOS and Android mobile devices.

Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV have in-browser apps for use with your desktop or laptop computer.

You can also watch Hulu, Sling TV, and YouTube TV on Xbox One video game consoles. If you're more of a PlayStation person, you'll have to go with Hulu.

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