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It has been an unusual Major League Baseball season. There weren't 162 games this season, and there weren't any fans in the stands. But there was drama — plenty of it — and some thrilling postseason series, and there will be a World Series in 2020. It has been a long road back, but the World Series is finally here, and baseball fans can't afford to miss a moment — especially not with two juggernaut teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays, facing off. But what if you don't have cable? Can you watch the 2020 World Series without cable? Can you stream the 2020 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:
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 Fox this year (that's right — no need to worry about FS1 this time around).
Here's the schedule. Keep in mind that while each game has a “home” team, all games are actually taking place at a neutral site — Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Game 1: Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 8:11 PM
Game 2: Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers
Wenesday, October 21, 2020 at 8:08 PM
Game 3: Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers
Friday, October 23, 2020 at 8:08 PM
Game 4: Los Angeles Dodgers at Tampa Bay Rays
Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 8:08 PM
Game 5*: Los Angeles Dodgers at Tampa Bay Rays
Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 8:08 PM
Game 6*: Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 8:08 PM
Game 7*: Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 8:09 PM
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 smartphones 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
The live streaming arm of popular streaming service Hulu is called Hulu + Live TV. It offers a live stream of Fox in select markets. 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
fuboTV is a live TV streaming service that was built with sports fans in mind. It offers Fox, so it certainly lives up to its sport-centric reputation when the World Series is on.
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 a live stream of Fox (in select markets).
If you want to watch the World Series without cable, YouTube TV can help. Google's live TV streaming service offers a live stream of Fox (select markets only). The coverage is pretty good, and so is YouTube TV's app.
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. For the big moments on Fox, an antenna is all that you need!
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, or YouTube TV.
Hulu, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all have apps for Fire TV devices.
Hulu, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV have apps for Apple TV devices, too.
Google's Android TV platform gets support from Hulu, fuboTV, and YouTube TV.
Hulu, fuboTV, 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, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each have apps for both iOS and Android mobile devices.
Hulu, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV have in-browser apps for use with your desktop or laptop computer.
You can also watch Hulu, 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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