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We have come at last to the 2021 World Series. The 2021 season has been an incredible ride, and the 2021 MLB playoffs lived up to the hype. But it all ends here, one way or the other: It's the Atlanta Braves vs. the Houston Astros, and only one team can win it all. As the final two teams face off in the World Series, will you be ready to watch every game? Can you stream the Braves vs. Astros 2021 World Series online, no cable required?

Of course you can! 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:

  Price Channels Free Trial  
$69.99 – $139.99 65+ None

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$5.99 – $85.96 68 – 88 7 or 30 days

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$64.99 – $33.00 220+ 7 days

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$35 – $50 30+ – 130+ 3 days

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

Experienced cord-cutters know that when you want to watch a live sporting event without cable, you have to see what channel the event is on and then find a way to get it online or over the air. That means you’ll need to know what channel the World Series is on (and when each game is being played).

FOX holds the broadcast rights to the World Series, and every game will be broadcast on FOX this year. (No need to worry about FS1 this time around.)

Here is the schedule for the 2021 World Series, which will feature the NL Champion Altanta Braves vs. the Houston Astros, who won the AL pennant.

GAME 1: Tuesday, October 26 at 8:09 p.m. on FOX
Atlanta Braves @ Houston Astros

GAME 2: Wednesday, October 27 at 8:09 p.m. on FOX
Atlanta Braves @ Houston Astros

GAME 3: Friday, October 29 at 8:09 p.m. on FOX
Houston Astros @ Atlanta Braves

GAME 4: Saturday, October 30 at 8:09 p.m. on FOX
Houston Astros @ Atlanta Braves

GAME 5: Sunday, October 31 at 8:15 p.m. on FOX
Houston Astros @ Atlanta Braves
(If necessary)

GAME 6: Tuesday, November 2 at 8:09 p.m. on FOX
Atlanta Braves @ Houston Astros
(If necessary)

GAME 7: Wednesday, November 3 at 8:09 p.m. on FOX
Atlanta Braves @ Houston Astros
(If necessary)

How to Watch the World Series Online and Over the Air Without Cable

You now know which channel you need to watch the World Series live, but the main question remains: How can you 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 television channels for a monthly fee. But there are important differences too.

Unlike cable and satellite, live TV streaming services will work on all sorts of devices, from smartphones to Roku TVs. They have plenty of perks too. Depending on which service you choose, you could time-shift TV with a cloud DVR, share a live feed with family members using other devices, or enjoy 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.

Which live TV streaming services will work to watch the World Series without cable? Here are our picks.

Stream the World Series for free with DIRECTV Stream

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Formerly known as AT&T TV and DIRECTV NOW, this live TV streaming service is a solid option for watching the World Series without cable. DIRECTV Stream offers a livestream of FOX in most markets, so just pick the DIRECTV Stream bundle that works best for you and start watching!

Stream the World Series for free with Hulu

Free Trial

The livestreaming arm of the popular on-demand streaming service Hulu is called Hulu + Live TV. It offers a livestream of FOX in select markets, which means 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 was built with sports fans in mind. It offers FOX, so it certainly lives up to its sports-centric reputation when the World Series is on. If you’d like to read more about what exactly a sports-focused streaming service looks like, check out our fuboTV review.

Stream the World Series for free with Sling TV

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You can get FOX in a few markets on Sling TV — and when we say “a few,” we mean fewer than 20 as of this writing. (Los Angeles is one of the available markets, as if Dodgers fans weren’t lucky enough!) Our Sling TV review has more information about the other offerings on the service.

YouTube TV

If you want to watch the World Series without cable, YouTube TV can help. Google’s live TV streaming service offers a livestream of FOX in select markets. YouTube TV has even sponsored the World Series the past few years. All in all, the coverage is pretty good, and so is YouTube TV’s app.

Free over-the-air TV

FOX is a broadcast channel, which means you can pick it up over the air for free. There’s no reason to pay 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, all you need is an antenna!

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

With the services above, you can watch the World Series on all kinds of devices, from your smartphone to your big-screen TV. Let’s talk about platform-support specifics — or, rather, let’s let the chart do the talking.

Roku Fire TV Apple TV Android TV Chromecast iOS Android Web browser
DIRECTV Stream Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hulu + Live TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
fuboTV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sling TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
YouTube TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Watch Baseball Without Cable All Season — and Postseason — Long

The World Series ends in late October or early November, at which time you’ll face the long and boring offseason. But never fear: Major League Baseball will start again soon enough, and — just like always — we’ll be there to help you stream every MLB game without cable.

Check out our coverage of MLB streaming options, including your best cord-cutting options for the MLB postseason. We’ll also be checking out team-specific options for big-market teams such as the Boston Red Sox. Die-hard baseball fans may also want to check out our guide to MLB.TV and our complete MLB.TV review.

6 thoughts on “How to Watch the 2021 World Series Without Cable: Braves vs. Astros

  1. Lawrence says:

    What off air antenna do I need

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      That depends on where you are and how far away your local stations are. For most of us, an indoor antenna with a range of around 40 miles should be plenty, but your mileage may vary if you’re in a more rural area. I’d start by typing your zip code into a tool like this one: https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps just to see how far your local stations are. Once you know that, you’ll know what kind of range you’ll need in an antenna. As for brands, that doesn’t matter too much — these are pretty simple devices, and they’re all pretty similar. I like the look of the ones that Mohu makes, but you’ll also find plenty of good options from AntennasDirect, RCA, and others.

  2. Arthur Smith says:

    I miss the old days when tv was free. All you needed was a TV, and electricity.

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      This is still the case! You can get a TV antenna and watch the whole World Series for free on FOX.

  3. Di says:

    I would love to see NFL and MLB on antenna TV/Fox I cannot afford the monthly fees for streaming or cable but I am a diehard fan of these games. Please please get them on antenna TV permanently. Perhaps ABC, CBS, NBC could have a slice of the pie also.

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      Every World Series game will be on FOX! You can also catch NFL games with your antenna on Sundays (FOX and CBS during the day, then NBC for Sunday Night Football).

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