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Cutting the cord is the easy part – your cable bill stops coming every month, and you start saving big bucks. You won't miss most of the 700 channels you used to get (how often did you really tune into that easy listening music station, anyway?). But the hard part of cord cutting is giving up the few channels that you actually did enjoy. Or, rather, that would be the hard part — if you actually had to give those channels up. The truth is, most of your favorite channels are available through other means besides the cable and satellite giants. This is true of the YES network, the home of the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets, among other teams. Thanks to the proliferation of a new type of streaming service, it's easier (and more legal) than ever to grab a YES live stream and say goodbye to cable or satellite. Here's how to watch YES without cable.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream YES Network:

  Price Channels Free Trial  
$5.99 – $85.96 68 – 88 7 or 30 days

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$54.99 – $86.96 100+ 7 days

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How to Watch YES Online Without Cable

We've done posts like this for more than a few other popular channels, and if you've read a few of them, you're probably ready for what's coming next. What we're going to do here is talk about live TV streaming services, also called “skinny bundles.”

What are these so-called skinny bundles? Well, they look and behave a lot like cable. But, as we'll soon see, they're not quite the same thing as legacy pay TV services like cable or satellite. For one thing, they'll cost you a lot less.

Why is that? Well, as the name suggests, “skinny” bundles slim down those traditional jumbo channel packages into trimmer bundles of core channels. So you'll still be paying for YES and other channels that you can't live without, but you'll no longer be subsidizing the Professional Darts Channel or the 24-Hour Accordion Network (those aren't real channels, so don't bother googling them). The second important thing about skinny bundles is that they stream over the internet, much like Netflix or Hulu. That keep infrastructure questions largely out of the equation, which means big savings. That also means that you don't have to deal with big unfair regional monopolies of the sort that dominate the cable television landscape right now.

All of that means sleeker, cheaper live TV for the average consumer. And it gets better: because these services are delivered online (“over the top,” in industry lingo), they're Put it all together and you have a reliable way to watch live TV without cable — and the simplest answer to the question of how to watch YES without cable.

We'll meet a few of these skinny bundles below – but first, we need to note one thing. We're sorry, but we have some bad news for out-of-market fans of the Yankees and Nets: YES is region-locked.

See, YES offers live Yankees and Nets games, among other events. There are rules about these sorts of things that are set by the leagues that these teams play in. So, unfortunately, fans in far-flung areas of the country will not be able to get YES – that wouldn't be fair, MLB and the NBA believe, to your local baseball and basketball teams. The services we list below offer YES only in select markets. You probably know whether or not you're in YES's market, but if you don't, checking is very easy: the live TV streaming services each have websites that should clue you in, and you can always just click the links below and sign up for a quick free trial to scope out the scene.

Sorry about that. Blame the big sports leagues, not us! But, hey, if you're a Yankees or Nets fan who lives outside of the local New York market, you don't have to despair! You can get your team's game through a streaming league package like MLB.TV or NBA TV, and you may have other options as well. Check out our complete guides on how to watch baseball online and how to watch basketball online for more details.

Anyway, that's enough of an introduction. Let's meet the services that serve as solutions to the central dilemma of our post: how to watch YES without cable.

Stream YES for Free with Hulu

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Yep, this is that Hulu — the same one that has been competing with Netflix as a streaming video on demand service for years now. Hulu has a live TV streaming service all its own, and they have creatively dubbed it Hulu + Live TV. Hulu + Live TV will deliver you a great selection of national TV channels and local and regional networks — including, for those of us in the New York area, a YES live stream. Hulu + Live TV makes extra sense for those who already love the service's on-demand selections and are wondering how to watch YES without cable without adding a bunch of new subscriptions. Simplify, simplify, right? And nothing's simpler than free TV, which you can get for a week by signing up for Hulu's free trial via the link above. For more information, read our Hulu review.

Stream YES for Free with fuboTV

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fuboTV loves sports — it started as a soccer-only network, and it still brags that it offers more to the average sports fan than other services. That may or may not be the case (that's a debate for a different post!), but it's certainly true that fuboTV offers a solid chunk of regional sports networks to New York-area fans. The selection includes MSG, MSG+, MSG2, and MSG+2 (man, that's a lot of MSGs), plus the subject of our discussion here: YES, the home of the Yankees and Nets. Check out all the New York sports you can handle via the link in this section, which will connect you with fuboTV's one-week free trial offer. For more on fuboTV, read our review.


AT&T TV Now is AT&T's entry into the skinny bundle market. It offers a solution to those searching for good regional sports coverage, including those folks wondering how to watch YES without cable. AT&T TV Now earned pretty good marks from us when we reviewed the service. To make sure you're in the right region to watch YES, you can use the RSN lookup tool on DirecTV Now's site — or just sign up for the free trial and turn on your TV!

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is Google's skinny bundle, and it's a worthy competitor to the other skinny bundles on our list of ways to watch YES without cable. YouTube TV offers lots of great channels, including live local feeds of major networks and access to select regional sports networks. Among the regional sports networks offers is YES. You can test out YouTube TV for free by signing up for the service's free trial offer. You can learn more about YouTube TV from our YouTube TV review.

Can I Watch YES on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

You want to watch a YES live stream, but that doesn't mean that you want to watch some sketchy feed on your laptop. Well, good news: these apps work great with your favorite streaming boxes.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all offer apps for Roku devices.

Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each work on Fire TV devices.

Apple TV users can choose between Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Chromecast devices support Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV through their various other apps.

Running Android TV? You can use Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, and YouTube TV.

Watching on the go is a breeze thanks to the iOS and Android apps from Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

On top of that, each of Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Now have in-browser apps to use on your desktop or laptop, plus mobile apps that work with Android and iOS (that's iPads and iPhones, folks).

Xbox One owners can use their favorite gaming system to play Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. PlayStation 4 owners, you guys get Hulu + Live TV.

15 thoughts on “How to Watch YES Without Cable

  1. Avatar Wilber Ortiz says:

    I need to know, if there is a TV antenna that has to be used inside the apartment. The management does not allow antennas on the outside of the property. We have tried all inside ones and always the same problem, you have to be repositioning the “antenna” for almost every channel you change to. I will really appreciate, if you know of an antenna that will work.

  2. Avatar Roy says:

    I have Sling Blue but no YES, why?

    1. Avatar says:

      Roy, Sling TV, unfortunately, offers YES in select markets only. You can check what channels are available in your location by clicking here.

  3. Avatar Kevin R. Brown says:

    I have Hughes satellite internet. Their steaming ability is very limited, even with the new gen 5. I live in an area where cable internet is not possible. Is there any other option for me to get stations like YES?

  4. Avatar Dean says:

    According to the above story, YES is available on Hulu and Sling (as well as others) but I just checked their advertised lineups and that does not seem to be true. YouTubeTV looks to be the best deal for those of us who want YES.

  5. Avatar Eli says:

    As of right now we live in NY and switched to DirectTV Now for the YES network come to find out it does not matter what package we have. There is NO YES Network! Not sure what the YES network is doing but it is ridiculous!!!

    1. Avatar Anonymous says:


      1. Avatar Christian Gotti says:

        Not anymore. DTVNOW & Fubo both lost YES

      2. Avatar Anonymous says:

        Watch The YES Network Under Sports On MOBDRO.

  6. Avatar Jeffrey Davis says:

    Food for thought about baseball and broadcast TV: If public money was used to build a stadium (that is, for example, Yankee Stadium), does it make sense that a percentage of games should be broadcast on a local TV station? Should the number of games broadcast locally be proportional to the percent of dollars from the public coffers to the total cost of the stadium?
    I throw these thoughts out there as baseball has gotten too greedy.
    Also, I wonder what is the outside interference in baseball availability (from external investors and/or corporations, like Sinclair Broadcasting).
    Love to hear what CordCutters thinks, as well as regular readers.

    1. Avatar Anonymous says:

      Watch The YES Network Under Sports On MOBDRO.

  7. Avatar Anonymous says:

    Fubo does not offer a Yes Network app

    1. Avatar Anonymous says:

      Watch The YES Network Under Sports On MOBDRO.

  8. Avatar Crester1 says:

    Quite frankly, I don’t know why there is such a big fuss about these streaming services. Yes they are cheaper but having tried You Tube tv and Hulu live, I have to say the picture is not as good as the picture I get from DirecTv. Until the picture quality improves I don’t see these as a viable alternative.

  9. Avatar Rich h says:

    I have Hulu how can I get the yes channel since Hulu dropped them

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