Watch the Houston Astros Online: 2016 Live Stream Guide

watch the Houston Astros online

Since moving to the American League the Houston Astros have made serious progress and turned into a solid contender in their division. Houston fans have full confidence they’ll ultimately make it to the playoffs this year as well. There is definitely plenty of competition in the AL West Division, but the Astros have a well-rounded enough team to compete the whole season. Want to watch the Houston Astros online? Read on for more information! 

If you cut cable or do not live in the Houston area, you will certainly be looking for ways to watch the Houston Astros online or streaming all season long. Thankfully, there are now plenty of options out there for you. We have produced the detailed guide below for you to help you decide your best option to pick up an Astros live stream this year!


Sign Up for Sling TV and Watch a Houston Astros Live Stream

Sling TV

2016 Playoffs Update: During the 2016 MLB Playoffs, the easiest way to watch the Astros online is by using Sling TV. You can try it for free with a 7-day trial!

If we had to recommend only one way to watch the Astros online it would be Sling TV. You can live stream over 25 popular cable channels like TBS, TNT, ESPN, ESPN2, CNN, AMC, and others. The streams can be watched on your phone, tablet, computer, or right on your TV with a device like Roku or Chromecast. All of this and it only costs $20 per month. Start a 7-day free trial if you want to test out Sling TV.

The way you’ll be able to use Sling TV (review) to watch a Houston Astros live stream is through its access to TBS and ESPN. TBS owns broadcast rights for one of the Wild Card games, two playoff Division Series, and a League Championship series, plus it broadcasts games on Sunday afternoons the last 13 weeks of the season. ESPN will broadcast up to 90 baseball games during the year. This includes Monday and Wednesday night games and its always popular Sunday Night Baseball.

But the fun doesn’t end there – in some packages and in some areas, you can also get FS1, FOX and FOX Sports Regional networks – combined, these three networks add a ton more live baseball coverage, including lots of Astros games!

Right now, if you are a T-Mobile customer you get 30% off of Sling TV (now $14 per month) and any mobile streaming you do does not affect you data with the Binge On Plan.

If you do watch to watch an Astros live stream on your TV you can get a free Roku 2 (retails at $70). All you have to do is subscribe to three months of Sling TV. The cost is $60, or $10 less than the retail of the Roku 2, so it’s a great deal.


PlayStation Vue Subscription Lets you Watch the Houston Astros Online

Playstation Vue

Sony’s PlayStation Vue, another cable alternative and subscription streaming service, offers a similar way to watch the Houston Astros online on TBS and ESPN. Streaming can be done from iOS devices, PlayStation consoles, and with Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV. To watch the Houston Astros online on PlayStation Vue would cost $29.99 per month, but you get over 50 cable channels.

Beyond TBS and ESPN, you can watch TNT, ESPN2, FS1, CNN, CNBC, Comedy Central, and many others on PlayStation Vue (review). There are some limitations on which channels can be watched outside of your house, but if you are at home you get access to tons of top quality programming. There may be a chance you can even watch your regional FOX networks, which will broadcast MLB games during the year. Overall, PlayStation Vue is definitely an option to look into if you want to watch an Astros live stream.


Watch Almost Every Game This Season with MLB.TV


You can subscribe to MLB.TV directly through Major League Baseball and get streaming access to all 30 MLB teams. You can enjoy a Houston Astros live stream for every game, unless you are blacked out from being in the broadcast area (local games are blacked out). Obviously, this service is not ideal for Astros fans from Houston to watch the Astros online, but if you are outside the area or just want to watch all the other games from the 29 other MLB teams it’s ideal. There are some talks of putting out a “Follow Your Team” offering, but it would likely require a verification of a cable package.

The basic subscription to MLB.TV costs $109.99 for the year with access to ever out-of-market game. If you just want to follow the Astros or another team’s games, you can pay a reduced rate of $84.99 per season. Learn more about MLB.TV in our review.


Watch or Record Astros Games with An Antenna and OTA DVR

antenna DVR combo

MLB games will also be broadcast on FOX during the season. You can watch these games by getting a digital OTA antenna. It picks up the broadcasts of stations like ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX to be watched right on your TV.

The Tablo over-the-air DVR brings all the traditional features of a DVR (record, rewind, pause, etc..) to this setup, but also lets you watch a Houston Astros live stream for any games on FOX. There are several good over-the-air DVRs, but the Tablo is great because it connects to the internet and lets you watch live TV from the antenna on your phone, tablet, or computer. Or, you can watch your recorded shows or games on these devices as well.


Find out how easy it is to watch every MLB team this season in our full baseball guide or learn more about watching other sports in our guide here.