How to Watch the MLB Playoffs Online without Cable: Live Stream Guide (2016 Edition)

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Looking to watch the MLB Playoffs online? Learn how you can catch all the action in our MLB Playoffs Live Stream guide.

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The MLB Playoffs kicked off with the AL Wild Card Game on October 4, and it has all come down to this — the Cubs vs Indians in the World Series. Who will stand tall when it’s all said and done?

The MLB Playoffs will certainly be exciting to watch, and if you don’t have a cable subscription you’ll want to make sure you are prepared to not miss any of the action. Thankfully, each year, there are more and more options to watch the MLB Playoffs online on all of your devices and TV without a pricey cable subscription. Here is a detailed look at all of your best options for legal MLB Playoffs live stream.


Watch MLB Playoffs Online on ESPN, TBS, FOX, and FS1 with Sling TV

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During the entire postseason, Sling TV, a streaming service from Dish Network, will be one of the top options to stream MLB playoffs baseball online or on your TV. The subscription service provides live streams of over 25 popular cable channels including ESPN, TBS, TNT, and AMC. Sling even includes FS1 and FOX in some areas in its Blue package! This one service will provide a way to stream MLB Playoffs action, all for as little as $20 a month!

The AL Wild Card game will be broadcast on ESPN and all of the NL playoff games (NL Wild Card, NLDS, and NLCS) will be on TBS. Several other games will air on FS1, which is offered nationwide by Sling TV, and FOX, which is offered in some areas. The service starts at just $20 per month, requires no contract, and can be watch on your phone, tablet, computer, or even your TV through a connected device. In other words, Sling TV carries every channel you need to watch the MLB playoffs online without cable across its various packages. Click here for more info on channel availability. You can also read my Sling TV review for more info.

You can watch the entire first week of the postseason for free if you take advantage of Sling TV’s ongoing free 7-day trial offer.

Plan on keeping up with the action throughout the Playoffs? If you pay in advance for three months of the subscription, you will receive a free Roku 2 device! Or, go with a steep discount on an Apple TV instead. These streaming devices will connect directly to your TV, meaning you can watch the MLB Playoffs online or kick back and watch it on the big screen in the living room!

Want to keep on top of your favorite MLB teams while you’re away from home? T-Mobile and Sling TV have just teamed up to give T-Mobile customers the deal of a lifetime — pay $14/month for the Sling Orange package (usually $20/month) for up to 12 full months. You can cancel at any time without worrying about any hidden costs, and you won’t be tied to Wifi-only locations as T-Mobile’s Binge On feature allows T-Mobile users to stream videos without it counting towards their data. Learn more about this offer here and get started watching Sling TV on your mobile phone today.

Watch MLB Playoffs Live Stream with PlayStation Vue


Sony now has its own streaming service, Playstation Vue, which is similar to Sling TV where it lets users stream popular cable channels live, and it gives fans another way to stream MLB playoffs without cable. It can be accessed on a variety of devices, and offers several streams including channels that will be broadcasting playoff baseball like TBS, ESPN, FOX, and FS1. In terms of MLB Playoffs coverage, Vue and Sling TV offer pretty much the same thing.

However, Sling TV is more affordable and works on more devices, so it’s generally the better option to stream MLB playoffs. Vue’s starting price point is between $29.99-$39.99 a month depending on location, and while it’s on several devices now, it’s still not available on Apple TV. Furthermore, Vue does have some mobile streaming restrictions that can block you from watching live TV on your mobile devices if you’re outside of your home network. But it’s also worth noting that you can use Vue credentials to log in to TV everywhere apps like FOX Sports Go, giving users a way to watch MLB playoffs online on the go.

Read our PlayStation Vue review for details.


Use Postseason.TV for Unique MLB Playoffs Live Stream

The MLB is offering Postseason.TV this year. Unfortunately, cord cutters only gain access to AL games with alternate camera angles. If you want the rest of the coverage, you must log in with cable provider credentials. So not much help for us there to stream MLB playoffs without cable.


Watch MLB Playoffs Online On-Demand with MLB.TV (with Limitations)


MLB.TV has made the decision to reduce the price of its MLB.TV premium service for the rest of the regular season and Playoffs. Now, for as little as $3.99 total, you can watch all playoff games on demand and select games live (live games require authentication with your cable provider). You’ll also get 2017 spring training games free with this deal.

There are, however, some major drawbacks to using MLB.TV to watch the MLB Playoffs online. The service cannot show most Playoffs games live, due to blackout restrictions, but the replays will be posted 90 minutes after each game is final. So you’ll be well behind the action and could get spoiled. For the price, MLB.TV is a decent option if you don’t mind missing the live games, but watching the games on replay. On top of the on-demand games MLB.TV other services including its At Bat app and tons of highlights and analysis will be available to subscribers the rest of the season.

Note: If you live outside the US, you can subscribe to MLB.TV International and enjoy all games without blackouts.


Watch Playoff Games on FOX with Your Antenna

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FOX will be broadcasting many of the AL Playoffs games throughout October and all of the World Series games. Luckily, you can access FOX’s broadcast with an incredible cost-effective solution. An antenna lets you access FOX’s over-the-air broadcast for free. Using the antenna can let you watch FOX and other network broadcast channels like CBS, ABC, and NBC directly on your TV without a cable subscription. If you do not have an antenna, check out our guide to choosing a good antenna.

If you are interested in recording the MLB playoff games during the postseason, a DVR will let you do that and enable you to re-watch the games whenever you’d like. Some devices even let you stream recordings to other devices. This means you could watch the MLB Playoffs online no matter where you are this October! Check out our DVR comparison guide here.

MLB Playoff Series Pages

LeagueSeries Name
AmericanWild Card
NationalWild Card
American ALDS
BothWorld Series

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