How to Watch the MLB Playoffs Online without Cable: Live Stream Guide (2018 Edition)

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Looking to watch the 2018 MLB Playoffs online? Learn how you can catch all the action in our MLB Playoffs Live Stream guide.

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There are few things in this world more exciting than MLB playoffs, especially if you’re one of the lucky few that has a team in the running. But whether your team is a favorite to win it all, or you’re just interested in watching the spectacle, you’re in the right place to learn how to livestream the MLB playoffs.

From one fan to another, you don’t want crappy illegal MLB online streams that look awful and constantly bug you with sketchy ads. To make sure you have a great viewing experience, we’re recommending the best legal live streaming services for watching the MLB playoffs online.

Our Goal for Watching MLB Playoffs Online

As you can tell from the schedule above, we need to find the best possible streaming service that carries the following channels:

  • Fox Sports 1
  • FOX
  • TBS

Let’s see who wins the pennant for the best streaming service to watch the MLB playoffs.

  Price Channels Cloud DVR Watch Now
Sling TV Blue $25/mo. 45+ Yes 7-day free trial
DIRECTV NOW $35/mo. 60+ No 7-day free trial
Hulu Live TV $39.99/mo. 55+ Yes 7-day free trial
PlayStation Vue $39.99/mo. 45+ Yes 5-day free trial
fuboTV $19.99/first two mo.* 65+ Yes 7-day free trial

*$39.99 after first two months

#1 Sling TV: The Most Bang for Your Buck

What we like: It’s super inexpensive

Who it’s perfect for: Fans looking for the best possible deal

Drawbacks: Missing some popular channels (ESPN)

When it comes to streaming the MLB playoffs, you can’t beat Sling TV’s bang for your buck. You’ll get access to TBS and FOX, along with a cloud DVR, for $25 a month. That, friends, is the beauty of cutting the cord and switching to a streaming service.

The major drawback of Sling TV’s Blue Package is that it doesn’t come with some popular channels, like ESPN. Take a look at the channels offered in the Blue Package and Orange Package to see what we’re talking about. You have the option of paying $40 a month for the combined Blue + Orange package, which will give you ESPN too, but it’s a bit on the pricey side.

Rest assured, you’ll be able to livestream the MLB playoffs with the Sling TV Blue Package. And that’s what matters most.

Where does Sling TV stream FOX?

Being a regional channel, you’ll need to make sure that FOX streams in your area. Thankfully, Sling TV makes checking super easy. Just go here, click the “Show My Available Channels” button, put in your zip code, and see what shows up!

Sling TV device compatibility

TV & Video Players:

  • Apple TV
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Roku
  • Chromecast
  • Android TV
  • Xiaomi
  • Leeco
  • AirTV Player
  • ZTE
  • Channel Master
  • LG Webos

Phones & Tablets:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android phones
  • Android tablets
  • Amazon Fire tablets

Gaming Consoles:

  • Xbox One

Laptops & Computers:

  • Chrome
  • Windows 10
  • Macs running Lion 10.7 or higher

Watch the MLB Playoffs for free with a Sling TV free trial.

#2 DIRECTV NOW: The Most Complete Channel Package

What we like: Tons of great channels

Who it’s perfect for: Fans looking for the most complete channel package

Drawbacks: No Cloud DVR

DIRECTV NOW Pricing and Plans

DIRECTV NOW may be more expensive then Sling TV, but you’re getting a very complete package for $35 a month. Of course, you’ll be able to livestream the MLB playoffs with FOX and TBS, but you’ll also be able to stream great channels like ESPN, FX, and AMC.

Watching the MLB Playoffs on DIRECTV NOW

Currently, DIRECTV NOW doesn’t offer a cloud DVR service, which is a problem. But we still strongly recommend it because we’re confident that cloud DVR will be implemented in the near future. In the meantime, you’ll need to suffer through the commercials and organizing your schedule around livestreaming the MLB playoffs. Nobody said it was easy to be a sports fan.

If you’re looking for a full package of channels to compliment your MLB playoffs livestream, DIRECTV NOW is the choice for you.

Where does DIRECTV NOW stream FOX?

Put in your zip code here to see if you can stream FOX in your area.

DIRECTV NOW Device Compatibility

TV & Video Players:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Roku

Phones & Tablets:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android phones

Gaming Consoles:

  • none

Laptops & Computers:

  • Macs (Safari)
  • PCs (Chrome)

Watch the MLB playoffs for free with DIRECTV NOW’s 7-day free trial.

#3 Hulu Live TV: Live Sports and Binge-Watching

What we like: Tons of additional contnet

Who it’s perfect for: Fans who also love binge watching their favorite shows

Drawbacks: Potentially paying for more then you need

Hulu Live TV Pricing and Plans

What gives Hulu Live TV the edge over PlayStation Vue is the fact that you get access to Hulu’s entire streaming library along with your subscription. Of course, that can be a double-edged sword. Yes, it’s included in your package, but you’re also paying for it. Let’s say binge watching isn’t your thing—the Hulu streaming library might not be a worthwhile feature for you. Unfortunately, Hulu’s live channel list isn’t enough to justify the $39.99 a month price tag, considering there are cheaper options with more channels.

Watching the MLB Playoffs on Hulu Live TV

If watching the MLB playoffs, and staying up to date on your favorite shows are the two focuses of your TV-watching experience, Hulu Live TV is a great choice. That way, you can watch the MLB playoffs and then binge watch Fear the Walking Dead if you feel like it.

Where does Hulu Live TV stream FOX?

Unfortunately, Hulu Live TV doesn’t have a tool to help you find out if you can stream FOX in your area. For now, your best bet would be to try the free trial and see if FOX streams. If it doesn’t, you can always cancel at no cost.

Hulu Live TV Device Compatibility

TV & Video Players:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Roku

Phones & Tablets:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android phones
  • Android tablets

Gaming Consoles:

  • Xbox One
  • Xbox 360

Laptops & Computers:

  • Macs
  • PCs

Watch the MLB playoffs for free with the Hulu Live TV free trial.

#4 PlayStation Vue: The Streaming Service for PlayStation Users

What we like: Great user experience

Drawbacks: Expensive

Who it’s perfect for: Fans who want to live stream using PlayStation

PlayStation Vue Pricing and Plans

When it comes to watching the MLB playoffs, PlayStation Vue is just a bit on the pricey side at $39.99 a month. While Hulu Live TV (at the same price) offers you the added perk of the Hulu streaming library, PlayStation Vue doesn’t really have the perks to justify the higher amount.

Watching the MLB Playoffs on PlayStation Vue

To tune into the MLB playoffs, you need a streaming service that you can access from your device. With that in mind, understand that the PlayStation Vue service isn’t exclusive to streaming on PlayStation consoles. PlayStation consoles, however, are exclusive to PlayStation Vue. In other words, if your PlayStation console is your primary streaming source, you’ll probably end up using PlayStation Vue.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, either. You get a great selection of channels, including what you need to stream the MLB playoffs.

Where does PlayStation Vue stream FOX?

PlayStation Vue doesn’t offer a zip finder tool to see if FOX streams in your area, so you’ll need to rely on the free trial to make sure. Chances are you’ll be able to stream it, but better safe than sorry.

PlayStation Vue Device Compatibility

TV & Video Players:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Roku

Phones & Tablets:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Amazon Fire tablets
  • Android phones
  • Android tablets

Gaming Consoles:

  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4

Laptops & Computers:

  • Macs
  • PCs

Watch the MLB Playoffs for free with the PlayStation Vue free trial.

#5 fuboTV: This Wild Card Pick Doesn’t Have TBS

What we like: Tons of sports channels

Drawbacks: Doesn’t carry TBS

Who it’s perfect for: Baseball fans who also love soccer

fuboTV Pricing and Plans

Here’s some really good news for new subscribers to fuboTV—it only costs $19.99 for the first two months of your subscription. You’re not going to find a cheaper rate for that many channels anywhere, but again that’s just for the first two months. After that period, the price will be $39.99 a month going forward.

Currently, fuboTV has only one plan that includes more than 70 channels, but they do have some additional add-ons (you can check those out here) or local sports. Unfortunately, none of these add-ons give us the channel we’re missing–TBS.

Watching the MLB Playoffs on fuboTV

There’s a massive problem with fuboTV when it comes to watching the MLB playoff—currently, it doesn’t carry TBS. Which means you would be missing half the games. For the time being, we can’t actually recommend fuboTV, but we do anticipate fuboTV adding TBS soon, so it would be neglectful not to mention the service. We’ll update the rankings when TBS finally join the fuboTV channel list.

In case you’re still interested, fuboTV is really focused on becoming the best streaming service for sports fans. Once they add TBS and ESPN, it’ll be well worth your consideration.

Where does fuboTV stream FOX?

Currently, fuboTV doesn’t have a zip code finder tool to see if you can stream FOX in your area, so your best bet would be to check out the free trial.

fuboTV Device Compatibility

  • Apple TV
  • Amazon Fire
  • Roku
  • Chromecast
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • iPad

Watch the MLB playoffs for free with the fuboTV free trial.

You Should Know: The Benefit of Streaming with TBS and FOX Sports Go Apps

The benefit of having access to the TBS and FOX Sports Go apps is that it expands your options of how you can stream, and where you can stream. If you happen to fall out of FOX coverage, or you’re using a device that isn’t supported, chances are you’ll be able to stream the MLB playoffs using the respective channel apps.

How to Watch the Rest of the MLB Playoffs

You’re probably wondering how you can watch the Wild Card, ALDS, and NLDS series’ too—luckily, we’ve got you covered there as well. Check out our pages on the AL and NL Wild Card, ALDS, NLDS, ALCS, NLCS, and the World Series to learn the best ways to enjoy the games from the comfort of your home.