World Series Live Stream 2017 Astros vs Dodgers: How to Watch the World Series Online without Cable

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The Major League Baseball season is drawing to a close, which means it’s time to get pumped up for the World Series. This year, the Astros and the Dodgers are facing off for the coveted title of World Series Champions.

If you’re looking for a way to catch this pinnacle of baseball competition without shelling out for a pricey cable package, you’re in luck. We’ve ranked the top four ways to livestream the World Series legally this year without cable, so you can easily choose the best service for you.

This year, the World Series will be broadcast exclusively on FOX, so you’ll need access to your local station in order to watch live. We’ve based our rankings primarily on each service’s FOX availability, though we’ve also taken price, features, and streaming quality into consideration.

Guide to Watching the 2017 World Series Online

  Service FOX Availability Price Get It Now
1 fuboTV Live* $39.99/mo.**
Premier package
7-day free trial
No contract
2 Digital antenna Live $30+ Buy on Amazon
3 Hulu Live Live* $39.99/mo.
Hulu with Live TV, Limited Commercials
1-mo. free trial
No Contract
4 DIRECTV NOW Live* $35/mo.
Live a Little package
7-day free trial
No Contract
5 PlayStation Vue Live* $39.99/mo.
Access plan
5-day free trial
No Contract

* Local channel availability varies by area
** Pricing varies by area

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#1 fuboTV: A Sports-Centric Package with the Most FOX Coverage Nationwide

fuboTV

Price:
Contract:
None

Why we like fuboTV:

  • Most FOX affiliates
  • Best for World Series
  • Cheaper than most

What We Like: The high number of FOX affiliate channels
Drawbacks: Fewer non-sports channels
Who It’s Perfect for: Cord-cutters wanting to watch the World Series and local sports teams

Although fuboTV is still a fairly new face in the online streaming industry, it gets our #1 pick for watching the World Series online because it offers more local FOX stations than any other streaming service. In other words, out of all the streaming services, you’re the most likely to get World Series coverage with fuboTV.

fuboTV also gets our #1 spot over digital antennas because of the variety of other programming it offers. While a digital antenna will get you all your locally broadcast, over-the-air channels, it can’t deliver cable networks like HGTV or regional sports networks. So if you’re a fan of your local soccer, rugby, or college team, you’ll actually get better coverage with fuboTV than you would with just about any other option.

fuboTV Pricing

Compared to other streaming services in general, fuboTV is about $5 pricier than average at $39.99 per month. However, it is about average when compared with the other streaming services on this list, all of which charge a little more because they offer more local stations, including FOX stations that let you watch the World Series.

Basically, you’re paying more in exchange for better access to the stations you care about. And even though the $40-per-month rate is a bit higher than other services, it’s still bound to be cheaper than your traditional cable package.

Watching the World Series on fuboTV

fuboTV offers access to 68 local FOX stations across the country, which is more than any other streaming service delivers. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee you’ll be able to access a FOX livestream in your area, so be sure to check on local channel availability before signing up.

fuboTV’s interface is designed for sports fans, so it’s faster and easier to find the games you’re looking for, and you’re less likely to miss a play. That all adds up to a great viewing experience for Major League Baseball fans.

fuboTV Device Compatibility

fuboTV is still working on expanding its device compatibility, but it does offer functionality on all major streaming devices. If you’re looking to stream the World Series on a gaming console, though, you may want to try a different service.

TVs and Video Players:

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

Phones and Tablets:

  • Android phones
  • Android tablets
  • iPads
  • iPhones
  • iPods

Gaming Consoles:

  • None

Laptops and Computers:

  • Macs
  • PCs

#2 Digital Antenna: Cheap Access to Locally Broadcast Channels

What We Like: FOX availability in virtually every market

Drawbacks: Dependence on signal strength

Who It’s Perfect for: Cord-cutters who live within range of their local FOX station

These days, antennas are far more sleek, inconspicuous, and reliable than the rabbit ears that used to grace your grandma’s TV set. So when it comes to finding the best way to access your local channels, a digital antenna should be a no-brainer.

You’ll miss out on other programming options (which is why we couldn’t rank antennas first on our list), but you won’t have to worry about monthly fees. So if your primary goal is to find a way to watch the World Series without a cable package, a digital antenna is likely the most cost-efficient approach.

Digital Antenna Pricing

With a digital antenna, you have to worry about only the upfront cost of your equipment, which will vary depending on which antenna you buy. We like to recommend the Mohu Leaf 50, as we feel it’s the best antenna for most people.

The Mohu Leaf typically retails for around $30, but if your home is located farther from your local station or in a geographically hard-to-reach area, you may need a more sophisticated (and therefore more expensive) antenna. Be sure to check our antenna buying guide to figure out the best model for your needs before making a purchase.

Once you’ve bought your antenna, the good news is you don’t have to make any additional purchases. Over-the-air channels are free to access, so you don’t have to worry about free trials, subscriptions, or monthly fees. For Dodgers and Astros fans on a budget, that fact alone might make a digital antenna the most logical option for watching the World Series.

Watching the World Series on a Digital Antenna

Digital antennas are able to deliver free access to over-the-air channels, so watching the World Series this year should be no problem as long as you live within range of your local FOX station.

Antennas are subject to static and interrupted picture in bad weather and areas with poor reception, though, so if you’re looking for a more reliable option, you might want to try one of the streaming services on our list.

Digital Antenna Device Compatibility

Digital antennas are pretty simple—just plug it into your TV’s coaxial input, place the antenna in a place with good reception, and enjoy the game. You may also be able to plug your antenna into another streaming device directly or use an adapter. Consult your device’s manual to see if it’s compatible with an antenna.

For added flexibility, you can use a DVR to record the games. Using a DVR, you’ll be able to pause, rewind, and record live TV, so you’ll never miss a moment. Read our DVR guide to learn more. Any basic over-the-air DVR will give you a lot more flexibility in your options for watching the game, but if you truly want the best viewing experience, you should check out the Tablo HD DVR.

#3 Hulu Live: Easy Access to FOX Plus Tons of Original Programming

What We Like: Lots of FOX availability and award-winning original shows

Drawbacks: Still in beta

Who It’s Perfect for: MLB fans who want a service they can use once the World Series is over

If you want live access to every inning of the World Series, Hulu Live is a solid choice. Hulu with Live TV features more FOX affiliate stations than any other streaming service apart from fuboTV, which means it’s very likely you’ll be able to watch the Astros and the Dodgers face off for the title.

Plus, Hulu features an extensive catalog of past shows and even some original programming. So if you’re looking for a long-term cord-cutting solution in addition to an easy way to watch the World Series, we highly recommend Hulu Live.

Hulu Live Pricing

Hulu with Live TV is $39.99 per month, which makes it the same price as fuboTV and PlayStation Vue. While it offers fewer live channels than these other services, it makes up for it by offering its original and on-demand programming along with it.

Hulu also offers a commercial-free option for an extra $4 per month, which allows you to watch any and all on-demand content without having to deal with commercial breaks. If you’re trying to watch your favorite network shows on a tight schedule, this extra option may be well worth the higher price to you.

Watching the World Series on Hulu with Live TV

Hulu Live offers World Series live streams for 62 markets across the nation—just slightly fewer than you’d get with fuboTV. As always, we recommend you check Hulu’s live local channel offerings for your area before signing up to make sure you’re not left high and dry when Game 1 rolls around.

Hulu Live customers have reported few problems with the service’s picture quality, which means it’ll be easier to see for yourself whether each pitch is a ball or a strike. However, some users also report being confused by the service’s interface, which groups live, on-demand, and recorded shows together by interest rather than type. That may make it a bit harder to find each game and tune in live, but you may not have to worry about this drawback for long since it may change once the service leaves the beta testing phase.

Hulu Live Device Compatibility

Right now, Hulu Live is available on a small number of devices compared to its on-demand app. However, it is available on the most popular streaming devices, and as Hulu’s live TV service continues to expand, so will its device compatibility.

TVs and Video Players:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Roku

Phones and Tablets:

  • Android phones
  • Android tablets
  • iPads
  • iPhones

Gaming Consoles:

  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One

Laptops and Computers:

  • Macs
  • PCs

#4 DIRECTV NOW: Affordable World Series Access and Low-Cost Premium Channels

What We Like: Lower price

Drawbacks: No DVR service—yet

Who It’s Perfect for: Dodgers or Astros fans who want cable networks and premium channels for less

While DIRECTV NOW doesn’t offer quite as many FOX stations across the country as fuboTV or Hulu Live, the service still delivers livestreams to a sizable number of markets. It’s also the most affordable streaming service on our list, especially when it comes to premium-channel add-ons. This makes it a great pick for baseball fans and Game of Thrones fans alike, particularly if you’re trying to stick to a budget.

DIRECTV NOW Pricing

DIRECTV NOW packages start at $35 per month, which makes them $5 less per month than any of the other streaming services on our list. What’s more, the service offers premium channels like HBO® for only $5 per month. That’s a steal when you consider how fuboTV, Hulu Live, and PlayStation Vue charge three times that much.

Watching the World Series on DIRECTV NOW

DIRECTV NOW has partnerships with 51 FOX stations across the country, so MLB aficionados’ chances of watching the World Series with DIRECTV NOW are a bit lower than they would be with fuboTV or Hulu Live. However, there’s still a good chance DIRECTV NOW carries your local FOX station. If it does and you’re a fan of premium-channel programming like Westworld, Homeland, or Outcast, DIRECTV NOW could easily be the best streaming option for your needs.

DIRECTV NOW Device Compatibility

DIRECTV NOW service is available on all major streaming devices with the noticeable exceptions of PlayStation and Xbox consoles. So if you’re a gamer looking for a service that’ll work on your console of choice, you may want to consider another service or buy a Chromecast or Roku.

TVs and Video Players:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Roku

Phones and Tablets:

  • Android phones
  • Android tablets
  • iPads
  • iPhones

Gaming Consoles:

  • None

Laptops and Computers:

  • Macs
  • PCs

#5 PlayStation Vue: Superior Picture Quality, If You Get FOX in Your Area

What We Like: Great picture quality

Drawbacks: Limited FOX availability

Who It’s Perfect for: Fans who crave high-resolution streaming while watching the MLB

Coming in at number five is PlayStation Vue. We love watching baseball on PlayStation Vue, but in the end, we had to rank it last on our list because of its limited FOX offerings. Of the five options on our list, PlayStation Vue is the least likely to get you access to all the Astros versus Dodgers action. But, if you do get your local FOX station, PlayStation Vue offers the best streaming quality for watching the World Series, with fewer crashes and lagging issues.

PlayStation Vue Pricing

PlayStation Vue is competitively priced at $39.99 per month for a basic package. This option gets you most of the channels fuboTV and Hulu Live provide but with the option to upgrade your package to include more channels. Prices range as high as $74.99 a month for the Ultra package, which includes all premium channels, so you have some flexibility to choose what meets both your needs and your budget.

Watching the World Series on PlayStation

PlayStation Vue offers FOX livestreams in only 34 US markets. That’s considerably fewer than DIRECTV NOW, but if you live in an area where you can get FOX via PlayStation Vue, it may be a better option than others on our list.

PlayStation is ahead of the curve when it comes to streaming quality, which is hardly surprising considering that the video game company has been building its livestreaming technology for the past several years. PlayStation Vue customers tend to enjoy clearer picture, fewer lags, and a steadier, more reliable stream. And when you’re on the edge of your seat, anxious to see whether your team can make that last out, the last thing you want is a blurry picture—or worse, no picture at all.

PlayStation Device Compatibility

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to own a PlayStation console in order to enjoy PlayStation Vue. The service is available on all major streaming devices with the exception of Xbox consoles.

TVs and Video Players:

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

Phones and Tablets:

  • Amazon Fire tablets
  • Android phones
  • Android tablets
  • iPads
  • iPhones
  • iPods

Gaming Consoles:

  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4

Laptops and Computers:

  • Macs
  • PCs

Watch Online Replays from the World Series with MLB.TV

If you’re not able to watch every game from the World Series live, you can subscribe to postseason coverage on the MLB’s official streaming service (MLB.TV). The service costs $24.99 for the entire postseason, and it allows you to catch every game from the series on demand, available 90 minutes after the game has ended. You can also tune in to catch replays of the biggest game-changing moments, just in case you want to relive them.

MLB.TV also offers access to live World Series games on FOX, but you need to enter credentials from your TV service. At this time, fuboTV is the only streaming service that provides authenticated access to live games via MLB.TV, so if fuboTV doesn’t offer FOX in your area and you’re willing to pay the extra $25, MLB.TV may be a good solution for you.

Root, Root, Root for Your Home Team!

The World Series starts on October 24th, so make sure you sign up for your streaming service before then to ensure you get uninterrupted access to every game.To learn more about watching the MLB playoffs online, check out our full guide to all of the best streaming options. And be sure to let us know which team you’re rooting for in the comments.

2017 World Series TV Schedule

*All times listed in Eastern Time

Tuesday, October 24

8:08 p.m. Astros @ Dodgers (FOX)

Wednesday, October 25

8:08 p.m. Astros @ Dodgers (FOX)

Friday, October 27

8:08 p.m. Dodgers @ Astros (FOX)

Saturday, October 28

8:08 p.m. Dodgers @ Astros (FOX)

Sunday, October 29

8:08 p.m. Dodgers @ Astros (FOX)

Tuesday, October 31

8:08 p.m. Astros @ Dodgers (FOX)

Wednesday, November 1

8:08 p.m. Astros @ Dodgers (FOX)

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Courtenay Stevens

Courtenay has been a professional writer for nearly 7 years. She loves that she can now help people cut the cord by merging her affinity for writing with her passion for watching TV, talking about movies, and keeping up with her various fantasy sports teams.
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2 Comments on "World Series Live Stream 2017 Astros vs Dodgers: How to Watch the World Series Online without Cable"

  1. Eric Sideman | October 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm |

    I am not in one of those “select” markets. How can I watch the World Series???

  2. We have Sling but live in Cleveland, where Fox is not an option for us. We also have an antenna but it does not receive Fox! Would a different antenna help? Currently we have a 50-mile range HDTV. Would appreciate any advice as this is a critical time for Cleveland baseball fans!

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