How to Watch NLCS 2018 Without Cable
NCLS 2018 has created an unlikely matchup between the Dodgers vs Brewers. And for the first time ever, cord cutters can live stream the fight for the National League pennant in 4K on FOX and FS1 through a 7-day free trial on fuboTV.
If you don’t care about live streaming the Dodgers vs Brewers games in 4K, I’ll break down your other choices below. So Keep reading.
fuboTV: NLCS Live Stream in 4K
You’ll need a 4K TV and a supported 4K streaming device to watch the Dodgers vs Brewers games on fuboTV. Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV, and Roku TVs with 4K are compatible as long you as are using the latest fuboTV app.
fuboTV is a sports-first app that carries FS1, FS2, FOX, and Big Ten Network. But there’s more than just sports on fuboTV. A&E, FX, National Geographic and HGTV are part of the 80+ channel lineup.
Subscribers get 30 hours of Cloud DVR. If you miss a game, use fuboTV’s “look back” feature to catch any sports that aired in the last 72 hours.
Local NBC, CBS and FOX stations are offered in most of the U.S. along with regional sports channels. You can sign in to about 40 apps, including FOX Sports Go with your subscription. fuboTV works with Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and Android TV devices. You can also get a NCLS live stream on your iPhone or Android smartphone. Just remember, you’ll need a 4K TV and streaming device to watch the Brewers vs Dodgers in 4K on FS1 and FOX.
Watch fuboTV free for 7 days. The first month is $10 off before the regular price of $44.99 per month kicks in.
Hulu with Live TV: Watch NLCS Online without cable
Hulu with Live TV carries FS1 and FOX in its channel lineup so you can watch NLCS online either on your TV or on the go with your smartphone.
It has the distinction of carrying local more FOX stations in the U.S. than any of its competitors.
You’ll get 50+ channels and 50 hours of Cloud DVR for $40 per month.
ESPN, ESPN2, TBS and TNT part of the channel lineup, and so isn’t entertainment networks like A&E, Bravo and HGTV. So when you’re not watching NLCS games this week, you can flip over to A&E to watch Live PD, or see what’s on demand.
Hulu with Live TV works on Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV and Fire Stick. Look over Hulu’s channel lineup for live tv to see what’s available by entering your zip code.
Hulu gives you full access to its entire on-demand library for TV shows and movies that people pay $7.99 and up for. That includes Hulu Originals like “The Path” and “Shut Eye”. So you’re basically getting two streaming services in one.
Try out Hulu with Live TV free for a week. If it’s not a good fit, you can easily cancel online before your trial expires.
Sling TV: NLCS Live Stream Online
The Sling Blue channel package is a solid budget option to live stream the National League Champion Series.
A Sling Blue subscription will get you FS1 and FOX. It costs $25 per month for 45 channels.
You can add 50 hours of Cloud DVR for another $5 per month. Sling TV works on pretty much every streaming device, including Roku, Fire TV and Android TV devices.
For ESPN or TNT, you’ll need to add Sling’s other main bundle called Sling Orange. That adds another 29 channels. As a standalone package, Sling Orange costs $25 per month. You can get Sling Orange and Sling Blue channels together for $40 per month.
Look over the channel selection to see if you just want to stick with Sling Blue so you can watch NLCS games live without cable.
You can try Sling TV with a free 7-day trial with no commitment.
Other options for live streaming NLCS games
- YouTube TV: Offers 50+ channels and unlimited Cloud DVR for $40 per month. It works on most streaming devices, but not on Fire TV devices or Fire Sticks. YouTube TV has a 7-day free trial.
- PlayStation Vue: Starts at $45 per month. You’ll get FS1 and FOX in the Access channel bundle. PS Vue works with Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, PCs and smart phones. Sony offers a 5-day free trial for PlayStation Vue.
- DirecTV Now: Starts at $40 per month for 65+ channels, including FS1 and FOX. It works with all major streaming devices except Android TV. DirecTV Now has a free 7-day trial.
NLCS 2018 Schedule
- Friday, October 12 at 8:00 PM ET – NLCS Game 1, Dodgers @ Brewers (FS1)
- Saturday, October 13 at 4:00 PM ET, NLCS Game 2, Dodgers @ Brewers (FOX)
- Monday, October 15 at 7:30 PM ET, NLCS Game 3, Brewers @ Dodgers (FS1)
- Tuesday, October 16 at 9:00 PM ET, NLCS Game 4, Brewers @ Dodgers (FS1)
- Wednesday, October 17 at 8:00 PM ET, NLCS Game 5 (If Necessary), Brewers @ Dodgers (FS1)
- Friday, October 19 at 8:30 PM ET, NLCS Game 6 (If Necessary), Dodgers @ Brewers (FS1)
- Saturday, October 20 at 9:00 PM ET, NLCS Game 7 (If Necessary), Dodgers @ Brewers (FS1)
So how are you going to live stream NLCS games without cable? Tell fellow readers in the comments below.
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