The 2022 World Series has the Houston Astros playing the Philadelphia Phillies starting Friday, October 28. Every game begins at 8:03 P.M. ET.
The series could last until Saturday, November 5 if it reaches Game 7. (See the World Series Schedule below.)
Houston had a seamless performance in the playoffs, capturing the American League pennant after shutting down the New York Yankees.
But the Astros will play the best of seven against a team that secured their spot in the playoffs by defeating them on Oct. 3. Baseball fans and cord-cutters alike have a number of options for watching this final leg of MLB postseason games without cable TV.
How to Stream the World Series
Local broadcast channels such as FOX, CBS, ABC and NBC are also on some live TV streaming services. If you are not familiar with these cord-cutting services, you can tap into a free trial and watch a World Series game on a Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV device and some compatible Smart TVs.
What streaming services have the World Series?
If you’re trying to watch the 2022 World Series without cable, here are some live TV streaming services that carry local FOX stations.
Note: Sling TV carries FOX in select markets. (See below.)
DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) has local FOX stations and a variety of sports channels.
The Entertainment plan has over 75 channels for $69.99 per month. Subscribers can watch live TV on up to 20 screens at once.
You can sign up for a 5-day free trial.
ESPN, FS1 and TNT are included in the channel lineup. You get unlimited Cloud DVR for recording sports and TV shows. There are more than 40,000 on-demand movies and shows.
Subscribers can get three months of HBO Max, Showtime, STARZ, Cinemax and EPIX for free before the monthly rates kick in.
DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets Subscriptions run month to month and you can cancel whenever you want.
DIRECTV STREAM shows the different channel lineups and promotions they are currently offering.
fuboTV lets you watch the World Series on FOX when you subscribe to its entry-level Pro bundle.
The Pro bundle has about 130 live TV channels and 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR storage. ESPN, HGTV, AMC, Big Ten Network and ACC Network are included in the Pro channel bundle.
fuboTV subscribers get local channels including ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in most areas of the U.S.
You can watch live TV on three screens at once. A subscription costs $69.99 per month. fuboTV has a library of on-demand movies, and TV shows. Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Smart TVs all have fuboTV apps so you can watch live sport on TV.
You can get a free 7-day trial with fuboTV, or look over the channel lineup for your area.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV has coverage of local FOX stations across the U.S.
The Live TV plan with Hulu includes ESPN, ESPN2, CNN, TNT and FOX Sports (FS1). There are plenty of other live TV channels that you would find on cable TV as well.
You can stream live TV on up to two screens at once. A subscription costs $69.99 per month, and now includes Disney+ and ESPN+.
Hulu with Live TV comes with unlimited Cloud DVR so you can record sports, news, movies or whatever else you want. Hulu’s channel lineup also has local NBC, ABC and CBS stations across the U.S.
You can look over the channel lineup to see what locals and regional sports networks are available for your area.
Sling TV is an affordable way to live stream the World Series, but only in a number of TV markets. Sling TV Blue has more than 43 channels, including local FOX stations within its channel lineup in 18 TV markets, or “Designated Market Areas.”
If you live in or around one of these cities, then you should be able to get FOX and watch the World Series using Sling Blue:
- Dallas/Fort Worth
- Los Angeles
- Minneapolis/St. Paul
- New York
- San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
- Tampa/St. Petersburg
- Washington, DC
Sling Blue includes AMC and NFL Network. The Sling on-demand library is included in each bundle.
The Sling Orange plan has ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, A&E, History and TNT for $35 per month. Sling Orange has about 31 channels total.
Subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR. With Sling Orange, you can watch live TV on one screen at a time. Sling TV has apps for Roku, Fire TV, Xbox One and AirTV Player. Use your membership to activate the ESPN app.
Sling is currently offering half off for the first month of service. When you sign up for Sling TV, there are no contracts, or extra fees like cable TV.
YouTube TV is another option for watching the World Series without a cable or satellite TV service.
A subscription to the Base plan costs $64.99 per month, and carries local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations across the U.S. ESPN, ESPN2, Golf Channel, MLB Network, NBA TV, NFL Network, TBS and TNT are included in the base channel plan.
The YouTube Base plan lets you watch live TV on three screens at once. YouTube TV has apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Smart TVs powered by Android TV and Google TV.
You can check out the latest offer YouTube TV is making to new and returning customers.
Vidgo supports watching the World Series on FOX. The Premium package has more than 110 channels in its live TV lineup. ACC Network, ESPN, and PAC-12 Network are among some of Vidgo’s most popular channels.
Subscribers can stream on up to three screens at once. Vidgo has apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices such as Google Chromecast.
A Vidgo subscription costs $59.95 per month. You can look over the live TV channels on Vidgo before deciding whether to sign up.
How to Watch The World Series for Free
There are advantages to owning your own TV antenna, especially when it’s time to watch MLB games during the regular season, and the MLB postseason.
Watching the World Series for free on FOX is one of the great pleasures of Fall.
Using a TV antenna will actually give you a better picture than a cable subscription. Broadcasts from local towers – like your local FOX broadcast – are transmitting signals that are far less compressed HD quality compared to cable TV.
You will notice quite a difference in picture quality once you set up your TV antenna and scan for channels. Once the /World Series is over, you can keep watching those channels for free.
Here are a few guides to get you started with using your own TV antenna:
- Review: The Best TV Antenna
- How to Connect Multiple TVs to One Antenna
- Review: The Best Indoor TV Antennas
- Review: The Best Outdoor TV Antennas
How to Watch the World Series without cable FAQs
These are common questions from Major League Baseball fans without a TV provider.
What is the World Series Schedule?
|Friday, October 28, 2022||Game 1: Phillies at Astros||Fox|
|Saturday, October 29, 2022||Game 2: Phillies at Astros||Fox|
|Sunday, October 30, 2022||Travel Day|
|Monday, October 31, 2022||Game 3: Astros at Phillies||Fox|
|Tuesday, November 1, 2022||Game 4: Astros at Phillies||Fox|
|Wednesday, November 2, 2022||Game 5: Astros at Phillies *||Fox|
|Thursday, November 3, 2022||Travel Day|
|Friday, November 4, 2022||Game 6: Phillies at Astros *||Fox|
|Saturday, November 5, 2022||Game 7: Phillies at Astros *||Fox|
Can I watch the World Series on ESPN+?
No. FOX currently has the rights to broadcast the MLB World Series in 2022. You can watch local FOX broadcasts without cable TV using DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV or Vidgo.
How to watch the World Series on a Roku or Roku TV
There are two ways you can watch the 2022 World Series with a Roku or Roku TV:
- If you own a Roku TV, you can attach a TV antenna to the coaxial port in the back of the TV and scan for over-the-air channels under settings.
- If you own a Roku streaming device, then you can sign up for DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV or Vidgo.
Can I watch the World Series on an Amazon Fire Stick?
Yes. You can use DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV or Vidgo to get FOX and watch the 2022 World Series.
How to watch the World Series on a Smart TV
Smart TV owners can watch the World Series for free on FOX by using a TV antenna. You can also sign up for DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and Vidgo. Each of these live TV streaming service carries FOX.
How to Watch the World Series in 4K
If you have a television that supports 4K, fuboTV will have every game of the 2022 World Series in 4K HDR10 resolution. fuboTV’s Pro plan has more than 130 channel including FOX, which is broadcasting the Fall Classic.
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