How to Watch Chicago White Sox Games Live

By Jim Kimble / Updated April 5, 2023

You can watch Chicago White Sox games live without a cable TV or satellite package.

Most games are on NBC Sports Chicago. Nationally televised games during the regular season in 2023 are on FOX, ESPN, FS1, TBS and MLB Network. A few post-season games air on ABC.

How to Watch Chicago White Sox in 2023

The Chicago White Sox broadcast most of their games on NBC Sports Chicago. The regional sports channel has exclusive rights to in-market Chicago White Sox games. 

NBC Sports Chicago is only carried by four live TV streaming services, DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV.

STREAMING SERVICESNBC Sports ChicagoESPN/FOX/FS1/TBS
DIRECTV STREAMYesYes
fuboYesNo TBS
Hulu Live TVYesYes
Sling TVYesNo
YouTube TVYesYes

NBC Sports Chicago is available to pay-tv subscribers in five regions. Aside from White Sox coverage, sports fans can also catch in-market games for the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Illinois, northwest Indiana, Iowa, Kenosha County, Wisconsin and southwest Michigan are within the home broadcast area.

Keep in mind that streaming MLB games isn’t your only option. Cord-cutters can watch some national broadcast games for free using a TV antenna.

Apple TV+ is streaming two live baseball games on Friday nights during the 2023 MLB season. NBC’s Peacock is streaming games in a Sunday morning time slot. (Schedule is below.)

You can read my guides on how to watch ABC, FOX, ESPN, FS1, TBS and MLB Network without cable if you want to narrow your search by channel.

This guide aims to give you a comprehensive look at how to watch White Sox games without cable TV for the 2023 season. 

How to Stream Chicago White Sox Games

Watching live Chicago White Sox games without cable TV is pretty simple. You just need a few things to start streaming MLB games on your TV. 

  1. A streaming service that carries NBC Sports Chicago and the channels that carry national broadcast Chicago White Sox games
  2. An internet connection
  3. A Smart TV or streaming device such as a Roku connected to your TV

You can watch live TV channels through the app of streaming services such as DIRECTV STREAM. Live TV streaming services have apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast with Google TV. 

These apps are also available on Smart TVs, iPhones, iPads  and Android smartphones. You can watch live TV on a PC through a web browser.

DIRECTV STREAM

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(Photo illustration: Jim Kimble / The Cord Cutting Report)

DIRECTV STREAM has every channel needed to watch Chicago White Sox games in 2023. 

A subscription costs $99.99 per month for more than 105 channels. ESPN, MLB Network, FS1, and local channels such as ABC and FOX are included in the Choice lineup. 

Residents who live in the Chicago area can also get Marquee Sports Network, which streams in-market games for the Chicago Cubs.

You can sign up for a free 5-day trial of the DIRECTV STREAM Choice package without any obligations. Every plan includes unlimited Cloud DVR and a robust library of on-demand movies and shows.

Subscribers can get three months of HBO Max, Showtime, Cinemax and EPIX for free before the monthly rates kick in. You can watch live TV on up to 20 screens at once.

There are no contracts. There are no additional regional sports fees.You can subscribe month to month and cancel whenever you want. 

DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets. 

You can look over the different channel lineups before making any decisions.

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV has 75 channels, including ESPN, NBC Sports Chicago, FS1 and local channels such as FOX. 

The channel lineup includes A&E, Golf Channel, History, MSNBC, NFL Network and Paramount Network.

Subscribers have unlimited Cloud DVR to record live TV. You can watch live TV on two screens at once.

If you’re using a Roku, Apple TV or Fire TV, you can use your Hulu subscription to activate apps for the channels in your subscription.

Subscribers get more than just live TV channels to watch. You’ll also have full access to ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu’s on-demand library. A subscription costs $69.99 per month.

Hulu works with all major streaming devices, including Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV devices. Check out Hulu’s Live TV channel lineup in your area before deciding which streaming service to try.

There is no free trial for Hulu’s live TV service. You can look over the Hulu + Live TV channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up.

fubo

fubo (formerly fuboTV) has more than 150 channels including NBC Sports Chicago, Marquee Sports Network, ESPN, FS1 and local FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC stations. TBS is not included with fuboTV.

AMC, A&E, BET, IFC, Nickelodeon and SyFy are part of the channel lineup. Subscribers get 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR. You can watch live TV on 10 screens at once.

The fubo pro plan costs $74.99 per month. fubo adds a regional sports fee. It costs $10.99 per month for one regional network. It’s $13.99 per month if you have two RSNs in your area. 

Look over the channel lineup to see what locals and regional sports networks you would get before deciding whether to try out fubo.

fubo has apps for pretty much every device, including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick and NVIDIA Shield TV.

fubo has apps for pretty much every device, including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick and NVIDIA Shield TV.

You can start off with a free 7-day trial to see if the service is a good fit. Just cancel online before the trial is up if you don’t like fubo.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV has 128 channels in its base plan, including NBC Sports Chicago, ESPN, TBS and local channels such as ABC and NBC.

A subscription costs $72.99 per month.

The YouTube TV base plan carries other key sports channels such as TNT, SEC Network, ACC Network, ESPNU, FS1, and FS2. 

You’ll be able to watch CNN, Golf Channel and FX. Unlimited Cloud DVR is included with a subscription. And you can create up to 6 profiles for a household per account.

The service works with Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, NVIDIA Shield TV, Apple TV and Chromecast. You can get a free 7-day trial

Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast and Xbox One are among the supported devices.

MLB.tv

The MLB also has MLB.tv which live streams all out-of-market games for every team.  

Chicago White Sox games are blacked out for fans living in the team’s home broadcast region. The service allows subscribers who live in an out-of-market area to watch Chicago White Sox games.

A subscription to MLB.tv costs $24.99 per month. Amazon Prime members can get a free 7-day trial of MLB.tv through Amazon Channels. The regular rate kicks in once the trial ends.

Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is delivering two weekly Friday night games during the 2023 MLB season.

The first leg of MLB games will be free to anyone with internet access, according to Apple. The New York Post reported Apple TV’s schedule of games that begin on April 7.

Apple TV+ works on most major streaming devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast with Google TV. Smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio, Panasonic and Hisense are also supported. A subscription costs $6.99 per month after a free 7-day trial

Are the White Sox on Apple TV+?

Yes. The Chicago White Sox are scheduled to play three Friday night games that will stream live on Apple TV+. Here is the full Apple TV+ schedule:

DATETIME (ET)GAME
April 72:20 p.m.Rangers at Cubs
April 77:20 p.m.Padres at Braves
April 146:40 p.m.Giants at Tigers
April 147:10 p.m.Angels at Red Sox
April 217:05 p.m.Blue Jays at Yankees
April 217:20 p.m.Astros at Braves
April 288:10 p.m.Phillies at Astros
April 2810:10 p.m.Cardinals at Dodgers
May 56:40 p.m.White Sox at Reds
May 57:10 p.m.Twins at Guardians
May 128:10 p.m.Royals at Brewers
May 128:10 p.m.Cubs at Twins
May 197:07 p.m.Orioles at Blue Jays
May 197:20 p.m.Mariners at Braves
May 267:05 p.m.Padres at Yankees
May 267:10 p.m.White Sox at Tigers
June 25:10 p.m.Brewers at Reds
June 28:10 p.m.Guardians at Twins
June 97:05 p.m.Royals at Orioles
June 99:38 p.m.Mariners at Angels
June 168:10 p.m.Pirates at Brewers
June 1610:10 p.m.White Sox at Mariners
June 236:40 p.m.Pirates at Marlins
June 237:05 p.m.Mets at Phillies
June 237:05 p.m.Brewers at Pirates
June 309:38 p.m.Diamondbacks at Angels

Peacock

Peacock begins streaming Sunday morning MLB games on April 23.

Games will be available on the Premium plan. Peacock Premium costs $4.99 per month. There is a free 7-day trial for Peacock Premium.

Peacock works on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku. The service has apps for a wide variety of Android TV-enabled Smart TVs, including Sony. Smart TVs by LG, Samsung, Vizio and Hisense are supported as well.

You can sign up for a free 7-day trial for Peacock Premium.

Are the White Sox on Peacock?

The Chicago White Sox are scheduled to play one game that will stream on Peacock in 2023. Here is the full schedule.

DATETIME (ET)GAME
April 2312:05 p.m.Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies
April 3012:05 p.m.Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins
May 711:35 a.m.Baltimore Orioles at Atlanta Braves
May 1411:35 a.m.Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Guardians
May 2111:35 a.m.New York Yankees at Cincinnati Reds
May 2811:35 a.m.Los Angeles Dodgers at Tampa Bay Rays
June 411:35 a.m.St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates
June 1111:35 a.m.Arizona Diamondbacks at Detroit Tigers
June 181:05 p.m.Baltimore Orioles at Chicago Cubs
July 212:05 p.m.Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles
July 912:05 p.m.Texas Rangers at Washington Nationals
July 1612:05 p.m.San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates
July 2312:05 p.m.San Diego Padres at Detroit Tigers
July 3012:05 p.m.Los Angeles Angels at Toronto Blue Jays
August 612:05 p.m.Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Guardians
August 1312:05 p.m.Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
August 201:05 p.m.Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros
August 2712:05 p.m.Los Angeles Angels at New York Mets
September 31:05 p.m.Philadelphia Phillies at Milwaukee Brewers

ESPN+

Yes. ESPN+ will once again stream one MLB game per day that is part of the national broadcast schedule. Out-of-market games are still governed by local blackout restrictions. But you already knew that.

ESPN+ is already showing which games are being streamed on its service. (Photo credit: Jim Kimble/The Cord Cutting Report)

In other words, you will need your local regional sports channel to watch home games.

Each MLB team will be on ESPN+ at least 10 times by the end of the season. Replays are made available after a live game is completed.

A subscription to ESPN+ costs $6.99 per month, and you can check the upcoming lineup of MLB games.

How to Watch White Sox free with a TV antenna

A TV antenna is the best way to watch Chicago White Sox games that are carried on ABC and FOX for free. 

If you have a TV antenna handy, but haven’t used it in a while, plug it into your television’s coax port and scan for channels. FOX broadcasts games throughout the regular season. ABC becomes a key channel for post-season games.

If you are new to TV antennas, here is a list of resources that I have written to get you started.

How to Watch Chicago White Sox Games FAQs

These are frequently asked questions readers ask when searching for ways to watch or stream Chicago White Sox games without a pay TV provider.   

How can I watch the Chicago White Sox game today?

You have four choices to watch the White Sox play live when they play at home. DIRECTV STREAM, fubo, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV carry NBC Sports Chicago. Here are two options to consider if you want to watch every White Sox game.

  • DIRECTV STREAM’s Choice plan has 105 channels, including ESPN, FOX, FS1, and TBS. There is a 5-day free trial, and plans run month to month. 
  • Hulu with Live TV has ESPN, NBC Sports Chicago and local channels. Hulu Live TV costs $69.99 per month and has local channels, sports and entertainment networks. Subscriptions to Disney+ and ESPN+ are included. You can sign up for Hulu with Live TV, and cancel anytime.

Can I watch the Chicago White Sox games on Sling TV?

Sling Orange subscribers can watch the Braves when games are on ESPN and TBS. FS1 is on the Sling Blue plan. Sling TV does not carry any regional sports networks. 

Local FOX stations are in a limited number of markets. If you live in or around one of these cities, then you should be able to watch the Chicago White Sox when games are on local FOX stations: 

  1. Atlanta
  2. Austin
  3. Chicago
  4. Dallas/Fort Worth
  5. Detroit
  6. Gainesville
  7. Houston
  8. Los Angeles
  9. Milwaukee
  10. Minneapolis/St. Paul
  11. New York
  12. Orlando/Daytona/Melbourne
  13. Philadelphia
  14. Phoenix
  15. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
  16. Seattle
  17. Tampa/St. Petersburg
  18. Washington, DC

Can I watch the White Sox on the NBC Sports app?

The NBC Sports app lets pay-tv subscribers watch games on streaming devices, supported Smart TVs and mobile devices.

Subscribers to DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu Live TV, fubo and YouTube TV can activate the NBC Sports app, and watch some live sporting events.

What channel is the Chicago White Sox game on tonight?

Chicago White Sox games are typically on NBC Sports Chicago. The schedule below breaks down what channel or streaming service has national broadcast games for the 2022 MLB season.

DAYWHITE SOX MLB NATIONAL BROADCAST
Sunday morningPeacock
Sunday afternoonTBS
Sunday nightESPN or ESPN2
Monday nightESPN or FS1
Tuesday nightTBS
Wednesday NightESPN, FS1, MLB Network
Thursday NightESPN, FOX and MLB Network
Friday NightApple TV+
Saturday AfternoonFOX
Saturday NightFOX, FS1


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This article was published March 28, 2022, and has been updated.

Jim is a seasoned industry expert with over two decades of journalism experience. He has been at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement since 2016, testing and writing about TV-related products and services. He founded The Cord Cutting Report in 2016, and serves as the editor.

Major publications, including MarketWatch, Forbes, and South Florida Sun Sentinel, have interviewed Kimble for his years of expertise. He gives advice on the complexities consumers are navigating with streaming options, and over-the-air TV. Kimble has been a staff writer or correspondent for several award-winning, daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe.