Can You Watch the MLB Playoffs with an Antenna?

Mar 11, 2012; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) pitches during the game against the New York Mets at Joker Marchant Stadium. The Mets beat the Tigers 11-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

When the leaves start turning colors and temperatures start falling, you know it’s that wonderful time of year again: MLB Postseason time. The Major League Baseball playoffs start Tuesday, October 2nd. Do you have a way to watch this year without breaking the bank paying for cable?

Thanks to HD over-the-air antennas and even online streaming services, it’s easier than ever this year to watch the MLB Playoffs without cable. Here’s a breakdown of some of the ways you can catch all of the postseason action this season:

Watching the MLB Postseason with an HD Antenna

One of the easiest ways to cut the cord is by buying a TV antenna. These antennas receive over-the-air broadcasts of most major networks and even some specialty channels like PBS and Univision. Local availability changes slightly based on your area, but you can count on receiving at least the big major networks like NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX.

You can even add two-tuner DVRs to these antennas now, allowing you to record these over-the-air broadcasts and then stream them to your mobile devices, smart TV, or computer.

When it comes to watching the MLB Playoffs, an inexpensive indoor antenna should most likely allow you to watch FOX in your area, which hosts portions of the National League Championship Series and the World Series this year. If you’re looking to watch the American League series or if you want to watch every at-bat this MLB Postseason, you’ll likely need to look into an online streaming service to round out your cord cutting service.

Watching the MLB Postseason with Streaming Services

There are a wide range of options for streaming the MLB Playoffs online this year depending on your budget. Luckily, all of them offer free trials and even the least expensive of them can let you watch the MLB Postseason without cable this season.

For just $25/month, you can sign up for Sling TV. Sling TV offers two different base packages with different channel lists: Sling Blue and Sling Orange. For watching the MLB Playoffs, Sling Blue is likely a better choice because it features streams of all the channels broadcasting the MLB postseason: FOX, FS1, and TBS. There are add-on packages of sports channels for either package to add even more sports coverage to your subscription. Whichever package you choose, Sling TV is one of the best all-around streaming services that fits into any budget.

Hulu with Live TV is also a great choice for watching the MLB Playoffs without Cable. For $40/month you can get live streams of over 50 television networks in addition to Hulu’s huge on-demand library of award-winning programs. Hulu with Live TV will offer you ESPN, FOX, FS1, and TBS, meaning you won’t miss a single game of the MLB Postseason. With a built-in DVR and two simultaneous streams, Hulu Live is a great choice for watching the MLB playoffs without cable.

DIRECTV NOW offers a much more cable-like experience than other streaming services. Subscriptions start at $40 a month and offer a huge channel selection which can be upgraded with loads of extra channels. ESPN, FOX, FS1, and TBS are all included with a DIRECTV NOW subscription, as is a 20-hour cloud DVR. Check out a free trial and see why so many cable cutters are kicking the cable subscription for DIRECTV NOW.

YouTube TV is stepping up as a fully-featured streaming service and cable replacement. YouTube TV is just $40/month for over 50 channels and even YouTube Red originals. Like some of the other streaming services, YouTube TV will get you streams of TBS, FS1, FOX, and ESPN. YouTube TV is compatible with a wide selection of mobile devices and streaming boxes and features an unlimited DVR. Best of all, YouTube TV is always contract-free.

fuboTV was designed from the ground-up for the hardcore sports fan. fuboTV features channels dedicated to almost every sport in the world, even international sports that aren’t commonly broadcast in the U.S. For watching the MLB Postseason without cable, fuboTV will let you watch FOX, TBS, and FS1 – but no ESPN, though. Still, for the hardcore sports fan, fuboTV can’t be beat. fuboTV starts at $40/month for the first month then is $45/month every month after that. Check out a free trial and see why fuboTV is the go-to streaming service for sports fanatics.

Don’t Miss a Single Game this MLB Postseason

Sports no longer have to be the reason you keep forking over ridiculous cash for a cable subscription each month. Check out a TV antenna or a streaming service – or even a combination of both – and don’t miss a single inning of the MLB Playoffs this year. Oh, and since I’m from Houston… go Astros!