The Major League Baseball postseason kicks off tonight with a Wild Card game between the Orioles and the Blue Jays. Coverage is spread across several networks over the course of the next few weeks, but most games are available for streaming.
The bulk of the games leading up to the world series won’t be available over the air (the World Series will be broadcast on Fox though), which means you’ll need to pony up for a service of some kind to watch all the games. Here are your options.
PlayStation Vue or Sling TV
In order to watch every game, you need access to a bunch of stations: Fox, Fox Sports 1, ESPN, and TBS. TBS gets the bulk of American League games, Fox and Fox Sports 1 gets the National League games (except for the wild card game between the Giants and Mets, which will be on ESPN). MLB has a list of all the games if you’re curious when and where they’ll be broadcast.
For Sling TV, the cheapest subscription you can get is the $25 Sling Blue package. This includes TBS for all the ALCS games and Fox Sports 1 for all the NLCS games. This doesn’t get you ESPN though (which again, only matters if you want to watch the Giants and Mets game). Fox is only available in select markets though, so check availability if you plan on streaming the World Series as well.
As for PlayStation Vue, you’ll need to subscribe to the $40 package to get all the channels you need. Again, Fox is restricted in certain markets, so check availability ahead of time.
Both PlayStation Vue and Sling TV offer free seven day trials, so if you time it well and the series end quickly, you can theoretically get the bulk of games without paying a dime.
MLB.TV’s Postseason Package Gets You Some Games
If you’d prefer one of the more confusing options out there, then MLB.TV’s $10 Postseason package is the one you want. You’ll get:
- The AL wild card game
- All ALWC vs Rangers games, Red Sox vs. Indians games
- The entire American League Championship Series
- Some of the National League Divisional Games (those broadcast on MLB Network)
- Any NLCS games shown on Fox (but not the games shown on Fox Sports 1)
- The World Series
So, depending on which games you’re interested in, you have a few different options. If you can combine the two free trials of Sling TV and PlayStation Vue along with the $10 MLB package, you should be able to get everything cheap.