How to watch Major League Baseball – the top 4 teams battle for a spot in the 2021 World Series

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  • The 2021 MLB Playoffs continue with the ALCS and NLCS to decide this year’s World Series matchup.
  • Remaining playoff games are broadcast nationally by Fox, Fox Sports, and TBS.
  • The 2021 World Series will air on Fox starting October 26.

The 2021 MLB Playoffs are in full swing with the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and National League Championship Series (NLCS). The winners of the ALCS and NLCS will then go up against each other in the 2021 World Series on October 26.

In the American League, the Red Sox eliminated the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays on their way to the ALCS, while the Astros defeated the White Sox to earn a chance at the World Series. In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants in a tight NLDS series, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers to reach the NLCS.

Every remaining MLB playoff game will be broadcast nationally by Fox, Fox Sports 1, or TBS. To stream each game, you’ll need to subscribe to a cable provider or live TV streaming service like YouTube TV, SlingTV, or DirecTV Stream. The 2021 World Series will be broadcast entirely on Fox, but you’ll still need a subscription if you want to stream it instead of watch it on local TV.

MLB Championship Series schedule

Teams in the Championship Series will play a first-to-four wins format, meaning each series can last for up to seven games. The World Series also uses a first-to-four win format, allowing for a seven game series.

Where to watch MLB playoff streams 

MLB playoff games are spread across channels like TBS, MLB Network, ESPN, FS1, and Fox. The World Series will be shown only on Fox. If you don’t have cable you can stream these stations with a subscription to a live TV streaming service.

To help narrow down your options, we compiled the best streaming services you can use to watch the MLB playoffs live.

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream features Fox, MLB Network, TBS, FS1, and ESPN in most of its plans. The cheapest plan with all five channels is the DirecTV Stream Choice plan for $85 a month. The Choice plan also gives you access to several regional sports networks for local regular season games that aren’t broadcast nationally.

DirecTV Stream provides local coverage for 20 of MLB’s 30 teams, according to a spokesperson from the service. You can check to see if DirecTV Stream covers your regional sports network with this lookup tool.

YouTube TV

One of the most comprehensive options for streaming MLB games is YouTube TV. The service costs $65 a month and includes Fox, FS1, ESPN, TBS,and MLB Network, as well as some regional sports networks depending on your area

YouTube TV also includes an option to watch out-of-market games via the MLB TV add-on for an extra fee. This means you can watch a mix of local games, nationally televised games, and out-of-market games all in one place.

Sling TV

Another option for MLB games is Sling TV. Sling Blue ($35/month) includes access to Fox (in select markets), FS1, and TBS. Sling Orange ($35/month), on the other hand, offers live access to ESPN and TBS. You can combine both Sling Blue and Sling Orange for $50 a month. You can also add MLB Network via Sling’s Sports Extra package for an additional $15 a month. 

This combo will get you Fox, FS1, ESPN, TBS, and MLB Network for $65 a month. Please note that Fox only airs in select markets, primarily in major US cities, via Sling TV. 

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live features several channels with MLB games, including ESPN, Fox, FS1, and TBS. The service costs $65/month ($55/month for your first three months) and includes access to

Hulu
‘s entire on-demand library. That said, Hulu + Live TV is missing MLB Network.

Fubo TV

Fubo TV also offers a package that will get you most of the channels you need for national MLB games. The streaming service’s Starter plan ($65/month) has over 100 channels, including Fox, FS1, and ESPN. Fubo TV also offers access to MLB Network with its Sports Plus with NFL RedZone add-on for $11 a month. There’s also a few regional sports networks in select areas. On the downside, Fubo TV is missing TBS.