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Watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs Live Without Cable: A Viewing Guide

Watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs, from Wildcard through the World Series, live without cable on ESPN, FOX, FS1, and TBS.

Watch the World Series in 4K
Table of Contents
  1. 2023 MLB Playoff Channels
  2. Can I watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs on DIRECTV STREAM?
  3. Can I watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs on Hulu + Live TV?
  4. Can I watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs on YouTube TV?
  5. Can I watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs on Sling TV?
  6. Can I watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs on Fubo?
  7. Watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs via “TV Everywhere”
  8. Explore 2023 MLB Viewing Guides
  9. MLB Team Viewing Guides

Several long term TV contract extensions have made watching the MLB playoffs this year, and in seasons to come, dead simple. In this MLB Playoff and World Series viewing guide, I will list the best options for live streaming each round of the 2023 MLB Playoffs.

The 2023 MLB playoffs can only appear on one of 4 channels, ESPN, FOX, FS1, and TBS.

DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV carry the full slate of MLB playoff games regardless of location, whereas Sling TV carries the entire MLB schedule in select markets only. Our top pick, DIRECTV STREAM, carries every channel you need to watch every MLB playoff game, plus the largest selection of regional sports networks for watching next year’s regular season.

DIRECTV STREAM

Watch ESPN, FS1, TBS, and FOX, plus a large selection of regional sports networks.

$74.99 / month

Free 5 Day Trial

Fubo

Watch ESPN, FS1, and FOX. Upgrade to watch FOX in 4K.

$74.99 / month

7 Day Free Trial

YouTube TV

Watch the entire lineup of MLB Playoff games in 2023. 4K plus add-on available to new users for just $4.99 per month.

$72.99 / month

14 Day Free Trial

Time needed: 15 minutes

How to live stream every MLB playoff and World Series Game

  1. Signup for a live TV streaming service that carries ESPN, FS1, FOX, and TBS

    Due to long term TV contracts with major media partners, MLB playoff games can only appear on 4 channels; ESPN, FS1, FOX, and TBS. Fans can live stream the MLB postseason by signing up for any of these services: DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and Sling TV (in select markets).

  2. Download the app

    Download the app of the live TV streaming service you signed up for to your phone, tablet, or smart TV.

  3. Start streaming the MLB Playoffs

    Once your live TV streaming service app has been installed, follow the prompts to watch the MLB playoffs on ESPN, FS1, FOX, and TBS.

MLB playoffs and world series schedule

The schedule for the 2022 MLB Playoffs and World Series have been released my MLB. Here are the key dates, and channels for each stage of the playoffs.

  • AL & NL Wildcard on ESPN – 10/7 – 10/9
  • AL Divisional Series on TBS – 10/11 – 10/17
  • NL Divisional Series on FOX and FS1 – 10/11 -10/17
  • AL Championship Series on TBS – 10/18 – 10/26
  • NL Championship Series on FOX and FS1 – 10/18 – 10/26
  • World Series Championship on FOX – 10/28 – 1⅕

2023 MLB Playoff Channels

In the easy to use table below, I have listed the 4 channels that will broadcast the entirety of the MLB playoffs, as well as the live TV streaming services that carry each one. DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV all offer complete coverage in all markets, whereas Sling TV offers full coverage in select major markets.

DIRECTV STREAMESPN PlusFuboHulu + Live TVSling OrangeYouTube TVSling Orange & Blue
ESPN ESPN
FOX FOX
FS1 FS1
TBS TBS

Can I watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs on DIRECTV STREAM?

DIRECTV STREAM carries all the channels you need to watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs and World Series in the base package, as well as the largest library of regional sports networks, including the YES Network, MASN, and Spectrum Sportsnet, Spectrum Sportsnet LA, for watching the regular season when baseball begins next summer.

Unfortunately, you can’t watch the MLB playoffs or World Series in 4K on DIRECTV STREAM.

Pros

  • Full MLB playoff coverage
  • Excellent selection of regional sports networks
  • 5 day free trial

Cons

  • Can’t watch FOX broadcasts in 4K

Can I watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs on Hulu + Live TV?

Hulu + Live TV carries all the channels you need to live stream the 2023 MLB Playoffs and World Series in the base package, including FS1.

Pros

  • Full MLB playoff coverage

Cons

  • Can’t watch FOX in 4K

Can I watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs on YouTube TV?

Yes, YouTube TV carries ESPN, FS1, FOX, and TBS, all in the base package, which gives MLB fans complete coverage of the 2023 MLB playoffs. As an added bonus, YouTube TV is our top pick for watching out-of-market baseball with their MLB.TV add-on.

Pros

Cons

  • Lacks Bally Sports regional sports networks, YES Network, Spectrum Sportsnet LA, and more

Can I watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs on Sling TV?

Unfortunately, FS1 and ESPN aren’t included together in either of Sling TV’s base offerings, so an upgrade to the more expensive Orange & Blue is required to watch the MLB playoffs prior to the World Series. And, because Sling TV only carries NBC and FOX in select markets, you can’t watch the World Series everywhere with Sling.

You can watch the World Series on your local FOX affiliate on Sling TV in these markets:

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

Pros

  • 18 major markets will have access to full MLB playoff coverage on Sling Orange & Blue

Cons

  • An upgrade to Orange & Blue is required to get full coverage
  • Full coverage limited to select markets only
  • Better overall options for the money

Can I watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs on Fubo?

Fubo is a great option for watching the 2023 World Series, including in 4K, as well as the AL Playoffs, but the lack of TBS means you can’t watch the NL Playoffs after the Wildcard round on Fubo.

Pros

Cons

  • Lacks TBS
  • Can’t watch the NL Playoffs on Fubo
  • Better overall options for the money

Watch the 2023 MLB Playoffs via “TV Everywhere”

If you are already paying for FOX with a cable TV account, you can use your email and password to login to the FOX Sports app to watch the AL Playoffs and World Series, including in 4K if your device supports ultra high definition. The cool thing about streaming sports on the FOX sports app is the platform offers 4K streaming even when your pay TV package doesn’t.

Although 4K streaming isn’t supported, the same “TV Everywhere” principle applies to TBS, with the TBS app, or for Max subscribers, on the MAX app.

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