MLB fans in the Chicagoland area can live stream White Sox games in-market on NBC Sports Chicago with fuboTV, You Tube TV, Hulu, or DIRECTV STREAM “Choice.” Out-of-market, MLB.TV is the best choice to follow the Sox.
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Chicago baseball fans have several good options for watching the White Sox live without cable, but our top pick is fuboTV. fuboTV carries NBC Sports Chicago in the base package which is a great deal for watching not only the White Sox but the Bulls and Blackhawks as well. fuboTV has recently started broadcasting NBC Sports Chicago in 4K, and also carries FOX 32 for watching Chicago Bears games on Sundays.
The most important channels for White Sox fans
In-market regular season White Sox games are carried on NBC Sports Chicago, which is the channel with the most White Sox coverage. However, as a regional sports network, NBC Sports Chicago is only available in these markets:
- Chicago and most of Illinois,
- Throughout northwest Indiana,
- Kenosha County, Wisconsin
- and southwest Michigan
White Sox fans outside of the Chicago area can get Sox games on MLB.TV, which we recommend adding to a YouTube TV account, or wait for the team to appear on a nationally televised broadcast on ESPN, FS1, TBS, MLB Network, or on Apple TV+ or Peacock.
The best options for local White Sox fans
fuboTV – best choice
I list fuboTV in the top spot here for a few reasons. First, unlike DIRECTV STREAM, they carry NBC Sports Chicago as part of their base package which saves cord cutting White Sox fans about $300 per year. Next, other than DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV is the only live TV streaming provider that carries the Marquee Sports Network, which is home to Cubs baseball, and again they offer the channel in their base package. Now, I fully understand that there is a major rivalry between Sox fans on the South Side and Cubs fans to the north, but why not get as much MLB coverage as possible for the best rate?
Some Chicago fans will appreciate having Marquee thrown in the channel lineup. And although fuboTV doesn’t offer TBS, it doesn’t hurt White Sox fans quite as much since the NL playoffs are on TBS, not the AL playoffs. Should the White Sox make the playoffs, fans in Chicago can watch the first round on ESPN, and subsequent rounds on FS1 and FOX. fuboTV’s lack of TBS will mean that Tuesday Night Baseball won’t be available during the regular season.
You can also watch FOX 32 Chicago WFLD on fuboTV, which is part of the reason the platform is our top pick for Chicago Bears action.
Read our fuboTV review.
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV is another great option for White Sox fans. Personally, of all the streaming apps I have used, Hulu + Live TV is the one I keep coming back to and using the most. With Hulu, you can get NBC Sports Chicago, plus all the channels you need to watch the Sox on national TV. In addition, with the ESPN+ bundle, which is integrated directly into Hulu, you can watch one out-of-market MLB game everyday during the regular season.
Read our Hulu + Live TV review.
It is hard to go wrong with YouTube TV for watching sports. We recommend the platform as the most innovative and you can get NBC Sports Chicago, as well as ESPN, FS1, FOX 32 Chicago, and TBS, as well as MLB Network in the base package on YouTube TV. The Alphabet owned streaming service is a great option for White Sox diehards.
Read our YouTube TV review.
If you don’t live in Chicago
MLB.TV is the premium out-of-market option for MLB fans. With MLB.TV fans can circumvent the regional broadcast rules and watch any game they like, including White Sox games. If you want to follow just one team all summer, the rate drops to a one time annual fee of $109.99.
How to watch the White Sox on national TV
When the White Sox are featured on an exclusive national broadcast, like ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, NBC Sports Chicago will be blacked out. Here is a guide we put together for MLB fans looking for the best ways to tune into national broadcasts, both regular and postseason.