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How to Watch the Houston Astros Live Without Cable in 2022

Written by John O'Connor

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You can watch the Houston Astros take on their AL West rivals live without cable. The good news for Astros fans, and Houston sports fans in general, is there are two competing options for watching the Astros live stream. Both DIRECTV STREAM “Choice” and fuboTV carry AT&T SportsNet Southwest, the regional sports network that broadcasts the majority of Astros regular season games in-market. fuboTV is our top pick for watching the Astros because the platform offers AT&T SportsNet Southwest in the base package, and also supports a wide range of devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, and more. If you live outside of Houston, subscribing to MLB.TV is the best bet.

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Table of Contents
  1. The most important channels for Astros fans
  2. How to watch this week’s Astros games
  3. The best options for local Houston fans
  4. If you don’t live in Houston
  5. How to watch the Astros on national TV
  6. More MLB Teams

The most important channels for Astros fans

In the table below, we list the live TV streaming providers that carry the channels that will be broadcasting MLB games this season. For the Astros, AT&T Sportsnet Southwest is important, but ESPN, TBS, FS1, FOX and MLB Network will feature national games as well. In addition, MLB has been selling the exclusive rights to chunks of games to media giants like Apple, and NBC through its Peacock streaming service. When the Astros appear in one of these national games, AT&T Sportsnet will be blacked out.

DIRECTV STREAM – ChoiceESPN PlusfuboTVHulu + Live TVBlue Sports ExtraSling BlueYouTube TV
ESPN ESPN
FOX FOX
FS1 FS1
MLB Network MLB Network
AT&T SportsNet Southwest AT&T SportsNet Southwest
TBS TBS

How to watch this week’s Astros games

Are you looking for a specific Astros game? Maybe you want to watch but would like to test the waters with a free trial? We have you covered with a full schedule of televised games, as well as when you can watch in a free trial, below.

This team does not have a televised game scheduled in the next two weeks.

The best options for local Houston fans

For fans in Houston, the two live TV streaming providers that carry AT&T Sportsnet Southwest are fuboTV and DIRECTV STREAM.

When it comes to watching the Astros in-market, and in some nearby markets that carry AT&T Sportsnet Southwest, fuboTV is the clear winner. First, unlike DIRECTV STREAM which requires an upgrade to access its library of regional sports networks, fuboTV offers AT&T Sportsnet Southwest in its base package, which saves Astros fans about $300 per year over DIRECTV STREAM “Choice.” Next, even without TBS, fuboTV carries most of the channels you need to watch the Astros when they are on national TV. The lack of TBS, while less than ideal, is easier to tolerate for an AL team like the Astros because the AL playoffs are on ESPN, FS1, and FOX for the World Series, whereas after the Wild Card Round, the NL playoffs are carried by TBS.

With fuboTV, Houston fans can watch:

  • The Houston Astros
  • The Houston Rockets
  • Houston Dynamo FC
  • The Houston Texans

Note, you can’t watch the Houston Texans on AT&T Sportsnet Southwest, but as a top pick from our team for streaming the NFL, fuboTV does offer KHOU, CBS 11 for Texans games on Sundays.

Read our fuboTV review for sports fans.


DIRECTV STREAM “Choice” gets you AT&T Sportsnet Southwest, as well as TBS and CBS 11 in Houston, but you pay $300 per year more. If TBS and TNT is a must have, perhaps because of their growing NHL and NBA coverage, DIRECTV STREAM could be worth the extra money.

Read our DIRECTV STREAM review for sports fans.


If you don’t live in Houston

One of the things I love about AT&T Sportsnet Southwest is the easy to follow territory map they publish to let sports fans know which zip codes get the channel. If you live in TX, LA, AR, or OK, as well as parts of eastern NM, you will get AT&T Sportsnet Southwest when you sign up for a live TV streaming service. What if you live further away?

Let’s say you grew up in Houston, but moved to NYC. In NYC, the Yankees will be on the YES Network, so in order to get an out-of-market broadcast, MLB requires a premium upgrade to MLB.TV.

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 Astros 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 Astros on national TV

When the Astros appear in a nationally televised game, it’s often the case that AT&T Sportsnet Southwest will be blacked out. Here is how to watch Houston baseball when that happens.

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