No Cable, No Problem: Here’s How to Watch the World Series for Free
The country is losing its collective mind over the Chicago Cubs ending its 71-year postseason slump and slugging into the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians.
It’s historic! You have to watch!
But… what if you don’t have a TV? What if you don’t have cable? Are you banned from baseball for the next two weeks?
Before you head to your local watering hole for four to seven nights of spending your entire disposable income on tater tots, you may want to try this method of “free” sports streaming.
How to Watch the World Series (or Most of It) for Free
Live-streaming service Sling TV offers a variety of broadcast and cable channels for rates ranging from $20 to $40 per month. In many areas, subscribers can also stream local broadcast affiliates like Fox, which is showing all the World Series games.
Sling also offers a free seven-day trial for new members.
Are you picking up what I am putting down? Tuesday, October 25 would be a great time to start your free Sling trial. If the series runs for five games, you’re all set — just cancel your subscription after the final pitch.
If the series stretches into seven (agonizing) games, it gets tricky. You have to enter your credit card information to start your trial, so if your billing address is the same on all the credit cards in your wallet, you may get rejected from signing up for a second trial.
Sadly, it’s not as easy as using your second email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, which you definitely have had for more than two days.
Consider teaming up with another local baseball-loving friend (preferably one rooting for the same team as you, as this is not a time for diplomacy) so one of you can pick up another free trial subscription if you need a few extra days.
Sure, it’s complicated. But it’s way cheaper than going to the bar every night.
Additional Cheap Options to Satisfy Your Baseball Craving
If you have a TV but lack cable service, an antenna is all you need to pick up broadcast channels — including, of course, Fox. If you anticipate you’ll continue watching your local stations on occasion, you can pick up an antenna starting at about $15.
Just want access to baseball? $9.99 is all you need to get MLB.tv for the rest of the season, including live World Series coverage.
Meanwhile, if you already have a TV and a PlayStation 3 or 4, Amazon Fire device, Roku Streaming device or Google Chromecast, use your PlayStation Network account to sign up for a free seven-day trial of PlayStation Vue.
Access to dozens of channels starts at $29.99 per month, but the free trial will grant you access to Fox. You’ll have the same challenge as Sling trial subscribers if the series goes on longer than five games, but that’s what friends are for, right?
Your Turn: How will you watch the 2016 World Series?
Lisa Rowan is a writer and producer at the Penny Hoarder. Baseball gives her heartburn, but she just can’t quit.