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How to watch the World Series live online

Can't get to a TV for the Fall Classic? Here are your options are for streaming the games online.

Matt Elliott Contributor
Matt Elliott, a technology writer for more than a decade, is a PC tester and Mac user based in New Hampshire.
Matt Elliott
2 min read

The Kansas City Royals may be up two games to none over the New York Mets, but the 2015 World Series is far from over as the series shifts back to Citi Field in New York on Friday night for Game 3.

Fox is broadcasting the games on cable, but if you can't watch on TV, there are a number of options for streaming the games online that don't include using a shady (read: illegal) sports streaming site that bombards you with ads and makes you suffer through a spotty connection.

My wife puts up with my baseball-viewing habit all summer because: baseball announcers aren't as annoying as the loud men who call football games and I watch most games with the MLB.com At Bat app on my iPad as an out-of-market Cincinnati Reds fan. I will likely use my iPad for Game 5 on Sunday night (assuming the Royals don't sweep the Mets) rather than attempt to commandeer the TV for another night of sports viewing. I enjoy baseball and marital harmony.

Because I am a cable TV subscriber, I will use the Fox Sports Go app. If you have pay TV subscription, you can stream World Series games for free. In addition to iOS, the Fox Sports Go app works with Android and Windows mobile devices as well as the Kindle Fire. You can also access Fox Sports Go from a computer.

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You can also use the MLB.com At Bat app (available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Kindle Fire) or from your computer from MLB.TV to watch the games live, but you will need to log into your cable or satellite TV account to prove you are a pay-TV subscriber and pay $9.99 for the MLB.TV Postseason Package.

If you don't have a cable or satellite TV subscription, the Postseason Package lets you watch an archive of the game 90 minutes after the live broadcast concludes. To sweeten the deal, the postseason package includes Spring Training games next year.

The third and last option for legally streaming the World Series is via Sony's new streaming service, PlayStation Vue. You'll need a PS3 or PS4 and must live in one of Vue's seven launch cities: Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia or San Francisco. PlayStation Vue doesn't require a pay TV subscription but costs $49.99 a month. There is, however, a 7-day free trial that will get you through the end of the World Series, even if it goes a full seven games.