How to watch the World Series online

There are four live streaming options for what promises to be an historic World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians.

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A drought will end at the conclusion of the 2016 World Series. The Chicago Cubs last won the World Series in 1908, and the Cleveland Indians haven't won a title since 1948. These are the two longest championship droughts in baseball, if not professional sports.

The 2016 World Series begins on Tuesday, October 25, in Cleveland. Fox will broadcast the games nationally, but you don't need a TV in order to watch. There are four legal options to watch this historic World Series matchup live online.

Fox Sports Go app

If you are a cable subscriber, then you can watch the World Series on the Fox Sports Go app for free (well, for no more than you're already paying for cable). The Fox Sports Go app works with iOS devices, Android devices and the Amazon Kindle Fire as well as with Apple TV , Android TV , Amazon Fire TV , Google Chromecast , Roku and Xbox. You can also access Fox Sports Go from a computer.

Sling TV

For cord cutters, Sling TV is your best option to watch the World Series with one caveat: you must live in a market where Sling TV offers Fox. Check out this Sling TV support page to see the available channels in your area.

If Sling TV offers Fox in your market, then you'll want to sign up for the Sling TV Blue package, which costs $25 a month and includes Fox. With no contract, you can cancel any time, including immediately following the last out of the last game and be out only $25. Better yet, sign up for Sling TV's free seven-day trial, though if the World Series goes a full seven games, you will miss games 6 and 7 if you sign up prior to game 1. Perhaps the best course of action is to sign up for the free trial on Friday before game 3 and be assured you'll be able to watch the World Series to completion.

PlayStation Vue

Like Sling TV, Sony 's streaming TV service is a cable TV alternative that doesn't require a contract and features a seven-day free trial. PlayStation Vue is available nationwide, but live programming is still available only in select markets, so you may want to use the free trial to ensure you get live streaming on Fox in your area. Sony doesn't offer a list its channel lineup by market, but Cord Cutter News last month charted live streaming of Fox in 18 markets.

If you want to sign up for a PlayStation Vue plan for the World Series, then the Access plan for $40 a month is the cheapest option that includes Fox. To sign up for PlayStation Vue, you no longer need a PlayStation 3 or a PlayStation 4 console. In addition to the PS3 and PS4, supported devices include Amazon Fire TV devices, Roku streaming devices and Google Chromecast devices.

MLB.com At Bat app

The MLB.com At Bat app (available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire) is great for watching out-of-market baseball games during the regular season, but it's less useful for tuning into baseball's postseason because you not only need to prove you are a cable TV subscriber, but you must also be a subscriber to a participating pay TV provider. The list is short: Arvig, AT&T/DirecTV, Brighthouse, Buckeye, Cox, Dish, Optimum, Suddenlink, TimeWarner, Verizon FiOS and WOW.

If you are a subscriber to one of the above pay TV providers, then you can proceed with the $9.99 Postseason Package. To sweeten the deal, the Postseason Package includes spring training games next year. Because, as Cubs fans have been known to say for more than a century, "There's always next year."