For baseball fans, October means playoff and World Series games. And for many Major League Baseball fans, October also means figuring out the best ways to watch playoff games online.

With national games showing on several networks, local cable games, and some games on over-the-air broadcast stations, it can be hard to figure out where to find your team’s games in the regular season.

In the postseason, things get even more confusing: There are five networks—ESPN, MLB Network, Fox, FS1, and TBS—carrying one or more playoff games.

And unlike the NFL and the NBA, Major League Baseball schedules at least some of its playoff games on weekday afternoons, when many of us aren’t home in front of the television. If you’re at work when your favorite team’s ace is on the mound, the ability to stream games on your lunch break takes on added importance. And, of course, streaming is also important if you’ve cut the cable-TV cord.

If you have pay-TV service, you can stream the games online while you’re away from home using your cable provider’s free mobile app. For games on Fox and FS1, if you’re a cable subscriber, you can also watch on the Fox Sports Go app once you authenticate your cable service. TBS has a similar app to let you catch the network’s American League playoff broadcasts. It’s the same with ESPN, which carries the National League Wild Card game. 

Here’s a playoff schedule along with the networks broadcasting/streaming the games.

  • National League Wild Card Game: ESPN (Oct. 2)
  • American League Wild Card Game: TBS (Oct. 3) 
  • American League Division Series, best of five games: TBS (starts Oct. 5)
  • National League Division Series, best of five games: FS1 or MLB Network (starts Oct. 4)
  • American League Championship Series, best of seven games: TBS (starts Oct. 13) 
  • National League  Championship Series, best of seven games: Fox or FS1 (starts Oct. 12) 
  • World Series, best of seven games: Fox (starts Oct. 23) 

MLB.TV Options

For a one-time fee of $25, MLB.TV’s postseason package offers some features that may entice the serious fan.

More on Streaming

You can stream all the games live across a wide variety of devices, except for the National League Wild Card game on ESPN, and the NLDS and NLCS games on FS1. You do need to have a pay-TV account and need to authenticate with your cable provider. It makes sense to check this list of local blackout restrictions before you sign up. If you’ve already cut the cord or your provider isn’t on the list, you can watch the games, but only on a 90-minute delay. 

The package also features premium access to the MLB At Bat app, which includes access to video highlights, pitch tracking, and radio broadcasts as well as the site’s full library of archived and classic games. 

Streaming Without TV Service

If you’ve cut the cord and don’t have cable or satellite TV, the choices are a bit more complicated. Here’s a look at your other streaming options. Except where noted, they’re available on most popular streaming devices, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

PlayStation Vue
If you’re committed to watching every inning of every postseason game, regardless of which team is playing, PlayStation Vue gives you all the channels you need.

The streaming service, which you access through an app on your online device–you don’t need a PlayStation console–costs $50 per month for the core package, which includes all five of the TV channels that will be carrying the playoffs: ESPN, TBS, FS1, Fox, and the MLB Network.

DirecTV Now
AT&T’s DirecTV Now, a streaming service that’s separate from the satellite-TV subscription, is another comprehensive playoff option for baseball fans. The Just Right package, which costs $55 per month, includes the five channels you’ll need: Fox, TBS, MLB Network, ESPN, and FS1.

The service is an especially good deal for AT&T wireless subscribers with an unlimited data plan, who get a $20 monthly discount. 

Hulu With Live TV
For $40 per month, Hulu With Live TV is somewhat cheaper if you don’t care about the National League Division Series. The service provides most of the stations that a baseball fan will want this October: Fox, FS1, ESPN, and TBS. The MLB Network, which will carry some of the National League Division Series games, however, isn’t an option.

Sling’s Orange and Blue combination package, $40, gets you ESPN, Fox, FS1, and TBS but not MLB Network, which means, as with Hulu, you’d miss some games in the NL Division Series.

This streaming service is targeted at the sports fan but falls short for the baseball playoffs. For $45 per month, Fubo gets you Fox, FS1, and TBS but not MLB or ESPN, which are necessary for watching the NL Wild Card Game and the NL Division Series. 

YouTube TV
Google’s YouTube TV streaming service, which costs $40 per month, is a solid option, offering all five channels: ESPN, Fox, FS1, TBS, and MLB Network. Its flexible DVR setup could come in handy for afternoon games that start while you need to be in a big meeting at work or for those late-night home games for East Coast fans of West Coast teams.