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

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. So the ability to stream games takes on added importance. (That's especially important if you've cut the cable-TV cord.)

If you have pay-TV service, you can stream the games online using your cable provider's free mobile app. These are the channels you need with your cable subscription to do that:

American League Division Series: FS1/MLB Network (starts Oct. 5)
National League Division Series: TBS (starts Oct. 6)
American League  Championship Series: Fox/FS1 (starts Oct. 13) 
National League  Championship Series: TBS (starts Oct. 14) 
World Series: Fox (starts Oct. 24) 

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 National League playoff broadcasts. 

MLB.TV Options

For a one-time fee of $24, MLB.TV's postseason package offers some exclusive features that will entice the serious fan. You can stream all the games live except for those ALDS and ALCS games on FS1, but only if you have a pay-TV account and your provider participates in MLB's authentication program. (See the complete list of participating TV providers.) If you've cut the cord or your provider isn't on the list, you can watch the games only on a 90-minute delay. 

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What are the advantages? The package supports more than 400 devices and features premium access to MLB.com's At Bat app, which includes video highlights, pitch tracking, and radio broadcasts. The package also includes access to the site's full library of archived and classic games as well as broadcasts of 2018 spring-training games. 

As a bonus for the serious fan, the MLB.TV package gives you access to Postseason.TV, which costs $4.99. This add-on for the TBS National League games allows you to essentially direct your own broadcast, giving you the option to switch between 10 raw-camera feeds and watch batting practice.

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.

Play Station VUE
If you’re committed to watching every inning of every postseason game, regardless of which team is playing, Play Station VUE is your best option.

The streaming service, which you access through an app on your online device (but not on your laptop), costs $44.99 a 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.

DirectTV Now
AT&T offers Direct TV Now, a streaming service that's separate from the satellite TV subscription. For baseball fans, the Just Right package, which costs $50 a month, includes options for Fox, TBS, the MLB Network, and ESPN, but not FS1.

The service is an especially good deal for AT&T wireless subscribers, who get a $25 monthly discount. 

Hulu With Live TV
For $39.99 a month, Hulu With Live TV is a strong contender. The service provides most of the stations that a baseball fan will want this October: Fox, FS1, and TBS. 

The MLB Network, which will carry some of the American League Division Series games, however, isn't an option, and Hulu.com's browser-based access for live TV on a laptop is still in its beta version. 

Sling
Sling's streaming service is cheaper than the others, but it offers a more limited selected of playoff games.

The Orange package, which costs $19.95 a month, gets you TBS but not Fox or FS1. For $25 a month, the Sling Blue package adds Fox and FS1. Neither service gives you the option of adding the MLB Network.

Fubo
This new streaming service is targeted at the sports fan but falls short for the baseball playoffs.

For a modest $19.99 a month, Fubo gets you Fox and FS1 but not TBS or MLB, which are necessary for watching the NL Division Series and League Championships Series.

YouTube TV
Google’s YouTube TV streaming service, which costs $35 a month, offers Fox and FS1 but not TBS, which carries all three rounds of the National League playoffs, or the MLB Network, which will air some ALDS games.

On the other hand, 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 the Los Angeles Dodgers or Arizona Diamondbacks.