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How to watch the 2018 MLB playoffs online

Don't miss a single game.


Austin Powell


Posted on Oct 2, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 5:07 am CDT

It’s finally October, and you know what that means. If you want to watch the MLB playoffs online in their entirety, you’re going to need a live TV streaming package that offers ESPN, TBS, FS1, MLB Network, and Fox, which is exclusively hosting the 2018 World Series. Thankfully, you have options. We’ve included a complete TV schedule of 2018 MLB playoff games through the World Series below, so you’ll now what you need and when to watch, regardless of who you’re cheering for. Here’s everything you need to stream the MLB playoffs.

MLB playoffs 2018 live stream: 6 ways to watch online

1) Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV doesn’t provide a way to watch MLB Network, but it has all the rest of the essentials for streaming the MLB playoffs and World Series—and then some. The 40-plus channel package includes a full suite of ESPN channels, CNN, TBS, and Cartoon Network—and complimentary access to Hulu’s full on-demand catalog. (You can find the full list of Hulu Live TV channels and add-ons here.) 

Game-changing feature: Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s on-demand library, meaning you can catch up on all of your favorite shows. (Here are our picks best movies on Hulu, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals.)


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Hulu with Live TV channels

2) FuboTV 

FuboTV, a sports-centric streaming service, has one glaring hole in its channel offerings: the ESPN network. But if you don’t mind missing the Wild Card round and plan on watching the National League Division Series via FS1 and not the MLB Network, FuboTV will still get the job done—and it’s the only service that offers FS1 in 4K. Plus, you get plenty of other sports channels once the World Series is over, including NFL Network, NBA TV, NBCSN, the Pac-12 Network, and plenty more. (Here’s the complete list of FuboTV channels and add-ons.)

Game-changing feature: Three-day replay for games and 30 hours of cloud DVR.


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FuboTV FuboTV


3) Sling TV

Sling TV is usually the cheapest option for streaming entertainment, but not in this case. In order to get both FS1 and the ESPN channels, you’ll have to upgrade to Sling Orange + Blue (shown below) for $40 per month, and even then, you won’t get MLB Network (and it’s not available as an add-on). That said, there’s still a lot to love about Sling TV. It offers almost all of your cable essentials (AMC, FX, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN), and it’s one of the easiest services to use. (You can find a full list of Sling TV channels here.)

Game-changing feature: Price. Sling TV offers the most news for the least amount of money.


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Sling Orange + Blue Sling TV


4) YouTube TV

As the returning sponsor of the World Series, it makes sense that YouTube TV is one of the best ways to stream the MLB playoffs. Its channel package (there’s only one option) includes everything you’ll need: FS1, TBS, ESPN, and even MLB Network, but you’ll want to double check that Fox is available in your area. If it’s not, you can still use your subscription credentials with the Fox Sports Go app and stream from there. Plus you get all sorts of other great sports channels, including Big Ten Network, NBC’s Golf Channel, and NBCSN, SEC Network Extra, and NBA TV. (Here’s a breakdown of the full YouTube TV channel lineup.)

Game-changing feature: You can add up to six accounts per household, and each one of those accounts get unlimited cloud DVR. Even better: You can fast-forward through ads in recorded programs.

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YouTube TV channels YouTube TV

5) PlayStation Vue

To include MLB Network in your channel package, you’ll have to upgrade to Core, one of four tiers of service PlayStation Vue offers. (Its entry-level Access package is only $5 cheaper, at $44.99 per month.) That’ll ensure you’re able to watch every single game of the 2018 MLB playoffs online, and you’ll have unlimited cloud DVR in case you need to record one of them to watch later. With PlayStation Vue, you’ll get many of the same channels featured above, along with Disney, Syfy and more. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here.

Game-changing feature: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s unlimited cloud DVR.


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PlayStation Vue


6) Fox Sports Go

Cost: Free to download

Devices: Apple TV, iPad, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Roku, iOS and Android devices (full list here)

If you’re going to be on the move for any portion of the 2018 MLB playoffs, you should really consider downloading the Fox Sports Go app. Not only will it allow you to live stream all of the games from FS1 and those airing on your local Fox affiliate, it unlocks all of the Fox channels that are available via your cable or live TV streaming package above, like FS2, Fox College Sports, and Fox Deportes. It’s an intuitive, fluid app, compatible with most streaming devices, and absolutely worth downloading as a backup plan.

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Fox Sports

MLB playoff schedule 2018

We’ll update this MLB playoff schedule for 2018 as teams advance. All times are ET.

Wild Card round

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8pm: Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs | ESPN

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8pm: Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees | ESPN

National League Division Series

Thursday, Oct. 4: Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers, Game 1 | FS1 or MLB Network

Thursday, Oct. 4: Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers, Game 1 | FS1 or MLB Network

Friday, Oct. 5: Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers, Game 2 | FS1 or MLB Network

Friday, Oct. 5: Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers, Game 2 | FS1 or MLB Network

Sunday, Oct. 7: Milwaukee Brewers atColorado Rockies/Chicago Cubs, Game 3 | FS1 or MLB Network

Sunday, Oct. 7: Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves, Game 3 | FS1 or MLB Network

Monday, Oct. 8: Milwaukee Brewers at Colorado Rockies, Game 4* | FS1

Monday, Oct. 8: Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves, Game 4* | FS1

Wednesday, Oct. 10: Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers, Game 5* | FS1

Wednesday, Oct. 10: Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers, Game 5* | FS1

American League Division Series

Friday, Oct. 5: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox, Game 1, TBS

Friday, Oct. 5: Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros, Game 1, TBS

Saturday, Oct. 6: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox, Game 2, TBS

Saturday, Oct. 6: Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros, Game 2, TBS

Monday, Oct. 8: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, Game 3, TBS

Monday, Oct. 8: Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians, Game 3, TBS

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees* | Game 4, TBS

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians* | Game 4, TBS

Thursday, Oct. 11: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox* | Game 5, TBS

Thursday, Oct. 11: Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros* | Game 5, TBS

National League Championship Series

Friday, Oct. 12: NLCS Game 1, Fox or FS1

Saturday, Oct. 13: NLCS Game 2 | Fox or FS1

Monday, Oct. 15: NLCS Game 3 | Fox or FS1

Tuesday, Oct. 16: NLCS Game 4 | Fox or FS1

Wednesday, Oct. 17: NLCS Game 5* | Fox or FS1

Friday, Oct. 19: NLCS Game 6* | Fox or FS1

Saturday, Oct. 20: NLCS Game 7* |  Fox or FS1

American League Championship Series

Saturday, Oct. 13: ALCS Game 1 | TBS

Sunday, Oct. 14: ALCS Game 2 | TBS

Tuesday, Oct. 16: ALCS Game 3 | TBS

Wednesday, Oct. 17: ALCS Game 4 | TBS

Thursday, Oct. 18: ALCS Game 5* | TBS

Saturday, Oct. 20: ALCS Game 6* | TBS

Saturday, Oct. 21: ALCS Game 7* | TBS

World Series

Tuesday, Oct. 23: Game 1 | Fox

Wednesday, Oct. 24: Game 2 | Fox

Friday, Oct. 26: Game 3 | Fox

Saturday, Oct. 27: Game 4 | Fox

Sunday, Oct. 28: Game 5* | Fox

Tuesday, Oct. 30: Game 6* | Fox

Wednesday, Oct. 31: Game 7* |Fox

* If necessary

New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, ESPN, AMC, FX, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, FS1, Golf Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube.

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*First Published: Oct 2, 2018, 4:00 pm CDT