With the 2017 World Series headed to Houston, it’s time to figure out how the heck you’re going to enjoy the Fall Classic without cable. Never fear – we have you covered with everything you need to know about watching the World Series on NVIDIA SHIELD TV, even without cable.
SHIELD is a fan-favorite for cord cutters and there are several apps available on the device that make it incredibly easy for anyone to stream the World Series. With FOX playing host, your options for catching every moment without cable come in two basic categories: skinny bundles and over-the-air broadcasts. Let’s talk about those one at a time.
It wasn’t so long ago that the cord cutting movement relied almost entirely on streaming video on demand (SVOD) services. Mercifully, those days are behind us: it’s now easier than ever to stream live TV, too, and you can thank skinny bundles for that. Skinny bundles have taken the legacy pay TV model and improved it by delivering content over the internet and packaging channels into slimmer, more affordable bundles. Skinny bundles offer apps for mobile devices, computers, and streaming boxes like SHIELD.
Among the skinny bundles that will give you access to FOX World Series broadcasts are Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and fuboTV. It’s worth noting that live local broadcasts of FOX stations on these services vary by region, but checking out your coverage is a breeze thanks to the free trials offered by each of these services. A little more about each service option below.
Sling TV lets you live-stream cable TV channels with a monthly subscription that can be much cheaper than many cable packages. Its specialty is providing flexible subscription offerings however you will need the $25 per month “Sling Blue” package to watch the games. There’s a free trial, so you can try the service out for a week at no cost.
PlayStation Vue is another service that lets SHIELD owners watch cable channels, starting at $40 per month. With FOX available and a 5-day free trial, so you can it out while catching the rest of the series.
YouTube TV provides cable-free live TV and cloud DVR with over 40 networks, including FOX. The bundle is $35 per month and you can also take advantage of their free month trial. YouTube also comes with limitless cloud DVR and up to six accounts per household included. As of today, you’ll need to cast YouTube TV from your phone or tablet to SHIELD, however, the native app is expected to arrive soon.
FuboTV is a streaming service that will also let you watch FOX. However, this channel is available in select locations, so access will depend on where you live. The starting cost is $35 per month and also includes a cloud DVR, so you can record the games and not miss a moment of the action.
Every game of the 2017 World Series will air on FOX’s eponymous flagship network, and that’s good news for cord cutters. Why? Like all the major networks, FOX is transmitting free programming over-the-air as you read this. (Check out Antennas Direct to see if you get FOX broadcasts in your area.)
All you need to pick up an over-the-air FOX broadcasts is a nearby FOX affiliate, an over-the-air antenna, and a tuner. Once connected, you can use the Live Channels app on your SHIELD to watch the games for free. If you want to record the games, Plex and Tablo offer DVR services. You can learn more about these subscription services with help guides on Plex Live TV and DVR and Tablo Engine on SHIELD TV.
How you choose to watch the World Series on your SHIELD is up to you, but there is certainly no shortage of options. With a little pre-game prep, you’ll have your live feed ready before the teams take the field. Play ball!
(Ed. Note: You can read more of Stephen’s writing at cordcutting.com.)