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2023 MLB Playoffs: How to Watch Wild Card Games Online for Free Without Cable

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Play ball! The official 2023 MLB Playoffs are in full swing, and there are several ways to watch and stream games on ESPN, ABC and more.

The MLB’s Wild Card schedule includes the Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays facing off Wednesday (Oct. 4) at 3:08 p.m. ET on ABC. Other Wild Card games include the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies.

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Baseball fans can stream with ease on DirecTV. The streaming platform offers a 5-day free trial at sign up, which means you won’t have to pay out of pocket for nearly a week.

Keep reading for more ways to stream the 2023 MLB Playoffs from anywhere.

MLB Playoffs: How to Stream for Free

The 2023 MLB Playoffs will be available on ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC, TBS, Fox and FS1. Wild Card games will air on ABC and ESPN. Though select games will air locally others will only be available on cable channels, but you don’t need cable to watch free.

You can access local channels with a digital antenna, and if you want a streaming packages that has it all in one place, get a free trail from DirecTV or Fubo.

DirecTV’s streaming packages currently start at $65/month. For a limited time, subscribers can receive a $100, $200, $300 or $400 reward card depending on the streaming package.

Other MLB streaming options include SlingTV, which offers multiple sports packages and Hulu + Live TV, which is on sale for $50/month for three months — offer ends next week. Hulu + Live TV includes 90+ channels, in addition to Hulu and Disney+ streaming libraries.

How to Watch MLB.TV on Prime Video

Fans have the option of enjoying games in person, but if you’re more inclined to watch the MLB playoffs from the couch, then you might be interested in MLB.TV.

With MLB.TV on Prime Video, baseball fans stream MLB games on a smart TV, computer, phone and other compatible devices. For Prime members, Amazon’s streaming arm is an easy choice as the platform offers a free trial to MLB.TV. Baseball fans can also land a free trial to Prime Video and MLB.com to stream games instantly without paying up front. MLB.TV on Prime Video is $29.99/year after a 7-day free trial.

MLB.TV is a subscription package that lets you watch and stream thousands of major and minor league games live and on demand. You’ll get live access to out-of-market feeds for all regular season MLB games that aren’t subject to regional, national or another kind of blackout.

According to Amazon, live regular season games included in the subscription will feature out-of-market teams only. Unfortunately, nationally televised games and local team games televised in your area including MLB playoff games, the World Series and the All-Star Game are not be available for live streaming with MLB.TV but you can stream on-demand.

MLB Playoffs Schedule: Wild Card Games

The first round of MLB Will Card games will take place from Oct. 3-6. See the schedule below.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

TEX vs. TB, Game 2, 3:08 p.m. ET (ABC)
TOR vs. MIN, Game 2, 4:38 p.m. ET (ESPN)
AZ vs. MIL, Game 2, 7:08 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
MIA vs. PHI, Game 2, 8:08 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Thursday’s Wild Card games will start at 4:38 p.m. ET on ESPN. Select games will also air on ESPN and ESPN2.

How to Watch MLB Games on Fubo, ESPN+ and More

When it comes to nationally televised MLB games, there are plenty of ways to watch and stream without cable or satellite such as FuboTV, Vidgo, DirectTV Stream, Sling, Hulu + Live TV, Roku devices and ExpressVPN, if you’re streaming internationally.

Can you watch MLB on YouTube TV? Although YouTube dropped MLB Network in January, baseball lovers can stream the playoffs live on cable and local channels.

Meanwhile, ESPN+ carries select MLB games, Little League World Series, classic MLB highlights and more from the vault for $9.99/month.

ESPN+
$9.99/month

The price will increase to $10.99/month next week, but you can lock in a cheaper rate by subscribing to an annual plan for $99.99 before the price goes up to $109.99 on Oct. 12.

See more MLB and NCAA baseball games available on ESPN+ here.

How to Watch MLB Games on Apple TV+

Friday Night Baseball returned to Apple TV+ on April 7 with a double header between the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves. With Apple TV+, fans can catch live look-ins and in-game highlights every weeknight on MLB Big Inning. Other MLB-related content including Countdown to First PitchMLB Daily Recap and MLB This Week.

Baseball lovers can also stream replays and game recaps from last season, classic games, highlights and more in addition to other sports like Major League Soccer, which is available on Apple TV+ and as a solo platform. Apple TV+ is $6.99/month after a free trial for your first week.

MLB Merch: Where to Buy

Want more baseball goodies? For officially licensed gear celebrating your favorite teams, hit up Fanatics, Dick’s Sporting Goods and the MLB Shop. Other MLB products and apparel can be found at major retailers such as Amazon, Kohl’s and Walmart.

October is a fine time to upgrade your TV. Right now, shoppers can enjoy deep discounts on Samsung, Hisense, LG, Fire TVs and more at retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart. Find more sales here.

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