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How to watch Chicago Cubs baseball in 2019 without cable



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Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez hope to lead the Chicago Cubs to the fifth season in a row.


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Led by Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber, the Chicago Cubs last year qualified for the MLB postseason for a franchise-record fourth season in a row – before losing to the Colorado Rockies in the Wild Card game to end their season. Jon Kris Bryant, Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels, the North Siders, are looking forward to make it five years in a row this season.

Cubs fans who happen to be cable TV cord cutters have a number of ways to watch the Cubbies when they can not get to Wrigley.

In 2019, Cubs games will be shown on NBC Sports Chicago, WGN-TV and ABC 7. According to MLB.com, NBC Sports Chicago wants to televise up to 83 Cubs games , WGN-TV wants to broadcast 45 games and ABC 7 wants to show 25 games.

All of the major live TV streaming services, starting with Sling TV for just $ 25 per month, offer NBC Sports Chicago, but only offer ABC 7 and none offer WGN TV.

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Sling TV ($ 25)

NBC Sports Chicago is included in Sling TV's $ 25-a-month Blue package, but no Sling package offers ABC 7. (The plan is currently discounted to $ 15 a month for the first three months , which gets you almost to the All-Star break.) You can check it out if you live in the right market for NBC Sports Chicago here.

For national broadcasts, Sling TV's Orange plan includes ESPN and ESPN2, and the Blue plan includes Fox and FS1. Both plans offer TBS. The MLB Network is also available as part of the Sports Extra add-on, which costs $ 5 a month for Sling Orange customers or $ 10 a month for Sling Blue customers.


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YouTube TV ($ 40) [19659011Italsoincludesthechannelsthatcarrynationalbaseballbroadcasts:ESPNESPN2FoxFS1MLBNetworkandTBSSeeitonYouTubeTV


Hulu with Live TV ($ 45)

Hulu with Live TV costs $ 45 A month and includes NBC Sports Chicago and ABC 7. Click the "View all channels in your area" link on its welcome page. ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1 and TBS but not MLB Network.


FuboTV ($ 45)

FuboTV costs $ 45 per month and includes NBC Sports Chicago for the local Chicago market, but it does not have ABC 7. It also offers Fox, FS1 and TBS for national broadcasts, but not ESPN, ESPN2 or MLB Network.


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PlayStation Vue ($ 50)

PlayStation Vue's $ 50-a-month core plan includes NBC Sports Chicago and ABC 7. The Core plan also includes ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1, and MLB Network TBS for national broadcasts.


See at PlayStation Vue


DirecTV Now ($ 50)

DirecTV Now's $ 50-a-month plus package includes NBC Sports Chicago and ABC 7. It also includes ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1 and TBS for national broadcasts but not the MLB Network. NBC Sports Chicago and ABC 7 are available where you live.


See at DirecTV Now


All of the live streaming services offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our massive streaming services guide .

Out-of-market Cubs streaming

If you're a Cubs fanatic, then you can not watch the Cubs on one of the local Chicago channels. You can, however, stream your games live with MLB.TV subscription.

You've got two options:

  • Pay $ 119 a year (or $ 25 a month) to play every out-of-market game live or on-demand, and the in-market (home) team with a 90-minute delay from the end of the game.
  • Pay $ 92 a year to watch a single, out-of-market team. In this case, your Chicago Cubs and nobody else.

Both MLB.TV plans also include streams of home and away radio broadcasts. The radio broadcasts are not subject to the blackout rule, so you can listen to home team games live.

Read more: How to watch baseball without cable for the 2019 MLB season


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