How to Watch the St. Louis Cardinals Online Without Cable

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Streaming Cardinals baseball is easier than ever thanks to streaming television services. Flixed has found the best options for watching your Redbirds.

Which Channels Stream Cardinals Baseball?

MLB games are broadcast nationally on ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1, TBS and the MLB Network. People living in Missouri as well as Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska can watch Cardinals games on Fox Sports Midwest.

For the most part, the streaming services carry all of the basic cable channels and the regional sports channels. You may need to upgrade to a better plan or buy an expansion pack to get full coverage.

Things get complicated with Fox. Streaming services haven’t always done a great job landing streaming rights with local network affiliates. As a result, you may or may not be able to stream Fox. It all depends on where you live and which streaming service you’re looking at. Fortunately, they all provide a zip code lookup tool, so you’ll know before you buy.

Streaming Services for Cardinals Fans

fuboTV

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Sports is the reason for fuboTV’s existence. It started out as a sports-only streaming service before it added more mainstream channels. Without a contract with ESPN, however, fuboTV can’t meet the needs of every Cardinals fan. fuboTV can only offer Fox, FS1 and TBS.  Fox Sports Midwest is available regionally.

Channels and packages

You get 85 channels with the basic fubo plan and 105 channels with the step-up fubo Extra plan. From the point of view of baseball fans, the upgrade doesn’t really get you anything. It just adds a few more lifestyle and news channels.

Features and extras

You can record thirty hours of content with fuboTV’s cloud DVR. If that isn’t enough, you can pay another $10 per month to get a full five hundred hours of recording time.

FuboTV caps your account at two simultaneous streams. Another upgrade will add a third device for $6 more.

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Devices based on Fire TV, Roku and Android TV.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: fuboTV recommends Chrome.

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Sling TV

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Sling TV has ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1 and TBS in its channel lineup. You can’t get the MLB Network. Fox Sports Midwest comes standard as long as you choose the right subscription plans.

Channels and packages

The only way to get the full lineup of Cardinals broadcasts is to subscribe to both the Sling Orange and Sling Blue plans.

  Sling Orange Sling Blue Sling Orange + Blue
Price $25 $25 $40
Channels 30+ 40+ 50+
Simultaneous Streams 1 3 4*
ESPN Yes No Yes
Fire TV Support Yes Yes Yes
Roku Support Yes Yes Yes
Special Offers FREE ROKU DEAL FREE ROKU DEAL FREE ROKU DEAL

* You get one stream with Sling Orange and up to 3 simultaneous streams with Sling Blue.

Features and extras

A cloud DVR does not come standard with a Sling TV subscription. You have to pay another $5 per month to unlock the ability to record up to fifty hours of content. When you compare Sling TV subscriptions to other services, be sure to build this upgrade into your costs. Every other service includes cloud DVR as a standard feature.

Your family will have to be careful which channels they are streaming during the big game. The number of devices you can use at the same time isn’t the same for every channel. Any channels that are exclusive to the Orange Plan fall under its single-stream limit. If your daughter is watching Paw Patrol on the Disney Channel, nobody else in the house can watch ESPN.

The only major streaming platform that Sling TV does not support is the PlayStation.

  • Living room devices: Azulle Mini PC Sticks, Air TV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Xaomi Mi TV.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Models based on Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Also, certain models from LG and Samsung.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

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Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV supports ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1 and TBS. Cardinals fans will miss out on games carried by the MLB Network. As long as you live within its coverage area, Fox Sports Midwest is part of Hulu’s standard package.

Channels and packages

Besides the fifty channels Hulu with Live TV’s $45-per-month subscription offers, you also get Hulu’s on-demand content. A $4-per-month “limited commercial” plan removes ads from just about every on-demand video. Livestreamed TV, of course, will have all of the ads.

Features and extras

Hulu with Live TV comes with a reasonable 50-hour cloud DVR which you can upgrade to 200 hours for another $15 on your monthly bill.

Simultaneous streaming is limited to two devices, although another $15 upgrade will expand that to three devices.

Hulu with Live TV will give you a $10 monthly discount if you get both of the abovementioned upgrades.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain Samsung and LG televisions as well as some devices based on Amazon Fire TV or Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.

DirecTV Now

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Depending on which subscription plan you choose, DirecTV Now will let you watch ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1, MLB Network and TBS. DirecTV Now offers Fox Sports Midwest to people living in its six-state coverage area.

Channels and packages

Cardinals fans can get almost every channel by choosing the basic Live a Little plan. To get the MLB Network and Fox Sports Midwest, however, you need at least the Just Right plan.

  • Live a Little: 65+ channels / $40 per month.
  • Just Right: 85+ channels / $55 per month.
  • Go Big: 105+ channels / $65 per month.
  • Gotta Have It: 125+ channels / $75 per month.
  • Todo y Más: 90+ spanish-language channels / $45 per month.

Features and extras

DirecTV Now’s cloud DVR comes with an anemic 20-hour recording limit. There is no upgrade available.

You can upgrade the simultaneous streaming limit to three devices from the standard two devices. This requires an extra $5 each month.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Samsung and Amazon Fire TV televisions.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None, but Xbox One support is “coming soon”.
  • Desktop browsers: DirecTV Now only streams to Chrome and Safari browsers. With Internet Explorer and Firefox, you can only manage your settings.

PlayStation Vue

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You can get every channel that broadcasts the Cardinals by subscribing to one of PlayStation Vue’s step-up subscription plans.

Channels and packages

If you can get by without Fox Sports Midwest, then Sony’s entry-level Access plan will meet your needs.

  • Access: 45+ channels for $45 per month.
  • Core: 70+ channels for $50 per month.
  • Elite: 94 channels for $60 per month.
  • Ultra: 96 channels for $80 per month.

Features and extras

PlayStation Vue includes a very strong set of premium features with all of its subscription plans. You get unlimited recording capacity on the cloud DVR, although those recordings do get deleted after a month. In addition, PlayStation Vue will let your household run five streams at the same time.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Televisions based on Amazon Fire TC, Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android, Amazon Fire Tablets and iOS.
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.

YouTube TV

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YouTube TV carries ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1, TBS and the MLB Network. In addition, Fox Sports Midwest is available regionally.

Channels and packages

About sixty channels come with YouTube TV’s $40 monthly subscription. When it comes to expanding the lineup, however, other services offer better deals. YouTube TV makes you subscribe to channels one-at-a-time rather than bundling them at a discount.

Where you’ll get the best value from YouTube TV is in its support for local network broadcasts. More than 90% of the people who live in YouTube TV’s coverage area can watch all four of their ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC stations.

Features and extras

YouTube TV doesn’t just give you unlimited cloud DVR. It lets you keep each recording for nine months. And with support for up to six user profiles, each person in your family can have their own video library.

The most notable downside is YouTube TV’s device support. Because of corporate battles between Amazon and Google, the Amazon Echo and Fire TV platforms cannot stream YouTube TV.

  • Living room devices: Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from HiSense, LG, Samsung and Sharp as well as televisions based on Android TV and Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.
Stream Cardinals Baseball on MLB.TV

You would think that MLB.TV would be the best way to stream the Cardinals, but that’s not the case. Major League Baseball’s streaming service is designed to let you watch all of the other teams. If you live anywhere near St. Louis, you won’t be able to stream the Cardinals game. On the other hand, Cardinals fans who live everywhere else will be able to stream just about every game.

Plans and coverage

The main subscription plan, All Teams, will cost you $119 per year or $25 per month. MLB.TV also offers a Single Team subscription plan for $92 per year. Both plans will renew automatically every March unless you cancel ahead of time.

The plans include live streams of all pre-season games and most regular season games. A separate postseason subscription plan will be the only way to watch the playoffs and World Series. All games are available on-demand within an hour and a half of the games’ end.

Blackout rules

Because of the revenue-generating TV contracts the league has signed, MLB.TV uses your location to black out games. Anybody living near St. Louis won’t be able to watch the Cardinals play at all. People living in Springfield, Illinois, will also get blocked from watching Cubs and White Sox games.

You won’t be able to stream ESPN’s weekend games either. That’s not as much of a deal since you will probably be able to use the ESPN app if you subscribe to a streaming service. With the exception of Sling TV, the login credentials from any of these streaming services unlock the ESPN app’s live streams.

Another kind of blackout may occur if two teams are tied at the end of the regular season. No MLB.TV subscribers will be allowed to live stream the “play-in” game that decides who goes into the playoffs.

Features

The MLB.TV subscription unlocks live streaming on the MLB website. Depending on the device, you can also stream through the MLB.TV app or the At Bat app.

  • Living room devices: MLB.TV app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Sticks and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: MLB.TV app for certain Samsung televisions and devices based on certain versions of Amazon Fire TV, Android TV or Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: At Bat app for Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: MLB.TV app for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.

You can get high-speed video running at 60 frames-per-second on iOS devices, Roku, Chromecast, the PlayStation and Xbox. Android-based platforms like the Amazon Fire TV or smartphones don’t have this feature.

If you get the All Teams plan, you will get to customize the video stream. You can watch your home team’s coverage or the away team’s coverage. You can also have as many as four games playing at the same time.

All plans include the ability to pause, rewind and fast forward. In addition, you can mute the audio from the TV announcers and overlay alternative audio feeds. You can either play the radio announcers or simply get an audio feed from the ballpark. Whenever a Spanish-language audio feed is available, you can play that as well.

Pitchcast lets you keep track of each pitcher’s stats throughout the game. Throw by throw, it tracks the type of pitch, how fast the ball flew, and where it passed relative to the plate.

A new feature that’s rolling out in 2019 is Catch-Up. If you are running late and launch the live stream after a game starts, Catch-Up will play a 90-second recap. It will highlight all the major plays you missed before switching over to the game in progress. This feature will only be available on the Apple TV at first, but will roll out to other platforms over the course of the season.

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