CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The struggle is real to find out how you can watch the Indians in the 2017 MLB ALDS playoffs. The problem is depending on what cable you have, or dish, or streaming, and what packages you have the answer is different for just about everyone.
Some fans will be caught unaware when they go to turn on their normal channel for the Indians and it's not there. That's because Fox Sports Ohio does not have the contract for the playoffs.
Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
Friday, 5:00 p.m., Major League Baseball Network (MLBN)
Sunday, Time TBD, FS1
Monday, Time TBD, FS1
Wednesday, Time TBD, FS1
Depending on which cable, satellite or "cord cutting" non-cable option you have will dictate whether you'll even be able to watch. It will all come down to which cable provider you have and which package you have. What we're finding is most companies will give you FS1 on one level, but it would take an upgrade to get the MLB network. But there's good news here.
MLB network reached out to Cleveland 19 to inform us they will be giving a free preview of the channel Oct. 4-11 for the following cable providers so fans can see the Tribe in the ALDS:
- AT&T U-Verse
- Comcast (XFINITY)
- DIRECTV Now
- Verizon FiOS.
You can find what channel the MLB Network is on here.
Spectrum/Time Warner: The TV Select package (basic cable) has FS1 but not MLB Network. The Silver package has MLB Network.
Dish Network The America's Top 120 package (basic package) comes with FS1. MLB Network is on America's Top 200 package.
A T & T U-verse The U-Family package is the basic but does not have FS1. To get FS1 you need the next level up which is the U200 package. To get the MLB network you have to upgrade to the U300 package.
For cord cutters, the term used for people who have gotten rid of cable altogether, the process of watching the Tribe is even more difficult. In most cases to sign onto the MLB Network and other cable channels using a tablet or laptop, you can only sign in with your cable login. Which you don't have because you cut the cord. For you you're going to have to sign-up for a streaming service. If you play the game right there are a lot of services that give a week or even a month free trial. Technically you can sign-up and cancel after the first round.
Even in this case you'll need to find out which package you need to buy to get both channels. There's a great website that tells you exactly which one and how much it will cost to get both FS1 and MLBN called suppose.tv and we've got it keyed in already for Northeast Ohio here.
Here are some of the other options:
Sling TV offers FS1 on its blue package, which is the second tier. They do not offer the MLB network on either of it's orange or blue packages.
YouTubeTV has just been released for the Cleveland area. For $35 a month you will get FS1. You could get around paying for it by singing up for the 1 month free and then cancel by the end of the month.