How to watch the MLB World Series playoffs online

It’s been a rollercoaster of a year but at least we can count on the MLB postseason to keep running. This year’s World Series will begin on October 20 and finish on October 28 (assuming one team doesn’t sprint to victory in the final matches). Take a look below to find out how you can stream the 2020 World Series online from anywhere.

It’s important to note that we’ll only be recommending official MLB sources. Major sporting events almost always have unofficial streams, but these are usually only available in lower resolutions and have a tendency to be taken offline partway through. You can live stream MLB games in numerous different ways, so there’s no reason to use unlicensed sources.

The streaming channels which show the World Series are region-locked. This means you’ll need the help of a VPN to access your usual home services while traveling abroad.

How to watch the 2020 World Series online with a VPN

VPNs change your IP address, making it appear as though you’re in another country. This tricks region-locked streaming services into letting you watch from abroad. Still confused? Just follow the steps below to stream the MLB World Series from anywhere in the world.

Here’s how to watch the MLB World Series 2020 online from anywhere:

  1. First, sign up for a suitable VPN. We’ve briefly mentioned ExpressVPN already, but NordVPN and Surfshark are excellent low-cost, high-performance alternatives.
  2. Download and install the VPN software, taking care to get the correct version for your device’s operating system.
  3. Decide which of the official broadcasters below you’d like to use.
  4. Connect to a server in your source’s broadcast area. For example, you’d need an American server to watch on FOX or a British one to unblock BT Sport ESPN.
  5. Try loading video on your chosen site. It should load immediately, but if not, try clearing your cookies and refreshing the page or reloading your browser.

If you have time, we strongly recommend running through the steps above before the game you’d like to watch begins. This ensures you’ll have plenty of time to contact your VPN’s customer support team for help if anything doesn’t work as expected.

How to stream the MLB World Series on US TV

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There are three World Series broadcasters in the US: ESPN, TBS, and FOX Sports. All three of these channels are included in Sling TV’s Orange + Blue package, which costs $35 USD per month. This is by far the least expensive way to watch every MLB fixture.

Alternatively, you could sign up for Hulu with Live TV or YouTube TV but these cost $54.99 and $64.99 per month, respectively. Also, if your cable TV package already includes FOX Sports, you can sign in and start streaming right away at no additional cost.

All of the above services are geo-locked, meaning you can only access them from within the US or when connected to a US VPN server. ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, allowing you watch risk-free and claim a full refund if unsatisfied.

Where else can I stream the World Series online?

Baseball isn’t just an American pastime — it has fans all over the world. As a result, the 2020 MLB World Series is being broadcast in many different countries. Below, we’ll explain how you can watch every fixture live online wherever you are.

Canada

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Viewers in Canada can watch the World Series via Sportsnet, although you’ll have to log in using cable provider credentials. Don’t have cable? In that case, just sign up for a Sportsnet Now pass; these cost $19.99 CAD per month and will allow you to live stream every 2020 World Series match.

You can also catch the last game of the World Series on MLB.tv which costs a one-time fee of $24.99 for all postseason games.

Sportsnet is only available in Canada. As such, you’ll need connect to a Canadian VPN server to watch the World Series from abroad.

UK

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In the UK, BT Sport is the only official 2020 MLB World Series broadcaster. Happily, there’s now an online-only subscription that costs 25.99 per month. Once subscribed, you can watch the 2020 World Series online using the BT Sport app or website.

BT Sport is region-locked and only available in the UK. You can still access it from abroad using a British VPN server, though.

Latin America

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The MLB World Series will be broadcast across Latin American countries like Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Chile by FOX Sports Latin America and ESPN International. These platforms offer live streaming functionality in some countries but not others, so we recommend checking your regional ESPN or FOX Sports website to see if you’ll be able to stream these games online.

Middle East

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beIN Sports is the only official 2020 World Series broadcaster in the Middle East. If you live in a country such as Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Turkey, or the United Arab Emirates, you can stream every game live from $18 USD per month.

This service geo-blocks its streams, so you’ll have to be in a Middle Eastern country or using a VPN in order to watch.

Other locations

As the World Series matches are being shown in so many countries, we couldn’t list them all here. However, if your country hasn’t been mentioned above, you may be able to find a suitable local source on the MLB’s international broadcaster page.

Don’t forget, if you’re traveling and want to tune in to watch streams from back home, you can do so by connecting to a VPN server in the appropriate location.

MLB World Series FAQs

 

Can I stream the MLB playoffs with a free VPN?

Free VPNs can be appealing, but they actually come with some pretty significant disadvantages. For instance, as they have fewer servers and more users than most premium VPNs, they’re incapable of providing the same speeds. Streaming HD content, particularly if it’s live, is very data-intensive, and when using a free VPN, you’ll notice laggy playback, frequent lengthy buffering pauses, and perhaps even unexpected disconnection from the VPN. Further, most major streaming platforms blacklist free VPNs first, so there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to watch any MLB games at all.

There’s no easy way for most people to tell if they’re using a real VPN or just one of the many malware-carrying apps trying to capitalize on your desire to stay safe online. Even free VPN apps that don’t actively try to infect your system with malware might not be safe, with one study showing many lacked proper encryption and leak protection mechanisms. Sadly, even well-known services don’t guarantee your safety, as we saw when Hola sold its users’ bandwidth to help run a botnet.

The best way to protect yourself online is to use a quality VPN service with a history of standing up for its customers’ privacy.

Do I need a VPN even if there’s a suitable stream in my country?

Although you can technically watch the MLB playoffs without a VPN if your country has a suitable stream, we still recommend using one. In addition to greatly increasing your online security, VPN encryption prevents anyone, including your Internet Service Provider (ISP), network administrators, or malicious third parties, from seeing what you’re doing online.

This is particularly important if you’d like to watch events live. Several major ISPs have previously been caught throttling their customers’ speeds in a bid to discourage frequent streaming. When connected to a VPN, however, they can’t definitely say that you’re watching video. This makes it more difficult for your ISP to justify throttling your network speeds.

How do the MLB World Series playoffs work?

After each year’s 162-game regular baseball season, the top four teams from both the American and National Leagues play in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

These are knockout competitions, and at the end, the winners from each league progress to the World Series. This is a very straightforward event: these teams face off in a series of seven games, and the team that wins the most is crowned that year’s World Series Champion.