How to Watch the Chicago White Sox Without Cable

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It’s easy for Chicago White Sox fans to cut the cord. But how you go about that depends on where you live. Read on to learn all the details.

In a hurry? If you live outside the White Sox blackout area, your best choice is to sign up with MLB.TV. Local fans will be taken care of with these live TV streaming services:

  • DIRECTV STREAM: Get everything to watch the regular and post-season games with the Choice plan. A 5-day free trial is now available for DIRECTV STREAM.
  • FuboTV: If you like lots of sports besides MLB, this is the service for you. FuboTV allows you to try out its service free for 7 days.
  • Hulu + Live TV: Our favorite overall streaming service provides excellent coverage of the White Sox.

The White Sox are the pride of Chicago’s South Side and have cultivated a fan base that goes far beyond the Windy City. And the team has had some success on the field as of late as well. It claimed the AL Central Division title in 2021 after recording a 93-69 record that season. What will the future hold for the Sox?

If you would like to see what that future is, make sure that you have access to NBC Sports Chicago’s White Sox broadcasts. This can be done for cord-cutters in and near Chicago through DIRECTV STREAM ($89.99/mo), Hulu + Live TV ($69.99/mo), FuboTV ($69.99/mo), and YouTube TV ($64.99/mo).

Those who are not in this region can watch many of those same broadcasts through MLB.TV ($24.99/mo).

About the White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are one of Major League Baseball‘s oldest franchises, originally serving as an American League founding member in 1901. However, the team’s success rate has been low throughout its history. In fact, making the playoffs in 2020 and 2021 marked the first time that the White Sox had played in back-to-back postseasons in franchise history.

It had some success the first couple decades of the 20th century, claiming American League pennants in 1906, 1917, and 1919 and World Series championships in 1906 and 1917. Another pennant and a World Series defeat followed in 1959. Succeeding playoff appearances occurred in 1983, 1993, and 2000.

And then 2005 is a year that will long live in the annals of White Sox history as Chicago ran through the postseason with an 11-1 record while claiming the Fall Classic with a four-game sweep of the Astros. That is still the club’s only World Series title since 1917.

A playoff appearance followed in 2008. Then, in 2021, Chicago rode its 93-69 record into the postseason but fell to the Astros in the Division Series, 3-1.

Chicago White Sox
Cropped from Chicago White Sox by Ken Lund under CC BY-SA 2.0.

White Sox TV Channels

The White Sox will most likely feature on regional or national television at times throughout the season. This can include Saturday games on Fox and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball contests. It is possible that games could also air on NBC or ABC.

Other possibilities include Fox Sports 1 (FS1), TBS, and MLB Network. Keep in mind that a few matchups may only be available online, through Apple TV+ and Peacock Premium.

With all of that said, the vast majority of games played by Chicago will be broadcast locally on NBC Sports Chicago with a small handful bumped to NBC Sports Chicago+ due to broadcasting conflicts with the Bulls or Blackhawks.

This network is available throughout most of Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa and in portions of Michigan and Wisconsin. But note that White Sox broadcasts are blacked out in Michigan.

Watching the White Sox

There are many ways to watch the White Sox without cable.

Antenna

Utilizing an antenna will ensure that you can watch all over-the-air broadcasts of White Sox games. These include all World Series contests that the team may play in — Fox broadcasts the Fall Classic every year. But you will also be able to watch regular-season matchups that are shown on Fox, ABC, and NBC.

Streaming

This is the best way to watch the whole season. It may take a few services but you should be able to watch every game.

Live TV Streaming Services

Four streaming services provide access to NBC Sports Chicago:

  • DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV): Provides everyone who subscribes to its Choice plan ($89.99/mo) or a higher one with all regional sports networks that they are eligible to receive based on their location. For those in Chicago, this includes NBC Sports Chicago and Marquee Sports Network, the latter one offering Chicago Cubs broadcasts. It also features ESPN, TBS, FS1, MLB Network, and ABC, NBC, and Fox affiliates. All plans come with unlimited cloud DVR (online sign-up) and streaming on up to 20 devices at once. (DIRECTV STREAM review)
  • Hulu + Live TV: Its plan ($69.99/mo) not only offers NBC Sports Chicago to its subscribers in that part of the country, but it also provides access to ESPN+. However, note that the MLB Network is not available. It comes with unlimited cloud DVR with 9 months of storage and streaming on two devices. (Hulu + Live TV review)
  • FuboTV: Its plan ($69.99/mo) offers both NBC Sports Chicago and the Marquee Sports Network to subscribers in those channels’ broadcast areas, making this a solid choice for Chicago-focused baseball fans. Note that TBS is not available. It does come with 1,000 hours of cloud DVR and streaming on up to 10 devices. (FuboTV review)
  • YouTube TV: For $64.99/mo White Sox fans get NBC Sports Chicago as well as local network affiliates and ESPN, FS1, MLB Network, and TBS.

A couple of other options, ones that do not carry NBC Sports Chicago, to consider for baseball watching include Sling TV ($35/mo) and Vidgo ($59.95/mo).

Specialty Streaming Services

Many on-demand services stream an increasing amount of live sports:

  • Apple TV+ ($4.99/mo): Will most likely be a must-purchase if you want to watch every White Sox game as the club will probably be featured on its exclusive online broadcasts at least once.
  • Peacock Premium ($4.99/mo): May also showcase the White Sox in its exclusive online broadcasts. (Peacock review)
  • ESPN+ ($6.99/mo): Offers streaming access to a wide variety of baseball games, but note that most are subject to blackouts, which would, for example, negatively affect the availability of its White Sox-related streams in Chicago. (ESPN+ review)

MLB.TV

If you are not located in the Chicago White Sox’s blackout area, you should consider subscribing to MLB.TV ($24.99/mo of $139.99/yr) as you can watch most of the team’s NBC Sports Chicago-broadcast games there. You can pay slightly less ($119.99/yr) for a single-team plan.

Note that the White Sox’ blackout region covers much or all of Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana plus parts of Wisconsin. Also keep in mind that White Sox games against any teams local to you are blacked out.

Live Stream Chicago White Sox With These Devices

All the principal streaming services allow you to stream White Sox games live using the following devices:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android mobile devices
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • iOS mobile devices
  • Roku
  • Samsung smart TVs
  • Web browsers.

They also all (except DIRECTV STREAM) support Android TV devices and Xbox gaming systems. PlayStation units are also widely supported

For complete lists, see our streaming reviews.

Wrapping Up

The Chicago White Sox may not have the biggest fan base in baseball, but its fan base is amongst the most dedicated. If you are a member, you most likely want to get access to NBC Sports Chicago through a multi-channel streaming service. We recommend DIRECTV STREAM ($89.99/mo). Or, if you are outside the area, get an MLB.TV subscription ($24.99/mo).

FAQs

Where can I watch tonight’s White Sox game?

In most cases, you simply need to turn to NBC Sports Chicago to watch tonight’s White Sox game. If it is not carried by that regional sports network, it could be available in one of several other places. These include your Fox, NBC, or ABC affiliate, TBS, ESPN, FS1, or MLB Network. Or it might be online through Peacock Premium or Apple TV+.

What radio station are the White Sox on?

Are you in or near Chicago? If yes, tune into 1200 AM (WRTO) for the game. If you are situated elsewhere in Illinois, there probably are one or more nearby radio stations broadcasting this club’s games while stations on the Chicago White Sox Radio Network are located in Iowa and Indiana as well. You can also subscribe to MLB Radio ($2.99/mo) and listen to those same broadcasts online.

How do I watch the White Sox for free?

If you have an antenna, you can watch the White Sox play for free whenever they are broadcast on Fox, ABC, or NBC, appearances on Fox being much more likely than ones on ABC or NBC. Conversely, if you are outside of the team’s blackout region, you can periodically watch the White Sox play when they feature on the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day.

How do I watch White Sox games on my phone?

If you have access to NBC Sports Chicago, download the MyTeams by NBC Sports app and log in with your credentials to watch White Sox games on your phone. You can also watch directly on your live TV streaming service’s app. MLB.TV subscribers can do the same with the MLB app. Also consider utilizing related apps such as the ESPN app to watch Chicago play.

What is the 2022 White Sox schedule?

This season, the White Sox play Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Guardians, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, and San Diego Padres.

Here is the regular season schedule for the Chicago White Sox. The games should be on NBC Sports Chicago and MLB.TV unless otherwise indicated. All the times are EDT.

  • Fri Apr 8 1:10 pm: @ Tigers
  • Sat Apr 9 1:10 pm: @ Tigers
  • Sun Apr 10 1:10 pm: @ Tigers
  • Tue Apr 12 4:10 pm: vs Mariners
  • Wed Apr 13 7:10 pm: vs Mariners (MLBN)
  • Thu Apr 14 2:10 pm: vs Mariners
  • Fri Apr 15 7:10 pm: vs Rays (Apple TV+)
  • Sat Apr 16 2:10 pm: vs Rays
  • Sun Apr 17 2:10 pm: vs Rays
  • Mon Apr 18 6:10 pm: @ Guardians
  • Tue Apr 19 6:10 pm: @ Guardians
  • Wed Apr 20 6:10 pm: @ Guardians
  • Thu Apr 21 1:10 pm: @ Guardians
  • Fri Apr 22 8:10 pm: @ Twins
  • Sat Apr 23 4:05 pm: @ Twins (FS1)
  • Sun Apr 24 2:10 pm: @ Twins
  • Tue Apr 26 7:10 pm: vs Royals
  • Wed Apr 27 7:10 pm: vs Royals
  • Thu Apr 28 2:10 pm: vs Royals
  • Fri Apr 29 7:10 pm: vs Angels
  • Sat Apr 30 4:05 pm: vs Angels (FS1)
  • Sun May 1 2:10 pm: vs Angels
  • Mon May 2 2:10 pm: vs Angels
  • Tue May 3 7:40 pm: @ Cubs
  • Wed May 4 7:40 pm: @ Cubs
  • Fri May 6 7:10 pm: @ Red Sox (Apple TV+)
  • Sat May 7 4:10 pm: @ Red Sox
  • Sun May 8 11:35 am: @ Red Sox (NBC,Peacock)
  • Mon May 9 8:10 pm: vs Guardians
  • Tue May 10 8:10 pm: vs Guardians
  • Wed May 11 2:10 pm: vs Guardians
  • Thu May 12 8:10 pm: vs Yankees
  • Fri May 13 8:10 pm: vs Yankees
  • Sat May 14 7:10 pm: vs Yankees
  • Sun May 15 2:10 pm: vs Yankees
  • Mon May 16 8:10 pm: @ Royals
  • Tue May 17 2:10 pm: @ Royals
  • Tue May 17 7:10 pm: @ Royals
  • Wed May 18 8:10 pm: @ Royals
  • Thu May 19 2:10 pm: @ Royals
  • Fri May 20 7:05 pm: @ Yankees
  • Sat May 21 1:05 pm: @ Yankees
  • Sun May 22 7:08 pm: @ Yankees (ESPN)
  • Tue May 24 8:10 pm: vs Red Sox
  • Wed May 25 8:10 pm: vs Red Sox
  • Thu May 26 8:10 pm: vs Red Sox
  • Sat May 28 7:15 pm: vs Cubs (Fox)
  • Sun May 29 2:10 pm: vs Cubs
  • Tue May 31 7:07 pm: @ Blue Jays
  • Wed Jun 1 7:07 pm: @ Blue Jays
  • Thu Jun 2 3:07 pm: @ Blue Jays
  • Fri Jun 3 7:10 pm: @ Rays
  • Sat Jun 4 4:10 pm: @ Rays
  • Sun Jun 5 1:40 pm: @ Rays
  • Tue Jun 7 8:10 pm: vs Dodgers (TBS)
  • Wed Jun 8 8:10 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Thu Jun 9 2:10 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Fri Jun 10 8:10 pm: vs Rangers
  • Sat Jun 11 2:10 pm: vs Rangers
  • Sun Jun 12 2:10 pm: vs Rangers
  • Mon Jun 13 7:10 pm: @ Tigers
  • Tue Jun 14 7:10 pm: @ Tigers
  • Wed Jun 15 1:10 pm: @ Tigers
  • Fri Jun 17 8:10 pm: @ Astros (Apple TV+)
  • Sat Jun 18 4:10 pm: @ Astros
  • Sun Jun 19 2:10 pm: @ Astros
  • Mon Jun 20 8:10 pm: vs Blue Jays
  • Tue Jun 21 8:10 pm: vs Blue Jays
  • Wed Jun 22 2:10 pm: vs Blue Jays
  • Thu Jun 23 8:10 pm: vs Orioles
  • Fri Jun 24 8:10 pm: vs Orioles
  • Sat Jun 25 2:10 pm: vs Orioles
  • Sun Jun 26 2:10 pm: vs Orioles
  • Mon Jun 27 9:38 pm: @ Angels
  • Tue Jun 28 9:38 pm: @ Angels
  • Wed Jun 29 9:38 pm: @ Angels
  • Fri Jul 1 10:15 pm: @ Giants
  • Sat Jul 2 4:05 pm: @ Giants
  • Sun Jul 3 4:05 pm: @ Giants
  • Mon Jul 4 8:10 pm: vs Twins
  • Tue Jul 5 8:10 pm: vs Twins
  • Wed Jul 6 2:10 pm: vs Twins
  • Thu Jul 7 8:10 pm: vs Tigers
  • Fri Jul 8 8:10 pm: vs Tigers
  • Sat Jul 9 2:10 pm: vs Tigers
  • Sun Jul 10 2:10 pm: vs Tigers
  • Mon Jul 11 7:10 pm: @ Guardians
  • Tue Jul 12 7:10 pm: @ Guardians
  • Wed Jul 13 7:10 pm: @ Guardians
  • Thu Jul 14 7:40 pm: @ Twins
  • Fri Jul 15 8:10 pm: @ Twins
  • Sat Jul 16 2:10 pm: @ Twins
  • Sun Jul 17 2:10 pm: @ Twins
  • Fri Jul 22 8:10 pm: vs Guardians
  • Sat Jul 23 7:15 pm: vs Guardians (Fox)
  • Sun Jul 24 2:10 pm: vs Guardians
  • Tue Jul 26 8:40 pm: @ Rockies
  • Wed Jul 27 3:10 pm: @ Rockies
  • Fri Jul 29 8:10 pm: vs Athletics
  • Sat Jul 30 7:15 pm: vs Athletics (Fox)
  • Sun Jul 31 2:10 pm: vs Athletics
  • Mon Aug 1 8:10 pm: vs Royals
  • Tue Aug 2 8:10 pm: vs Royals
  • Wed Aug 3 2:10 pm: vs Royals
  • Thu Aug 4 8:05 pm: @ Rangers
  • Fri Aug 5 8:05 pm: @ Rangers
  • Sat Aug 6 7:05 pm: @ Rangers
  • Sun Aug 7 2:35 pm: @ Rangers
  • Tue Aug 9 8:10 pm: @ Royals
  • Wed Aug 10 2:10 pm: @ Royals
  • Wed Aug 10 8:10 pm: @ Royals
  • Thu Aug 11 2:10 pm: @ Royals
  • Fri Aug 12 7:10 pm: vs Tigers
  • Sat Aug 13 7:10 pm: vs Tigers
  • Sun Aug 14 2:10 pm: vs Tigers
  • Mon Aug 15 8:10 pm: vs Astros (FS1)
  • Tue Aug 16 8:10 pm: vs Astros
  • Wed Aug 17 8:10 pm: vs Astros
  • Thu Aug 18 2:10 pm: vs Astros
  • Fri Aug 19 7:10 pm: @ Guardians
  • Sat Aug 20 7:10 pm: @ Guardians
  • Sun Aug 21 1:40 pm: @ Guardians (Peacock)
  • Mon Aug 22 2:10 pm: @ Royals
  • Tue Aug 23 7:05 pm: @ Orioles
  • Wed Aug 24 7:05 pm: @ Orioles (FS1)
  • Thu Aug 25 7:05 pm: @ Orioles
  • Fri Aug 26 8:10 pm: vs D-backs
  • Sat Aug 27 7:10 pm: vs D-backs
  • Sun Aug 28 2:10 pm: vs D-backs
  • Tue Aug 30 8:10 pm: vs Royals
  • Wed Aug 31 8:10 pm: vs Royals
  • Thu Sep 1 2:10 pm: vs Royals
  • Fri Sep 2 8:10 pm: vs Twins
  • Sat Sep 3 7:10 pm: vs Twins
  • Sun Sep 4 2:10 pm: vs Twins
  • Mon Sep 5 6:40 pm: @ Mariners
  • Tue Sep 6 9:40 pm: @ Mariners
  • Wed Sep 7 4:10 pm: @ Mariners
  • Thu Sep 8 9:40 pm: @ Athletics
  • Fri Sep 9 9:40 pm: @ Athletics
  • Sat Sep 10 4:07 pm: @ Athletics
  • Sun Sep 11 4:07 pm: @ Athletics
  • Tue Sep 13 8:10 pm: vs Rockies
  • Wed Sep 14 8:10 pm: vs Rockies
  • Fri Sep 16 7:10 pm: @ Tigers
  • Sat Sep 17 6:10 pm: @ Tigers
  • Sun Sep 18 1:10 pm: @ Tigers
  • Tue Sep 20 8:10 pm: vs Guardians
  • Wed Sep 21 8:10 pm: vs Guardians
  • Thu Sep 22 8:10 pm: vs Guardians
  • Fri Sep 23 8:10 pm: vs Tigers
  • Sat Sep 24 7:10 pm: vs Tigers
  • Sun Sep 25 2:10 pm: vs Tigers
  • Tue Sep 27 7:40 pm: @ Twins
  • Wed Sep 28 7:40 pm: @ Twins
  • Thu Sep 29 1:10 pm: @ Twins
  • Fri Sep 30 9:40 pm: @ Padres
  • Sat Oct 1 8:40 pm: @ Padres
  • Sun Oct 2 4:10 pm: @ Padres
  • Mon Oct 3 8:10 pm: vs Twins
  • Tue Oct 4 8:10 pm: vs Twins
  • Wed Oct 5 TBD: vs Twins
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