Baseball fans, are you ready for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game? This Midsummer Classic exhibition between the top players in the American and National leagues has been a summer tradition for over 80 years.
With the game airing on cable TV, you may be wondering how you can tune in without an expensive cable subscription. Don‘t worry – I‘ve got you covered. As a baseball fan myself, I‘ve explored all the best cable-free options to watch the All-Star Game live.
In this guide, I‘ll walk you through how to live stream the MLB All-Star Game on any device, even without cable. We‘ll look at:
- Using an OTA antenna
- Live TV streaming services
- The Locast app
- MLB streaming platforms
- Where to watch on mobile, streaming devices, computers and more.
Plus I‘ll provide some background on the All-Star Game itself – players to watch, betting odds, events schedule, records and stats. So grab your hot dog and peanuts, and let‘s get ready for an exciting MLB All-Star Game!
Watching with an HD Antenna
Since FOX is airing the game nationally this year, your best bet for free streaming is using an over-the-air (OTA) antenna to get the local FOX station. Indoor antennas start around $20 and can plug right into your TV to access live channels.
I personally use the Mohu Leaf Metro ($19.99 on Amazon) in my living room and it works great. The 50 mile range picks up all the local channels crystal clear. Many reviewers say it‘s the best budget indoor antenna for most areas.
If you live further from the broadcast towers, you may need an amplified antenna like the ClearStream Eclipse ($29.99). It has a 70 mile range and mounts near a window for better reception.
For even stronger signal, outdoor antennas start around $60. The Antennas Direct Clearstream 2Max mounts on your roof or chimney and can reach up to 70 miles. It‘s what I used at my old house in the suburbs and could get dozens of high-def channels for free.
Setting up an OTA antenna is simple – just connect it to your TV, scan for channels, then tune to your local Fox station. I recommend scanning a few days before the game in case you need to adjust placement or get a different antenna.
And remember – no monthly fees for broadcast TV with an antenna!
Using a Live TV Streaming Service
Live TV streaming has become super popular with cordcutters. Services like YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV and fuboTV stream many major channels over the internet. The base plans all include FOX, so they‘re great options for watching the All-Star Game live online.
Here‘s a comparison of some top streaming services:
|Service||Monthly Price||Channels||Free Trial|
|YouTube TV||$64.99||85+||5 days|
|Hulu + Live TV||$64.99||75+||7 days|
I prefer YouTube TV for its channel lineup and unlimited DVR. But check each service‘s free trial to see which you like best.
Here‘s a quick rundown of how to signup for YouTube TV and start watching:
Go to tv.youtube.com
Select your preferred package (the base plan works great)
Enter your payment information to start the 5-day free trial
Download the YouTube TV app on your streaming device or mobile phone
Tune to FOX on your local lineup on July 13 to watch the game live!
And remember to cancel within 5 days if you don‘t want to be charged $64.99 monthly. Enjoy the free trial for the big game then decide if you want to keep the subscription.
I‘ll walk you through live streaming on more devices next. Keep reading!
Using the Locast App
Locast is a free streaming service that gives you local broadcast TV in certain areas. If you‘re located in one of the 35+ Locast markets, you can watch the All-Star Game on FOX for free via the Locast app.
Here are some of the major cities where Locast is available:
- New York
- Los Angeles
To stream Locast, first go to Locast.org and enter your zip code to see if it‘s offered in your area. If so, download the Locast app on your streaming device, phone or computer and watch FOX live.
Locast is funded by user donations so you may be asked to contribute $5+ monthly, but there‘s no hard requirement. Enjoy streaming the Midsummer Classic for free on Locast!
MLB Streaming Options
Due to broadcast restrictions, the All-Star Game won‘t be on MLB.TV or within the MLB app. But if you want to watch other baseball games, MLB.TV has you covered.
For $129/year or $24.99/month, you get access to out-of-market regular season games. This means you can stream teams outside your local area. MLB.TV works great with a VPN that can trick your location.
The MLB app also offers some streaming, but probably not the All-Star Game itself. Still, it‘s great for highlights, replays and analysis. Apps like Yahoo Sports and the FOX Sports app could potentially have FOX regionally too.
Watching the Game on Other Devices
The great thing about streaming is you can watch on nearly any device these days. Here are some options:
iPhone/Android – Download the app and stream over WiFi or mobile data
Tablets – Stream from an iPad or Android tablet in bed or on the go
Streaming players – Apple TV, Firestick, Roku all have these apps
Game consoles – PlayStation and Xbox support live TV streaming
Smart TVs – Many modern TVs have these apps built right in
PC/Mac – Stream from your browser or use the app on Windows/Apple computers
I suggest testing your setup a few days before to resolve any issues. If you plan to stream on mobile, connect headphones and get comfortable on the couch or a beanbag chair.
And with the right cable-free option, you can enjoy the 2021 MLB All-Star Game live on your devices from anywhere!
More About the Midsummer Classic
Before we wrap up, let‘s look at some fast facts about the MLB All-Star Game:
First held in 1933 at Chicago‘s Comiskey Park
Usually draws 7-11 million TV viewers, making it MLB‘s biggest event beside the World Series
The American League has dominated recently, winning 20 of the last 23
Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, Mookie Betts expected to lead AL squad this year
Max Scherzer, Fernando Tatis Jr., Ronald Acuña Jr. among NL stars
Events also include Futures Game, Celebrity Softball and the popular Home Run Derby
There you have it – everything you need to stream the 2021 MLB All-Star Game without cable. With so many streaming options, every baseball fan can watch their favorite players in action live online.
Choose the method that works for you, get your devices ready, and enjoy the Midsummer Classic! See you on July 13 for first pitch!