College football, NFL games, “This is Us,” “The Simpsons,” new fall TV premieres – and now the World Series.
Those are all things the Triangle’s AT&T U-verse subscribers haven’t been able to watch on TV, thanks to a six-week dispute with Capitol Broadcasting Company, the parent company of the local NBC and Fox affiliates, WRAL and WRAZ.
The World Series – with the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Houston Astros – airs on Fox and started Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Game 1 went to the Dodgers.
Game 2 airs tonight at 8.
NBC and Fox have been off the air for local AT&T U-Verse customers since Sept. 13, when the company’s contract with CBC expired. AT&T has said that CBC asked for a “significant increase” in the retransmission fees it pays for broadcast rights. CBC says its channels are available free over-the-air to anyone with an antenna – and the company gave away 4,000 Mohu antennas to local AT&T customers in early October.
Josh Gelinas, a public relations manager for AT&T, says negotiations between the companies are ongoing.
How to watch the World Series without cable
▪ Of course, the best thing to do is get an HD antenna. You can get them for as little as about $30 at big box or electronics stores such as Best Buy, Target and Walmart – or online from Amazon. You may need a stronger antenna if you are surrounded by trees or live in a hilly or more remote area.
▪ You can use the Fox Sports Go app to watch the game on a mobile device, a computer or on your TV via Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Android TV or Xbox. You just need your cable TV log-in (your AT&T U-verse account username and password should work).
▪ You can also check out pay streaming services such as Sling, Playstation Vue, DirecTV Now, Hulu Live and YouTube TV. (Take advantage of their free introductory offers to get the World Series for free.) Check out our cord-cutters guide to watching football for more details on how to use those services. That info should also apply to how to watch the World Series, just look for services that offer Fox live.
World Series schedule
Game 1: Oct. 24 in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won.
Game 2: Oct. 25 in Los Angeles
Game 3: Oct. 27 in Houston
Game 4: Oct. 28 in Houston
Game 5*: Oct. 29 in Houston
Game 6*: Oct. 31 in Los Angeles
Game 7*: Nov. 1 in Los Angeles
All games air on Fox.