The 2018 MLB Home Run Derby will take place tonight, broadcast from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. at 8:00 p.m. ET. If you have cable, it’ll be simple enough to watch, as you just need to tune into ESPN. But what if you want to stream the event online? What’s the easiest way to do so?
Well, the easiest way to watch outside of a television with cable would be on ESPN’s website, where you can live stream the event. However, you need a cable login to do so, so this will only be helpful if you either have cable or can borrow the login of someone who does for the night.
Assuming you don’t subscribe to cable, you aren’t totally out of luck. Sling TV, a cord-cutter’s alternative to cable, has ESPN as part of its channel lineup. And luckily, they offer a seven-day free trial.
So if you don’t have cable and want to watch the event tonight, all you have to do is visit Sling.com and click the “watch seven days free” button. From there, go through the process of signing up. Note: you will need to put a credit or debit card on file, and you’ll have to remember to cancel the trial a week from now; if you don’t, you’re going to be charged for a full month.
When you’re signing up, you’ll have the option of the Sling Orange plan or the Sling Blue plan. It’s crucial that you pick the Sling Orange plan here, as the Sling Blue plan does not include ESPN. If you have every intention of canceling after the seven-day free trial, though, you could also choose the Sling Orange + Blue Option, which gives you access to every single channel, including ESPN.
This all doesn’t mean you’re going to have to watch the event while hunched over your laptop, though. Sling has an app on most streaming devices, including Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Chromecast. There’s also a Sling app on the Xbox One.
If you’ve already used Sling’s free trial once, there’s still another option available: YouTube TV, another alternative to cable for cord-cutters. This service also includes ESPN as part of its package, and you can sign up for a seven-day free trial here. Once again, you’re going to want to make sure you cancel the free trial before the seven days are up or else you will be charged $40 for the first month.
Once you’re signed up, you can use YouTube TV on a variety of streaming devices. Google Chromecast tends to be the best option, but it’s also available on Roku, Apple TV, and Xbox One.
If you already have the YouTube app installed on your streaming device of choice, this isn’t enough. There’s actually a separate YouTube TV app that you’ll need to download and use separately from the main one. So make sure you get this app downloaded and sign in with the account you used for your free trial with plenty of time before 8:00.